By Marsha Koller, Wedding Consultant


Abride’s glory is her wedding attire. That’s all there is to it. Every bride wants to have the most divine dress that makes her look absolutely the best she’s ever looked. But there is actually icing on that cake; the wedding shoes!
Every woman, down to every little girl, loves, loves, loves shoes. Why? They always fit, you can make a statement, and you can change up any outfit on a whim. You can go way over the top with a fab shoe and today’s wedding shoes are magnificent. Forget about simple dyeable, creamy white shiny satin, or matte peau de soie wedding pumps. Now you can choose embellished and fantasy styles that will make your heart skip a beat. 
To Budget or Not to Budget
You can easily spend $1500 to $3000 on a pair of magnificent Christian Louboutin’s. And yes they are delicious! But there are completely gorgeous wedding shoes to be had for under $100, and even less if you are smart and look at past season styles available on Ebay and beyond. Keep a close eye on the 75% off racks at big box stores – there are always super blingy shoes that not everyone can pull off. Red Bottom or Red Tag – they will be beautiful! 
You Don’t Have to Choose Just One
The tightwad in me says “Of course choose just one pair!” But the heart wants what the heart wants. If you just can’t decide between two favorites and it doesn’t break the bank, choose a second pair for the reception, especially if you change your look. Some brides 
“decompose” their gowns to a shorter look or remove a train and veil, and a second pair of shows can just add to the fun. Some grander, taller styles may not be at all dance friendly, and you may want to choose a more comfortable reception shoe.
Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Close-up.
Remember to make your fabulous wedding shoes a star of the show by giving them special attention in your wedding photo lineup. Do get a shot of your fancy footwear peeping out beneath your gown, but also work with your photographer to stage a “beauty shot” featuring just your shoes. Arrange your shoes with a few of your wedding touches, from rings to flowers, and I bet it will be one of your 
favorite photos.
Stay Tuned 
There are so many directions you can take with your wedding day shoe choices that we will take a deep dive into the fantastic options you have over the next few issues. And even if you are not a current bride, all these fantastic footwear choices can take you from ballrooms to bars – wherever your feet lead you!