Wedding Style

Tips For Happy Wedding Day Feet

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No matter what shoes you wear on your wedding day, you’re going to experience a lot of standing and a lot of dancing. Brides usually end up standing between 8-10 hours on their wedding day! The key to enjoying your wedding ceremony and reception is to be pain-free, which means taking care of your feet. Our tips for happy feet range from pre-wedding day preparations to things you can do during the wedding to heal them. You’ll be pleased to know our tips are meant to keep your feet happy even if you’re wearing stilettos, though we highly recommend flats.

  • To prevent sweating in your feet, soak your feet in Epsom salt the morning of your big day.
  • Vary up your heel size throughout the day. Instead of ditching your heels once they start hurting, take them every chance you get so you can keep them on for the important parts. This means you can take them off for a bit before you walk down the aisle and while waiting for the photographer to tell you how to pose in your photos.
  • Buy a bigger shoe. Your feet will swell by the end of the day, especially when you’re dancing in a big crowd. When you try on wedding shoes, don’t settle for ones that are snug on your feet. You want them a little loose so they’re not digging into your skin by the time your reception rolls around.
  • Try to find a shoe that is made of a natural material so that it is more breathable.
  • Shoes with thicker heels and back straps will be more supportive and overall more comfortable.
  • Elevate your feet when possible. This will reduce the amount of swelling in your feet at the end of the day. When you’re done getting ready and waiting for the ceremony to begin, prop up your feet and relax a bit.
  • Avoid blisters by avoiding friction and sweaty feet. You can prevent friction by not buying a tight shoe. Keep the bathroom stocked with talcum powder or spray deodorant so you can dry your feet during bathroom breaks.
  • Make sure your MOH has band-aids in her purse in case you do end up with painful blisters. Covering them with band-aids will eliminate the raw rubbing that can be unbearable.

Kate Wilke is the senior digital content producer at 301 Digital Media, and she's the editor of, and When she's not paddle boarding or skiing, she's informing someone about global warming (or cats) over a local double IPA. Follow her on twitter — @Kate_Wilke