Expert Tips for Styling Mothers of Brides and Grooms

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It's no secret that a wedding day is one of the most important days in a person's life. Not only will all eyes be on the couple, but it's also a day that will be remembered through countless photographs for years to come. So, it's essential to feel your best and look your best on this special day. This goes for everyone involved in the wedding, including the parents of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and even the officiant, dogs, and dog walkers! When everyone feels comfortable and confident in their outfits, it will reflect in the photographs and make the day even more memorable.
As the owner of The Stylish Bride for the past twenty years, I have styled many weddings and different people involved in the wedding, including the mothers of the bride and groom.

Mothers often have the hardest time finding the perfect outfit, considering the various style options and confidence.

The mother of the bride traditionally hosts the event, making her the third most important person in the room after the bride and groom. Therefore, it's crucial to have the mother feel great, happy, and confident in her outfit. However, finding the perfect outfit can be a challenge since mothers often have to coordinate with the wedding vibe, colors, and avoid grabbing too much attention.
Courtesy of Julie Sabatino
Courtesy of Julie Sabatino
From my experience, they often have to deal with a more mature body type and the concern of showing their arms. But there are creative ways to give them arm coverage by adding a bolero or creating sleeves or straps. It's essential to feel comfortable in what you're wearing because it affects how you experience the wedding day, how you present yourself, and your confidence in photos. 
Here are a few simple tips I always keep in mind when styling mothers of brides and grooms:
  1. Coordinate with the bride:As the mother of the groom or bride, it's important to coordinate your outfit with the bride's mother. Make sure to communicate and agree on a dress code, so that both of you complement each other and fit in with the wedding theme.
  2. Dress for the occasion: The mother of the groom or bride should choose an outfit that is appropriate for the wedding venue, weather, and time of day. For example, a formal evening wedding may call for a long gown, while a daytime wedding might be better suited to a shorter dress or suit.
  3. Consider color: The mother of the groom or bride should avoid wearing white, as this color is typically reserved for the bride. Instead, opt for complementary colors that match the wedding color scheme or theme.
  4. Accessorize: Add a touch of elegance to your outfit by choosing the right accessories. A statement necklace, earrings, or clutch can make all the difference and add a touch of glamor.
  5. Comfort is key: You'll be spending a lot of time on your feet, so make sure your outfit is comfortable to wear. Avoid shoes that are too high or too tight, and choose a dress or suit that fits well and doesn't restrict your movement.
  6. Think about hair and makeup: The mother of the groom or bride should make sure her hair and makeup are done professionally. A hairstyle that complements the outfit and a natural makeup look can make you feel confident and beautiful.
  7. Don't forget about the dress length: The dress length should be appropriate for the wedding ceremony. Avoid dresses that are too short or too revealing, and choose a length that is comfortable and stylish.
  8. Consider the wedding theme: If the wedding has a specific theme, make sure your outfit complements it. For example, if the wedding is beach-themed, a flowing maxi dress and sandals would be perfect.
  9. Think about the season: The mother of the groom or bride should dress appropriately for the season. In colder months, choose an outfit with a jacket or shawl to stay warm and stylish.
  10. Be yourself: Most importantly, the mother of the groom or bride should wear an outfit that makes her feel comfortable and confident. It's important to be yourself and let your personality shine through.
It's crucial to focus on and pay attention to the mothers in the wedding party. It's an essential piece of the wedding puzzle that can make the day even more memorable. If you want to learn more, check out my upcoming book, Dressed, Styled, and Down the Aisle, coming out this fall.
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