How do I Tell Wedding Guests to Wear Flat Shoes to a Wedding?


Weddings take place in lots of venues where the footing may be a bit uncertain. Garden weddings mean grass and heels sink into the dirt. Beach weddings make it difficult to maneuver in high heels. Lakes are lovely to look at, but their shorelines are rocky and often a bit muddy. Do your guests a favor and let them know flat shoes are preferred when you invite them to your wedding.

Things You'll Need

  • Card stock
  • Pen
  • Wedding invitation
  • Envelopes
  • E-mail


  • Order additional cards to put in with the invitation. People often save wedding invitations as mementos. It's a little awkward to request a dress code as part of the actual invitation, unless it's something like "Black Tie Requested." Most people figure out what to wear based on the formality of the invitation, time of day and location.

  • Write on the cards or have them printed with a simple statement that says: "The garden setting [or insert your location] is beautiful, but the footing is a bit unreliable. Please wear flat shoes to the ceremony and save your dancing shoes for the reception."

  • Place the cards inside the invitation. Place the invitation inside the envelopes and mail it.


  • Send an e-mail a few weeks before the wedding as an alternative to enclosing a card in the invitation.

  • Write the following subject line for the e-mail: "An Update to George and Sue's wedding on July 4th."

  • Write something like the following inside the e-mail: "George and I are looking forward to seeing you at our wedding on July 4th. We'd like to let you know that you may be more comfortable in flat shoes for the wedding ceremony since the sand is difficult to walk in with high heels."

Tips & Warnings

  • Give your guests plenty of time to get flat shoes to match their outfits. Send the e-mail or invitation well in advance of the wedding.

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