Mother of the Bride Dresses, and Mother of The Groom Dresses. It’s a topic any mother of the bride or mother of the groom love to hate! You love to be included as part of your child’s special day, but you HATE the fact that all eyes will be on you. You will be in just as many photos as the new couple. But, have no fear! Mother of the Bride, and mother of the groom, we have you covered! We have prepared some expert advice on what to wear on the big day to avoid getting on the bride or grooms fashion “blacklist”. We will teach you the rules of looking and feeling great, and how not be the one everyone whispers or talks about at the wedding. So here goes!
Unless It’s A Black Tie Wedding, Don’t Wear Black.
Sure, it may be slimming. That little black dress is every girl’s go-to. It’s looks darling with that perfect pair of pumps, and it’s classic and demure at the same time. Well, at least that’s how you see it. But trust us, someone at the wedding is going to be offended by it. Maybe even the Bride or Groom! Unless the Bride or Groom specifically requests it, it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid wearing a black dress. In most situations, feeling like you look good is simply not worth the potential hurt feelings that can last a lifetime. Wearing black at a daytime wedding signifies that the mother is in mourning. A black dress may be appropriate for an evening wedding, but again, check with the happy couple. Remember, this is their day, and not yours!
Mother Of The Bride Gets First Choice!
Did you know that the mother of the bride traditionally gets the first choice about what to wear? According to the rules of etiquette, the mother of the bride will choose the color of her gown, the length of her gown, and how formal her gown is by first choice. This will then serve as a guideline for the mother of the groom. The mother of the groom should choose something in the same length, if possible, and a complimentary, but different color. This is the traditional custom in the US, but remember ultimately the Bride or Groom may have different ideas. Theme weddings and religion may also play a part in the fashion worn by the mothers, as each wedding is as different as the two people getting married! When it doubt, ask the happy couple. If they are looking for guidance, then the old rules may be best!
Mother Of The Bride Dresses Should Not Be The Same Color As The Bridal Party.
If the bridal party is wearing blue, than you should not. It’s as simple as that! Whatever color Mom chooses, it should not be the same color that the bridesmaids are wearing. Mother’s dresses should be complimentary, but not in the same shade or color as the wedding party. This is also true concerning white or ivory mother’s dresses. Wearing white or ivory is not appropriate, and should be avoided, unless specifically requested by the Bride or Groom.
Sexy or Sleek – You’re Not The Star of The Day.
Every Mother of The Bride or Mother of The Groom deserves to feel and look their best at their child’s wedding. But please, dress appropriately for the day! Unless the wedding is a specific theme wedding, where costumes are worn, keep in mind that you are not the star of the show. A cover-up, a mid-length dress or longer, and a dress that is not to revealing are all Mom’s best friends. After all, we know you’re a knockout. Your children got your looks! However, their wedding day is not the time or place to show off your best assets in a sexy or provocative way.
On the day of the wedding, you should always dress like you would to impress a peer or co-worker, and not someone of the opposite sex. You can never go wrong by looking classy! Dressing just to show off, without keeping your part in the wedding in mind, may be offensive to the Bride or Groom. When in doubt, ask yourself, “Would I Wear This To An Evening Watching Opera or Theater?” If the answer is no, it’s probably not appropriate, and bound to get your blacklisted!
In conclusion, when it doubt, remember to ask the bride or groom. If they tell you that they have no preference, following the tips and guidelines here are always safe bets! Or, just let us help! The experts at Christine’s Bridal & Prom have been helping dress Mother of the Brides, and Mother of The Grooms, for over 18 years. If you’re a Mother who wears a size 14 or larger, we’ve got you covered! We hope you have found our blog post about mothers dresses helpful, and we look forward to seeing you the next time!