10 bridal shoe and bag pairings

01 Aug 2017

Your shoes and bag should always match and your wedding day is no exception; here are some beautiful bridal pairings

A lot of brides don't consider a bag for their big day. Yet even if you decide not to carry it around with you, a bag is essential for your mobile phone, good luck charms and even emergency items. If you're looking for a bag that matches your wedding shoes, then here are a few ideas to start your search for the perfect pairing.

1. Subtle shimmer

The Diane Clutch Bag (£69) and Iona Metallic Peep Toe Court Shoes (£79) by Rainbow Club, from House of Fraser, look divine when paired together. Offering a dose of magical bridal sparkle, the shoes offer a comfortable height and the bag provides enough room for all your handbag essentials.

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2. Bridal white

Extend an all-white theme to your shoes and bag with the Daphne Satin Bow Peep Toe Shoes (£99) and Clutch Bag (£35) from Monsoon. The shoes feature a d’Orsay silhouette for a feminine finish that will carry you from the altar to the dancefloor in spectacular style. 

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3. Classic elegance

Rainbow Club has been hand-dying shoes to any colour a bride desires since 1986. Every Rainbow Club shoe features a sapphire coloured crystal gem at the sole, offering brides a small yet unique token of luck on their big day. The Fashion Collection boasts chic styles such as Estelle (£79); a modern T-bar sandal in a stunning sparkly gold metallic fabric, and the versatile Saskia (£69) clutch to add a contemporary twist to the traditional bridal look.

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4. Golden girl

The graceful silhouette of the Bianca heel from LK Bennett (£185) is an ideal height for your special day, designed with the utmost comfort in mind. Pair with the Cecilia elongated envelope clutch (£150), also in a sumptuous champagne tone, to add a dash of opulent glamour to your bridal style.

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5. Glitz and glamour

Yull's Mayfair Satin Flower Shoe (£225) in Ivory from the Bride Collection presents timeless sophistication and a dose of chic sparkle. Team with the Mrs Bridal Clutch Bag from SoS15 (£55), which can be personalised with your new initials.

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6. Something blue

Adhere to the age old tradition with blue shoes and bag. Rachel Simpson's Isabelle shoes (£199) in ice blue are a fabulous accessory for your feet, while the matching Iona bag (£115) will finish the look. 

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7. Colour popping

For the bride who wants to inject colour into her bridal ensemble, bold and bright shoes with a matching bag is the perfect way to do it. Pay tribute to a coral colour scheme with the Vivica Heeled Sandals and Brayden clutch bag from JustFab, priced at an affordable £54.95 for the set.

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8. Blinging bride

Hollywood by Freya Rose (£445) is a stunning silver slingback style shoe, hand-embellished with Cubic Zirconia crystals and gorgeous freshwater pearls. Add extra bling with the Veronique Bridal Harcase Clutch Bag from Accessorize (£45).

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9. Feel good flats

If heels aren't your style and you want to opt for comfort that will see you through the day, take a look at these Ivory Lace Pointy Ballerina court shoes from Aruna Seth (£545). The Dune Bridal Collection Bridey Satin Match Clutch Bag from John Lewis (£55) complements the shoe design perfectly, available in bridal white with a touch of stunning sparkle.

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10. Boho bride

Bohemian brides need not be fancy free; bejewelled sandals paired with an embroidered pouch bag offer a romantic take on boho style. Take a look at these ASOS Leather Embellished Flat Sandals (£28) and V By Very 3D Floral Bridesmaid Pouch Bag (just £15) for inspiration. 

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Five tips for preserving your shoes and bag after the big day:

1. Make sure to put them away clean and conditioned.

2. Check and get repaired any damage, such as scrapes and scuffs or damaged material.

3. Use tissue paper and shoe trees to maintain original shape and structure.

4. Place in dust bags to keep them free from mould and store away from direct sunlight to prevent colours fading.

5. Enlist the help of The Restory via phone or website. Its skilled artisans can revive and restore your shoes and bag to their original glory and advise on storage. Or they can give them a second life, perhaps through a recolour or redesign.