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Mother of the Groom Dress

Published:  May 27, 2010 by The Wedding Wizards

Traditional etiquette states the mother of the groom should wait until the mother of the bride has chosen a dress. The idea is for both mothers to end up wearing similarly formal dresses (one should not wear a ball gown if the other is wearing a strappy sundress).

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Not all brides (and mothers of the brides) follow all etiquette rules. You may feel more comfortable wearing a pantsuit instead of a traditional formal dress. This is not a problem, but it should be discussed with the bride and her mother to avoid any awkwardness.

The color of your dress should not match the mother of the bride, but you may want to stay in the same color family. You definitely will want to stay away from the same color as the bridesmaids. If you want to keep in line with the style of the bridesmaid dress, you can invite the bride to go shopping with you for your dress.

Black has been a color that mothers of the groom have stayed away from for years. It is gaining popularity, and if you are able to wear a colored jacket or scarf with your dress, it may be acceptable. The idea would be to stay away from a dress or outfit that will make you appear older or dowdy. You will also want to refrain from an outfit that can be also worn to a funeral (you will want something more festive than this).

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You will also want to avoid white, tan, ivory, or off-white (for the obvious reasons of course). Shopping for the mother of the groom dress is easier than in years past. With online shopping, you are able to go to “virtual boutiques” for prior to the wedding. This can give you an idea of what stores carry the items that are of interest to you. When it is time to shop for a dress (approximately 4-6 months prior to the wedding), allow yourself plenty of time to find a dress.

Besides shopping in bridal shops, elegant dresses and gowns can be found in department stores and boutiques. If you are not a shopper, selecting dresses online and having them shipped to your home might be an option for you. You can try on the dresses in the privacy of your own home. Be aware of your home lighting when doing this! The lighting in bridal studios and department stores tend to be brighter than the light we have in our homes.

Ultimately, if you are unable to find a dress that meets your satisfaction, consider finding a pattern that meets your requirements and have the gown made for you. Whatever gown you choose, looking your best on your son’s day is important. Find a style that fits and flatters, and you will not go wrong!

Visit TodaysBride.com for a complete list of local Bridal shops specializing in Mother-of dresses.

Classic Style Trumps Trendy Ideas for a Wedding

Wedding album, videos and a carefully preserved gown — your wedding mementos are meant to be precious reminders of your special day. But you may find yourself cringing with shame when you look at your album years down the road if you choose trendy over traditional style for the look of your wedding.

It’s easy to tell the difference between a look that’s trendy and a more classic style. Think of the bell bottoms and love beads from the ‘70s and big hair and “Dynasty”-style gowns of the ‘80s — looks that were “hot” at one time, but that years later elicit an eye-roll and a “what was I thinking” attitude from women who wore them.

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, 1957

Now consider the elegance, grace and demure femininity of icons like Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn. Their style was classic and timeless — and one that today’s smart bride mimics to ensure she’ll love the look of her wedding as much in 20 years as she does the day she walks down the aisle.

Today’s bride knows that choosing fabrics, silhouettes and accessories borrowed from the classic era — the 1940s through the 1960s — will give her wedding and gown timeless appeal. No dated looks from easy-to-identify fashion fads for her. The classic look also plays well with the growing trend to achieve less with more by accenting the basics with luxurious finishing touches.
Here’s how to achieve that classic look for your spring wedding:
The Dress
Avoid large, modern swags of fabrics in favor of silhouettes that emphasize an hourglass figure. Nipped-in waists, or waistlines defined with belts and sashes, often in a color that slightly contrasts with the dress, create an elegant, eternal style. You can draw your classic style from the ‘40s, ‘50s and even ‘60s.
Designers offer charming gowns that evoke the look of 1950s prom dresses with fitted bodices and full skirts in tulle, lace and appliqué. For a 1960s look, a shorter, sophisticated frock with a gathered waist and narrow skirt will be reminiscent of the classic ‘60s cocktail dress.
The Accessories
A veil is essential for classic bridal style, and birdcage veils with large netting that falls at cheekbone length epitomize the look. These simple veils frame the bride’s glowing face and highlight special jewelry. Ladylike wrist-length gloves are the perfect complement to vintage bridal looks.
The classic bridal look is a perfect match with a simple and elegant pair of pearl stud earrings and a lustrous 16-inch strand of cultured pearls around the bride’s neck. Pearls have long been associated with the essence of sophisticated womanhood in American pop culture.
“The Hindu Lord Krishna is said to have offered pearls to his daughter as a wedding gift, which is where pearls and weddings were first married,” says Jeremy Shepherd of PearlParadise.com, the world’s largest online pearl company. “Pearls are considered a symbol of purity, making them the perfect fit with a bride’s white dress.” Shepherd recommends white akoya pearls, a saltwater pearl that grows primarily in the coastal areas of Japan and China.
Considered to be the classic pearls for jewelry, akoya pearls are prized for their perfect round shape, mirror-like luster and soft, neutral colors.
The Look
Tie a classic dress and accessories together with a polished hairstyle such as a bun or chignon and keep makeup understated. Dark brown or black eyeliner extended slightly past the end of the eyelid, a touch of black mascara and a shade of red lipstick perfectly matched to the bride’s complexion are all that’s necessary to complete the perfect, classic Hollywood face.
— Courtesy of ARAcontent