Mother of the Bride
Dressing up the Mother of the Bride
You would be excited that
you are getting married. In fact your entire family is so excited.
What would you want as a present? What will your hair look like?
Are you really going to wear that color of outfit? All questions
that may be fired at you during the course of the next few months.
But one question can strike fear and trepidation into the strongest
of brides. What is your mother going to wear?
outfits are probably the most talked about outfits other than what
the bride is wearing. Not even the grooms choice of morning suit,
kilt or sneakers and jeans will be talked about as much as what
the mother-of-the-bride will be wearing.
Even if bride and mother-of-the-bride
have a fantastic relationship outside of wedding planning, when
it comes to what your mother is going to wear on your wedding day
things can go horribly wrong!
She will have dreamt about
this day from the moment you first opened your eyes and stared into
hers. She will have planned and re-planned her outfit several times,
over each decade that has passed, hopefully moving with the times!
She will have a definate
idea of the image she wishes to project and how she wants to look
on this wonderous day and hopefully that will coincide with your
If you are lucky she will
co-ordinate with the rest of the bridal party and your photographs
will be a riot of harmonious color. If you fall into the not so
lucky catergory then the photographer may experience diffculty placing
her beside someone she doesnt clash with or horror of horrors the
mother-of-the-groom turns up in the same dress!!!
If your parents have divorced
and re-married then this situation can actually get worse. You only
have one mother and she carries the mother-of-the-bride mantle but
people, and its just human nature, will be looking at your fathers
second wife's oufit almost as closely as the mother-of-the-bride's.
I did hear a story where
a bride in this situation suddenly realised that the two women in
question had indeed bought the same dress. Approaching her mother
tactfully she mentioned that it might be an idea to take back the
mother of thebride outfit as she would have no other appropriate
celebration to wear it to. Her mother smiled and replied that of
course she would get another dress for her daughters big day but
would be wearing the original dress to the wedding rehearsal dinner!
When is comes down to it
the main thing is that everyone is happy and it would be foolish
to let a disagreement over a mother-of-the-bride dress get in the
way of your wedding. Always remember girls one day you may be the