What Shoes Should I Wear to My Destination Wedding?

Right now, with Christmas only 12 days away, the only shoes you're thinking about are the ones you should wear to all those upcoming Christmas parties.

And if you're in a cold part of the country, you're probably also hoping your snow boots keep you warm enough the rest of the time.

But when your destination wedding is set for 2014, it's never too early to start looking at what destination wedding shoes you might wear on your special day.

Your wedding is going to come sooner than you think (because if Christmas is only 12 days away, the new year is only 19 away!). And if you start looking now, you might score nice holiday deals on the perfect pair.

So to help you get a jump-start on your shoe search for your upcoming nuptials, here's a guide to selecting some incredible destination wedding shoes...

A Quick Note --

Even though you can ultimately choose whatever shoes you want, keep in mind that the type of destination wedding you're having will help determine the best shoes for you to wear (whether or not you listen to the "best" advice is, again, up to you).

You also need to keep in mind your destination wedding dress and overall style, because it'd be discordant for you to wear glammed-up, glitzed-out fashion pumps when you're trying to keep things casual.

Likewise, don't push your personal preferences aside; if you want to be casual but have always hated flip flops, try a simple but more elegant pair of sandals.

Finally, don't forget about the ease of transporting the shoes to your wedding location. The flatter and less bulky the shoes, the easier they'll be to pack and bring along to your wedding. If they're larger pieces, plan to pack around them or the box accordingly.

the type of destination wedding you're having will help determine the best shoes for you to wear

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Flip-Flops --

Most brides prefer this simple and easy footwear choice when they're having beach destination weddings.

There are several factors in favor of flip-flops that make them a default choice beach destination wedding shoes:

-- They're usually on the cheaper end of the money spectrum so you don't have to worry about them getting too sandy or dirty.

-- They allow you to walk on sand with hardly any trouble.

-- Their design keeps you cool if your wedding is taking place during a hot part of the year.

-- They're easy to transport if you're flying to an exotic location.

Flip-flops are perfect for weddings of a more laid-back, fun nature. But even these shoes are too much for some brides; if that's the case for you, consider purchasing...

Flip-flops are perfect for weddings of a more laid-back, fun nature.

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Barefoot Sandals --

That's right -- you don't even have to wear shoes to your wedding if you don't want to!

Barefoot sandals exploded in the wedding fashion scene within the last year or two, and rightfully so. They make a bold, sexy statement without needing the height of heels or the sole of regular footwear.

Looking a bit more like foot or ankle jewelry as opposed to shoes, barefoot sandals are a good decision for the comfort-seeking bride, especially if your entire wedding will be on a beach and in locations where you're not required to wear shoes (and where it's safe to do so).

Barefoot sandals exploded in the wedding fashion scene within the last year or two

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Sandals --

If barefoot sandals aren't your thing, try going for the full-out version they were inspired from.

Sandals can come in any number of styles and heights from sexy to simple, with straps that never seem to end to just a few necessary pieces to keep the shoe on your foot. Their diversity means you'll have plenty of options to choose from for your destination wedding shoes.

Though it's more difficult to walk on sand with traditional sandals, you can still wear these shoes if you're planning on having most of your event indoors. You could also swap out flip-flops or barefoot sandals for your heeled ones when you're done with the beach part of your day.

Sandals can come in any number of styles and heights from sexy to simple

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Heels/Pumps --

The traditional option for most brides is to wear heels or pumps. And you don't have to change this just because you're having a non-traditional wedding location.

Heels and pumps make great destination wedding shoes for the bride who's not having a beach wedding or who doesn't have to brave rough terrain. For example, a bride having a wedding at a traditional Irish castle could easily wear an elegant pair of bridal pumps (maybe died green for good luck!).

And like with regular sandals, heels and pumps come in all shapes and sizes so you're likely to find the exact style, color, and fit you're looking for.

Heels and pumps make great destination wedding shoes

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Boots --

One thing that most destination wedding blogs and sites don't talk about is the fact that some people choose to have winter weddings far away from home.

In this case, boots may be your best option for braving the snow and the cold temperatures.

A lot of cold-weather destination wedding brides will choose boots to wear for pictures and for the ceremony, picking anything from comfy options like Uggs to classier versions like fashion riding boots. Some of these brides then switch to close-toed heels for the rest of their celebration.

Boots give your cold-weather destination wedding a unique aspect and will keep you warm at the same time.

Boots may be your best option for braving the snow and the cold temperatures

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Your Turn...

Obviously, picking out shoes is no simple task, especially when it comes to the pair you're going to wear on your destination wedding day. You have to consider your location, your wedding style, your dress, etc. And this post didn't even cover other types of shoes that brides sometimes wear, like sneakers/Converses, flats, etc.

But ultimately, you can wear whatever shoes you want as long as you're comfortable in them and you'll be happy with your choice when you look back at your wedding in years to come.

Have you started thinking about what shoes you're going to wear to your destination wedding yet?