Being the mother of the bride or the groom is always such a big honor. All eyes will be on you all day and thus the last thing you want to do is to appear looking frumpy. You’re an important member of the wedding party and you’ll want to look the part. Act as if you will be walking down the red carpet and check out our tips as you shop for that dazzling outfit.
Consult the Couple
The best place to start is by going straight to the source—the to-be-weds. Have them brief you on their wedding day vision—how formal it’s going to be, the overall style they’re going for, and what colors they are working with. They set the tone of the day and thus this is very important.
Start Shopping Early
Starting the search early will give you plenty of time before the wedding day to find something you love, schedule fittings and have any alterations made if necessary.
Consider the Wedding Colors
The key thing to remember is that you want to complement (and not clash with) the day’s color. Metallic, navy, blush, chocolate brown and jewel tones are all beautiful and safe bets for a mother of the bride or groom. Traditionally mothers would avoid colors close to the brides’ gown or too flashy ones, but those traditions are changing and moms are now stepping out looking tasteful in colors like white, ivory and red.
Choose Your Style Carefully
There are plenty of options available that will give you that glamorous look you’re after without being over-the-top or annoying anyone. Depending on the formality of the wedding, anything from a classic suit or a chic sheath to a cocktail dress or formal gown can work. Also remember to consider the cultural and religious customs that are at play in the wedding.
Think about the Logistics
Just like the bride, you will need to consider the theme of the wedding, the time of day it will be taking place, the weather and the location as you choose your outfit.
Coordinate with Your Future In-Law
It’s a bit old-fashioned, but this wholly depends on both women. They really don’t necessarily have to wear matching outfits but they should ensure that their looks don’t clash.
For a mother of the bride—or groom—the marriage of her child is a life milestone, a family reunion, and a cause for major celebration. It’s also a heavily photo-documented day, which makes choosing a look a little intimidating. Just remember that whatever kind of wedding it is, you can never go wrong if you have these three words in mind as you shop: ELEGANT, UNDERSTATED & APPROPRIATE!
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