Black Friday Deals…for Brides!

Black Friday is here and it’s not just about scoring a new tv or bed, this is the time of year to knock a few things of your wedding to do list…and maybe save while you’re at it? Yes!


This is one of the best times to buy in bulk if possible. Department stores like Target, Walmart will have non-perishable favors like sunglasses (beach), tea cups/mugs (winter), passport holders (destination). Once you have them all you can customize them with tags or pretty packaging.


Inside weddings Badgley MischkaWho doesn’t love a good shoe deal? Have a style and height in mind, comfort will be key so don’t impulse purchase. Trying them on and doing a walk through of the store is important, make sure nothing pinches or is too tight. Be sure to ask about the store return policy if exchanges are permitted and keep your receipt and original packaging!


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This might require a bit of digging but start off with your local bridal shop and see if they have any trunk shows to clear out older inventory. If you’ve been checking the price tag of one particular dress; you won’t get it at a lower price before it gets redistributed. This could be the opportunity to fine “the dress”.


Another no brainer. As with shoes, there is always a hygiene issue with earrings so before you buy, get the return policy information. If you scored shoes then look for hair pieces, necklaces and earrings that will compliment them. If you ended up with a dress or already have one, be sure to consider the neckline and how you will wear your hair. Generally, if you have a higher neckline, a necklace might be too much but some longer earrings could work.

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Welp! Black Friday bridesmaid dresses won’t get better than this! What more could you want? Girls day, shopping, saving money and ticking this off your to do list! Be sure to have everyone’s measurements and be ready to buy if the right opportunity comes along that fits the criteria you are looking for! One last time…check the return/exchange policy and make sure you keep those receipts!

With a bit of advance research, this year’s Black Friday can be unbelievably productive for any soon to be bride!

How to choose your bridal shoes

Let’s be honest, wedding shoes are a big deal to every bride for different reasons. From flip flops, to cowboy boots, pumps to runners- each bride is unique. However, there are other key elements that come into play when a bride chooses her wedding shoes, here are some of them.

Less is more

Some brides don’t feel the need to go all out on their shoes because they feel the dress will either cover it up or that the dress itself is enough. This is fair; for the most part it’s true, no one will really be looking at your feet, especially if your dress is floor length. A cute kitten heel will do the trick in this scenario!


There is absolutely no point in wearing and ruining gorgeous heels if you are standing on a sandy beach in Acapulco. You will either be bare foot with some sweet ankle adornments or in pretty white flip flops so you are prepared for the grains of sand and dust.

Time of Year


Spring and fall outdoor weddings can be tricky in terms of predicting the weather, three days before it could indicate sunny skies and the day off its soggy. Why not have some fun with it and rock rain boots? The photographer will have a blast shooting those bridal party boot pictures!


It’s real love when you don’t want to be taller than your groom. These thoughtful and self-sacrificing brides, who deep down might love heels, may be sweet and opt for lovely flats. The right flat can look just as pretty as a heel. Just be sure you find out the fabric and if they stretch so you can get the right size.


So back to my high school friend who wore runners to her wedding (not the Julia Roberts runaway type) did it in only a way that emphasized their couple style. They BOTH rocked running shoes since she married a band rock star so it was only fitting- plus I never saw her wear even a wedge in high school!


Wedding Theme


If your style is country rustic, designer stilettos won’t be your go too since they will sink in the grass. Some brides have proudly chosen to don cowboy boots to match the scenery and theme of their outdoor, country wedding. It’s a fun way to say “surprise” underneath your beautiful dress and it will certainly work in your favor when you start line dancing in the barn!

Too much…huh?

I feel like Pnina Tornaithis would be me. I will never pass up an opportunity to wear amazing heels. In fact I’d buy them months in advance just so I could wear them around while doing the dishes and stretching them out so I could wear them for the entire wedding! Some brides don’t care and want it all and go all out with the heel height, glitz, glam and bling- Pnina Tornai style!



4 Tricks to help you conquer your wedding shoes

Whether you are a bride who likes to keep it simple or if you are the type to go over the top: bridal shoes are one of the most important bridal accessories…ever! Not only do they have to be a great height, the right shade of white (or whatever color your dress will be) but they also have to be comfortable. Here’s how to find and master your shoes for the big day!

  1. Shop in the a.m.

shopping-mall-580As someone who was in business retail management for years, try to shop in the morning. Several reasons, the stores are much quieter which means more one on one with the sales associate = better customer service. Another reason is that your feet won’t be swollen like they are at the end of the day; you will have a better idea as to the proper fit minus the excess water! Lastly, stock comes in for the most part in the mornings, if you have been waiting to try a particular size they didn’t have the last time you were there, it may have come in.

  1. Find the right height

It’s imperative that the shoes you choose to wear for your wedding day are a shoesreasonable height. This is obvious for many reasons. I tell my girlfriends all the time that if I am spending top dollar for and shoes…I’m wearing them all night! You will be standing for the majority of the day, walking down the aisle, pictures will take at least 2 hours and dancing after dinner. You don’t want sore feet and if you have to take your shoes off at all during the night, good luck getting them back on! Find a height that is comfortable and realistic for you!

  1. Know your shoe material

If you are wearing anything that is synthetic do not bank on it stretching, so if it pinches now, it will always pinch. Patent leathers, fabric and other synthetic materials unless stretched in the store for a good 30 minutes, will not stretch to fit the shape of your foot. However, if the shoes are leather inside and out, it will still take some time but get breaking them in now! Which brings me to my next point…

  1. Break them in early

breaking-in-your-wedding-heelsIt’s a good idea as soon as you get them, start wearing them around them around the house! Make dinner in them, watch a movie in them, bathe the kids in them! Just wear them so they mold to your foot (if they don’t need to be stretched) this will help you get used to wearing them for longer periods of time.

If all else fails, then be sure to grab a cute pair of flats for you to switch into if you know for sure you won’t be able to last in them for the duration of the day!

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