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Guide to Choosing the Perfect Mother of the Bride Dress

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It doesn’t matter if you’re the mother of the bride or the mother of the groom, you’re going to be a very proud woman on your child’s wedding day. And while you know that the majority of the attention will be on the happy couple, it’s your special day too, so it’s only natural that you’ll also want to look your best. And this means finding a stunning mother of the bride dress for the big day. 

In this blog, we’ll share our tips on choosing the perfect outfit for your daughter, or son’s, wedding. 

It’s all in the planning

As soon as you know when the wedding day is, it’s time to begin planning your outfit. We’d suggest that you don’t rush out straight away and grab the first thing you see as there are a lot of things to take into consideration before you’re ready to buy. It also means that if you don’t find what you’re looking for straight away, you’ve got lots of time to continue the search. 

So when considering the kind of dress you’re looking for, these are the things you need to take into account. 

The wedding theme

The theme of the wedding will be the main consideration when thinking about your outfit. These days almost anything goes when it comes to weddings, which could be anything from informal, outdoor events to country house elegance or formal black tie occasions… and anything in between. 

As soon as you find out what the theme of the wedding is, you’ll know whether you’ll be looking for a day dress, trouser suit, floor length ball gown, or something more fun and easy to wear, like a floaty wrap dress or jumpsuit. 

Wedding venue 

The wedding venue is also something you need to take into account as there are many practical things to think about. If the wedding is outdoors, in a barn, marquee or yurt, you may want something more floaty and more relaxed. On the other hand, if the ceremony takes place in a church, you may be more likely to wear something formal such as the classic dress with matching bolero style. 

The season

The largest collection of the year is our Spring Summer collection, which actually starts to arrive before Christmas. Because of this, it’s likely that if you’ve got a Summer wedding coming up, you will in fact be trying on the dress in Winter. Bear this in mind when you’re looking and remember to buy appropriately for predicted weather and not necessarily the weather on the day that you’re looking!

It’s also important to know that our Summer collections start to arrive a lot earlier than the high street collections do, so don’t miss out on the bulk of the Spring Summer stock. Whilst it may seem early, Spring Summer is our largest collection of the year and will start to arrive from December until around March. We only ever have one of each size and are rarely able to order extra stock once something sells out, so if you see something that catches your eye, try it on as soon as possible to avoid disappointment a few weeks later.  

Coordinating the colour 

Even though it’s likely that the bride will wear a white or cream dress, there will be a colour scheme for the wedding that will flow through the bridesmaids’ dresses, accents in the happy couple’s clothing, e.g. shoes, ties, jewellery, hair ornamentation, as well as the bouquet and buttonholes, etc. Whether you decide to match or complement the colour scheme, or simply focus on finding a colour that works for you is entirely down to personal choice – and perhaps any special requests from the happy couple. We’d suggest trying on a variety of colours when you come into the shop. So often ladies walk in with a set idea and discover that the colour in mind may not actually suit them. Often they’ll walk out with a dress in the complete opposite colour and are utterly in love with it!

Coordinating with your counterpart

As there will be two people getting married, it’s likely that there’ll be two proud mothers there too! Obviously you’ll both have your individual styles and colour choices, but you don’t want to clash with each other, and you certainly don’t want to turn up in the same dress! Therefore it’s a great idea to have a chat with your counterpart so you both know what each other is planning. 

If you’ve got a good relationship with your child’s future mother-in-law, why not book a double appointment and go dress shopping together? This way, you can be 100% certain you both look stunning and you complement each other. 

Take a friend shopping with you

When you’re shopping for such a special outfit, you may feel more comfortable if you bring someone along who you trust enough to give you honest feedback. For lots of ladies this is either a friend, family member or their partner. If the bride or groom is available, either of them can be a good choice because it’s likely you’ll want to get their opinion on the outfit before buying it. Equally, if you feel that you may be overwhelmed with the opinions of others, then please don’t feel that you can’t attend the appointment solo. Lots of our customers would rather the appointment is just between them and their style assistant on the day and are happy to pick their dress by themselves,

Buy at a specialist store 

By going to a shop that specialises in mother of the bride clothing, you’ll not only be able to find the perfect outfit, you’ll also get a personal shopping experience. Mary’s of Enfield is a family business run by three generations of women. We have many years of experience helping mothers of brides and mothers of grooms choose outfits from our extensive collection that are the perfect style and shape to flatter their body shapes, suit their personalities, and are also the perfect fit. With a skilled eye and the experience to know what works, we’ve delighted many women by showing them dresses and outfits they might not have considered before… but when they try them on, have been absolutely delighted! 

To get an idea of what we have in stock in our Hoddesdon store, click here to look at our current collection of Mother of the Bride & Groom dresses. Then book your appointment via Calendly or contact us to get a date in the diary when you can come in and try them on.

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