When I decided to get married beachside in Belize, I automatically knew I wanted a barefoot wedding.
Though I love getting all gussied up, at heart, I’m a carefree, shoeless, boho child.
Despite growing up in the desert where the 110 degree weather would scorch the Arizona pavement, you could always find me frolicking around barefoot, much to the dismay of my neat freak mother.
So when I decided to make my beautiful bridesmaids go fancy free as well, I knew I’d have to give them something cool to entice them to bear their toes.
I spent hours googling “barefoot beach sandals” and “barefoot sandals for weddings” trying to find the perfect pair of bedazzled foot jewelry to deck out my babes. After finally finding a cute crochet design that was reasonably priced and not too gaudy, I ordered eight pairs for myself and my maids.
Fast forward a month, two weeks before the wedding, when I started to worry about why they hadn’t arrived yet. I reviewed my order and immediately felt like an idiot. The barefoot sandals I’d ordered were from a shop in China and they precisely stated, “allow 10-12 weeks for delivery.”
I freaked out. I had some other amazing gifts for my gals but I had my heart set on these sandals.
I frantically ran to JoAnn’s Craft Store to see if I could find a kit to make them myself. No dice.
Instead, I purchased every clasp, band, string, and bead that seemed like they might be necessary for making barefoot sandals, and went home to experiment. Much to my surprise, it turned out to be pretty easy.
All I ended up needing was elastic gold rope and some pretty beads. That’s it!
If you’re looking for a fun, creative, and made-with-love gift for your beachy bridesmaids, look no further than these DIY Barefoot Sandals.
You will need:
Beads (in your chosen colors)
Scissors (may I suggest these Swarovski Crystal Stork Scissors – not necessary, but why not?)
Step 1: Measure out cord by looping it around your second toe and pulling both sides around your ankle. Leave a few extra inches past where the two sides meet.
Step 2: Make a loop in the middle and tie off with a small knot.
Step 3: Begin adding beads to the cords on either side of the loop. You can do all one color, or alternate.
Step 4: When you get to your ankle, tie the two strands together.
Step 5: Next, continue beading each side till you reach the back of your ankle, then tie off. Or simple leave the gold cord bare and tie off.
Step 6: Trim any excess cord.
It took me about 30 minutes to make a pair. Not too bad — but I did have seven bridesmaids!
I packaged them up in pretty little bags and made sure to brag that I slaved away for hours on them.
In addition to the sandals, I gave my bridesmaids these beautiful, delicate gold cuffs from Gorjana to match.
The Blakely Cuff is a great accessory for low-key glamour. It’s so dainty and pretty, and went perfectly with the beach vibe.
I originally had eight bridesmaids but one wasn’t able to make it so I ended up wearing the last cuff myself.
Having the same jewelry as my best friends added a very special element to my big day. Since the cuff is so versatile, I’ve been able to wear it again and again and reconnect with that feeling.
To give my gals the gift of a beachy glow all year long, I topped off the bag with goodies from one of my new favorite organic skincare lines.
Kaeng Raeng‘s natural cleansing products smell and work incredibly. They’re all vegan, cruelty-free, and chemical-free.
The charcoal face mask is perfect for unclogging those sweaty island pores. The “Detoxfoliant” body scrub evens out any dry, sun-sapped skin. And the facial serum locks in moisture and lives up to it’s “After Glow” name.
They all come in travel sizes so they’re ideal for destination weddings.
I wore the serum every night for a week before my wedding and I really think it made a difference.
So, you may have noticed that none of these photos show my allegedly beautiful bridesmaids’ faces. It is not because Gisele, Alessandra, Candice, and Adriana are camera shy. It’s because I haven’t received all my photos yet.
I plan on sharing a bunch more Belize beach wedding pics when I get them. Stay tuned!
Weigh In: What’s the best bridesmaid gift you’ve received? What did you (or will you) give your bridesmaids? Have you ever worn barefoot sandals?
Photo Credit: Leonardo Melendez Photography