Choose Mother of the Bride Dresses
There are so many things you should consider before purchasing mother of the bride dress, as the mother of the bride or groom, you should make sure the dress you choose can match the wedding theme. Don’t know how to choose the dress, take the below things in mind.
Ask the couple for help when choosing your dress. Have them clue you in to their wedding day vision—how formal it’s going to be, the overall style they’re going for, and what color palette they’ve selected or are thinking about. Since pictures are always better than words, you might also ask them to share some photos they’ve pinned to their inspiration board so you have a visual guide to help get your search started in the right direction.
Buy mother of the bride dresses in advance. That will give you plenty of time before the wedding day to find something you love, schedule fittings and have any alterations made if necessary. Plus, by then the couple will likely have chosen (or be very close to choosing) their own attire as well as the bridal party’s look—it’s best to wait until the couple has made those decisions before you officially purchase anything so you can coordinate accordingly.
Don’t forget the style. There are plenty of options available that will give you that glamorous look you’re after without being over-the-top or stepping on anyone’s toes. Depending on the formality of the wedding, anything from a classic suit or a chic sheath to a cocktail dress or formal gown can work. If the bride would like you to wear a style you’re not happy wearing or you like something she’s not thrilled about, talk to each other and do your best to find a compromise that works for both of you—it’s her day, but it’s just as special for you and you have to feel comfortable with your choice.
Take the dress color in mind. The key thing to remember is that you want to complement the day’s hue. Metallics, navy, blush, chocolate brown and jewel tones are all beautiful and safe bets for a mother of the bride or groom. Traditionally, avoiding dresses in white, ivory or champagne, black and red is the standard—though these traditions are shifting and we’ve seen moms look chic and tasteful in all of the above. If you’re considering something in one of these categories or you’re just not sure about the color you’re leaning toward, run it by the to-be-weds to double-check there aren’t any concerns.