If the First Rule of attending weddings is, “Never outshine the bride,” the First Rule for mothers of the bride and groom would be, “Don’t embarrass your children.”
The stress of getting it “just right” can be almost as great for the moms as for the bride. You want to appear elegant yet understated, classy but not matronly. Above all, you want to do everything you can to make your child’s wedding flawless. Talk about pressure!
Fortunately, Decode 1.8 is here for you, with our wide array of dresses perfectly made to suit any mom, any shape, any size, and for any wedding.
Here are some tips for finding the ideal Mother of the Bride dress, just for you.
- Match the setting.
Whether the wedding will be a formal black-tie affair or a casual sunset-on-the beach ceremony, the style of the wedding, and the suggested attire by the couple, should determine your overall look. Also, take any religious customs into account. If the venue is an ultra-orthodox church or temple, you’ll need to lean toward the conservative side. If the wedding is taking place in a park or garden setting, you can be more casual. If the wedding will be in a conservative setting, but the reception is outdoors, consider accessorizing with a jacket, wrap, or shawl that you can remove after the ceremony.
Style #184005 is a blush floor length gown that features a chiffon cape that is modest yet stunning! With a gown like this, you don’t have to worry about carrying around an extra accessory to cover your shoulders for a conservative (or chilly) ceremony.
If you have a long-sleeved gown in mind, look no further than style #183951. The gorgeous beaded detail on the peplum-style top is eye catching yet not over-the-top so you don’t outshine the real superstar of the day: the bride.
- Complement the bridesmaids.
Once the bride has selected the bridesmaid styles and colors, you’ll have a better idea of what to look for. Brides magazine says it’s not necessary to match their colors, but to complement them. For example, if the wedding party will be wearing light pink bridesmaid dresses, a light blue dress would work well. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, however. The only real guidelines for color are to avoid anything in the white/ivory/champagne family (to avoid upstaging the bride), black (too somber), or anything flashy (e.g., lipstick red, neon yellow), unless the bride says otherwise.
You can’t go wrong with style #184004 when considering a complimentary color! In neutral gray, this gown features a peplum style top with a long flowy skirt and detail at the waist. Gray is a timeless color that isn’t too flashy and compliments many skin tones!
- Go for comfort.
It will be a long, exciting, emotional, and exhausting day. The last thing you want to worry about is having to constantly pull up loose spaghetti straps or wincing every time you hug someone because your sleeves are too tight. Make sure the dress is one you can move in, sit in, dance in. Pay attention to your undergarments and shoes for the same reason. Remember, you should wear the dress; it shouldn’t wear you. And if you’re worried about fit, don’t. Decode 1.8 has a full line of plus-size mother of the bride and groom dresses beautifully styled to flatter any figure, like one of our favorite gowns that comes in both maroon and blue, #183088.
- When all else fails, ask.
Your daughter has a vision of what she wants her wedding day to look like. She’ll be flattered (and possibly relieved) if you ask for style and color suggestions. The same holds true for the mother of the groom. Plus, it’s a great way to get off on the right foot with your prospective daughter-in-law. Up-front communication is the best way to prevent misunderstandings and mistakes later on. And think of the fun you’ll have if you ask her to go shopping with you! This way, you can make a decision together while bonding and making memories to last a lifetime!