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How to pick a Mother of The Bride outfit

By Andrea Petrou on March 19th, 2010 0 comments yet. Be the First

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As well as finding that perfect wedding dress for your big day, there are many other things you’ll need to consider outfit wise. One really important place to begin is with the mother of the bride outfit.

She may be looking forward to your big day, but mums will always have a panic about what they will wear to one of the most important events of yours and their lives.
We’ve therefore put together a list of hints and tips to help you both find her that special outfit.

Get to know her taste.
Your mum may just want to find her outfit herself, but as it’s your wedding it’s advisable to offer to give her a helping hand. Make a week out of it, which will ensure you have some mum and daughter time as well as some fun. The first thing to do when looking for that perfect outfit together is to really understand her tastes. Start the search at home and visit a few websites, such as John Lewis and Debenhams to get an idea of her style and colour preferences. Then hit the shops to get trying on. Remember it’s important to be honest about what suits her and what doesn’t.

Remember the seasons

Pick colours that compliment her but also the season and style in which you are getting married. For spring and summer weddings go for pastels and on-trend florals. For winter weddings go for darker earth tones. When it comes to length there’s no set rule. However we don’t recommend ultra short. Not only will it make your mum stand out, but this style can often be unflattering. Don’t colour clash with the bride party. It should compliment or be an extension of the party. If not, she will stand out in a negative way. Select the length according to the time of the wedding, and type of wedding (casual, semi-formal, or formal)

Consider how much use she’ll get out of the outfit
Select an outfit based on whether it will be for one time use or can be worn at other events. If your mum wants to splash out then ensure the outfit can be worn again to different events (a skirt and jacket style is ideal for this). Select the length according to the time of the wedding, and type of wedding (casual, semi-formal, or formal). Shoes should match the dress, but be comfortable, particularly if the mother-of-the-bride is older.

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