A Mother of the Bride Style Guide
Mother of the bride styling tips with flair
The memories and photos from any wedding will be cherished forever, so you'll want to find the right ensemble for the day. While everyone will be paying most attention to the bride's dress, the mother of the bride is an important member of the bridal party, and you'll want to find an outfit that makes you feel and look your best.
So, here are some pointers to get you started on picking out your clothes, accessories and jewellery. You'll want to consider the time of year that the wedding is planned for, comfort, colours schemes and much more.
Note the wedding's colour scheme
Most weddings have a colour scheme that is planned well in advance, and this dictates everything from the bridesmaids dresses to the flowers chosen. So, it's very useful to know about this in advance as you can then dress to either coordinate with, or complement it.
Many people choose the palettes for their weddings based on the season, so a spring wedding might have bright tones such as yellow and green, while a summer event could take inspiration from florals and focus on lilacs and pinks. Ask your daughter what the colour scheme is — you can also see if there are any recurring motifs in the décor, such as particular flowers. This will let you know how you can dress to suit the rest of the bridal party, and avoid clashing with the chosen palette.
Prepare for the weather
There is nothing worse than picking out the perfect dress or blazer co-ord, then getting unexpectedly rained on before the photos begin. So, make sure to check the weather forecast beforehand, and remember that the British weather has a tendency to be unpredictable.
Layers are usually a good call, as is packing a foldable waterproof coat in your handbag to protect your outfit if you need to walk between venues or cars in a downpour. Umbrellas can be a stylish addition to an outfit, or fit in your bag if you'd like to stay subtle. You should also consider your choice of shoes, and go for kitten heels over stilettos if you need to walk outside in inclement weather. It's important to stay comfortable and protected from the elements as well as stylish, as that way you'll enjoy this special day so much more.
Select your jewellery
The jewellery that you wear with your mother of the bride outfit can really be the highlight of your style. Whether it's a subtle chain, or large statement earrings, there are plenty of ways that you can use this aspect of your ensemble to express your personal style and elevate your clothing choices.
It's a good idea to go with classic designs that will look timeless at any wedding, and really add to the photos. Diamond jewellery will add some distinguished sparkle to any wedding outfit, and is excellent when paired with a variety of colour schemes. You can also mix metals, such as with plait and twist chains and bracelets that combine white and yellow gold. Whatever you choose, make sure that you invest in jewellery that you can keep for many years after the wedding, as this can add to the beautiful memories you'll have from the event.
Plan hair and makeup in advance
To make the preparation for the wedding much more fun (and less stressful!), it's good to plan the finishing touches such as hair and makeup in advance. That way you won't be worrying about how to get an appointment with a stylist at the last minute, or wondering which eyeshadow colours will pair with your accessories.
If you are planning to have your hair and makeup done by professionals on the day, start by looking into makeup artists and hair stylists whose work you like. Ask your daughter if there are plans to have a stylist for the whole bridal party, or if you should organise it individually. You might even prefer to do your own hair and makeup, in which case you should make sure you have all the products for the look you want to create, and practice before the wedding day.
Run your outfit past the bride
Lastly, it's important to check with the bride as to whether you have chosen the right clothes and accessories for the event. While your outfit should be an expression of your personal style, it's also important that the bride is happy with how it will look.
Show your daughter everything you have chosen at least two or three months before the event, as this gives you both time to discuss things and make any necessary changes. It's also important that your ensemble coordinates with the rest of the bridal party, but doesn't completely match the bridesmaids, as you want it to reflect your own personal style too.
Choosing an outfit to wear to your daughter's wedding can be tricky, as you want the ensemble to be perfect. Use these tips to get you started, and enjoy picking out the perfect clothes and accessories to wear to this special event.
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