Every Step You Take – Beach Wedding Shoes

Sometimes it feels like evening shoes are just beautifully decorated implements of torture. Sure, these confections for the feet look delectable, but after an hour, the pain starts to set in. You down a couple more cocktails to combat the pain, and before you know it, you’re having trouble staying upright, and it can be a long way down if you miss a step. Why not start things off on the right foot (I couldn’t resist) with “sensible” but sassy shoes, or even blissfully bare feet. So, say goodbye to blisters and bunions, and say hello to happier feet.

Something Old – Old-fashioned handmade Pakistani Mojari shoes are traditional yet whimsical, and always comfortable. Find them on eBay if a trip to the East is not in the cards. These are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside!

Pakistani Mojari slippers

Something New –   For the modern or vintage girl, these jeweled peep-toe slip-ons from Vera Wang suit any Western dress, won’t leave you feeling flat.

Vera Wang Lavender jeweled flats, seen at StyleMePretty.com

Something Borrowed – Borrow a runway look, like these over-the-top gladiator sandals, to make a bold statement. Here, all the height is in intricate leather going up the legs.

Ornate gladiator sandals seen at http://zsazsabellagio.blogspot.ca/

Something Blue – Ok, so they’re not exactly flat, but we just couldn’t resist posting these avante garde flippers by Belgian artist Paul Schietekat.

High Tide flippers

But seriously folks, there are plenty of colorful flat sandals that are dressy enough for a wedding, but not overly precious. We absolutely love Star Mela’s Indian-inspired beaded chappals, and they’re inexpensive enough that you may as well get a few pairs in different colors.

Sandals by StarMela.co.uk

Of course, you don’t have to wear shoes. How about some stunning, traditional jewelry for your feet? For most Indian ceremonies, the shoes come off anyway, and leaving them off means you won’t have to readjust your sari or lengha length. Just set it, and forget it.

Exquisite payals. Who needs shoes?For a more contemporary take on foot jewelry, chiffon florets, which we found over at Wedding Wire.

For a more contemporary take on foot jewelry,  chiffon florets with white pearls are demurely sexy. We found these tantalizing toesies over at Wedding Wire.

Modern foot jewelry photographed by Jesse Hernandez

Of course, if you dare to go bare, why not invite all of your guests to join in the fun? We loved this photo by Sybrand Cillié.

"Shoes here" by Sybrand Cillie

And if that didn’t convince you…

A barefoot bride and groom. So romantic!

Bohemian Inspiration

One of the best things about destination weddings is the more relaxed, intimate atmosphere. Rather than a stuffy, formal affair, destination weddings are about close family and dear friends, savoring the moment, spontaneous bursts of song or dance, and allowing a beautiful starry sky,  a breathtaking sunset, or turquoise waters and coral sand to be your backdrop.  Here at Mehndi Paradise, we are super-excited about the Bohemian and Tribal trends that are popular this season, and we think they are perfectly suited for the more casual, but uber-romantic beach weddings.  Here are some of our favorite looks and decor ideas for 2012. It’s not too late to incorporate some exotically rustic romance into your  event!

A beautiful fishtail braid is perfect for a beach wedding

If the messy fishtail braid is not for you, you can go for a more classical Indian braid, with kundan jewelry affixed. Try mixing and matching different styles and bits of jewelry for an eclectic Bohemian vibe.

Bling out your braid!

For that matter, you may as well bling everything up with lots of love beads. You can create your own version of this Chanel Haute Couture look.  Pearls are the perfect accessory for a beach wedding and look far from prim when draped in numbers! Layers of chunky bangles complete the look. Sticking to a color theme of whites and ivories keeps this look from becoming cluttered or chaotic.

Chanel

The Bohemian bride is not afraid to experiment. Instead of going matchy matchy with the eye makeup (a common mistake with Indian brides matching their eyeshadow to their sari or lehenga) a multi-colored peacock-inspired eye brings a hit of color without looking dated. This is your day to have fun, and take a walk on the wild side.

Peacock eyeshadow

And you can always get wonderful event inspiration from our friends over at Style Me Pretty. We fell in love with this casual but festive beach dining room for a destination wedding in the Bahamas. You can never have too many fairy lights or lanterns!

Bahamas beach wedding with fairy lights galore

Sometimes it’s the smallest details that add a truly personalized touch. These hand-painted rangoli pebbles by Rang-Decor would make a delightful DIY project to add to your centerpieces or wedding decor, and a fun take-home or favor for your guests. The perfection of a Plumeria blossom is the perfect complement to the rustic stones.

Rangoli stone with Laxmi footprints by Rang Decor

We also fell in love with EmPlume‘s amazing feather bouquets! You will never have to worry about your bouquet going limp in the tropical sun, and it also makes a gorgeous heirloom to display in your home for years to come. Subtle crystals in the centers of the feathers kick up the luxe factor without being too serious.

Feather bouquet by Emplume.com.

You’ll notice the lack of shoes in this post. We, of course, think that a Bohemian inspired beach wedding would do well with henna instead of heels. Intricate mehndi designs can take on the look of a sandal, and you’ll never get blisters from dancing all night! We suggest accessorizing your feet with the chunky anklets AND henna for a luxurious look that is far sexier than any Louboutins!

Henna for beach wedding

Dripping with jewels!