Selecting the perfect mother of the bride dress may be easier than you think. As your daughter picks an elegant bridal gown for her wedding day, you can find a dress that complements your personal style without upstaging the bride. With proper planning and knowledge of your body type, theme of the wedding and your bridal budget, you can be the next best-dressed woman in the room.
Once the bride has determined her wedding's color scheme and the hour she will marry her groom, finding the style of the gown and the fit is the next step. Types of mother of the bride dresses vary. The most popular style choices are tea-length, column, sheath, suit, long-sleeved, strapless and ball gown. Fabric choices for mother of the bride dresses range from silk and taffeta to velvet and wool crepe based upon the time of year of the wedding.
The theme of the wedding dictates the type of dress worn by the mother of the bride. For example, an evening black-tie wedding requires a formal gown. For a morning wedding at the courthouse, a skirt suit is appropriate attire. Because weddings require standing for long periods, dancing and entertaining guests, the mother of the bride should consider comfort and style when selecting a dress. The mother of the bride, or any other member of the bridal party, should refrain from wearing white, ivory and off-white gowns.
The mother of the bride dress should be selected a minimum of 6 months before the wedding date. The mother of the bride dress should flatter the figure and be appropriate for the ceremony. Most of all, the dress should be in similar color and tone with the mother of the groom's dress. As fluctuations in weight or mistakes in sizing by the dressmaker or manufacturer may occur, selecting your dress in advance can reduce some of the stress associated with planning a wedding.
Twenty-first century weddings now celebrate the option of nontraditional mothers wearing pantsuits to the wedding instead of the customary mother of the bride dress.