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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

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Nina Nischelle Mother of the Bride Dresses

Nina Nischelle Mother of the Bride Dresses

Mother of the Bride Dress Tips

 

 Source:  Audrey Cheong of  http://www.audreysmotherofthebride.com – online bridal shop specializing in mother of the bride and groom gowns.

 

 

Your daughter or son is getting married and you need a dress for the upcoming wedding.  It is their wedding after all and there are so much preparation ahead to make it all seamless.  However, do you know that the toughest thing for the mother is actually finding herself a mother of the bride or groom dress?

 

The typical mother is in her late fourties to sixties and nature has not been kind to her figure over the years.  It is definitely easier to fit a young bride-to- be in her twenties and a size 6  or 8, then the mother of the bride who is more than likely a plus size.

 

No worries, here are some tips before you go shopping for that mother of the bride dress!

 

1.   Know the colors of the wedding and decide on what colors will blend in with those colors.  Through your experience, you will know what colors become you and be confident enough to say “no” to your daughter if she insists that you wear certain colors that make you feel unattractive.

 

2.  Ensure that you communicate your color decision with the mother of the groom.  Oftentimes, the mother of the groom live miles and cities away and she is left in the dark as to what you will be wearing.   Foster a good relationship with her by communicating what color or even what kind of dress you will be wearing to the wedding.

 

3.  Shop early!  Again, shop early!  This cannot be stressed enough.   Your gown may have to be special ordered  (8-12 weeks lead time) and when you finally get it in your hands, will more than likely need alterations to make it perfect for your body type.  

 

4.  Be aware of your body type and what looks good in a catalog or mannequin will not look good on you.  Mothers love dresses that have jackets and long sleeves.  You can wear a spaghetti strap dress as well but if you are not too proud of your arms or shoulders, opt for a nice shawl or a crochet jacket for some coverage.

 

5.  Be realistic that you are shopping for a tailored, structured gown with beads, trimming, and all the accents.  A special occasion gown is often not “stretchy” and loosely fitted.  It will need alterations to fit you properly.  Even a model or actress on the red carpet has her dress fitted for her for that special event.

 

6.  Body shapers, girdles and foundations are made for a reason.  Otherwise they will not be hotsellers in the lingerie department.  Every dress looks immediately better with some form of body shaper underneath it  to hold all the folds and bulges in place.  You will look and feel better after investing in and wearing one of these foundations.

 

7.  Jewelry, purses, shoes, earrings, and even dress watches, all add lovely touches to the mother of the bride outfit you will be wearing.  Just go easy on these accessories.  If  your dress has lots of ornate beading and glitter, wear simple jewelry like a pearl necklace.  Or Or you could forgo a necklace with some bold earrings.  Less is always more.

 

8.  Be aware that social occasion gowns are typically 58 to 60 inches long, if they are meant to be floor length.  Petite gowns are around 54 inches long.  Gowns are cut in these standard lengths and so if you are very tall or short, do be wise and shop early for your gown.  It will either need shortening if you are short or special ordered for you with extra length if you are a tall person.

 

Author: Audrey Cheong of AudreysMotheroftheBride.com an online store offering reasonably priced mother of the bride and groom dresses.   We specialize in plus size formal gowns and evening wear.   Visit http://www.audreysmotherofthebride.com for wonderful prices and great selections.

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.