Mother of the Bride Gowns

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Mothers often put themselves last, but shopping for mother of the bride gowns shouldn’t be one of those times. Your daughter, no doubt, will spend a great deal of time looking at magazines, going online and trying on wedding dresses at bridal shops and it is important that you do the same. Take the time and start looking at mother of the bride gowns well in advance of the big day so you aren’t rushing around last minute to find something and squeeze in alterations if needed. You want to give yourself enough time to find a gown or dress that makes you look and feel beautiful. This is a special day for your too!


The best place to start is with the wedding color theme. Your dress should not only complement the bride’s dress, but also the colors chosen for the wedding. Before you shop, you should be aware that there are a few rules when it comes to the color you wear. $10 coupon code:izisas10 coupon for all kinds of dresses
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  • White or off-white is strictly reserved for the bride. So white is off limits, especially for the bride’s mom! You don’t want to overshadow your daughter. This rule can only be broken if it is an all white wedding or the bride says it is okay.
  • Then there is black. Caution should be taken in purchasing a black dress. Some attendees may misconstrue this color choice as the mom’s way to show she is not happy about the marriage. However, black can be an appropriate choice if the bride gives her consent or if the wedding is formal. Personally, I love black. Let them gossip. :)
  • Another color that tends to be controversial is red, which may add too much contrast against the bride’s white gown. Again, you can wear it as long as the bride gives her consent.

Go for colors that complement the bride's dress. A good rule of thumb is to select a color that may be similar to the color of the bridesmaids' dresses or the colors of the wedding. For example, if the bridesmaids' dresses are light blue, you could wear lilac or lavender. Another good rule of thumb is to select a neutral color, such as taupe, gray, navy, etc.

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Avoid fads in colors and styles. Keep in mind that these photos will be around for many, many years. So while orange and high-low hems may be the in-style thing at the moment, it may not be the trend in 10, 20, 30 years.  So if you don’t want to be in a time warp, then go for classic or neutral colors and styles. That way you will forever look fashionable and not like a fashion victim. Remember the 80’s?

Mother of the bride gowns are showing more and more prints and patterns, especially for spring or summer weddings, are a great alternative to wearing a solid color. However, some prints and patterns don’t always photograph well so have someone take a picture of you when you try on dresses.  That way there won’t be any surprises once the photos are in.

Most of all…wear a color that looks good on you. If pastels wash you out, then go with richer, deeper shades such teal, royal blue, purple, brown, gold, etc. These colors will make you “pop” in pictures and make you look elegant too.


The wedding venue determines the formality of the dress you should wear. For instance, if it is a beach wedding, then a linen dress would be perfect or some other light summer fabric.  Formal weddings call for a more glamorous look where a full length gown or a glitzy cocktail dress would be appropriate.

Choose a style that enhances your body shape. Don’t hide behind baggy styles, show your curves. A-line silhouettes are always a great style choice. This style looks fantastic on almost all body shapes as well as on tall and short women.

Think embellishments (sequins, rhinestones, brooches, etc)!

Embellishments are meant to enhance and not overwhelm the dress or you. You can never go wrong if you keep it simple and classy.  Also, keep the wedding venue in mind. For instance, sequins and rhinestones are appropriate for a formal wedding, but not so much for a casual or beach wedding.

Mother of the bride gowns and dresses have come a long way from the typical, traditional styles seen over the years.  Mom’s have more choices where to buy and what to buy. You can order a dress at a bridal salon where they carry a variety of styles and colors for formal gowns and special occasion dresses. You also have the luxury of buying a dress or suit off the rack because designers are creating styles that don’t scream “I am the Mother of the Bride!”  Mom’s can look stylish, show some skin and show they are “hip.”

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