How to Choose a Mother-of-the-Bride Dress

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Weddings are a joyous occasion, but picking a dress for the mother-of-the-bride can become contentious if it is not handled correctly. To avoid some of the pitfalls, follow the steps.

  • Get to know her taste. This will save many an argument. Get a pen, paper and catalog and go through with her to find out what style she likes. Find a dress that is flattering to her shape, size and taste.

  • Pick colors that compliment her. In the spring look for pastels. In the fall look at earth tones, but make sure that the color flatters her skin tone. Select the length according to the time of the wedding, and type of wedding (casual, semi-formal, or formal)

  • Select an outfit based on whether it will be for one time use or can be worn at other events. With the price of mother-of-the-bride dresses in the mid-$200s for non-designers, it might prove beneficial to have a dress that can be worn on more than one occasion.

  • Dress in terms of age only if it is her style and it gives the look you and she wants. Some dresses are very matronly, so if she prefers to dress a little younger, then do it.

  • Don’t color clash with the bride party. It should compliment or be an extension of the party. If not, she will stand out in a negative way.

  • Shoes should match the dress, but be comfortable, particularly if the mother-of-the-bride is older.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep temperature in mind. If the wedding is outside, have a wrap that compliments the dress, but keeps her comfortable.
  • Do not pick the same color as the bride.

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