The wedding Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom have plenty of things to consider when it comes to their big day attire. Not only does the look of the outfit itself require careful consideration, but there are a whole host of other factors to consider when dressing for their son or daughter's big day.
This article takes a close look at the most important factors any soon-to-be wedding Mother of the Bride or Groom has to remember.
Donít try to steal the spotlight. This is not the day to try and take centre stage - you are there to look fabulous, but not at the expense of the Bride - just remember that she is the real star of the show attire-wise, not the wedding Mother of the Bride or Groom.
However tempting it may be, avoid any 'one-upmanship' tactics with the other mum. This is not the day to see who can spend the most on a wedding Mother of the Bride or Groom outfit, nor to see who can wear the shortest skirt. Remember you're batting for the same team here, and not competitors!
Donít wear white, cream or ivory, unless you have express permission from the Bride to do so. Some mums think that a summer wedding is a great excuse for an ivory trouser suit or cream cocktail dress, but this one of the biggest wedding faux pas. The only person who should be in white, ivory or cream is the Bride unless she specifically says otherwise.
Work with your mum counterpart to ensure that you'll both look good together on the photos but don't look like the outfits were a 2-for-1 offer. Traditional etiquette dictates that the wedding Mother of the Bride outfit is bought first, then the Mother of the Groom outfit bought at a later date. OK, this is a little antequated perhaps, remember this is the beginning of a relationship with a new extended family, so open the communication channels as early as possible.
Pay close attention to the Bride and Groom when they talk about the wedding theme. You may have always envisaged wearing a formal designer suit for the wedding, but if everyone else will be dressed for a casual beach wedding, then you'll look like you've arrived at the wrong wedding!
Discuss possible colours options with the Bride based on the wedding colour scheme but be honest about what suits you. This isn't the time to agree to wear a wedding Mother of the Bride or Groom outfit that clashes with your skin tone, no matter how persuasive the argument. Consider the colours of the flowers, jewellery, bridesmaid dresses, waistcoats and men's ties, and between you choose coloured attire that either compliments the day or blends with it.
If you have parents who'll also be part of the wedding party, take it upon yourself to make sure that they also complement or blend with wedding colour scheme. Remember this day is all about your son or daughter, so you should try to do everything you can to minimise their stress levels whilst helping to create their vision of a dream day.
We always welcome additional hints and tips, so if you think there's any wedding Mother of the Bride or Groom advice we've missed, please let us know and we'll add them onto the article.
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