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Mother of the Bride Dresses
Choosing a Mother of the Bride Dress
Your daughter’s special day is almost here and, in addition to finding her dream gown, you’ll need to start shopping for your Mother of the Bride dress too! But with so many options for a MOB gown, where do you even begin? To please the bride and flatter your body, Teri Jon can help you choose a timeless dress that will leave you glowing with pride, both at the wedding ceremony and as you flip through the wedding album years later. To ensure that you find the perfect Mother of the Bride gown, here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
First Things First
Before you begin shopping, think about your personal style and what designs, cuts and colors are the most flattering for you. If you typically gravitate towards a more conservative look, keep your eyes open for a not-so-flashy, elegant evening gown with a classy, A-line silhouette. Also, a lace blouse and fishtail skirt is a stylish option that has “elegance” weaved into its seams. If you’re willing to experiment with color, a bright gown is another fabulous look and a mermaid or fit-n-flare silhouette will add an extra touch of oooomph to your ensemble.
Talk to your daughter or future daughter- in-law to get a feel for the visual she's trying to create. Between the bride’s wants and the wedding’s location, the proper attire will be pretty obvious for you and the rest of the wedding party. An intimate beach wedding, for example, will require a dress that is lighter, perhaps short sleeve or sleeveless, while an elaborate church ceremony could lend itself to something more formal, like a special occasion evening gown.
Choosing the Right Color
It’s usually common practice to avoid wearing white, ivory or cream. That way, no one gets the impression that you are trying to steal the show from your daughter on her wedding day. And while we’re at it, add black to the “Do Not Wear” List, unless the bride specifies otherwise.
If you prefer neutral tones, gold and silver are promising choices for an MOB! Try to complement your coloring while coordinating with the rest of the bridal party to some degree. Most brides don't expect you to match the bridesmaids exactly, so feel free to opt for a different shade or complementary color that you find flattering for your body.
Communication is Key
While the bride selects the color scheme, the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom have a little more wiggle room in terms of their gown colors. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to discuss your gown plans (ie skirt length, sleeve length and gown color) to create a coordinated look between the two mothers on this special day!