Navigating Bridal Etiquette: Tips for Mothers of the Bride and Groom

In this blog, we delve into the often overlooked realm of bridal etiquette, focusing on the attire choices for the Mothers of the Bride and Groom. We explore the dos and don'ts when it comes to colors, dress styles, patterns, and jewelry, providing practical suggestions to help mothers gracefully navigate this important aspect of wedding preparation. By considering factors such as coordination with the bridal party, cultural traditions, and personal comfort, mothers can confidently select attire that complements the overall wedding aesthetic while allowing them to shine on this special day.

We often get to assist Mothers of the Bride and Groom in selecting that perfect jewelry look that pairs well with their look, style and overall wedding theme. Many Mothers do not feel they should "stand out" and we get to remind them that they are, after bride and groom, are the most looked at and important wedding party participants, not to mention all the photos they will be in! So, please get yourself something beautiful and special to remember this day and wear it fr years to come! 

Here are some of the tips I personally share during our styling sessions (always available in my store or by zoon/facetime! just call

Colors: Traditionally, mothers of the bride tend to avoid white, ivory, or any shade similar to the bride's gown to avoid overshadowing her. However, they can opt for pastels, neutrals, or complementary colors that align with the wedding theme. Similarly, mothers of the groom should coordinate with the bridal party but avoid wearing the exact same color as the bridesmaids.

Dress Style: Both mothers should choose dresses that reflect the formality level of the wedding. For instance, a formal evening wedding calls for elegant floor-length gowns, while a daytime or casual wedding allows for shorter dresses or pantsuits.

Patterns: It's generally advisable for mothers to avoid overly flashy or distracting patterns that could clash with the wedding décor or the bridal party's attire. Subtle patterns or textures can add interest without overwhelming the overall look.

Jewelry: Elegant jewelry pieces that complement the style of the dress and overall complexion are usually the best choice. Avoid anything too flashy or attention-grabbing that could detract from the wedding's focus. BUT, remember that this will be a piece you will cherish and wear for years to come, so please invest in something you LOVE.

Consultation: Mothers should communicate with the bride about their attire choices to ensure they align with the overall vision for the wedding. This helps prevent any unintentional clashes in style or color coordination. 

Comfort: Above all, mothers should feel comfortable and confident in their chosen attire. They'll be spending a long day celebrating, so selecting outfits that they feel good in is key. And do not forget to wear comfortable shoes (get second pair to dance in)!

Cultural Considerations: Depending on cultural traditions, there may be specific guidelines or customs regarding attire for the mothers of the bride and groom. Researching and respecting these traditions can add a meaningful touch to the wedding.

And most importantly - have joy in selecting your dress and accessories, this is a very special day for you and youyr family, so please DO NT FORGET HOW IMPORTANT YOU ARE! And we are here to help your styling needs. 

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