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Remember when Queen Victoria was the first to wear a white wedding dress? Well, you know she had to have white shoes too.
We see it all the time – the photo of the bride hiking up her dress so we can see her shoes.
OK Brides – let’s snap the trend and go for something different. I know there have been strides over the years, but I still see SO many brides wearing the white shoe with their white wedding dress. Here’s a few of the white bridal shoes throughout the years.
Unless you’re walking on a sandy white beach, you’re going to need bridal shoes. They can be bought before or after the wedding dress. Some brides will choose to match the dress to the shoes and some the shoes to the dress. Regardless of which order you purchase the dress and shoes – think outside the trend.
DO try on shoes and make sure you can walk in them. DON’T buy shoes that are not comfortable
DO purchase a shoe with a heel height you can manage. Flats are super cute and you can wear them your entire wedding day. DON’T purchase a shoe with a heel height you’ve never worn before. Your wedding day is not the time to practice walking in 4” high heels if you have only worn sneakers your entire life.
DO get a shoe that is easy to slip on (or take off) DON’T get a shoe that takes you 45 minutes to put on (like those old boots you need the button hook to close them up)
DO purchase a shoe that reflects your style and/or personality. We love bold prints and colors.
DON’T sacrifice getting a shoe style/pattern you don’t love. You’ll regret it in 5-10+ years when you look back at your photos.
DO practice wearing your shoes. Wear them around the house and practice walking on carpet, hard floors, and up and down stairs. DON’T think you’re going to slip on your shoes for the first time on your wedding day. Can you say BLISTERS?!
DO bring accessories for your shoes, such as arch inserts, heel protectors, clear nail polish (to dab on loose threads), and saran wrap to wrap around buckles that itch.
DON’T buy shoes with sharp edges or pointy bling. They can snag the inside of your dress hem.
DO bring your shoes to your wedding dress alternation fitting. You don’t want to trip on your dress cause your heels are shorter than the dress hem. DON’T get a stiletto heel if you’re walking down a grass aisle.
DO purchase a pair of shoes that you can wear again. No sense in buying a pair of shoes you wear for one day. DON’T be afraid to get shoes that aren’t shoes. Cowboys boots, sequined sneakers, and fancy slippers are great alternatives.
You sent out the invitations and have 784 people on your guest list. Start planning your group photos ASAP. You should have a good idea of some group shots before you hire a photographer. Why? This can dictate how much time you need to hire your photographer for. Adding 6-10 group shots throughout the day is very different than wanting 30-40+ group shots.
Now you’re getting close to the wedding day and the RSVP’s are flooding in. 350 guests, 410 guests, 500 and counting. Everyone attending would like to talk to you and get a photo with you. As you approach the last month prior to the wedding, you need to evaluate and finalize your wedding photo group shot list. This is a huge part of the plans for your time line, sanity, and photographer. The photographer doesn’t know your guests, not to mention – they probably wouldn’t be able to pick you out of the crowd of 600 guests. Why? The bride and groom are wearing something colorful and traditional (most of the time) like a Sari, lengha, Kurti, etc. Not like a western wedding where you can spot the bride cause she’s the ONLY one wearing a white dress.
Can you find the Bride and Groom in each photo?
To create the group shot list, start with the family. Remember who is closest and most important. A couple extended family photos are nice to have, but it can become tricky to get everyone together. I don’t suggest doing an extended family shot right after the ceremony. It’s hard to manage that many people & round them up in a timely manner, much less if you have other events scheduled right after the ceremony (pooja’s, etc). Consider doing it during the cocktail hour or after dinner, that way your Emcee of DJ can help you round up people. The next step is to write up your wedding party shot list. There are many check lists online, but you know who needs to be in your photos. Here’s a quick list of the standard group photos:
Bride + maid of honor
Bride + bridesmaids
Bride + groomsmen
Bride + flower girl and/or ring bearer
Bride + attendants (personal attendant, etc)
Groom + best man
Groom + groomsmen
Groom + bridesmaids
Groom + flower girl and/or ring bearer
Bride & Groom + bridesmaids
Bride & Groom + groomsmen
Bride & Groom + bridesmaids & groomsmen
Bride & Groom + flower girl and/or ring bearer
Bride & Groom + Brides parents
Bride & Groom + Brides parents + family
Bride & Groom + Brides siblings
Bride & Groom + Grooms parents
Bride & Groom + Grooms parents + family
Bride & Groom + Grooms siblings
Bride & Groom + both sets of parents
You all have those groups of friends that have different connections to you in life. If you want photos of any of these special groups, list them on your master photo list for your photographer. Some you may want to include are:
Fraternity or sorority groups
High school friends
Sports teams (softball, football, dance)
Just be sure that you work with your photographer (and planner) to schedule these during your wedding day. Every photo takes time to stage and get groups of people together. You could find yourself doing photos for 6 hours with just groups of people if you don’t plan carefully. Also be sure to check with your parents. We all know they will have a couple shots that are a must. Just be sure you don’t let your parents/family dictate all the photos and put a limit on how many they are allowed to list. For instance; your Dad really doesn’t need a photo of his daughter with his poker buddies that you’ve never met. If you don’t make a list, your photographer can run off and take shots throughout the day and evening and you might not know any of the people in the final edited album. Seriously, you don’t want to look through your final album and ask “who’s that?” of more than half your album. Just make sure you communicate your clear expectations and the list to your photographer and planner.
Hint: One thing I always demand during Indian wedding photos – identify one person who’s close to the family and can call out names. Indian names can be tough to pronounce + the “name caller” can help recognize people to help the photographer.
Key take-away: Work with a Planner who is experience with Indian weddings and a photographer who’s shot and understands Indian weddings. Scheduling properly makes a world of difference.