WEDDING PARTY SHOES – What Shoes To Wear as a Bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride, and Wedding Guest
Updated: May 22, 2020
Bridal shoes. They’re not just for brides…
While we at Adrienne Shoes specialise in elegant and comfortable bridal shoes that can be worn all day and night, we know that other members of the wedding party also need to be catered to. Sorry brides, on this occasion, it isn’t all about you!
Shopping for bridesmaid dresses – and the accessories that go with them – however, is often a task that is left to the bride. Happy clients have always told us how they adore how they can get shoes for their entire wedding party all in one place. And not just any place – a place they trust and love so much, because it’s the same place they got their own shoes. So if it’s good enough for the bride…
Not only can some of our wedding shoes that are specifically marketed as bridal wedding shoes be worn by bridesmaids, the maid of honour, and other members of the wedding party (yes, even all those white wedding shoes) but we’ve made some extra special wedding shoes that were specifically designed with bridesmaids and even wedding guests in mind. The shoes come in soft, elegant, and even romantic pastel pinks, off whites, and even pure whites – perfect when the bride herself is wearing one of our sparklier shoes – and even brighter and bolder hues such as fuchsia (yes, you read that right! But don’t wait too long, as we only have a few pairs left!) and various seductive shades of red. See, we weren’t lying when we said we had thought of everyone!
And to prove it, we’re going to show you just a few of the many ways you can wear our wedding shoes. Whether you are shopping for shoes for bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, or just want to be one of the best-dressed wedding guests in attendance, there’s something here for everyone.
Which is your favourite?
Bridesmaid Option 1
A dress with a high slit is calling for some killer, show-stopping shoes. And we think you’ll agree that nothing turns heads quite like our Hepburn Cerise shoes. These shoes go with an abundance of bridesmaid dress colours, but we’ve chosen dark navy for the power of the contrast. Whatever colour you go for, keep the rest of the colour palette minimal, so that the shoes are the real stand-out pieces of the look.
Brides, if you don’t want to share the spotlight, our Hepburn shoes also come in softer colour palettes that are far more traditional than the ones we have selected. But we are suckers for attention-grabbing shoes, so you know which option we would go for…
Beaded satin maxi dress, WAS £189 NOW £94.50, available at Coast ǀǀ Sarah clutch bag, WAS £99 NOW £52, available at Hobbs ǀǀ Hepburn Cerise low cut classic point shoes, £255, available at Adrienne Shoes
Bridesmaid Option 2
Baby pink is one of the most popular colours for bridesmaid dresses – and we can see why! Not only is it soft, elegant, and feminine, but it makes mixing and matching an absolute breeze. Regardless of the shade of pink you choose for your flowers and other venue decorations, you can rest assured that your soft pink bridesmaid dresses will complement everything. Ps: we love the lace detailing of this dress, as it emulates romance and femininity, and definitely makes the dress look more expensive than it is.
Vila halterneck maxi dress, £48, available at Silk Fred ǀǀ Miu Miu leather crossbody bag, £1270, available at Selfridges ǀǀ Hepburn suede low cut classic point shoes, £255, available at Adrienne Shoes
Bridesmaid Option 3
Silvers and greys are becoming increasingly more desirable – especially as they can be adapted for every single season. Cool greys for spring/summer and frosty silvers for winter wonderland themed weddings – and the key is all in the accessorising. The dress we have selected ticks all the bridesmaid dress boxes – the flattering pleated skirt, the sparkling sequins that will undoubtedly catch the light and dazzle in the pictures – the perfect complement to the bride – and the ultra-feminine bow detailing that is the perfect juxtaposition to the glamour of the sparkles.
When wearing a low-cost outfit, we like to wear slightly more luxurious accessories to balance the look out. And nothing is more luxurious than our Iridescent Hepburn shoes teamed with the most dazzling Jimmy Choo clutch.
Hepburn Iridescent low cut classic point shoes, WAS £249 NOW £149.40, available at Adrienne Shoes ǀǀ Bow strap hand embellished maxi dress, WAS £100 NOW £75, available at Boohoo ǀǀ Jimmy Choo glitter Celeste clutch bag, £675, available at Harrods
Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom
We know that both the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom want to look as elegant as possible on one of the biggest days of their children’s lives. But we also know that they want to be comfortable and confident at the same time. We’ve selected two great outfits that solve two of the most common problems that older women have when it comes to eveningwear.
One of the most common body insecurities for older women is their arms – in particular, the dreaded bingo wings. Although they are nothing to be ashamed of, we understand that everyone wants to feel confident when they slip into their eveningwear, so hiding or disguising the ‘problem area’ is always recommended. Boleros, shawls, wraps, scarves, even cropped jackets can all work wonders in terms of covering up arms and shoulders. However, we much prefer dresses that do the job for you, as it won’t look like you’re trying to cover something up.
After all, why spend your money on a fabulous dress only to have it covered up? The Tabitha embellished maxi dress ticks every single box, as it disguises the arms in a subtle way that doesn’t distract from the intricate detailing. You won’t want to cover a single inch of the dress; the embellishment demands attention, and thanks to the sleeves that hide what some believe to be a multitude of sins, you’ll be happy to receive it.
Tabitha embellished maxi dress, WAS £170 NOW £102, available at Monsoon ǀǀ Hepburn Iridescent point shoes, WAS £249 NOW £149, available at Adrienne Shoes ǀǀ Verstaire Collective Edie Parker sequinned Perspex clutch bag, £355, available at Selfridges
As we get older, the tummy area is often referred to as one of the biggest problem areas. However, wearing loose fitting dresses – often referred to as tent dresses – doesn’t actually flatter the figure. Au contraire, the fabric hangs to the most prominent area, thus making the whole body appear bigger than it is. A great way to get around this is to choose a dress with a peplum, as the peplum instantly hides the stomach area, while still clinging to your curves and showing off the rest of your gorgeous shape. We love the figure-flattering dress we have selected, as it fits in all the right places, and hides the area you may be most insecure about in a fun way. No need to hunch in the corner – stand tall and stand proud!
We would sometimes tell people to carry a clutch bag to hold strategically around their middle in photographs if they are self-conscious about that area. However, there’s need to hide with a dress like this, so a fun shoulder bag is definitely on the cards. That leaves your hands free for eating, drinking, and of course, dancing.
V-neck peplum waist maxi dress, WAS £89 NOW £44.50, available at Coast ǀǀ Pink Poly suede pointed slingback shoes, £249, available at Adrienne Shoes ǀǀ Balenciaga B. Wallet on Chain Crossbody bag, £695, available at Matches
Wedding guests, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you! Wedding guests can have a lot of fun with their wardrobes! We’ve always been fans of wild prints and feminine florals, and love how they can be worn and accessorised during all seasons.
Guest Option 1
Chic and elegant, regardless of which shoe choice you go for. This look ticks all the ‘classy wedding guest’ boxes, so go in this direction if the wedding is in a luxurious 5-star hotel. Alternatively, a dress like this – with a high neckline and a very long hem – would be perfect for all religious services, as it is classy, conservative, and best of all, as chic as can be.
V-neck Dirndl hem maxi dress, WAS £179 NOW £89.50, available at Coast ǀǀ Edie rose gold clutch bag, £17, available at Accessorize ǀǀ Pink Iris Iridescent low cut point shoes, £239, available at Adrienne Shoes ǀǀ Noir Chloe suede platform stiletto sandals, £155, available at Adrienne Shoes
Guest Option 2
If your summer wedding has yet to be cancelled – or it’s been rescheduled for next spring/summer – may we suggest something as fun and feminine as the Adrianna Papell organza floral dress? Great for spring/summer weddings, but it can also be worn to other events such as the races, Christenings, or just lavish outdoor birthday parties. A dress like this deserves to be re-worn and enjoyed – and a great way to give the dress new life every time is to team it with different accessories every time. Which bag option do you prefer?
Adrianna Papell organza floral dress, WAS £255 NOW £128, available at House of Fraser ǀǀ Iris Iridescent low cut point shoes, £239, available at Adrienne Shoes ǀǀ Mansur Gavriel white cloud textured clutch bag, £578, available at Far Fetch ǀǀ Kate Spade faux fur ‘Betty’ swag bag, £323, available at Far Fetch
Guest Option 3
Yes, you can still wear florals in winter. We love winter florals, and snapping up a hardworking dress like this one can serve you well season after season. Wear for winter weddings with deep red accessories, or go for a lighter colour palette for spring/summer events too. Swap the red shoes for pastel pink ones, and team with coordinating accessories. A light pink fascinator in the same colour as your shoes screams springtime wedding; it would also make a killer Ladies Day outfit.
Chi Chi floral print dip hem dress, WAS £68 NOW £51, available at House of Fraser ǀǀ Chloe rouge leather lined platform sandals, £155, available at Adrienne Shoes ǀǀ Anya Hindmarch ‘Anya’ extra small cross body bag, WAS £250 NOW £175, available at House of Fraser ǀǀ Iris Iridescent low cut point shoes, £239, available at Adrienne Shoes