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There are news and more news of the economic crisis bombarding us from all angles.  Should you as the mother of the bride or groom cut corners and save money by pulling out something to wear from your current wardrobel?  After all, don’t most ladies have at least one special occasion dress to wear which was already once or twice at some other formal occasion? 

I know what you are thinking….”what if the invited guest has already seen me in this outfit?”  Oh dear, the dilemma we ladies face and the embarrassment of it all!

I have good news for you.  I am sure you have already checked out the department store racks combing for the sales and clearance items.  First of all, determine the price range you want to allecate to the mother of the bride dress.  Then you will not go above and beyond your means and have a guilty complex later.

Here are some quick and easy tips for shopping for affordable mother of the bride apparel.

1.  Of course, the sales and clearance racks.  No brainer.

2.  Bridesmaid dresses–yes, bridesmaid dresses and you have read this correctly.  The styles are fashionably revealing or fashionably modest.  You may want to go for the latter and use a nice shawl or wrap.  Bridesmaid dresses come in a choice of colors and shopping this way may be much easier for you.

3.  Clearance items from online bridal stores. Most items are marked to clear at their cost price as they really do want to move it out quickly.  Web stores do not have the foot traffic that brick-and-mortar stores have.  Therefore, the huge markdown for something that mostly has been tried on (not worn) only once, or not at all.

4.  Simply shop online bridal websites.  Their prices are not marked up twice or triple the cost price of the dress.  Online shopping is the way now and more of the future as shoppers get more savvy and computer literate.  Prices are cheaper and time is saved browsing online in your jammies.

5.  There are several websites selling low priced or discount mother of the bride clothing.  There are high end mother of the bride apparel that compete with the prices of the brides’ wedding gowns.  You see these in the specialty bridal boutiques and department stores.  However, stores like AudreysMotheroftheBride.com   http://www.audreysmotherofthebride.com/site/906987/page/1034036  (click this link) offer dresses that range from $100 to mostly $200, and up to $300 max.  Our selections are huge, prices very reasonable, and someone can help size you if you are in doubt.  Also, the most wonderful thing is that we have the most number of plus size mother of the bride dresses around. 

6.  Dive into your closet, pull out that dress that was worn just once or twice, and add a shawl, jacket, something creative to it to get a brand new look.  Your seamstress may be able to give you suggestions as she will probably have to make something for you to accessorize your outfit.

There you go, ideas that will save you money and make you feel special for the wedding day.  You need to shine as well being the mother of the bride, and you so deserve it.

Poly Fashions 5706 Mother of the Bride Dress

Poly Fashions 5706 Mother of the Bride Dress

Plus Size Dresses for Mothers of the Bride and Groom

Plus Size Dresses for Mothers of the Bride and Groom

Source:  Audrey Cheong of http://www.audreysmotherofthebride.com/ 

I am the owner of a webstore AudreysMotheroftheBride.com that specializes in plus size mother of the bride dresses and yes, gowns for the mother of the groom as well.

 

In my years of experience dealing with customers who browse online, their dilemma is finding a lovely mother of the bride dress to wear on their full figures. They lament that the dresses out there are either too flamboyant and revealing, or too matronly looking and make them look older than they feel.

 

Here are some guidelines for the plus size mother of the bride to look becoming on their daughter or son’s wedding, yet not sacrificing good taste and comfort while wearing their chosen dress.

 

Helpful suggestions:

 

1. Have an idea about fabrics, their textures, and quality. Every good clothing website will state the type of fabric used on the description summary of the dress. Mother of the bride dresses are usually made of synthetic fabrics nowadays, due to lower costs and their ability to be wrinkle-free. Remember that special occasion dresses are tailored, have lining, and are generally not stretchy like casual wear.

 

2. Every woman must have an idea of which colors looks good on them. Pinks may look great on the catalog models but do absolutely nothing for you. Discuss with the bride on the colors of the wedding and decide on the color variation that becomes you.

 

3. A mother of the bride who is well-proportioned or of an hourglass figure, can wear a more fitted style. Just remember to put on that body shaper or corset as this can work wonders for any figure whether it is slim or fuller.

 

4. If you are NOT of an hourglass figure, know whether you are bustier or more hippy. It is always best to find a dress that will fit the widest part of your body and then get the rest professionally tailored down to fit you. Remember–even skinny models have dresses tailored to fit their bodies for the photography session.

 

5. Browse online stores for a myriad of plus size mother of the bride gowns. They carry the latest styles and if they do not have your size in stock, they can surely special order one for you. Remember that every manufacturer size their dresses differently, especially special occasion dresses. So, it is helpful if you know what your body measurements are before you shop and then purchase online.

 

6. Know your figure type. If you are hip heavy, the A-line styles are definitely for you. If you are busty, stay away from clingy fabrics and low bodices that accentuate your fullness. Jackets whether long or the shorter bolero styles, always manage to hide a flaws like heavier arms. Or have thought about a snazzy shawl to wear over your shoulders?

 

7. Do not allow your daughter or daughter in-law to dictate which style she wants you wear. This could be potentially upsetting for you. Only you will know which styles and colors flatter you. Negotiation and compromise are best for both parties, achieving a better outcome, and no hurt feelings.

 

7. Golden word–TAILORING! Do not wear dresses that are too large for you as they make you look heavier and this is not what you want. You will look slimmer if a dress is customized for you. Invest in professional tailoring.

 

8. Give ample time–at least 4 months–before the wedding to find a plus size mother’s dress. Do not make the common mistake of trying to lose those few extra pounds before the wedding and holding off buying your dress until then. You will be surprised that there are not too many physical shops out there that carry the style you want in a plus size. You may have to shop online and if so, need to allow time for alterations and exchanges, if any. 

 

Author: Audrey Cheong is the owner of an online bridal store specializing in plus size

mother of the bride dresses and other formal evening dresses.  Please visit her website  http://www.audreysmotherofthebride.com for great selections and reasonable prices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE:  Audrey’s Mother of the Bride – http://www.audreysmotherofthebride.com

1.  SHOP SALES RACKS.  This is a no-brainer.  Retail stores will discount up to 70% of the original price of the mother of the bride dress, depending on how desperately they want to clear the racks of the current season’s clothing to make way for the new season.  Spring/summer lines start showing up on the racks from January through April, while fall/winter dresses are introduced between June and September.  Therefore, you will get bargains around these times as well for the last season’s mother of the bride apparel. 

2.  SHOP EARLY.  The mother of the bride should start shopping for her mother of the bride outfit as soon as she knows the colors of the wedding.  All too often she takes care of all the details that go into the wedding, while forgetting her own needs.  She should spend this time with the bride going over styles, fabrics, accents, accessories, etc.  Late shopping only brings on more stress and possibly more money spent on things that were purchased in haste and then returned with “buyer’s remorse”.  Quite a few bridal shops do not take back returns or offer refunds once the mother of the bride walks out of the store with her dress. 

3.  SHOP ONLINE STORES.  There are tons of reputable and traditional bridal boutiques out there that have an online store on the immense “world wide web” nowadays.  The costs of running and upkeeping a brick-and-mortar store are escalating and definitely cut into profits.  Any savvy shop owner knows full well that they will have to own a “web store” to fully maximize their sales and therefore, profits.  Check their Better Business Bureau record or see if the site has a BBB online reliability logo, if you are still not comfortable shopping online.  Once you start using your fingers to do the shopping, you will never stop! 

4.  SHOP BRIDESMAID DRESSES.  The “youthful” mother of the bride can opt for a bridesmaid dress which are normally priced less expensively than a mother of the bride gown.  Seek the tailoring expertise of a bridal dress seamstress to add on beads, sequins, and other exotic trimmings to create a uniquely appealing look. 

5. SEARCH FOR “DISCOUNT” DRESSES ONLINE.  The mother of the bride can open up more options for herself if she is computer literate and able to do a search using the keywords “discount” or “cheap”.   Example, search for “discount mother of the bride dresses”.  These words can conjure up an image of herself in a cheesy, polyester dress but you will be surprised what will show up online that are not quite cheesy despite being made of polyester.  By the way, there are 40 blends of polyester and almost all synthetic fabrics for special occasion wear are made of some type of polyester. 

6.  SHOP REGULAR EVENING WEAR.  Add on a shawl or jacket or buy fabric to make a unique, one-of-a-kind jacket to cover the shoulders and arms for modesty or for providing warmth. 

7.  WEAR A TEALENGTH OR COCKTAIL DRESS.  These are priced less than the floor-length gowns and are more versatile, as you can surely wear them again at another special occasion.  

Source:  Audrey Cheong of AudreysMotheroftheBride.com, a webstore, where “we make mothers look beautiful”.   Visit her store http://www.audreysmotherofthebride.com for mother of the bride dresses and formal evening wear, especially in plus sizes.