First-timers can comfortably wear high heels on the big day if you heed this advice.

Despite the fact that they're not part of you everyday wardrobe, you want to wear high heels on your wedding day—there's nothing wrong with that! If you're feeling nervous about how to pull the look off without risking a fall (or feet that are too sore for the dance floor), we're here to help. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make the leap from flats to heels in time for your big day, and we asked the pros to tell you exactly how to do just that.

First, do you have to wear heels?

Let's get one thing straight: You definitely don't have to wear heels on your wedding day. The vast majority of wedding dresses are full length, meaning your feet will be completely covered except for when you are kicking up your heels (pun intended). That means if you are considering wearing heels only because you feel like you have to, don't.

But if you just cannot imagine your wedding day without a pair of high heels tucked under your gown, then your best bet may be splurging on a really good pair. Wedding planner Janessa White from Simply Eloped says, "I've found there is a big difference between low- and high-end heels. Really well-made heels can handle longer wear time and are likely more comfortable for you. If wearing heels is important to you, it might be worth your money to splurge on a nice pair." 

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Break them in.

One of the main reasons why new shoes are so uncomfortable is because they haven't been broken in yet. Wedding planner Tara Fay recommends putting on a pair of wooly socks and wearing your new heels around the house for a little bit every night. To keep them clean and free from scuffs, she recommends slipping a pair of plastic overshoes or an old pair of stockings over top as you break them in.

There is something to be said for scuffing your shoes up a bit, though. Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events suggests roughing up the soles before the big day. "If the bottoms of your shoes are still slick despite your best efforts, take a piece of sandpaper and rough up the bottom of your shoes. This will give you more traction and less opportunity to slip." No matter what, make sure you have an extra pair of shoes on hand in case you cannot make the heels work. Going barefoot on your wedding day—even just during the reception—is a bad idea; an injury is the last thing you want.

Know the terrain.

If your preferred heels will not work on the sandy beach where you ceremony will be held, consider having separate shoes for your vows and the reception. "If your ceremony space isn't optimal for heels but your reception is being held indoors, save your heels for the party portion of the night!" says Megan Velez of Destination Weddings Travel Group.

And keep the venue's terrain in mind as you shop. Will much of your big day take place on grass? A wedge or block heel is the better choice. Will you be walking a long distance from the ceremony and cocktail hour? Opt for a lower heel over something towering.

Be prepared.

Consider keeping a few supplies on hand just in case. Sullivan says items like deodorant and band aids can help with friction and blisters. There are also products specifically designed to help ease foot pain in heels, so check out the options at your local drugstore and see what might work for you. In a pinch, Leann Kennedy of Chalet View Lodge suggests an old hiking trick: duct tape. A square inch of tape on your foot's "hot spot" can give you a little extra time before your shoes become too uncomfortable.


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