Thursday, July 11, 2013

Four Considerations When Deciding on a Mother of the Bride Dress

Deciding on which mother of the bride dress to pick is a tough nut to crack. So to make your search easier here are four considerations to guide you in making the right choice.

Sure, you’re truly happy about your daughter getting married. But, the part about dressing up for the occasion is probably something you dread about. While you want to look spectacular without stealing the limelight from the bride, the thought of having to go through hundreds of options just to find that one dress that will make you look good while sticking to the wedding’s underlying dress code can easily give you a headache.

Before you go shopping for your frock, you will be able to ease your mind by spending time looking at some of the important details about the wedding. Here are four factors you need to take into account that will help dictate the attire appropriate for you.
Wedding venue
Where will the ceremony and reception take place? In a hotel? At the beach? Or may be in a grand vineyard? If the event will be held outdoors, you want to skip on wearing a dress that brushes the ground. It will easily get dirty and will make it difficult for you to walk around the area. Instead, a cocktail dress is more suitable for an outdoor wedding. If, however, the ceremony and reception are booked in a hotel or ballroom, you can never go wrong with a long dress that has a sophisticated cut. Remember you will most likely wear the dress from the morning or afternoon until late at night, so what you want to achieve is a look that is comfortable, stylish, and suits the venue.
Time and season
Don’t forget that daytime weddings and evening affairs follow separate dress codes. For the day, experts advice to opt for fabrics that are light in hue and minimize the accessories to avoid looking too busy. In the evening, a frock in a darker tone or one that has sparkles is more acceptable.
The season in which the wedding date falls could also influence the attire you will wear. For instance, dresses with short hemlines are preferred during summer weddings to ensure maximum comfort on a hot weather. Long dresses, on the other hand, are suitable for winter weddings to offer warmth as the temperature plummets. Colours and fabrics also change depending on the on the season. Bold or pastel colours and light or sheer fabrics are ideal for warmer months, while darker hues and thicker materials always suit fall and winter weddings.
Bride’s Vision
Never go out shopping for your dress without consulting the bride. She likely has ideas about what she would like for you to wear on her big day and you do not want to disappoint her for making the wrong choice. If she cannot accompany you when shopping, it is a good idea to touch base with her to get her vision for the day. Know what her restrictions are so that you will be able to steer clear from them once you start to shop around. However, do not forget to voice out your opinions as well so that she will know if a particular style suits you or not.
The Groom’s Mom
It’s customary for the mother of the bride to purchase her dress before the mother of the groom. However, this is old-school etiquette and there is no guarantee that the groom’s mom will follow tradition. As such, it will be better if you will communicate with her days before you go shopping. Tell her what your plans are and ask for her input as well. Doing this simple task will help avoid the probability of getting the same dress and will also ensure that your styles are in sync with each other.
About the author

Millie Turner is an avid writer and fashion buff. She particularly enjoys writing about bridal style and mother of the bride or groom outfits.  She is also contributes content for Frox of Falkirk. When not penning articles, Millie spends her time reading blogs and novels.