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Once the year 2010 comes around, the mother of the bride will be seeking a mother of the bride dress to wear to her daughter’s wedding. Likewise, for the mother of the groom. Mother of the bride gown sales usually starts out strong during mid-January onwards.

The typical mother of the bride sometimes despair in finding a dress to wear because the local shops and department stores do not stock what they exactly need in terms of color, style, and sometimes functionality.

The local bridal boutiques do carry stock of the dresses but due to the economic recession, have been cutting back on inventory on the dress racks. Mothers still have to browse catalogs and imagine what they would look like in the dresses they pick out from these catalogs.

AudreysMotheroftheBride.com is now offering customizable or “made-to-measure” special occasion dresses. Whether you are petite or tall, regular or plus size, they are launching their made-to-measure mother of the bride dresses in January 2010.

This is great news for someone who cannot purchase an outfit “off the rack.” Also, even if she could, the color or style might not be just right for her or for the wedding. Prices are so reasonable and are very competitive with the prices of the other “ready-to-wear” apparel found on the website.

We need to hear feedback and kudos (or not) from you regarding this. I do appreciate all comments.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Audrey Cheong of www.audreysmotherofthebride.com

 

Every new season brings in different styles and in exciting colors to the mother of the bride dresses. This fall and winter season, the special occasion dress manufacturers will be introducing their fall/winter lines from July to October. Fall is not traditionally the bridal season but there are still quite a few weddings to be held between late August all the way through December.

 

It is actually a trying time for mothers of the bride and groom alike as spring mother of the bride gowns are in abundance in the stores but quite a few manufacturers do introduce their social occasion dresses for the spring and then again for the fall.

 

Mother of the bride and groom gowns for fall/winter 2008 will feature rich fabrics with new fangled names like hi-twist crepe, vintage chiffon, shantung, fortuni slinky, and hammered shimmer. All of these are polyester blends with somewhat high resistance to wrinkles and crinkles. They surely feel good to the touch and make the mother of the bride and groom look absolutely awesome wearing them despite a moderate price.

 

This fall season, evening wear manufacturers are introducing fabulous and popular colors of dark chocolate, plum, sapphire, jade, mocha, and midnight blue. The usual basic colors of champagne, navy, pink, silver, purple, are always popular. Although the dark pinks or fuchsia, of course, make way for the lighter tones for fall. Black is now increasingly popular and no longer “taboo” or bad luck for weddings. It is the color of sophistication and wealth (dare I say good taste as well?) and is the main color of many “black and white” weddings. As with these specialty weddings, the color ivory (like black), is also no longer shunned by even the mother of the bride. It is definitely a free-for-all these modern times, if everyone is happy, including the bride.

 

Being in the wedding business and specializing on mother of the bride or mother of the groom dresses, I have seen so many styles offered from season to season, year to year. No longer is the mother of the bride or groom satisfied with a boxy, frumpy style and with a matching jacket. This part of the 21st century, the styles have gone increasingly youthful, design and detail conscious and yes, budget conscious as well as the dollar does not stretch that far any longer.

 

Popular designers for moderately priced mother of the bride and groom apparel are Karen Miller, Cachet, Ursula, Scala, Alex Evenings, Misty Lane, and DJ Collection. Their styles are well-made, affordable and most of all youthful looking. No more dowdy, unattractive mother of the bride outfits for you. All of these are sold online at AudreysMotheroftheBride.com. Our specialty are hard-to-find plus size and full figure dresses. Online bridal stores like ours only offer the current season’s styles in with varying designs and with affordable prices. You can shop comfortably from your home without walking the mall and fighting traffic. This leads to a less stressed mom of bride. 

Misty Lane

Misty Lane

 

Author: Audrey Cheong is the owner of an online bridal store specializing in mother of the bride dresses and other formal evening gowns in missy, petites, and plus sizes. Please visit her website www.audreysmotherofthebride.com for great selections with reasonable prices.