Your daughter is getting married. Congratulations! Do you worry that you won’t be able to find a Mother Of The Bride dress to wear to her wedding that’s flattering and spectacular for her wedding day? Don’t stress as there’s a huge selection of mother of the bride’s dresses to choose from. Popular styles include Floor Length Dresses, Tea Length Dresses, Fitted Sleeves and A-line dresses. The mother of the bride today is a fashionable, modern woman, largely unconstrained by formality, style and colour.
Degree of Formality: Unlike the bridal party, which is customarily outfitted in similar wedding attire, the mother of the bride dress should be dressed in similar or matching wedding attire, the mother of the-bride dress generally follows the rules for any guest should Casual and formal dresses, except that the mother of the bride should be dressed in more formal attire than other guests.
The level of formality should be dictated by the formality of the event, in particular the bride’s dress. So if your daughter is going to wear a ballroom style wedding dresses with a chapel train and gloves, you should try to match the level of formality by wearing something formal. This doesn’t mean you have to necessarily wear a dress bathed in sequins, or made out of satin, velvet embellished with rhinestones. There are many frill-free formal looks out there.
Matching: Ideally a mother of the bride should aspire to compliment or at least co-ordinate with the overall look and feel or theme of the wedding. When choosing mother of the bride dresses, season, formality and a whole host of other factors need to be taken into account. Whether or not the mother of the bride dresses matches the bridal party apparel is entirely a matter of discretion for the bride.
Whilst some brides prefer to have both the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom match the bridesmaids, modern wedding etiquette dictates that brides now allow their mothers to choose their own apparel. For something less formal you may have to choose a shorter dress. The bride may express a preference for the mother of the bride to follow the formality and style of the wedding, or to at least co-ordinate the colour of her outfit to match the rest of the wedding party.
Style: Contemporary mothers aren’t expected to wear matronly mother of the bride dresses anymore, and there is now a variety of stylish, halter and even strapless dresses available for the modern mother of the bride. When it comes to selecting a mother of the bride dress the options are infinite. Traditionally, the mother of the bride wears a floor length gown, accompanied by a formal jacket or bolero. There are hundreds of beautiful floor length mother of the bride dresses with jackets or boleros to choose from of course, but you don’t necessarily have to stick with tradition if you don’t want to.
Colour: The most frequently asked question by a Mother of the Bride is what colour should I wear? There are now many options available. The rule should be choose anything you want as long as long as it doesn’t detract from the bride or isn’t the same colour as her dress.
Traditionally speaking, it’s prudent to avoid dresses in the white ivory, and champagne colour family which may match the bride. Many argue that black should be avoided because it suggests mourning and therefore disapproval of the pending nuptials by the mother of the bride in black.