Black Tie Optional- can mothers wear different length dresses?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Can MOB and MOG wear different length dresses at a black tie optional wedding?
    Yes : (12 votes)
    75 %
    No : (0 votes)
    they can, but it will look weird : (2 votes)
    13 %
    ask my mom to wear a long dress : (2 votes)
    13 %
    ask my mom to wear a short dress : (0 votes)
    wear a pantsuit and get over it : (0 votes)
    i like polls : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think it is fine and nobody will even think twice about it, especially if your mom dresses as well as you say she does – I’m sure she will make a shorter dress look fabulous! At my wedding, the bridesmaids and MOB and step MOG wore floor length gowns and the MOG wore a tear length dress. Nobody even noticed how long her dress was.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Don’t let this turn into a big deal – there will be PLENTY of women in shorter dresses at a black-tie optional wedding. Your moms will both look fine.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1793 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m a 4 time MOB who refuses to “shop first” because I think it is highly disrespectful to the MOGs.  Black tie optional isn’t the same thing as a black tie wedding so different lengths would be fine.

    Post # 6
    Member
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    It’s black tie optional and FOB is wearing a tux.  Mom should wear a long gown to match the formality of her husband at the ceremony and during pictures.  Give her the option to change into a shorter dress during the reception if she wants to show off her legs.

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