An outfit for the Mother of the Bride

Oddly, the Mother of Bride outfit has stayed relatively unchanged over the years, despite the Bridal fashion transformation. This year however, we expect to see a lot more Mothers taking inspiration from their daughters and choosing fashionable styles.

Firstly, let the Bride be the guide. The Mother should let her lead on this one, taking her colour, design and level of formality inspiration from the Wedding dress. However, it is the bridesmaid’s colours that the MOB needs to complement in order to mix beautifully into the Bridal Party. Take a swatch of the Bridesmaids dress colour shopping, and incorporate it in some way. Don’t try to find a match so you look like you’re trying to be one of the bridesmaids, but use it as a colour theme in a floral design, accessory, or as a reference to go a shade darker or lighter.  There’s only one colour we say to avoid – don’t match the colour of the Bridal gown. Let her stand out without trying to be matchy.

If you are struggling with what is appropriate for the day, just think about the venue.  Traditionally it is inappropriate to wear a strapless dress to a Church wedding, but fits in perfectly at a beach ceremony. Similarly, an outside marquee wedding suits flowing, loose material (in a shape that suits your body) compared to a hotel wedding where a suit and jacket style compliments the venue.

Whilst a Wedding Day is the happiest day of a woman’s life thus far – it is the proudest day of a Mothers life. To make sure the lead up is stress free, and to know you’re going to be comfortable – start looking at the LATEST three months in advance. Also this allows for time for alterations, and to let the Mother of the Groom to choose a similar style.

Our final comment about the Mother of the Bride outfit choice: allow your daughter to make the final word. If she says ‘No’ to the dress, trust her judgement and perhaps ask for help to continue the search!


A massive thank you for providing an amazing and unique tent for our wedding. We were both so glad we went with the stretch tent for something a bit different and we couldn’t have been more pleased! All of our guests said how fabulous it looked! A big thank you also to everyone at Morton’s for helping and answering all of our questions in the run up to our big day. I definitely feel I know more about luxury toilets and generators! We would recommend Morton’s to anyone planning a wedding and wanting a tent which is a little different.

We were delighted with the marquee supplied by Morton’s Events.

Our guests were bowled over by the interlinking hexagonal “pods” (as we called them) and all commented on how special it made the wedding breakfast seem. We managed to accomodate 170 guests in plentiful space while making it seem intimate and cosy.

Mortons’ staff were incredibly helpful,flexible and obliging and decorated the marquee beautifully,with fairy lights and a fabulous starcloth ceiling over the dance “pod”.

Together with table decorations designed by my daughter,the effect created was magical,or as one guest put it “breathtaking.”

We would unhesitatingly advise any family contemplating a wedding in a marquee to opt for Morton’s.

Morton’s were professional, accurate, knowledgable and nothing seemed a problem.


The pods lend themselves in any situation and function and looked far better than we had both dreamed of.
Thank you Simon for making our day go without a hitch and for all your hard work and for what seemed like ours was the only function that year!

We had Mortons marques for our daughters wedding. With 200 guests we had 5 pods, a 5×5 square for the bar area and another as the entrance.

The seating for the guests wrapped round the dance floor giving a wonderful view to all and creating a great atmosphere. Mortons were so helpful always at the end of the phone and the whole day and all preparations went to plan. We would definitely use them again.