Coordinating the mother of the bride dresses and mother of the groom dresses

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Now that you’ve found your dream dress, it’s time to think about what the other women in your wedding party will wear. To look cohesive, it’s a good idea to get the women in your life some suggestions. The women in your life may have very different tastes, and there’s a lot of important women to work with: the mother of the bride, mother of the groom, grandmothers, plus any sisters or sister in laws! You want all the colors and styles to look similar in your wedding photos. Imagine if your mother turns up in green, your grandmother wears bright purple, your bridesmaids are in red, and your mother-in-law wears yellow. It can quickly ruin the aesthetic of your wedding. Here’s how to coordinate all the women in your life in to wearing styles and palettes that work well together.

1. Suggest a color palette

Mother of the bride dresses and mother of the groom dresses are very important. They are most likely the two most important women in you and your fiancee’s life. As these women will be spending lots of time together during the wedding day, taking pictures, and mingling with guests, you want them to look cohesive. Try telling your mother and future mother-in-law to pick a dress in a certain color palette. A good idea is to suggest a complementary color to your bridesmaid dresses. For example, if your bridesmaids are wearing pale pink, suggest your mother and future mother-in-law wear a similar pastel color like blue or lavender.

2. Be flexible with accessories

Once the women in your life are picking from the same color palette, you don’t have to worry about too many major clashes. Give them the freedom to spruce up their dress how they would want. Grandmother of the bride dresses tend to be a little sparklier or formal. Grandmothers might want to pin a brooch or heirloom to their dress.

3. Shop together

The easiest way to make sure all the women in your life coordinate is to shop together. Make it a girls day and bring your sisters, mother, grandmothers, and future family members to shop together. That way everyone can see what everyone else is getting, so you’ll have a good idea of what will work well together and what won’t.

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