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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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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 Mother of the Bride DressesIt could be a known fact that more than 66% of women in the USA today wear a size 12 or larger. It is terribly frustrating to have an idea of what you would like to wear to that office or holiday function, or any special occasion for the matter, and not be able to find the dress that you truly want in the local stores or boutiques. When you do set your eyes on that special dress, you cannot find your size as all the dresses are either a size 6, 8, or 10 and you are definitely NOT one of those.

Well, have you ever thought about the ease and convenience of online shopping? Certainly, you have bought gift baskets or a set of dishes on the internet but a formal occasion dress? That must be truly beyond your comprehension and a new frontier for you but stress no longer, as you can successfully purchase a plus size special occasion dress or formal gown online.

These are the rules:

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. Special occasion dresses are usually made of synthetic fabrics nowadays, due to lower costs and their ability to be wrinkle-free. Visit stores and boutiques in your area and very soon, you will be a fabric expert!

2. Also visit physical stores to see what colors and styles fit your shape and figure and have an idea what you would like or not like on you. Are the styles on the racks too dowdy or are they just plain revealing? Are the colors too loud and bold or are they just plain boring? You will choose the style and color basing on what is socially acceptable for that special event and what will look great on you.

3. Basing on previous shopping experiences and yes, mistakes of the past, you will also have a clear idea of what is becoming on you and to you.

4. Buy or borrow a tape measure (the vinyl or cloth type), if you do not have one already. This is the best tool to obtain your body measurements accurately. Measure over your undergarments, your chest, waist, and hips. Place the tape measure snugly and firmly over your body and not too tightly. Write these numbers down in inches.

5. Now for the best shopping online experience ever, ensure that you select a dress size basing on these body measurements of yours. Remember that every manufacturer size their dresses differently, especially special occasion dresses. There is no standard American size chart for women’s clothing. What is normally a size 16 to you, is probably not the same when it comes to formal wear.

6. When selecting a size, please choose the size that corresponds to your widest body part, if your body measurements are not ideally proportionate. Social occasion dresses are not everyday clothing and are highly tailored and constructed. You may have to follow the rule—“easier to take it in, than to let it out”.

7. Visit the various online boutiques out there. If you do not have a website name in mind, do a “search” in Yahoo!, Google, MSN, or AOL for “special occasion dresses”, “formal dresses”, or “evening gowns”, to give you a few examples. All the specialty stores selling these dresses will be in the search results. It is now up to you to visit them and see what they have to offer. Online stores usually have great prices and selections.

8. Remember to allow ample time between the time you shop and the special event because oftentimes, plus size social occasion dresses are special ordered and require a waiting period.

9. If you follow the above rules, your online shopping experience for your plus size formal occasion dress, will be a pleasant one and you will definitely do it again the next time around. Happy Shopping!!

Author: Audrey Cheong is the owner of an online bridal store specializing in plus size mother of the bride dresses and mother of the groom gowns. Visit her store AudreysMotheroftheBride.com for great prices and wide selections.

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.