Beach Wedding: Barefoot Ceremony, but want to wear heels for Reception

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What would you suggest for beach wedding footwear?
    Wear wedges and pray you don't fall : (7 votes)
    30 %
    Go barefoot with the dress longer than it should be....can you? : (16 votes)
    70 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    You could put a super full crinoline on during the ceremony and take it off for the reception! You could probably get away with not wearing shoes, then!

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Haileyjb:  Tell your seamstress. Ask her to put in a mini bustle for when you are barefoot that you can release when you are in heels.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Haileyjb:  Not a bustle in the front necessarily, but pulling the material from the front to the side and back somehow. Perhaps a seamstress could offer you some options in seeing it in person.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Beach wedding photographer here. I can tell you that most of my brides aren’t wearing heels at their reception, however, some do. Most of them just don’t even worry about it. If you’re being walked down the isle by dad or someone else you’ll have a arm on them. Take slow steps, don’t rush it, and you’ll be fine.

    ETA: I don’t know what beach you’re getting married at, but around here our sand is very soft (not hard packed). Any form of shoe on the beach is just not fun – including flip flops which flick sand up the back of your legs. Go barefoot! 

     

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    i would get it hemmed for barefoot then when get cute heels so the little bit that shows will look like its on purpose. i did the opposite (heels for ceremony and flats for reception) but i loved having the tips of my shoes peek out! i got super cute shoes and it would have been a shame if no one saw them

     

     

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Haileyjb:  Could you wear possibly wedge flip flops for the ceremony so the dress won’t be too long and then you could then wear your high heels for the reception

    I too had a DW except I got married on a roof top terrace and wore my heels just fine but then we went down to the beach for pics so I changed into these wedding wedge flip flops.

    These are the ones I had and walked on the beach in them just fine. They are on sale right now for $20. They have a 3.5 inch heel

    http://weddingfactorydirect.com/crystals.html

     

    Crystals ~ Ivory or White High Wedge Bridal Flip Flops with Crystal Accented Suedene Strap

     

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Walk on your tippy toes? Once you are at the front, you can relax.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I second that you will have an arm to ”fall on”, hehe. I wouldn’t worry TOO much about it ;). I had to practically walk on my tippy toes because my heels kept digging into the grass… It went super smoothly, even for outdoor pics 🙂

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @Haileyjb:  You definitely need to go barefoot for the ceremony. I am having a beach wedding as well, and I am going barefoot for the ceremony and shoes for the reception. I think you could get away with a dress just a hair too long for the ceremony, so that your dress isn’t a full 4 inches shorter at the reception, but you’re going to need to compromise for both. So the question becomes pictures. Are you okay with pics of you in a too long dress for the ceremony and too short for the reception? Or are you willing to compromise on the heel size of maybe 2 inches so that the length of your dress isn’t as drastic.

    Good luck!

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