Ultimate Guide to Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses


If your daughter is getting married, you’re going to need a dress that’s stunning but not too over-the-top. After all, you wouldn’t want to take away from the bride on her big day! Discover how to find a gorgeous mother-of-the-bride dress that will meet your needs and the demands of any bride.

Dress formally. If you’re not a person that’s into wearing formal clothing, you’re going to have to compromise for your daughter’s wedding. That doesn’t mean you have to find the dress with the most sequins on the market, but it does mean you’ll have to find a formal look. Similarly, you can find designer pantsuits that are stunning and flowy, giving off the appearance of a formal gown with the functionality of pants. With so many designers creating dresses for mothers of the bride, it’s easier than ever to find a look that pairs with your personality.

Choose the color that’s right for you. You don’t have to coordinate with the bridesmaids – but it does tend to look better in pictures! Most brides want everything to look cohesive so they might ask you to choose a dress from a color family that matches the theme of the wedding. Other brides don’t really care what you wear, giving you more freedom when it comes to choosing a color. If you’re unsure of which direction to go when it comes to color, choose a shade you feel confident wearing.

Avoid going ‘too sexy.’ Sure, you want to feel comfortable and confident in the dress that you wear, but you don’t want to go over the top with a plunging neckline or a gown with a dramatic back. If you find a dress that features these elements and the bride approves, you can wear them! Typically, though, you want to dress your age and avoid wearing anything too flashy that can draw negative attention or ruffle feathers.

Buy your dress as soon as possible. Traditionally, the mother of the bride is supposed to purchase her dress first so that the mother of the groom can ensure she doesn’t buy the same color. This tradition has fallen to the wayside recently, so it doesn’t really matter who gets their dress first. Regardless, buying your dress as soon as possible will lessen the stress you’re sure to feel as the wedding day draws closer and be one less thing you have to worry about.

Keep everyone in the know. Once you buy your dress, it’s customary to let the mother of the groom know what color you purchased. While this isn’t a necessary step, it is a courtesy so that they can avoid buying a dress that’s the same color as you (or purchase one in the same color family, if that’s what you’re into!). If there’s a stepmother in the picture, don’t get them involved. Leave it at the discretion of the groom and his mother whether or not to keep the stepmother in the loop.

Find a gorgeous dress for your daughter’s wedding day with these tips and tricks. For an array of mother of the bride dresses, shop Mon Cheri

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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