Congratulations, your little girl is getting married! This is a huge occasion for both your daughter and yourself. As the mother of the bride, you will be expected to look put-together and fabulous on your daughter’s wedding day. You will need to be composed and ready to answer any questions or deal with any tragedies. Choosing your dress is an important task! Included here are a few things to consider when choosing your mother-of-the-bride dress.
Follow the Bride’s Style
Let your daughter be the ultimate decision maker in matters of style, color and formality. If she is wanting to go with an elegant Victorian gown you may need to choose a dress that is much more old-fashioned and formal. If she is going beachy chiffon, you may be able to get away with a classy, informal strapless dress. In any case, it is her special day so her choices should take precedence.
Follow the Wedding Party’s Color Cues
Do not choose your mother-of-the-bride dress until your daughter has established the color scheme for the rest of the wedding party. You do not necessarily have to match the bridesmaids’ gowns but you do want the color of your dress to compliment theirs. Try to get a swatch of their dress’ fabric to take with you dress shopping, in order to find colors that can match or compliment subtlely.
Follow the Venue’s Style
Everyone knows that in real estate it is all about “location, location, location!” Weddings seem to adhere to the same rule when deciding what to wear at a particular venue. Take into account where the wedding will be and base your dress off of what will blend well with that atmosphere. Church weddings may demand a more formal dress while being outdoors could allow you to be more free in choosing something lighter and showier.
Follow the Timeline
Don’t wait too long to order your dress. Mother-of-the-bride dresses should be purchased three months before the ceremony. Often, the mother of the groom will choose a dress complimentary to the mother of the bride, so you will need to work together. You also need to allow plenty of time for alterations and adjustments on your dress before the ceremony.
Follow the Classics
There are a few simple dresses you can not go wrong in. A classy silver or gold dress would compliment many wedding colors and be neutral enough to fit in photographs. However, always remember to avoid choosing a color that is similar to the bride’s wedding dress. It is better to play it safe and let your daughter be the star of the show than try to upstage her in an over the top dress.