How To Buy Mother of the Bride Dresses

Your daughter has announced her wedding and aside from all the things that you have to do to help, you also need to get a very special dress for yourself. Here are some tips to help you decide which is the perfect gown for you. 

  1. Where to shop? You can go to a bridal shop where they will have gowns just for moms, but don't discount department stores and specialty dress shops. Look around before you make your final decision. You never know where you'll find the gown of your dreams!
  2. Make sure you have an idea of what you can spend.  Remember that weddings can be expensive and that the dress is not the only purchase you will make .  You will want to have your hair and makeup done, you will need to buy shoes, and so on.  It's a good idea to make a list for yourself on what you need and how much you can afford to spend on each item.  Then shop for your gown with this budget in mind.
  3. Proud mother and happy brideSome traditions are not practiced any more, however it is still accepted by most that the bride alone wear white. If your heart is set on a neutral color, look for an ivory or light tan color. These look very classy. Some mothers opt for a color similar to the colors of the bridesmaids' gowns and this looks very nice also. Keep in mind the general rule of wedding colors, which is lighter colors for spring and summer, and deeper colors for fall and winter.

  4. If your daughter is having a smaller and more casual wedding and she is wearing a simple dress, then follow suit with a less elaborate gown.  Consider short sleeves and a simple style.  If the wedding is more formal, then a rhinestone-studded dress will fit right in.
  5. You may want to contact the groom's mom to see what she will be wearing. It used to be a tradition that no one wear the color of the bride's mother, however many weddings have both mothers wearing the same or similar colors, and it looks great.
  6. Try to dress your age. This doesn't mean to dress like an old woman, but moms who dress like teens in prom dresses look silly and inappropriate. These inappropriate styles would include hems that are too short or too many ruffles, ribbons and bows. If you decide on a sleeveless dress, make sure you have the arms for it. Wrinkled and/or flabby skin detracts from the whole look.

  7. Keep in mind your body type. Look for a style that flatters your figure and try on as many gowns as it takes. If you're heavy, don't try to squeeze into a smaller size--get a size that is comfortable. The store where you are buying the gown can do alterations if needed.     

Follow these tips and look beautiful and elegant for one of the most special days for you and your daughter!


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