3 Tips to making a statement with your Bridal Shoes

Every bride should feel amazing on her Wedding Day – and if you’re like most women, nothing makes you strut your stuff quite like a great pair of shoes.

Your bridal footwear offers the perfect opportunity to showcase your personality and have some fashion fun on what can otherwise be a very traditional occasion. But blisters are never in style, so the first thing to consider is comfort.

You’ll be in your wedding shoes all day and may be dancing in them all night, so whether they’re stilettos, ballet flats, or even UGGS, your wedding foot wear needs to be a good fit.

TIP: If your shoes are not comfortable when you try them on, they won’t feel better after a day on your feet.

UGGS offers a line of Bridal Boots for brides looking to keep their feet comfortable and cozy!

TIP: Take the length and style of your gown into consideration when selecting your shoes.

Short or tea-length gowns are a great excuse to showcase your personality through a shoe with colour or a pattern. Adding a splash of colour can also be fun under a long, more traditional dress.

If you’re opting for a non-traditional dress, make a splash with some sparkley shoes! (Venue: Elm Hurst Inn & Spa, Carriage House / Photo Credit: Painting with Light Photography)

TIP: Spike heels may not be the best choice if you’re wearing a delicate lace gown – and skinny stilettos are a definite no-no for the beach or garden setting.

Some brides take it one step further and have custom-designed shoes made especially for their wedding day – like these created for an Elm Hurst bride by Figgie Shoes.

These one-of-a-kind shoes were inspired by our very own Elm Hurst Inn & Spa.

Others prefer a more relaxed look and wear sneakers or a favourite pair of cowboy boots under their formal attire.

These groomsmen kept it causal in matching sneakers….Venue: Elm Hurst Inn & Spa.

Whatever you choose, remember it’s your day. Don’t be afraid to kick up your heels and have some fun!

Partington Photography - Fountain play August 2012
This Bride kicked off her heels to go barefoot in our fountain! (Venue: Elm Hurst Inn & Spa / Photo Credit: Partington Photography )

Whether you choose to dance barefoot in our fountain or hit the dance floor in designer stilettos, the dedicated wedding professionals at Idlewyld Inn & Spa and Elm Hurst Inn & Spa will make your Wedding Day one to remember.

Make the most of wedding show season


If you’re planning a wedding, you probably already know that wedding show season is in full swing. And with so many vendors under one roof, attending a bridal show can be a great place to look for new ideas, scout out the latest trends, and meet local wedding professionals. But it can also be a bit overwhelming.

Inn Manager, Effie, representing Idlewyld Inn & Spa and Elm Hurst Inn & Spa  at Canada’s Bridal Show, with Ontario’s Finest Inns

So here are five tips to help you get the most out of the experience:

Do some homework
How many vendors will be in attendance? Some shows are held in large convention halls with hundreds of booths. Others are more exclusive ‘boutique’ affairs.

Most will have a website where vendors are listed. Take some time to check it out to get a sense of the size of the event, and to identify vendors – florists, photographers, deejays, venues – that you don’t want to miss.

Many events also allow you to register in advance, offering ticket discounts and other incentives.

You can even win some great prizes, like these from the 2016 London Fall Bridal Show!

Don’t be shy
After you’ve decided which vendors catch your eye, the best way to see if this is someone you’d really like to work with is to strike up a conversation. Bring a list of questions, but don’t be pushed into making an on-the-spot decision. Most vendors will be happy to set up an appointment at a later date to discuss details in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Bring business cards or labels with your contact information, wedding date, phone number and email address to leave behind. Many vendors offer draws for prizes. You may be the lucky one!

Don’t miss the fashion show
Everyone loves the glamour and excitement of a fashion show, and they are a big part of most bridal events. Check the times to make sure you get a front row seat!

The fashion show is a MUST! (Photo: London Fall Bridal Show, 2015)

Bring a tote bag
Most vendors have brochures or other information to take home with you. Some even offer swag! Come prepared – your arms will thank you.

Bring a friend
Bridal shows are supposed to be fun, so make it a social event and bring a friend, your mom, or even your fiancée. Give yourself plenty of time to visit each vendor, enjoy the free samples, have some refreshments, and socialize. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes!

Bring a friend and double your enjoyment of all the latest wedding trends! (Photo: London Bridal Expo, 2015)

If you’re planning a wedding in southwestern Ontario, come and meet our Wedding Coordinator and her team at the London Fall Bridal Show (London Convention Centre, September 17 & 18) or the London Bridal Expo (Western Fairgrounds, September 24 & 25).

Or visit the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa and Idlewyld Inn & Spa online!