Today I am talking to you, moms. The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom are two of the most important wedding guests in attendance. Without them, there would be no wedding to celebrate! In the past, the moms have been expected to wear very formal and conservative outfits. But I have good news, ladies.
Times are changing! The old traditional rules of Mother of the Bride Dresses are being replaced with new trends for mothers of brides everywhere.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for Mother of the Bride Dress (and groom) who are shopping for a wedding outfit.
The most important thing to consider when choosing your wedding day outfit is the wedding theme. Is this a black tie wedding? Casual dress? The best rule of thumb here is to talk with the bride and groom about what they are looking for as far as theme and aesthetic for their wedding party.
Keep in mind that it is their day, and even if they give you parameters that are not your style, be sure to follow their ideas and wishes.
A trend that I’ve been seeing lately is having the moms in dresses similar to the bridesmaids. Since it is becoming more common to have bridesmaids in dresses that don’t exactly match, it makes perfect sense to have mom get in on the bridal party theme.
Whether everyone is wearing a shade of blue, or the bride wants everyone in jumpsuits, fitting in with the bridesmaids is a great option for the mothers.
An easy tip to follow is to avoid white or ivory. Basically, whatever color the bride will be wearing is the color that you should steer clear of. It is her day and she should be the center of attention! There is a new trend going around, however, where the entire bridal party is wearing white. Obviously, if this is the case you are good to go. But, if white is not the theme there are so many other dress options for you to choose from.
Next, be sure to consider the venue. Is this a fancy party in an indoor venue? Are you headed to a destination wedding on the beach? Where and when the wedding is taking place will have a huge effect on the outfit that you choose. For indoor weddings you could show off with a cocktail dress or form fitted gown.
For destination weddings a flowy, long gown would look absolutely stunning on the beach, and it would keep you from overheating. Trust me, the last thing you want is to be in an outfit that is inappropriate for the location!
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Finally, don’t leave your dress shopping to the last minute! A safe bet is to have your dress bought 6-8 weeks before the wedding. This will leave plenty of time for the bride and groom to approve of your outfit, as well as give you time to have it sized and altered as needed. There is nothing more stressful than panic-searching for a dress a week before the wedding!
Another bonus to having your dress bought early is that you can reach out to the mother of the groom and let her know what you’re wearing if you’d like to coordinate.
Your baby’s wedding day is such an emotional and memorable day. I hope that these Mother of the Bride Dress tips will help you to find the perfect outfit for their big day!
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