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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

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.

Source:  Audreys Mother of the Bride – http://www.audreysmotherofthebride.com

 

THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE’S DRESS AND DUTIESDRESSDiscussing with the bride on which mother of the bride dress colors are appropriate for the wedding.

 

 

Mother of the bride can choose her color or colors then. She can choose a mother of the bride dress by going to the department stores or bridal shops that carry mother of the bride dresses and gowns or she can even go with a nice, embellished suit.

The mother of the bride can also let her “fingers do the shopping”. There are tons of great ideas for a mother of the bride dress online. Do a search for “mother of the bride gowns” or “mother of the bride dresses”. Websites usually offer the latest designs for reasonable prices.

Mother of the bride will choose a color that complements the wedding color/colors. If this a difficult thing to do, the basic colors of silver, black, navy, beige, or champagne are acceptable colors to wear. Ivory is acceptable too–it is no longer taboo at weddings (or even black–“black and white” weddings!), if the bride agrees to it.

Mother of the bride can then decide on the length of the dress. Will she be happier with a long, floor-length gown, or will she look better in a more semi-formal, tea-length or even knee-length style?

Confer with the mother of the groom on all mother of the bride dress or gown choices. They will both want to coordinate their choice of outfits.

Shop for a dress at LEAST two to four months in advance of the wedding date. This will allow ample time for dress exchanges, alterations, and the purchase of shoes and accessories. This will limit some of the stress when the mother of the bride plans early.

DUTIES

The mother of the bride will assist the bride with the selection of her wedding dress and accessories. Also, choosing of the bridesmaids, maid of honor and the color theme of the wedding, wedding song, etc.

The mother of the bride helps the bride and the groom in gathering the names of wedding guests and narrowing down the guest list.

The mother of the bride aids in selecting the wedding invitations and the writing out the invitation copy.

The mother of the bride is the assistant or is solely responsible for the other wedding details like photography/videography, wedding cake, bridal accessories, bridal shower arrangements, wedding bouquet and flowers, food catering, wedding favors, pastor/minister/church, banquet room, reception, lodging for out-of-town guests, etc.

The mother of the bride leaves the wedding ceremony area after the bride and groom and before the guests.

The mother of the bride greet guests as they file into the reception room, or at signing of the wedding register.

The mother of the bride dances with the father of the bride or if unavailable, the escort, and then with the groom during the first formal dance.

The mother of the bride ensures that all the guests are happy and having a great time and most importantly, that she, the bride, and groom, are having fun as well despite all the stress and the “hoopla”.

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