Well, hive, it’s finally time. I HAD to buy my wedding shoes, because it’s time to chop the ol’ dress up, and to do that, we needed a heel height. See, I’ve been procrastinating on this one, too!
Initially, it was because we didn’t have a venue chosen, and I wanted to make sure that I was making a sensible shoe selection for our venue (glad I waited, because we are going to be outside/ in the grass all day!). But then, we chose our venue, and still no shoe. Then it was just another one of those things that I was being way too indecisive about.
I knew that I wanted some sort of a heel. Mr. O has, like, seven plus inches on me, and I could stand to be a little taller *ba-dum-tssshh*. That said, I also needed to avoid the stiletto heel, because I didn’t want to be sinking in to the ground all day, and the thought of wearing heel protectors makes me shudder.
I’m sure they’re helpful, but…I just can’t!! Ack! / Image via Amazon
My shoes are here! For those that don’t remember, I was having some difficulty deciding what shoes I would wear. I came across the company Design Your Pedestal on Facebook (which has since revamped their company brand). They are officially “Ellie Wren Custom Wedding Shoes.”
I was in constant contact with two very nice ladies, Katie & Kerry, who kept me informed and even sent me email updates. The entire process took about one month from order to delivery.
I have a confession to make. I’m planning to commit shoe fraud, and it’s entirely pre-meditated. Thankfully, it should, as far as I can tell, be a victimless crime. My only excuse is that it seemed to be the only way I could come to terms with my shoe choice and get my dress properly altered, because we’re coming down to the wire.
Here’s what happened.
I fell in love with a pair of shoes that is entirely impractical. They are stunning Guess ombre glitter peep-toe pumps with a hidden platform. The platform peeping out is a champagne gold metallic; the front of the pump starts silver glitter and transitions to rose gold in the back. It would coordinate perfectly with my bridesmaids’ dresses, and it is an absolutely STUNNING shoe. The generous platform means that the effective heel height is around three and a half inches, which is a height I am accustomed to wearing. The total heel height is five inches.
Hideous post-gym leg modeling absolutely stunning shoe
The shoes are PERFECT. I had to buy them. (Spoiler alert: I DID.) So what’s the problem?
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Y’all, I am so excited to share a DIY with you that has nothing to do with weddings or engagements or being a bride (although I can definitely see a bride rocking these shoes on her wedding day!)…I know, imagine, a life beyond wedding planning! Gasp! If you’re a bride-to-be cover your ears/eyes and pretend it isn’t so! I promise I did use to do other fun hobbies and take exciting adventures before becoming engaged. Anyway…
I stumbled upon these AMAZING shoes on Pinterest one day…amazingly gorgeous, yes! Amazing price…NO! Three hundred dollars—boo, that definitely is not in my budget. But after giving it some thought I was pretty sure I could make something similar for a lot less.
So my challenge to myself: DIY Alice in Wonderland shoes for under $20.
Step 1) Decide on your shoes. Twenty dollars is not a very large budget, so I decided to make do with some old ankle boots I already had. I chose them because 1) they were almost brand new—they are not that comfortable so in turn do not have much wear and tear on the heels and 2) they provided a pretty wide canvas to work with (as wide as a size seven shoe can be expected to be).
One of the most important decisions a bride will have to make is deciding on what will she possibly wear under her dress. After all, it’s pretty detrimental to your all around comfort for the day. Rarely seen, but everyone knows they are there. No, I’m not referring to undergarments or lingerie. I’m referring to shoes!
From day one (actually more like since 2008 when the first Sex and the City movie came out) I had it cemented in my head that I would wear these NO MATTER WHAT!
The cobalt blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps! I fell in love with these, and always thought they would be the perfect shoe and my something blue for the wedding day. But after really thinking about it, they just wouldn’t go with my dress or our color scheme. I just felt they would really clash. So I quickly axed those after getting my dress.
So, remember when I was talking about how hard it is to get your ladies together to shop? Then I confessed that it was probably more because I hate clothes shopping than it is actually difficult to corral people? Well, I was totally right. (I hate shopping. HA!)
This happened on Saturday:
We are classy.
Oh wait, you’re wondering what happened? My two ladies ended up “shoe shopping” (courtesy of the interwebz) and picked out these babies:
I was trying to wait until I completed this DIY project before I showed it, but I am so incredibly excited about it that I had to share! I am blinging my own wedding shoes with individual rhinestones. Yes, it is going to take me a month to complete, and yes, this will not be a cheap project, but I don’t care. I am excited to be able to show off my blingy shoes every chance I get. Here is the inspiration photo I am using as a guide:
I also saw a post where a bride made the soles of her shoes her “something blue,” so I painted my shoes a light blue/Tiffany blue to go with the color scheme.
At first, in my mind, I really thought that I would like to wear a colored wedding gown. Nothing too bold, but maybe a blush or a gold. I tried on several colored dresses and loved them. However, deep down inside of me there must be a traditionalist, because I just didn’t feel like a bride. In the end I settled on an ivory gown (it looks white to me!) but have decided that I want to show some love for my favorite color via my shoes.
Shoes are awesome because they are hidden by long gowns, so they won’t be the first thing people notice (don’t want to be distracting from the expensive dress!), but they are a great way to show personality. Our wedding theme is “colorful, coastal chic,” and so I want to balance the fun with the classic look.
I immediately settled on pink shoes, and totally latched onto these Kate Spade wedges. I love the color, I think the wedge looks comfortable, and I am OBSESSED with the bow. But they’re $328. That’s way more than I would normally ever spend on two pairs of shoes, forget one! I really want to treat myself for my wedding day, but that seems outrageous.