I don’t get flip-flops

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Flip flops at a wedding...
    Are totally normal, everyone takes off their shoes anyway to dance. : (99 votes)
    46 %
    Are bizarre. Adults keep their shoes on in public. : (71 votes)
    33 %
    Are somewhere in between (and I'll explain, below). : (44 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think it’s depends on the formality of the wedding.  Obviously, people will not be changing into flip flops at a black tie affair.  But I can totally see people doing it at a beach or outdoor wedding. 

    Post # 4
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    17 posts
    Newbee

    I think it depends on where the wedding and reception are held. If the wedding is formal and require shoes, but the reception is outdoors…perhaps it would be helpful to provide guest with footwear that would be more comfortable to wear in the grass/outdoor area. However, this is the only example I could think of where such a thing would be plausible.

    Post # 5
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    1032 posts
    Bumble bee

    I agree, it depends on the time of day, the length of the event, the time of year, and the formality of the event. At the average wedding I have been to, I would say its slightly juvinille, but it really can have its place for sure.

    Post # 6
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    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I don’t know- I would not have a problem wearing flip flops at a more casual wedding, and I have taken my shoes off towards the very end of the night at weddings when we were all dancing for hours and hours.  However I would think the basket of flip flops would go unused for the most part.  I can’t imagine that more than 5 or 6 women in a party of 100 or so would take them…

    Post # 7
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    722 posts
    Busy bee

    i don’t think a wedding can be casual enough for flip flops, unless it is actually on the beach. I’ve been to beach weddings with indoor receptions where everyone just took off their shoes before walking on the sand.

    But I really don’t think that people should take off their shoes or wear flip flops at an indoor  wedding reception. I’ve never seen it before-I can’t even imagine it.

     

    Post # 8
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    They’re not my style (even though I’ve had my fair share of aching feet and pinched toes). My sister said something to me about me takingmy shoes off during the reception and putting on socks/flip flops. I was like, “I’m not going to a bat mitzvah! It’s my wedding!” Plus, I plan to buy shoes I love so much I won’t want to take them off even if they’re eating my feet alive 🙂

    But power to those who are flip-flop happy–your feet will thank you, I”m sure.

    Post # 9
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    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I went with the flip-flop thing and I can totally see it happening. I rubbed off the top of a toe at a wedding a couple weeks ago and should’ve switched it to the flats I brought along. Perhaps with a box of flip-flops I would’ve remembered.

    I’ve seen plenty of girls go around shoeless at wedding receptions. Since half of our wedding venue is a giant concrete patio, I think they’ll appreciate the flipflops.

    Post # 10
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    2196 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I am not a fan of flip flops.  I hate the sound they make when you walk, and I actually think, as far as I can remember from when I last wore them at 14-15, that they were darn difficult to dance in.  I remember ending up with twisted ankles and bruised toes and stuff because they don’t provide arch support and the rubber top bends weirdly against the firm foam bottom when you try to move your feet.  Ick.

    I’d much rather have people go barefoot at my formal wedding than providing flip flops…

    Post # 11
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    673 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Okay, so I think they look super tacky. And this is coming from someone who worked at a million dollar wedding (this summer, I helped my friend who films weddings.) They provided like 300 flipflops to their guests, and only a few wore them. It kind of seemed out of place.

    However, for a beach wedding, they make total sense. So I vote no for me, but for certain situations they could work.

    Post # 12
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    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Maybe I should clarify- if I were to wear flip flops to a wedding, they wouldn’t be those cheap old navy foam and rubber ones.  They do make nice shoes that have that flip flop shape made from normal shoe material, with arch support, some even with heels…

    Post # 13
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    522 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    In my group of friends, we often bring our own to weddings! If we’re guests at each other’s weddings or in the bridal party, there are usually flip-flops stuffed into purses that we put on at night. After being in heels all day, it feels so good to change into them, especially when it’s 11pm and you’re drinking and dancing all night.

    I’ve never been to a wedding (yet) that provided flip-flops, but I know that I would be majorly disappointed if I forgot to bring mine.

    Post # 14
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    631 posts
    Busy bee

    I echo ZoeKat.  If it’s a close friend’s wedding I pack my own!  It makes SUCH a huge difference to me! 

    Post # 15
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    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    EVERY wedding I have been too people have ended up shoeless by the end of the night! And my wedding is going to be a PARTY and I expect my girls to be dancing ALL NIGHT LONG and will be providing them with flip flops!

    Whenever I go to a wedding I bring flats along for the end of the night so I would really appreciate it if flip flops were provided!!

    Post # 16
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    1046 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I can understand that your feet hurt by the end of the night, but I think it makes more sense to wear sensible shoes in the first place or bring a more comfortable pair than to wear pieces of foam at a formal event. I just don’t see flip flops as “dancing shoes.” I can see providing them if your reception is on the grass or beach, but hopefully people would be dressed more casually then anyway.

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