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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.

 

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.

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.