Your wedding day outfit might well be one of the most important outfits you’ll ever choose as the mother of the bride. Not only do you want to feel extra special on your daughter’s big day but you’ll be centre stage in many photographs and videos. This means you’ll want to look fabulous from every angle!
Luckily, mother of the bride outfits have evolved considerably and now dress and jackets are chic, elegant and seriously stylish.
Not sure where to start when it comes to choosing your MOB look? Here are our top tips for the all-important shopping process.
6 top tips for mothers of the bride
1. Give yourself plenty of time
There’s nothing worse than rushing an important decision, so make sure you start your hunt early. This allows you to try on a wealth of styles and really find something you love.
2. Get a little help from the bride
Although the bride will be focused on her own wedding day look, she’ll be more than happy to help you with hers so don’t forget to ask for her opinion too. She’ll most likely have an idea of how she’s envisioned you looking, which could be a great start when you’re beginning your search.
3. Colour is key
Narrow down your options by deciding on the colours you’re most likely looking for in a mother of the bride outfit. Where you certainly don’t need to colour match the bridesmaids or the theme of the wedding, you certainly don’t want to clash. Getting to understand the colours already important for the wedding will help you to discount a definite no and highlight the possibilities.
4. Consider the theme
Before you delve into the world of mother of the bride outfits, take a while to consider the theme and venue of the wedding, as well as the time of day. Considering whether the wedding is an afternoon garden affair or a black-tie evening event will instantly help you to narrow down the type of mother of the bride look you want to create.
5. Stay in touch with the mother of the groom
Traditionally, the mother of the bride chooses her outfit first and then it’s the turn of the mother of the groom. As wedding traditions have evolved, this is no longer usually so strict of a rule. Therefore, it’s always best to stay in touch with the MOG to ensure you’re not thinking about selecting something too similar (or the same if you both have equally fabulous taste!).
6. You’re not the star but you’re still really important!
A mother of the bride never wants to “upstage” a bride with a very dramatic look. This is particularly true if your daughter plans to wear a very simple wedding dress on the day. While your outfit is very important and should be a key focus of both you and the bride, remember that you should choose something in line with the bride’s overall feel.
The main thing to remember when shopping for your mother of the bride outfit is that you’ve got to feel great. Don’t wear something you think is “appropriate” if it doesn’t make you feel fantastic.