Pearls can make a lovely embellishment on wedding sandals.

How to Decorate Women's Sandals for a Wedding

by Pamela Miller

For every blushing bride, finding comfy and fashionable shoes can create quite the dilemma when it comes to pulling together the perfect wedding ensemble. A comfortable alternative to not-so-comfortable heels are wedding sandals. Plain white sandals or flip-flops leave endless possibilities when it comes to creativity. From beads to flowers, brides and bridesmaids can add their own spin on wedding sandals before walking down the aisle -- in style and comfort.

Gather Supplies

Gather all the necessary supplies to put your own spin on your wedding sandals. Wedding sandals should complement your gown, but this is not to say your sandals can't have a little extra something special. For example, if your dress is wintery white satin and you want to add a pop of color, adding a bright flower to your wedding sandals could be a bright alternative. A hot glue gun, artificial flowers, pearls, beads, lace and sequins may be necessary depending on your personal taste.

Plan Before Gluing

Create a plan of action before gluing objects onto the sandals instead of simply gluing things here and there. To get a better idea of whether or not you will like the finished look, place objects on top of the sandals with the help of tape before actually gluing them. Sometimes less is more, so keep this in mind before attempting to glue too much on the sandals.


Paint the sandals in glitter paint, if desired, before gluing objects on. Allow the paint to dry for at least two hours before adding embellishments. Glitter paint is available in many craft and fabric stores. Avoid getting the paint on the bottom of the sandal.

Add Embellishments

Decorate sandals with embellishments using a hot glue gun. After gluing the items on, hold them in place for 15 to 20 seconds. Allow them to dry and avoid picking up the sandals during this time. For best results, allow the sandals to dry overnight. Before walking down the aisle, try the sandals on to give them an adequate test run. If there are other embellishments poking through the sandals, you may need to make adjustments to avoid wedding-day discomfort.

About the Author

Pamela Miller has been writing for health, beauty and animal health/welfare publications for seven years. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication from MTSU.

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