What outfit to choose as the Mother of the Bride?
All the things every MOB needs to know about finding the perfect outfit!
Once upon a time, a long time ago, mothers of the bride/groom were expected to wear Miss Marple outfits, length always just over the knee or Easter-egg pastels. Thankfully, times have changed and now you are free to express your own style and sensibilities. Deciding what the mother of the bride should wear with so many options can be overwhelming. Never fear. We here to give a few pointers for making the choice a little easier. Whether you’re a bride who’s hoping to help your mum find the perfect look or the matriarch herself. we’ve got the who, what, when, where and how of MOB outfit choice.
- Let the Wedding Style Be Your Guide
If you take away only one tip, let it be this one: Follow the wedding setting cues about style, colour, and degree of formality. The happy couple set the tone for the event, whether that means a traditional Church wedding, a rustic barn setting or a destination wedding. You’re an important member of the wedding party and you’ll want to look the part. So, ask the couple for some guidelines and follow suit.
- Take Colour Cues from the Wedding Party
Traditionally, the mother of the bride’s dress should complement the wedding party’s colours (though not necessary match). Therefore, it’s best to wait until the bride chooses the bridesmaids’ dresses to begin shopping. See if you can get a swatch of their fabric to take with you — it will be very helpful when searching for a complementary hue.
If the bride decides not to choose a uniform bridesmaid style in favour of individual outfits in a similar shade, stick to one or the other. For instance, if she asks her bridesmaids to wear black cocktail dresses, you might want to choose something in silver or grey. Or if her girls are going in cobalt blue, a navy dress would pair perfectly.
- Borrow from the Venue, Too
In ye old days of past the mother-of-the-bride dresses followed a kind of uniform — a bolero or mid length jacket atop an understated sheath. Today, almost anything goes — so long as it’s appropriate for the event. So, while you probably wouldn’t wear a strapless dress to a church wedding, it might be just the thing for a beach ceremony. However, you can add a lovely wrap or, yes, even a jacket to that same dress and it instantly becomes chapel appropriate.
Make sure you also take the weather into consideration when finding your outfit. Whatever kind of wedding it is, you can never go wrong if you these three words come to mind: elegant, understated, and appropriate.
- Time It Right — and Communicate Your Choice
You should ideally start searching for your dress no later than three months before the wedding to allow time for special orders and alterations.
It is customary for the mother of the bride to buy her dress first and to then share her choice with the mother of the groom. The mother of the groom might also need special orders and alterations, so be sure to give her ample time to accomplish this before the wedding. The mothers’ dresses don’t have to match (unless that’s what the bride wants), but they should complement each other. Remember, you’ll be taking lots of pictures together and the only person who should stand out is the bride.
- Get Pretty Just Prior to the Wedding
There aren’t any special rules for mother-of-the-bride hair and makeup. Again, think elegant, understated, and appropriate — and reflective of your style. As with the bridal party, you may want to get nails done (hand and feet!) the day before the wedding and have your hair and makeup done the day of. Whether you do this with the bridal party is up to you.
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