Mark Ingram's top tips for mothers

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According to the etiquette questions readers send to Brides.com, helping your mom choose a dress to wear to the wedding is anything but easy. Enter Mark Ingram to the rescue. In honor of Mark Ingram Atelier 2, his new boutique for mothers of the bride and groom, he shared his top tips for mothers with us. —Kathryn Papanek

Let the Bride Shine: Mothers today are so independent and modern; they should incorporate their own individual style while remaining appropriate and tasteful. They should remember to never out shine or overshadow the bride. It may be your party but..

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it is her day!"

The Bride's Mom Comes First: Mothers of the groom should respectfully call the bride and her mother to inquire about the wedding's color palette and formality. She should also defer to the mother of the bride.

Flatter Your Figure: Mothers are usually as concerned about their figures as the bride. Shop someplace that will give you the personal attention needed to directly address your figure concerns and special needs. Choose a dress that highlights your best feature. For example, if you have great legs, try something with a slit in the front or a knee length cocktail dress.

Cover Up!: If the wedding is a religious ceremony to take place in a house of worship, you may need a cover for your shoulders or arms. A high service salon can always customize a stole, shrug or sleeve to coordinate with your ensemble.

Mark Ingram Atelier 2 is located at 108 West 39th Street in New York City. For more information, visit bridalatelier.com.

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