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Our Favorite Wedding Shoes Under $100

You probably have some kind of bridal gown and accessories budget in mind. And as “Say Yes to the Dress” has shown us time and time again, if you’re like most brides, you’re bound to go over it. After all, this is your once-in-a-lifetime wedding, and you need to dress the part!

Here’s the good news: You don’t have to blow a big chunk of your wedding-wear budget on bridal shoes. We’ve found plenty of gorgeous wedding-day pumps, slingbacks and sophisticated sandals that will look perfectly, well, perfect, peeping out form under your gown. And every single one of the pairs in this post costs $100 or less. Yes, yes, yes!

We’re loving Moda Spana’s satin “Fairy” pump with all-over rhinestone detailing for a contemporary touch of bridal sparkle—a steal on sale at Zappos for $67.50!

Special-occasion fave Nina’s satin ”Granite” sandal, available in Ivory, Gold and Silver, plus several other saucier shades, is such a pretty (and, at $89.95, affordable) choice for spring and summer brides.

Available in Diamond White and Ivory, the elegant ”Shine” from Allure Footwear, features a moderate platform, rhinestone center strap and sexy little ankle strap—and a very seductive $100 price tag.

Any gal with a serious shoe addiction is bound to be well acquainted with Piperlime. And any bride on the hunt for seriously fabulous wedding shoes that won’t break the bank should be, too. Our top picks? The $89 satin-upper, leather-lined, peep-toe Nina “Papina”; the $98 stacked-heel, peep-toe, totally stylish Calvin Klein “Cora”; and the $79 ruffle-detail “Galvey,” another knockout from Nina—one that looks particularly pretty in Ballet Pink, don’t you think?

Houston Trunk Shows: Kitty Chen Couture & Filippa Scott Accessories


In the market for a wedding gown that combines a classic silhouette with just a hint of contemporary edge (one-shoulder bodice, swirling pleats, asymmetrical shirring, etc.)? You’re going to want to check out Kitty Chen Couture at The Princess Bridal, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-6.

We love the drama and glamour of these statement-making gowns. And the trains! What trains! Whether you go chapel or cathedral, pooled like liquid gorgeousness at the altar, beautifully bustled for photos or totally removed for dancing action (many KCC styles have detachable trains), if you’re looking for a gown that’s as lovely from the back as it is from the front, these are dresses to seriously consider.


Also this week, it’s Filippa Scott Accessories at Weddings by Debbie, on Friday and Saturday. Call 281.698.8160 today and schedule your appointment (they’re filling up fast) to meet with a Filippa Scott consultant and preview exclusive pieces from the famed British footwear designer’s newly launched accessories line.

Houston Trunk Show: Christos @ Mia Bridal Couture

Is there any bride luckier than a Houston bride? We think not. The variety of venues (five-star hotels, sprawling country clubs, historic mansions, rustic ranches), the incredible floral designers, the spectacularly talented cake creators, the world-class bridal salons—hey, let’s pause on that one for a sec, shall we?


Houston brides know fashion, they know their designers, and boy do they know how to SHOP. And the world’s most revered bridal design houses have responded.

This year alone, we’ve seen Amsale, Winnie Couture, Badgley Mischka, Simone Carvalli, Paloma Blanca—the list goes on. Well, now it’s time to add another stellar designer to the list.


This weekend, Christos comes to Mia Bridal Couture for two days of glorious gowns and expert bridalwear consultation. The Christos collection, created by Cyprus-born designer Christos Yiannakou, and taken over by none other than Amsale herself upon Yiannakou’s retirement in 2005, is one of our absolute favorites. We just melt at the sight of those ethereal A-lines and princess-worthy ballgowns with their layers of fine lace and tulle, and exquisite floral details.

Christos gowns have been featured in such films as “27 Dresses” and “My Best Friend’s Girl,” and in countless magazine spreads from sea to shining sea.

Take advantage of your own chance to try on a beautiful Christos gown or two this Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, at Mia—one of the freshest, hippest, most elegant bridal boutiques in town. And should you choose to yes to that breathtaking Christos dress during this exclusive two-day event, well, you’ll enjoy 15% off the price you’d otherwise pay. Hooray!

Call 713.622.2022 for details,
or e-mail info@miabridalcouture.com.

A Wedding Handbag with Attitude

So you may have noticed that we here at the HWB have a thing for shoes and bags. Kinda like you. After all, without the perfect accessories, what is a bridal gown but just a really, really nice white dress?

With that in mind, here’s one more fancy bridal handbag design we fancy:

Available at Amazon for a very pretty price, this sleek, chic metallic pink evening clutch from Selini New York’s is surprisingly spacious inside—which is good news when you want to have on hand everything you need to keep your hair and makeup in picture-perfect condition. If you’re a fashion-forward bride who’s put off by the thought a run-of-the-mill white satin wristlet, this shimmery little bullet of a bridal clutch is a great alternative.


Here’s another cool idea: Pair the gold version of this sweet clutch with a pair of gold or other metallic sandals, which go beautifully with wedding gowns in just about any shade of white or ivory.


Did we mention it also comes in the season’s hottest hue? Oh, yeah.


A Sophisticated New Space for Weddings by Debbie


Though it’s been in its beautiful Katy/West Houston location since fall, Weddings by Debbie is still enjoying that new salon smell. As for Houston area brides, they’re elegant, sophisticated look and larger size of the new store, located at 20235-B Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77450.


We checked in with WBD vice president AJ Ruley, who told us that brides are big fans of the salon’s large dressing rooms, “enormous viewing area” and plentiful mirrors, which allow each bride to view each dress she tries on from a variety of angles. “Our atmosphere promotes beauty and sophistication,” she says, adding, “We make every effort to make each girl feel special.”


Not only has WBD’s space gotten bigger and more beautiful, so has its selection of designer gowns, at different price points to accommodate a variety of budgets. “We added Rosa Clara, another designer out of Spain, and we added new collections of established designers already in the store, such as Matthew Christopher, Stephen Yearick, Lazaro, Jim Hjelm, Alvina Valenta, Tara Keely and Manuel Mota of Pronovias, while buying even deeper into other lines represented heavily in our store,” explains Ruley. Need a little style advice? She notes that the classic ballgown is the “it” style this season, especially when paired with a long veil and colored shoes.


Speaking of which…WBD has also upped its inventory of footwear and accessories—bonus! “We also added new collections of Accents by Alexis which is a local veil and jewelry company that is on the rise and can turn around merchandise for quick brides and for brides that want more customized jewelry for their special day,” Ruley says. Plus, WBD now carries shoes from British footwear firm Benjamin Adams Shoe Co., which offers shoes to coordinate with all WBD gowns, and silk shoes in different colors—“Awesome!” says Ruley

As if all this wasn’t cool enough, WBD plans to launch a fabulous new website next month, so keep an eye out for it, and tell a to-be-wed friend!