Prices and Where to Buy
Mother of the bride dresses can range from $20 to almost $5,000. Affordable gowns that are below $100 can be found at Nordstrom, Macy’s, David’s Bridal or the Dress outlet. They even have a “Mother of the Brides Dresses” section on their websites. For dresses between $100 and $500, you can look at Nordstrom, Macy’s, and David’s Bridal as well. When you feel like splurging over $500, Nordstrom and David’s Bridal will have what you’re looking for.
The best time for the mother of the bride to buy her dress is when the bride starts searching for the bridesmaids' dresses. Purchase the gown as soon as possible and before the mother of the groom. While searching for your dress you should share your options with the groom’s mother to bounce ideas or to give her a heads up on what type of dress you’re choosing, which will give her direction on what dress she should purchase. The groom’s mother will most likely appreciate this chat. You can also have your daughter notify her instead.
Don’t worry about communicating with the groom’s step-mother because you want to avoid getting involved in their family situation and the possibility of upsetting the groom’s mother.
Complementing the shade of the bridesmaids’ dresses or the color scheme of the event is traditional, but not required. For example, if she prefers the wedding party to wear horizon blue, it would be fitting for you to wear a different shade such as navy blue or royal blue. The mother of the bride dress should still stand out from the bridesmaids’ dresses. It’s only forbidden to wear white or colors similar to the bride’s dress.
In the past, black dresses were looked down upon and intense bright colored gowns were to be avoided, but these social taboos have mostly been abandoned now. Popular mother of the bride dress colors are sage green, sienna, and a range of light blues. Floral and patterns dresses are acceptable too. Pick a color, print, or pattern that’s not too powerful. All the attention should be on the bride, not the mother of the bride.
The bride’s opinion on the color outweighs all because it’s for her special day and she may want the mother’s dress to be the perfect addition to the tone of the wedding. However, the bride may be unconcerned about all of it. You need to talk to her to be certain. She may have guidelines about other attire details, such as length and style. In the end, the goal is for you both to be happy about the decision.
There are many mother of the bride dresses to choose from between a formal and casual style. The most important detail is that you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing the entire day. Long or short dresses both work. Soft and flowy pantsuits are also appropriate for the occasion. Sometimes they look like a long dress or skirt.
If you feel like showing a lot of skin and wearing a sexy dress, it is suggested to ask the bride for permission first. You should respect the bride’s wishes, especially if she’s not comfortable with the choice. You have countless other options that you’ll still look great in.
As previously stated, timing is essential. Ensure that you have enough time to have the dress altered to fit perfectly if needed. Prioritize comfort.
Other circumstances to think about while dress shopping for the wedding are the weather, venue, cultural customs, or religious customs. Seek for advice, be flexible, and follow the bride’s cues for help.