Mother of the bride and bridegroom
As the mother of the bride, you occupy a special position on your daughter´s wedding day. And then you naturally want to look well-groomed and radiant. But what does the mother of the bride actually wear on this big day? Do you think etiquette is out of date? At least that’s what many think. Still, it’s nice to have something to hold on to, and those etiquette rules are quite nice for that. We list a few important ones for you:
- The color (ivory) white is especially reserved for the bride. However, the mother of the bride may also dress in white, provided it is tailored to the shade of white of the bride and always in consultation with the bride.
- The bride should of course be the center of attention, so as a female guest, never overshadow the bride.
- Be careful with black clothing, black can look very chic, but is not always festive.
- Are there bridesmaids? Then, as the mother of the bride (groom), do not wear the same color as the dresses of these bridesmaids.
Those were the real rules, even more important are the rules that will make you shine as the mother of the bride or bridegroom. Underneath, we share some valuable tips and inspiration on your style of choice.
Ladies specialty store
Go to a store that sells special occasion clothes. This can be a boutique, specialty shop or wedding store. Your daughter is getting married! Isn’t that the ultimate chance to unpack yourself? Choose an outfit that looks beautiful on you and that you wouldn’t wear on a daily basis, so that you are immediately recognized as a proud mother of the bride.
Ask the bridal couple if there is a dress code. Sometimes guests are asked to match their choice of clothing to a certain color. In addition, (completely) black or white is a ‘no go’ according to etiquette, but perhaps the bridal couple appreciates that color. In any case, make sure that you do not appear out of place or swear by the ‘wedding house style’.
Take your time
Take the time you need to find your perfect outfit. You are not every day a ´mother of the bride’ and you probably spend a little more money on your outfit for this day, so choose it with care. Browse through the well-known wedding magazines to orientate yourself on what you like and in which store you would like to have a look.
Be advised by the saleswoman and dare to follow her advice. If you find it difficult to keep to yourself, take someone with you who knows your (clothing taste) well. Your daughter for example! Just like when choosing the wedding dress, make it a fun day out.
Oh and of course the above also applies to the proud mother of the groom. Speaking of which: always coordinate with the other mother what she is wearing. There’s nothing more embarrassing than finding out on the wedding day that you’re wearing the same thing or wearing colors that contrary and are terribly swearing. According to etiquette, the mother of the bride has the first choice of dress and the mother of the groom adjusts accordingly.