So it’s finally happened, your son or daughter has got engaged! After the delight and celebrations the sinking feeling sets in, what on earth am I going to wear?!
You will probably be bombarded with advice from numerous friends and family members about what you should wear for your important role on the big day. Don’t listen to everything you hear, instead take the advice from a professional.
A great Mother of the Bride or Groom outfit should help you stand out and feel special, without upstaging the bride. There’s a fine line between being age appropriate without being dowdy. You don’t want to look old and frump , you want to look and feel fabulous. A lot of people still have the misconception that mothers are required to show up to the wedding conservatively dressed. Personally I think that mums should have fun too!
As wedding ceremonies and receptions become more highly personalised, doesn’t it make sense that your Mother of the Bride or Groom outfit should be more personalised too? Why not make it a true reflection of you and let your personality shine through with these 5 tips on how to be a stylish Mother of the Bride or Groom:
Be different think bespoke
After the bride and the bridesmaids the next person everyone is going to be looking at is the mums. It is vital that you look and feel amazing on your son or daughter’s special day not just because you have to look at the photos for years to come but that you deserve to! If you’re trying on umpteen outfits but none of them are quite right when you’ve got that something set in your mind but can’t find it or it just simply doesn’t fit, consider having something made especially for you. Bespoke made to measure can be available to all of us at a cost just above something at the top end of the high street. No one else in the world will have your dress never mind at the wedding.
If you have already found an outfit then why not have a bespoke milliner work their magic and create the perfect hat or headpiece for you. They use the finest quality fabrics, feathers, flowers, leathers, metals and jewels to accentuate traditional, quirky or modern designs to complement your outfit.
Find a Signature piece of Jewellery
If a hat or head piece is not really your thing another great way to put your own personal stamp on your outfit is to add a little individuality and glamour with jewelry. If you have a favorite piece, or an antique with some family heritage, make that a focal point of your outfit. Unique jewelry will add glamour and meaning to what you’re wearing. If it is on the large or sparkly side keep it to that one statement piece, sometimes less is more.
Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world!
What mother of the bride or groom outfit is complete without a fabulous pair of shoes? I can’t overemphasize the importance of comfort when you’ll be on your feet all day and dancing all night. However, comfy can still be stylish. Heels are always preferable to flats for style and sophistication, avoiding anything too heavy or clunky. A safe bet is always a court shoe in a neutral or metallic shade. My favorite are by Jimmy Choo or LKBennett as you get the comfort with style by spending that bit more. Stay away from white or black shoes as they will look too heavy with your outfit. The one exception to that rule is if you are wearing a black dress to the wedding you can do a black shoe.
Yes I did say you can wear black to a wedding!
There seems to be this myth that you can’t wear black to a wedding, this is no longer true. Years ago if you wore black to a wedding, everyone automatically assumed it was a sign of rebellion, and that you wanted everyone to know you disapproved of the match. While some older, more traditional types may still cling to this belief, most people are over it. Black is elegant and chic, not to mention slimming, and with so many attractive, chic and classy black dresses out there, it’s silly to dismiss an otherwise flattering dress based on colour alone. If black suits you it can be a good option, just make sure the bride agrees that black is ok before taking this route. Other options for an elegant look are navy or charcoal grey.
Makeup will finish you off
Although this may seem obvious but there are many women out there who normally don’t wear make-up, even on their son or daughter’s wedding day. The result is they end up looking washed out in photos. To look like a stylish and polished off Mother of the Bride or Groom you really do need some make-up so you’ll shine in those photos. If you are uncomfortable applying make-up yourself then hire a professional. The bride will most probably be looking into this for herself and the makeup artist will be more than happy to do your makeup on the day as well. You can have a trial prior to the wedding so you don’t feel artificial on the day. A professional make-up artist will put you at ease, understanding the fine line between overdone and underdone.
If you follow these tips to helping you on the way to becoming a stylish Mother of the Bride or Groom you’ll wow your family and friends. Don’t be surprised if you overhear them say “Oooh she looks amazing!” … Your Fairy Clothes Mother x