Q: My mom wants to wear a long dress to my wedding. At what time of day is this appropriate? Can the gown have beading?

A: If your wedding is very formal (ballroom reception or the equivalent), it's fine for your mother to go long any time of day. If you're having an informal affair, a dressy suit or cocktail-length dress is more appropriate both before and after noon. As far as beading goes, Mom should save the sparkle for evening nuptials.

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