With the craziness of wedding planning, shopping for your pre-wedding celebration attire often become a last-minute mad dash to find something festive. Don’t give your bridal shower look short shrift… often, that’s where the best memories are made! Whether the celebration is a girls-only canapes-and-bubbly soiree at a charming chateau, a swanky downtown hotel bar welcome party, or a rehearsal dinner at a top Houston restaurant, here are three fail-safe bridal shower and pre-wedding party outfit ideas for 2019.
For her super-chic Hotel Derek wedding, Houston style blogger Rebekah Gullo of Fashion And A Fellow fame opted for flats over traditional heels. Should you follow in her fashionable footsteps? Here’s her take on low vs. high, along with some of her favorite shoe picks for style-minded brides.
Photo: Alyse French Photography
“Wedding shoes are the next most important item to pick out after you have chosen your wedding dress. I knew right away I wanted to wear flats even though I am an avid wearer of pumps! I had two reasons: 1.) I wanted to be comfortable all night, and 2.) I’m taller then my fellow in heels, and I wanted to be able to look right into his eyes for our vows. When I decided to wear flats it was not even up for discussion that I would wear Tory Burch ‘Eddies.’ I own them in multiple colors. They are THE most comfortable flats I’ve ever worn. Luckily for me the flats were available in white, but I’m always a fan of sneaking in a little color! Something blue perhaps?
For those of you who do want to wear pumps, I’ve got you covered too! These Badgley Mischka heels came in about every color imaginable, making it easy to match a sash on your dress, or for your bridesmaids to wear to match their dresses. And can we please talk about these Stuart Weitzman pumps with the bow? A splurge on these would be well worth it, since you could wear them after your wedding, too, for all kinds of special occasions.
Whatever you choose to wear to walk down the aisle to your future husband, remember, you’re going to be walking, standing and dancing, and the last thing you need on your special day is to be in pain. You can always stash a pair of flats close by just in case!”
Shoe Photos: Courtesy of Polyvore
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?