Dresses for the Mother of the LDS Bride

What a mother of an LDS bride should wear
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Wedding plans naturally revolve around the couple to be married – the wedding dress, the reception hall, and the bride’s bouquet – but the dresses for the mother of the bride have to be planned carefully, too. How do you choose an appropriate dress for your daughter’s wedding?

Colors for Mother of the Bride Dresses

It’s a good idea to wait to buy your dress until the color scheme for the wedding has been nailed down, so that your dress does not clash with the chosen color scheme. You can choose to either stay within the color family from the wedding scheme, or pick a neutral color like silver, blue, or chocolate. Tradition also says that black (the color of mourning) and white (the color of the bride’s dress) should be avoided unless the wedding is Black or White Tie.

Mother of the LDS bride
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Styles of Mother of the Bride Dresses

When choosing the style of your dress, make sure you it flatters your body type and not just the department store mannequin. Try it on and evaluate it carefully, maybe bringing a friend along to offer feedback. You want a dress that draws attention to your best features, disguises problem areas, and creates the impression of balance in your figure. One-piece or two-piece dresses are acceptable choices.
Also consider the theme of the wedding. A formal or evening wedding certainly requires that you wear an evening dress, but for a more casual wedding you can probably find a nice church dress.

How to Choose a Mother of the Bride Dress

1. Get general guidelines on color and style from the bride
2. The mother of the bride chooses a dress within those parameters
3. The mother of the bride then communicates with the mother of the groom, who chooses a coordinating dress
Some Bride’s are not particularly concerned about whether the mothers’ have coordinating outfits or not. Depending on the personalities involved you may have to be flexible on the color of your dress.

Mother of an LDS bride
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Mother of the Bride Shoes and Jewelry

Make sure to find matching shoes and jewelry to complete your outfit ahead of time, to avoid frantic last-minute shopping or squeezing into an uncomfortable pair of shoes on the wedding day.

Choosing the formal dress you will wear for your daughter’s wedding can be fun and a wonderful time to spend with your daughter. Accept input from the bride, but the final decision is yours. Choose something that looks great on you.

♥ Jenny Evans
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