English country garden is a great theme for summer weddings – doesn’t it evoke all kinds of lovely images from pink tea roses, crisp linens to white marquees on the lawn and classic white tiered cakes? If you’re planning this kind of look, turn to all that is classic – simple lines, abundant and bright bouquets and chic styling. Start with a simple white dress such as a floor length strapless lace style with trumpet skirt and chapel train by Watters.
Many may baulk at the idea of being the centre of attention, but let’s face it, ogling the bride’s choice of attire is what every guest will be doing. So, if you’re not the shy, retiring type, the thing to do is go for drama, drama, drama. Start with a gown by a designer known for making a statement – yes, Ian Stuart. This taffeta and tulle ‘Curacao’ gown certainly won’t be forgotten. The bodice is trimmed with metallic lace, sequins and crystal, whilst the bias cut skirt has handmade flowers bordering an antique lace underskirt. Don’t stop with the dress though!
If you loved the sparkly peep toes that I was sent to find recently, here’s another variation on the theme. The delicately pleated court has a vintage style diamante trim which is reflected in the small diamante buckle on the slingback. It’s made from duchesse satin with Filippa Scott’s trademark blue leather inners and soles – ‘Maisie’ £150 with postage free.
"I’m hoping you can help as I am a bit stuck! I’m looking for silver shoes for my bridesmaids which aren’t too strappy and go up to a size 9? I can’t seem to find anything! I like this Dorothy Perkin style, if only they did them in a size 9!" Helen B
This silver sandal is really pretty but a problem so many taller women encounter is the lack of larger sizes, even so the pair pictured do go up to a size 8 which is good. However, I’ve found a couple of similar styles that might suit.
"I love these Charlie rhinestone t-strap shoes! The only problem is they only ship to the US and there is no idea about price on their site…..can you suggest a UK alternative?" Helen
I’ve taken the basic elements of this shoe and I’ve found you two alternatives. They aren’t carbon copies, but they are available in the UK!
Yet another attempt by Faith to tempt me away from the wedding shoes I’ve already chosen and buy a pair of theirs instead. These ‘Lucius’ sandals look much more expensive than the £50 they actually cost, and the sling back, bow front style is almost too pretty to hide under a long wedding gown. If your bridesmaids are wearing pink – or if you’re wearing it yourself – you may be interested to know that these also come in a lovely, pale pink colour, too.
Shoewawa readers will already know about Shoemissy but now it’s time to get them on here as they’ve opened a dedicated wedding section. The idea is simple, you choose your shoe, or Shoemissy will find them for you and then customise them so you get exactly what you want.
A pleated dress probably isn’t the first thing you’d think of when you’re wondering which style of wedding gown to go for, but remember Marilyn Monroe in that white pleated dress? Pleats can be very glamorous if you get them right, and I think this vintage style dress from Debenhams definitely qualifies. Having found the dress at Debenhams, I decided to look for some accessories there too, and I wasn’t disappointed. The silver shoes you’ll see after the jump are £40, and go nicely with the diamante brooch on the dress, and the lovely beaded frame bag has a similarly vintage feel to it, and would come in handy at your evening reception.
Taller brides or those who can’t fathom why you would want to torture your feet on your wedding day with high heels (fashion, darling!) can still get plenty of great styles with neat kitten heels like these ‘Lapis’ ivory Duchesse Silk pumps. The pleated vamp is really pretty, the ankle halter comfortable and you can easily dye these a rich shade and wear them after the day.
Because regular bridal shoes can be just a little bit on the bland side, it’s always worth checking out the bridal collections on the high street to see if they have anything that might work equally well. These ‘Cadore’ shoes by Faith Solo come in ivory satin, which is the mainstay of any bridal collection, and while the heel is high enough to be flattering, it’s not so high that you’ll be hobbling down the aisle. These are £60.
I’m having a floor-length gown for my wedding, but when I see dresses like this one from Moonlight Bridal I sometimes wish I’d gone for something a little shorter myself. This is such a pretty dress, which would be perfect for a destination wedding, or perhaps a less formal ceremony. I’ve teamed it with Faith’s barely-there ‘Larch’ sandals, which are £45, and if you want to add a bit of drama to the look, add this short veil from Marks & Spencer’s bridal collection – you can always remove it after the ceremony if you want to keep things a little more casual!
There are some subtle differences between these two shoes – the most obvious one being the colour. The Jimmy Choos (on the left) are a pretty silk blush, while the Touch Ups version on the right are a bright white. The biggest difference, of course, is the price – £300 for the Choos versus $55.95 for the similarly styled Touch Ups. If the colours were equal, which would you choose?
A pink bridesmaid’s dress sounds like a nightmare for some women, but when the pink is a subtle, dusky pink and the dress is this lovely silk rose from Monsoon, you may find yourself changing your mind. The dress isn’t the cheapest around at £160, and these Irregular Choice shoes are also a bit of an indulgence at $159.96. Economise with a white flower corsage to pink up the white in the dress and shoes, and finish it all off with this pretty pink pearl necklace, which is $95 at Amazon. It almost makes me want to be someone’s bridesmaid…
Luckily for eco-friendly footwear enthusiasts many wedding shoes are already made in fabrics like satin but for those of you who really want to flex your eco credentials, you can opt for Beyond Skins’ bespoke wedding collection. Every pair of shoes are handmade to order and prices start at £240. Somewhat dissapointingly there aren’t any styles pictured but I’m sure you’ll agree that this pair are a good example.
You can, of course, wear any style of dress you like to your destination wedding, but if the destination in question happens to be hot and sandy, something cool and simple is probably a good idea! This lovely A-line dress is by Sandals Destination Wedding Dresses, in conjunction with Dessy. There’s no train to drag through the sand, and the material is lightweight enough to make sure that you arrive at your ceremony feeling cool and collected! Wear it with Dorothy Perkin’s white sequin toe post sandals and delicate silver necklace, tie your hair back with a tiger lily clip and you’re ready to hit the beach.