My Fiancé's Mother Wants to Wear White to My Wedding! Isn't That A Faux Pas?

Etiquette, Wedding Dresses
Can the mother of the groom wear white

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The bride wore white...and so did her mother-in-law? If that sounds off, it's because it is. Should anyone other than the bride ever wear white to a wedding? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your dress questions in our daily post.

My fiancé's mom says she's wearing a white dress to the wedding. I thought I was the only one who gets to wear white! Who's right?

You win this one—white, which traditionally has symbolized youth and purity, is worn only by the bride. That goes for ivory, cream, off-white, linen and all other pale variations. If you're worried that your FMIL won't take this news well, it's probably best to enlist someone she respects, and who you can confide in, and ask that person to be the messenger. Have her suggest a few flattering non-white shades that would work with the wedding's color scheme.

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