Mother of the Bride Dress Tips

Elegant Purple Mother of the Bride Dress

Being the mother of the bride can be an incredible experience, but there are a lot of things to consider as you prepare for your daughter’s big day.  Obviously one of the most important considerations is the outfit or mother of the bride dress you will be wearing to the wedding.  As such, I thought it would be helpful to share a video with you that offers some expert tips (from Monte of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’) for making sure that your short list of mother of the bride dresss will be perfect for the big event.




First and foremost, you must consider the color of your dress.  Many moms think that their dress should match or complement the bridesmaids’ dresses, but that is not necessary because you will really only be standing next to the bridesmaids at the altar during the photo session.  The rest of the time, you will essentially be playing the part of hostess.  Thus, your choice of dress color can be independent of what the other wedding guests might be wearing; just choose a color for your mother of the bride dress that you like that looks good on you.  That said, try and avoid plain colors like beige because – since you are the second most important person on this day – you will want to stand out from the crowd.

Another factor to consider is the overall design features of the dress.  The design features can encompass attributes such as the shape of the neckline, whether or not a jacket is attached, or the presence / length of the sleeves.  A V-neck collar is generally more appropriate for warm weather ceremonies like summer weddings.  Conversely, a dress with a jacket attached or with long sleeves would be better for a winter wedding, but please consider whether or not you plan to dance at the wedding because oftentimes dresses with jackets and/or long sleeves can be somewhat restrictive.  A nice compromise in terms of the jacket is a bolero, which is basically a small jacket type of fixture attached to the shoulders of the dress that covers the sleeves.  A bolero is not a full jacket and it is not set in, so you won’t be as restricted in terms of your movements.

The length of your mother of the bride dress is another thing to consider.  You can go long or short, but keep in mind that shorter dresses tend to be more appropriate for the daytime hours, whereas longer dresses are more appropriate for the evening hours (from 5pm onward).  Also remember that the length of your dress is independent of what the mother of the groom will be wearing.  If the mother of the groom is wearing a long dress and you want to wear a short one, or vice versa, go for it!

As you can see, although there are several things to consider when it comes to your mother of the bride dress, it really boils down to finding a style that looks great on you.  As such, start with a neckline and a color that looks good on you, and you’ll be off to a fabulous start.  And of course, watch the video above for ideas on specific dress styles so you can get a quick sense of what’s out there.  Good luck and have a blast on your daughter’s big day!

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