Do’s and Dont’s of Selecting your Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom Dresses

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When it comes to choosing your Mother-of-the-Bride or Mother-of-the-Groom dress, it’s best to put courtesy and comfort ahead of tradition and strict rules. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help get you started.

Do chat with the couple. Whether your child or your future child-in-law is calling the shots, it’s courteous to ask for an opinion or guidance. You don’t have to strictly obey, but allowing her to give some input may save you a world of bad feelings later.

Do coordinate in advance. It’s a matter of courtesy and avoiding the ultimate embarrassment of arriving in the same dress. At least reach out and get an idea what your counterpart is planning to wear.

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Don’t try to be a bridesmaid. Some couples want all gowns to match, while most would prefer moms to wear something complementary that will look lovely in photos. Nearly all couples recognize the difference between a bridesmaid and a parent, so don’t feel pressured to dress in a way that doesn’t feel right to you.

Do choose a style that flatters you. As with many things in the wedding world, the strict rules of the past have relaxed. While you still need to consider whether or not the wedding is evening formal or morning casual, you’re not tied into a specific suit or fabric. Experiment with necklines, hemlines, and waistlines until you find the perfect fit.  

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Your custom-tailored mother’s gown should reflect the tone and formality of the wedding, as well as your personal style and comfort. There are plenty of dresses to choose from, so get started today.

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