Mother of The Bride Dresses

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Should mother of the bride dresses coordinate with bridesmaids?

Draw inspiration from mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses by choosing a color that coordinates with, but doesn't exactly match, the maids palette. Metallics are a great alternative to neutrals, as are floral prints in complementary hues. See our favorite color pairings here.

Are there colors I shouldn't wear as mother of the bride?

Avoid bridal colors like white, ivory, and champagne. Black is sometimes considered the color of mourning, while red may be too dramatic. Many modern brides choose to ignore these rules—check in with the bride to see what's off-limits!

What styles are appropriate for mother of the bride dresses?

Mother of the bride dresses don't need to feel frumpy or overly conservative! Experiment with strapless styles, unexpected lengths, or modern jumpsuits. Adhere to the dress code, and look to bridesmaids or the wedding gown for guidance on bold patterns or embellishments.

Should the mother of the bride and mother of the groom coordinate their dresses?

The mother of the bride traditionally chooses her dress first, but we believe in communicating with the mother of the groom throughout the shopping process. Talk about color, pattern, style, and level of formality so your dresses feel harmonious.

How far in advance should I start looking for a mother of the bride dress?

Once the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses have been chosen, start shopping ASAP! Purchase your dress at least six months before the wedding, so you'll have time for shipping and alterations.

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