Choosing a mother-of-the-bride starts with a simple conversation. Find out what she likes and feels comfortable wearing. Make the final decision based on the tone of the wedding. Choose comfortable and practical accessories.
Every wedding starts with the simple goal of being a joyous occasion for everybody involved. Wedding advice is everywhere. However, picking a mother-of-the-bride dress can quickly become contentious if some basic issues aren't addressed properly.
Know Her Taste
While it is tempting to let the mother-of-the bride handle her own dress, having a discussion with her saves a lot of hassle as the big day approaches. Grab a pen, paper and a catalog or pull up a website with several selections. Set aside some time to sit with her and find out what styles she likes.
Choose A Dress That Flatters
Find a dress flattering to her size and shape and taste. Dresses can be found to match nearly any body type from sleek and sexy to flattering and slimming. A compromise may have to be made, but remember she is the one who has to it wear it at the wedding.
Tone Of The Wedding
Any dress should match the tone of the wedding. The three general wedding themes are causal, semi-formal or formal. A summer wedding generally means a more casual tone. The mother-of-the-bride dress should match the tone of the wedding. Shorter dresses are usually common at summer weddings. The dress the mother-of-the-bride wears should match her personal style, but also be comfortable in terms of wear and personal style.
Dress her in a style that is age appropriate. Sure, it's great to have a fun, young hip wedding. That doesn't mean you choose a dress that's going to make the bride's mother feel uncomfortable. A good idea is to make the dress practical too. This means choosing a dress that can be worn on other occasions other than a wedding. On the other hand, don't force matronly dresses on her just because she's a mother. Let her decide what she feels comfortable wearing.
Neckline And Length
Mother-of-the-bride dresses today aren't your mother's mother-of-the-bride dresses. The neckline, length and style vary widely. It doesn't have to match the bride's dress in terms of basic style, but shouldn't overshadow it either. Necklines include a simple u-neck, sexy v-neck or an elegant higher neckline. When choosing the neckline, consider what type of jeweler she will be wearing. The length of the dress can range from just below the knee to floor length. A summer wedding generally means a shorter dress, but gauge your choice on the tone of the wedding.
Price And Other Considerations
The price of a mother-of-the-bride dress varies from around $80 to nearly $200. Ultimately, it will depend on the style and type of design. When considering the price, allow a little more for any accessories that may be necessary such as a purse, jacket or wrap.
Choose accessories that match the location. If it is an outdoor wedding, sensible shoes and possibly a light jacket and a hat may be included to create the finished look. If it is an indoor wedding, there can be more flexibility in dress style, length and accessories
Take time to find out what the mother-of-the-bride has in mind. Remember, it is a big event for her too. Choose accessories that are practical and comfortable. For example, when selecting shoes keep in mind that she will have to wear these shoes as she walks around and mingles with the guests.