(Closed) do the mothers of the bride and groom wear opposite colors?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Haven’t heard of that tradition – in fact, I’ve heard the opposite, and seen it in practice at all the weddings I’ve attended. My mom and Future Mother-In-Law have already bought their dresses – mom is in royal blue and Future Mother-In-Law is in plum. The jewel tones look really nice with the guys’ charcoal gray suits and BMs’ yellow dresses. Both mom dresses have beading and my dress is heavily beaded. It all looks pretty nice together.

Post # 4
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve never heard of that tradition either. The only thing I’ve ever heard is that the parents should wear colors that coordinate with the wedding party. :]

Post # 5
46263 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have never heard of any such rule. Normally the mother of the bride chooses her dress, then inform the motherof the groom so she can make her choice. It is preferable that the mother-of-the-groom and the mother-of-the-bride should not be in the same color, but rather in colors which coordinate.

Their colors need not be the same as the wedding party but should be a color that co-ordinates so they all look nice in pictures.

Post # 6
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Never heard of that tradition before… I think it would look better if, like you said, she wore purple.

Post # 6
3220 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I haven’t heard anything like this… though I wouldn’t really want her wearing ivory to my wedding.

Post # 7
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I honestly never have, what I have heard is that the MOB/MOG are not supposed to wear white or ivory, the same color as the bridesmaids, or the same color as each other…but I really think that’s up to the family. I personally am not laying down any ground rules for anybody’s dress…it’s a big day for them too, and I just want them to feel good about themselves.

Post # 8
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have never heard of that, I’ve only heard of them coordinating with the bridal party.

My Mother-In-Law keeps asking me what color to wear, and I give suggestions that might coordinate with my bridal party, but I really just want her to be comfortable.

Post # 9
2067 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have heard of that… and that the MOG is supposed to let the MOB choose first… but it’s kind of old-fashioned… Our colors were shades of blue/green/purple… My mom’s dress was teal and purple… the MOG wore tan with some light blue in it

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