Transition from heels to flats on wedding day – experienced bees?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I change from heels to flats on my wedding day?
    Yes! I did it - you will cope : (14 votes)
    70 %
    Hmmm. it will be tricky but doable : (3 votes)
    15 %
    No, don't do it. You will trip over your dress. : (2 votes)
    10 %
    Change into your comfy black boots wiith the similar sized heel : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    480 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I changed into my flats after a few hours because my feet were bleeding… My sandals were leaning toward kitten heels (maybe a liiiittle higher, but still a small sized heel), so there wasn’t such a big difference to me. My dress had a huge train and that was the only part of the dress that I dragged with or without the flats. If you had high heels you’d drag it for sure, but if yours are kitten, I think you won’t see a big difference 😉

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  BunnyJaques.
    Post # 3
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I wore 4″ heels for photos and the ceremony, then changed into ballet flats for the reception. The dress drag was worth it for not being in pain from my heels.

    Post # 4
    746 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I changed into sparkley flats right after the pictures. My feet were killing me after standing around in a heavy wedding dress before walking down the aisle and then walking down the aisle then the ceremony..then photos. I put on my flats (silver sparkle ones) and it was heaven. I’d have been doomed without them lol. I don’t recall having any issue with my dress.

    Post # 5
    537 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I made it through the reception with my heels, but after the wedding I switched into my most comfortable wedges. My heels were around 3.5″ tall. It worked perfectly because I was comfortable, but my dress wasn’t dragging.

    Post # 6
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    ne11y23:  I changed into flats after we were announced as husband and wife in the reception, and I had already said hello to each table. I wore sparkly ballet slippers, and my dress did drag on the floor but I didn’t care bc I was having such a good time dancing. lol 

    Post # 7
    266 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I plan to wear my (kitten) heels for as long as I can because they feel very comfortable but I am bringing my lacey TOMS to change into when the dancing and partying really gets going.

    My seamstress agreed to hem my dress just the slightest bit shorter so both shoe heights should be OK. However, my dress silouhette allows for this. It may be more noticable with other silouhettes.

    Either way I’m imagining that dancing will require some holding of the dress since its not like I’m used to dancing around in a big gown anyway. All this to say that I would imagine you will be fine with whatever you go with for the dancing part of the evening.

    Post # 8
    3831 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I had a floor-length gown with no train or bustle, as well. It was hemmed to work with 3-inch heels (I wore them for photos and dinner), but I went barefoot for the ceremony and dancing – it wasn’t a problem. I held my dress up a bit when I walked, but the dress looked great and didn’t drag overly much. 

    Post # 9
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I had about 4 ich heels and I changed into flip flops with about a 2 inch heel…I managed jsut fine.

    Post # 10
    941 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I wore kitchen heels for the ceremony. Then after the pictures I changed into my boots and entered the reception with those on. It was much better for my feet! I did have a bustle though.

    Post # 11
    795 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I changed right afte the ceremony into flats. It wasn’t difficult. I wore a sparkly flat show that were the same color scheme as my heels. 

    Post # 12
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    ne11y23:  I wore 4″ heels for the ceremony and changed into sandals with a tiny heel, maybe 1-1.5″ for the reception.  My dress drug but it wasn’t too bad.  one of my bustle ribbons did break though, probably from me stepping on my dress.  But it wasn’t till the end of the night and one of my bridesmaids helped me rig it.  Worth it for being in comfy shoes!

    If yours are just kitten heels anyway, do you think they’ll hurt your feet or can you just get away with wearing them all night?

    Post # 13
    1566 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    ne11y23:  I wore 4 inch heelse during the ceremony & changed to comfy similar height heels for the reception. I was happy I had thought ahead and gave my coordinator a pair of flat sneaker-like shoes for later in the evening because about halfway through the reception, I was barefoot & put on the flats to walk over to the afterparty.

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