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Designer Wedding Shoes Competition (CLOSED)

April 5, 2017

Win the perfect shoes for your big day.

Here at GoHen HQ we’ve teamed up with the lovely folk at Paradox London to give you the chance to win a pair of designer shoes for your big day.

We have a gorgeous pair of ivory Indulgence wedding shoes (size range 35-41).

To enter our competition simply answer the following question and we’ll be picking one lucky winner at random;

Competition closed

You can see even more fantastic wedding shoes from the Pink Paradox collection and designs from Benjamin Adams at Paradox London.

Terms & conditions – One entry per person, open to UK residents only, no cash alternative, GoHen’s decision is final. Entries close midnight Sunday the 30th of April 2017. Dispatch date subject to stock availability. By entering I confirm I am happy to be sent offers and newsletters from GoHen and Paradox London.

21 Amazing Wedding Shoe Facts

Collecting money for the future, denoting ‘ownership’ of the bride, predicting which of the wedding guests will be the next to marry… Who knew wedding shoes were responsible for so much? For wedding and shoe fans here are a few interesting, quirky and downright weird facts about wedding shoes around the world.

1. In ancient China brides wore lotus shoes adorned with instructions on how to consummate the marriage.

2. German brides-to-be collect coins before the wedding to pay for the ‘hochzeitschuhe’ (wedding shoes). This is meant to teach her to be wise with money.

3. The bride’s’ mother tucks a fresh sprig of dill and a sprinkle of salt into her daughter’s right shoe to bring her luck. Maybe corn plasters would be better?

4. At Irish weddings, one of the guests is designated to throw a ‘lucky shoe’ over the newlywed’s heads as they exit the church.

5. High heels for women are believed to have been started with 16th century Italian bride, Catherine de Medici, who being short wanted to make a bigger impression when she met King Henry of France.

6. In Britain during the Middle Ages a father used a shoe to symbolise passing his authority over his daughter to her husband. At the wedding, the groom gave the shoe to his bride to put on to symbolise she then belonged to him.

7. In modern times most wedding grooms would argue it’s their brides that wear both the shoes and the trousers in their relationships.

8. That symbolism of the shoe in marriages continued with a shoe (along with tin cans and anything that makes a noise to scare away faeries who might attempt to ruin the wedding night) often being tied to the back of horse drawn wagons and eventually wedding cars.

9. Before bouquets came along brides would throw their shoes to the guests to predict who would be next to wed.

10. While in China the brides throw their shoes from the roof to ensure future happiness.

11. Chinese brides wear red shoes as the colour red is believed to be lucky.

12. While in Hungary the groom drinks a toast to his bride out of her wedding shoe.
He would then throw the shoe to the wedding guests and whoever caught it would be the next to marry.

13. In Scotland it’s traditional to put a coin (silver sixpence) in the bride’s shoe for luck.

14. Lucky Swedish brides have a coin in both shoes, a silver coin from her father in her left shoe and a gold coin from her mother in the right.

15. Greek and Turkish brides write the name of the bridesmaids on the soles of their shoes, after all the brides dancing whichever name has faded the most will be the next to get married.

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