Q: Is there any tactful way to bypass my mother and take my fiancé's mom shopping with me for my dress? My future MIL always wears amazing clothes and looks put-together, but my mother is totally oblivious to fashion and wouldn't be much help.

A: It's a funny thing about moms, brides and shopping for the wedding dress—it's really about more than just picking out a gown. That said, taking someone with you who has an eye for style will be incredibly helpful. Do the two moms get along? If so, bring them both. And if they've never met, this is the perfect opportunity for an introduction and some female bonding. While your mom is crying over seeing you in floor-length white lace, your future MIL will make sure the dress truly flatters you.

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