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How to find that perfect Mother-of-the-Bride dress

With my wedding not far off in the future, my mum asked me if I could help her to choose an outfit for our special day. And that got me thinking, where do you shop for mothers-of-the-brides outfit? And how do you help the parents of the bride and groom to dress appropriately.

Knowing the style of wedding you are planning, and your expectations of what you want them to wear, will help explain to your parentals what look you are going for.

“People aren’t clear enough these days on their invites about dress expectation. I think it’s the fear of ruining an invite going into too much detail, but it is worth advising if you want people to specifically dress for the occasion. I still giggle that a friend came to my ‘white wedding party’ in brown.” Brooke.

What should the mother-of-the-bride wear?

I think it really depends on what the MOTB will be comfortable in. My mum – Jenny – asked if I could help her to find something modern. She had seen many mother-of-the-brides in tailored two-piece suits, and although they looked lovely, Jenny didn’t think this would suit her.

I am also lucky enough to have a soon to be mother-in-law and stepmother-in-law that I also want to include in the wedding party. So what better way than to ask one of my previous wedding clients, Brooke, some of her advice.

1. Dress for their style & age – My mum wanted to look like herself on the day, she didn’t want to veer off course just because it was a wedding. She stuck to her style and what suits her body shape, so that she would be comfortable all day and could look back at the photos happily.

2. Try not to clash – My mum wanted to wear a style that matched the wedding theme but not so much that she looked like a bridesmaid. We also thought about allowing for her outfit to compliment my father’s outfit, and vise-versa.

3. Make them a part of your preparations on the day – Including your ‘mums’ in your make up and hair will also allow them to feel included in the wedding day, with a nice touch being a matching dressing gown to the bridesmaids to get ready in.

Where can you shop for mother-of-the-bride outfits?

“I looked in the city and Bondi Junction to which I purchased two dresses (which I wasn’t totally happy with). Then on walking through David Jones at Miranda one day, the dress I wore jumped out at me and it was exactly what I was looking for. The colour and design was perfect, and it was off the rack Table Eight. So I truly believe, one knows what they want once you see it.” Lyn.

Another bride Mel, was telling me that her mum found the perfect purchase whilst in Hawaii at Calvin Klein which happened to be on sale at the time. So you can really get lucky anywhere.

Last weekend, I took mum to the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in Sydney to look through the range of shops there. We found a range of boutiques that catered for formal outfits, that you can also wear at future events. A must for most MOTB’s! We visited Blooms Design and QueensPark and found a few outfits that mum was happy with.

Check out these great sites and shops which cater for mothers of the bride and groom outfits:

Vicky Mar   |   White Runway   |   Carla Zampatti   |   Anthea Crawford   |   Montique   |             Living Silk   |   Danielas    |   Noni B    |   North Beach Boutique

But of course I am open to suggestions!

I would love to hear from you if you know where I should go to find the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress for my mum. Leave us a comment below or email me directly at [email protected]


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