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Connie C

Going Barefoot?

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I'm getting married at the Hilton in November on the beach. My dress is a little formal to wear without heels, but I don't know how I could wear heels on the beach. Anyone know if the Hilton does a walkway or something? Also good to know for my wedding party and others who have to walk down. Should I just go barefoot? I always wear heels b/c I'm short, but, really, I'm short even in heels so what's the difference. What are you doing?

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I don't know about the walkway, but I will be going bearfoot. I think if your dress is long then nobody will know if you're wearing shoes or not. Just buy you some nice heels for the reception. I'm with you, I'm 5' so even with heels I'm short...so it doesn't make a difference to me. My daughter, who is eight, on the other hand likes it when I wear my "wifey" shoes. That's what she has called them since she was 4. So cute!

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I'm wearing white Birkenstock sandals under my dress. I was going to go barefoot then a friend pointed out that the sand will be HOT!!! I think I'll get cute little heeled sandals for the reception.

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If you want to wear heels after the ceremony, you can always get those wedge flip flops so that your dress won't be too long without the heels or too short with the heels. That's what I plan on doing (my ceremony is on the grass so I don't want my heels to poke in). I think wedge heels are pretty ugly but I'm hoping nobody will see them for the 10 mins I have them on!

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Congrats - I'm getting married at the Hilton in May! There's no walkway provided by the Hilton on the sand that I know of. If you want a hard surface to walk on, you can rent one from your florist, but those are pricey. I found satin flip flops online, but I'm tall, so I was looking for no heel. I seem to recall more options with wedge flip flops that would work as well.

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Everyone including the guests went barefoot to our wedding. We had the white sand on our beach that doesn't get HOT on the feet, so it wasn't a problem. If you have the hot sand, than barefeet may not work as well.

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Thank you all for your responses! Great suggestions. Barefoot may be the way to go IF the sand isn't too hot. If the sand is hot, I may need to have a contingency plan. Maybe I'll test it out when I'm there in April for my tasting. I just don't want to be stumbling down the aisle because shoes are digging in the sand, even sandals are hard to walk in on the sand (I think). Thanks again everyone.

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Toes in the sand is definitely the authentic way to do a beach wedding. However, Connie C, I'm one bride who plans on wearing shoes! I'm planning to rent a walkway/aisle, which is actually not that expensive ($150). Also, you have to think about your fiance and guests walking on the sand in their shoes. I like the walkway, so the guests can use it too. That way, they can walk down the aisle and only have to take a few steps in the sand to get to their seats. The other way to do it, if you want to go barefoot, is to set up a table right by the edge of the sand where guests and put their shoes. That's what my friend who had a Bahamas wedding did and it looked really cute. She had a really cute pic of it in her album.

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