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!