Mother of the Bride Dresses

One of the most iconic days in a mother’s life is the day their child gets married. It’s vitally important that you both look your very best, as well as fit the part. Planning your wedding outfit should be fun and exciting. So we have put together a few handy tips and things to bear in mind when going shopping for mother of the bride dresses.

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5 Tips for Choosing Mother of the Bride Dresses
1. Choosing a Dress Style

The first thing to think about when choosing your mother of the bride outfit, is what dress style are you looking for? Should the dress be formal, semi-formal or informal? When is the wedding being held? Because the season will determine the sleeve length and material of your gown. Another thing to take into consideration is the wedding venue. If the wedding is to be held on a beach and guests have been instructed to dress casual, then stick to a design that is light and flowing. Wear cotton and chiffons and be sure to leave off anything bling or glitzy. If, however, it is a formal wedding and has taken its inspiration from a past decade your attire should reflect this.

Make sure the style of your dress focuses on these key points:
  • Style of the Wedding – casual or formal
  • Venue – indoors or outdoors
  • Weather – winter or summer
  • Dress Length – full-, mid-, tea length
Beige and Cream Lace Mother of the Bride Dress Silver Full Length Mother of the Bride Dress
Source: Nordstrom 
2. Don’t Outshine the Bride!

While it’s easy to get carried away with all the excitement of planning your outfit for the big day, it is very important that you remember whose day this is. You must be very careful not to outshine the bride and we suggest running your dress past her if you are unsure. Make sure your dress complements the bride’s gown, instead of overpowering it. This doesn’t mean it your dress has to be plain and boring. Below are some stunning examples of mother of the bride dresses that are still eye-catching and unique, but they don’t draw attention away from the bride’s stunning dress.

blue long dress for mother of bride navy detailed mother wedding gown
3. Picking the Colour of the Gown

One of the first questions asked is; what colour must I wear? Think of what the colour scheme is and what colours the bridesmaids are wearing. While you don’t want to perfectly match the bridesmaids, it’s important that your dress not completely clashes with the rest of the theme colours. Steer clear of solid black and very bright, luminous colours. Mothers of the bride and groom look best in muted tones, pastels and subtle prints. Metallic hues are still on trend and can be very stylish and sophisticated.

Wedding Attire Mother of the Bride Dress Colours
4. Pick A Dress You Will Be Comfortable Wearing

While there are a lot of style guidelines here, it is still important that you dress to reflect your personal style and flatter your figure. Take note of the outfits you are most comfortable in and those that are always eye-catching and look for similar cuts. Choosing a dress that looks good, but is completely against your normal style will cause you to be uncomfortable for the whole day! This will affect how much you are able to enjoy the day. So make sure you pick something that is still “you”.

Mother of the Bride Formal Gown Satin and Lace Knee Length Dress
Source: Mon Cheri Bridal  ||  The Knot
5. Accessorize

A lady’s accessories can either make or break her outfit. Finish your look with elegant jewellery: earrings, a necklace or some bangles. And don’t forget about a clutch bag or purse. If there is any danger of it getting cold, have a complementing blazer, shrug or shawl at hand.

Make sure that you have a comfortable, wearable pair of shoes because your day might get long. If you feel like adding an English touch, how about a hat? Be inspired by the stunning headwear seen at the royal weddings and wear an elegant hat with your ensemble.

Accessories Checklist:
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A handbag or clutch
  • Jewellery
  • Something warm (jacket, blazer, shawl)

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