Today we’re talking about tips for the mother of the bride dress so you know the perfect etiquette. Subscribe here for the latest to your inbox.
What are the top tips for mother of the bride dress etiquette? We’ll tell you the five things you need to know before your daughter’s big day. Let’s start with searching: did you know what you search online will mean different results? Let’s discuss it!
Mother of the Bride Dress Etiquette
Here are five fast facts for what the mother of the bride should wear.
1. DON’T limit yourself to this search term.
Don’t get stuck in the mindset that you can ONLY shop for terms related to the Mother of the Bride. You can search for dresses from any store, online or in-store, and in any color — except white. But we’ll talk about that in a minute.
Some of the most popular colors for the mother of the bride to wear include gray, burgundy, navy, beige, and black. Yes, they’re neutrals, but that’s the idea: you don’t want to stand out too much and overshadow the bride.
2. DO discuss your dress choice with the bride.
Before you buy (or before you wear it on the wedding day itself), talk it over with the bride. Show the bride / text her a picture of the dress to see what she thinks before you finalize it.
3. DON’T wear a color close to white.
Just don’t! Choose any dress that is WAY outside of the realm of the color the bride-to-be will wear. :)
Also, do you have to match the wedding party? No. You should select a color you feel most comfortable wearing in a neutral palette. You don’t have to coordinate with the wedding, but you should wear a dress that is seasonal.
4. DO keep it covered.
Pick a flattering dress? Of course! Look great? Definitely! But now is not the time to show off too much skin. Instead, opt for mother of the bride dress styles that offer more coverage, length, and formality.
5. DON’T forget the undergarments.
A perfect mother of the bride dress will look best when proper undergarments are worn with it! Read our article on proper undergarments for everyone in the wedding party here — yes, including the mother of the bride!
6. DO get your dress properly fitted.
In addition to undergarments, it is important for your dress to be professionally fitted. Hire a seamstress to make sure your dress fits you perfectly ahead of the wedding. Have it professionally cleaned, if needed, and be sure to steam out any wrinkles. (I use this and it works great for special occasion dresses.)
7. DON’T over-accessorize.
A tasteful set of jewelry and a beautiful pair of comfortable wedding shoes will accentuate your dress. But don’t go overboard. Choose jewelry that complements the tone of your dress and your individual style. And make sure you can walk in those heels — it’s a long walk down the aisle and a long day on your feet. You want to be able to dance with your daughter at the reception! :)
We hope these tips help as you pick out your dress!
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