You’ve found your gown, set the dress code and figured out what your bridesmaids are going to wear. Think you’re done figuring out attire for your wedding? Think again. While the dress code is all the guidance you can give to your guests, there are a few VIPs you’ll want to talk to more specifically about what they’ll wear. After all, they’ll be in all of your wedding photos and you want them to look their best! So can you tell your mom what you want her to wear to your wedding? Here’s what our experts have to say.
You knew you’d need to choose a dress for your bridesmaids (unless you’re going mismatched, of course!), but dressing your mom may not have been on your radar. While you don’t need to pick out her exact outfit for her, giving your mom some guidance will help her find a dress that’s the perfect fit for your theme and dress code, as well as make her feel more comfortable in what she’s chosen.
If your mom has great style and is confident shopping on her own, give her a few key details to look for, then let her loose. That could be a general color scheme, a length or fabric, or a style you want her to lean toward or avoid. Is she less comfortable buying formal-wear on her own? Turn it into a girls’ day! Head to the mall together, then help her narrow down the choices so she finds something that looks and feels great.
For the most part, the mother of the bride tends to wear a color that coordinates with the design of the wedding. That could be a navy dress if you’ve picked a preppy scheme, a shade of pink if your centerpieces range from blush to fuchsia, or gold or champagne if you’re going totally formal. Make sure you let her know what the bridesmaids will be wearing so she doesn’t accidentally pick something too similar!
Of course, having your mom match your wedding isn’t required. We love a mom in a bright ball gown at a black-and-white wedding, or a playful floral print for a springtime bash.