5 dress tips for the mother of the bride

It’s exciting when your daughter gets married. With all this excitement comes certain obligations and responsibilities. In a sense, as the mother of the bride, you are the co-star on their big day. While it is a privilege to be a part of their wedding day in such an important way, there are also some responsibilities you carry.

If you’re at a loss for what to wear on this momentous occasion, keep reading for some tips!

Your role as the mother of the bride during the wedding

The bride’s mother’s job is to accompany the bride to the church and stay by her side until the ceremony begins. This also applies to the groom’s mother. They are there to calm the bride and groom and help with everything related to the wedding.

The groom’s mother often accompanies the groom to the altar as well. Both mothers will sit in the front row. They will also sit at their table with the bride and groom during the reception and dinner.

While there are many responsibilities to think about as a mother of the bride, choosing the perfect outfit to wear on the wedding day can be difficult. Here we will discuss a few guidelines when it comes to choosing an outfit.

mother of the bride, bride and groom

  1. Don’t wear white or colors close to white

White and other colors close to white are ‘forbidden’. The mothers of the bride and groom should wear another color. Besides, no one attending a wedding should wear white. This is because the color white is reserved for the bride.

That being said, you should also avoid wearing similar colors e.g. ivory, off-white, etc. This is the bride’s big day and no one should be trying to outdo the bride.

  1. The mother’s dress should complement the bride’s dress

When you are looking for mother of the bride dresses it is best to choose a dress that matches the wedding style. The mothers of the bride and groom should know the style of the wedding and choose a dress that goes well with the rest of the wedding. For example, if the wedding is formal and the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses are all ankle-length, the mothers of the groom and bride should also choose an ankle-length dress that is slightly more formal. 

  1. Refrain from flashy outfits

The wedding is about the groom and the bride. The bride should stand out among everyone. For this reason, it is best if the mother of the groom and the bride choose a dress that is not too flashy. They should also refrain from wearing too much jewelry or flashy accessories.

  1. Elegant and modest

The style of the dress should be elegant. If the wedding takes place in a church, the dress should be more modest and in line with any (religious) traditions. For example, it would be inappropriate for the mother of the bride or groom to wear a dress with a plunging neckline.

  1. Wearing a veil by the mother of the bride

In some cultures, and beliefs, it is customary for the mother of the bride or groom to wear a veil. If you want to wear a veil, it can be any color.

However, it is best to discuss wearing a veil with the bride first. On the other hand, in many cultures, the mothers of the bride and groom do not wear a special veil or headgear.

Finally, remember that being the mother of the groom or bride comes with many responsibilities. On the day of the wedding, you should have an elegant, modest and pleasant appearance and wear discreet colors. This ensures that you do not overshadow the bridal couple.

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