Not only do you have to become an instant event coordinator when planning your wedding, but you can add fashion director to your list of qualifications and duties as well. Not that we’re complaining, but chances are you’ll be picking out not only your own wedding dress, but your bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses as well. Just another thing to add to your plate! 🙂
It’s important to remember that despite your (presumed) ability to veto a mother of the bride dress, you are not going to be the one wearing it. Also, your mother is your MOTHER, which means not only does she most likely have her own taste and opinion, but she is entitled to both. I personally had to remind myself of this several times when shopping for a mother of the bride dress with my mom. She definitely has her own fashion sense (which happens to be more fashion-forward and unique than mine), and I was veto-ing practically everything she loved. Until I realized that my wedding day was big for her as well, and that she should wear what makes her happy in the end. She ended up strutting her stuff in a gorgeous Roberto Cavalli gown that I happened to also love…but the bigger point was that she was crazy about. The bottom line is we all need reminders from time to time when planning a wedding that our opinion is not the only one. Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath and remember…it’s all about compromise!
With that said there are so many gorgeous mother of the bride dresses out there these days that it’s hard to go wrong. I also wouldn’t have your mom specifically look for “mother of the bride” dresses when going into a store. Evening wear or cocktail attire at stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdales and Nordstrom in addition to designer boutiques are bound to have something the both of you love. And just like brides are choosing more out-of-the-box bridesmaid dresses, don’t be afraid to choose something fun for the mother of the bride dress as well!
Below are a few of my recent favorites for formal to beachside weddings for every budget. If you see anything that you like share them with your mom! And if not, it’s always good to just get a point of reference in terms of colors and styles as well as designers she might like.