Want, Need, Love: Mother-of-the-Bride Essentials

Mother of the Bride Essentials

Photo: Courtesy of Vendors; Illustration By: Christina Park

We know it's your big day, but let's face it — you wouldn't be walking down the aisle at all if it weren't for your mom. And whether she needs a little help in the fashion department or if you're searching for a meaningful gift to thank her for all her hard work, here are our suggestions for all-things mother of the bride.

1. The Dress
Our top tip for mother-of-the-bride dresses? Select a look that's fashionable yet timeless — and vibes with the wedding's overall aesthetic. Something elegant and understated, like this floor-length navy blue dress from Derek Lam, is perfect for a daughter's wedding day.
Bandeau Overlay Gown, $3,390, Derek Lam available at Shopbop

2. The Thank-You Note
Brides, take note (literally): You've likely penned your husband-to-be a sweet wedding-day note, but consider writing one for Mom too. She's dreamed of seeing you in a white dress since the day you were born, so honor her with a meaningful keepsake she'll treasure forever. She'll love this option from Rifle Paper Co., complete with a pretty floral motif and gold detailing.
"Woodland" greeting card, $4.50, Rifle Paper Co.

3. The Shoe
Moms are on their feet all night long — between photos, greeting guests, and dancing — so selecting a comfortable shoe is key. Choose something chic, like these Manolo Blahnik slingbacks, which feature a modest 2 3/4-inch heel, in a formal shade (we love the gold!).
"Napa" metallic slingback heel, $645, Manolo Blahnik available at Neiman Marcus

4. The Wedding-Day Essentials
This nifty kit contains everything the MOB could ever need. It's filled with 20 day-saving essentials from nail polish remover and safety pins to a mini sewing kit, and — yes — even extra wedding bands!
Minimergency Kit for M.O.B., $16, Pinch Provisions

5. The Gift
Give a small, but thoughtful present to go along with your thank-you note. This set of customizable Hermès soaps will encourage Mom to take some much deserved "me-time" after the wedding. Plus, every time she uses one of these luxurious body products, she'll be transported back to your wedding day. (They also smell absolutely amazing!)
3-piece soap set, $57, Hermès, available starting August 1

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