We know you want to look good on your wedding day, but you also want to feel good, too. And while minor annoyances like blistered ankles and pinching shoes are just that—minor—they’re still, well, annoying. On your big day, you should be focused on your future, and not counting down the minutes until you can kick off your shoes and unzip your dress.
We talked with couples who have already been down the aisle to see how they (and their bridal party) stayed comfortable throughout their wedding day. Their recommendations might surprise you—some are simple but magical, some are obvious but still often overlooked, and all are under $20. (You can thank us later.)
Shirt stays: “I almost forgot to get these, and I’m so happy I did,” says one recent groom. “I was able to dance all night and not worry about my shirt coming untucked and looking messy.” These Y-style stays are among the highest-rated on Amazon. ($19)
Blister protectors: Yes, even if you think your shoes are all-night-comfortable, you should still plan on packing these in your bag. Podiatrists recommend these Spenco 2nd Skin cushioned bandages ($14.99) These Moleskin adhesive pads come in a range of shapes and sizes—there are 110 total—for whatever sort of shoe you’ll be wearing. ($8.99)
Cotton underwear: “I didn’t want to feel sweaty under my heavy dress all day,” says a bride who got married this past summer. “I did so much research before the wedding and instead of sweat-wicking underwear or some fancy lingerie, I went for a lightweight cotton pair. Best choice ever.”
Heel stoppers: Stock up on clear plastic heel stoppers for you and your bridal party. “We got married outside and this made walking through the grass so much easier for my bridesmaids and me,” says another bride. They come packaged in different sizes for a variety of heel widths, and slide on the tips of your heels to prevent your shoes from sinking into grass. (Hello, outdoor photo session!) This option includes 18 pairs in three different sizes. ($15.99)
Handheld fan: “Even though we got married on a day that wasn’t too hot, I still brought along a portable handheld fan,” says another bride. “It was the most popular thing all day, especially on the bus that carried that the wedding party around.” This small but mighty battery-operated fan has more than 4,000 positive ratings on Amazon, and it rings in at less than $15. ($13.99)
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