Post # 1
Have any of your mothers asked for your input on this? My mother doesn’t want to wear a “traditional” mother of the bride outfit, like what you’d find at David’s Bridal. Since we’re having a Catholic church wedding, I was really hoping she would wear something conservative, with sleeves and below the knee… Any bees have pictures of what their mothers wore? Are they supposed to match the bridal party?
Post # 3
Traditionally, the Mother of the bride is supposed to buy a dress in the brides “colors” and then call the Mother of the groom so she can buy something that coordinates.
I totally understand your mom’s pov. A lot of the Mother of the bride stuff looks stuffy, and kind of old lady-ish. We were at Macy’s and Nordstrom’s last weekend, and they had some cute stuff. My FMIL found her dress at Overstock.
Hope that helps!
Post # 4
I actually told my mom specifically not to match the bridal party. My mom searched through all the MOB outfits, and didn’t like any of them because they were drapey and made her look old. (Plus drapey clothes only look good on people with thin frames.) She ended up going with a dress from a bridesmaid collection! This probably isn’t the exact one she bought, but the style is the same; hers is a chocolate color.
Post # 5
Check out dresses by Tadashi. The big department stores carry this line (Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms, Bloomingdales etc.). There tends to be a better selection online than in the stores. There are long and knee-length dresses – very stylish without being “too young” or too old-lady for moms.
The MOB should coordinate with, but not “match” the bridal party. If she matches, she will look like a BM-wannabe. My BMs wore slate blue, my mom wore a navy blue Tadashi knee-length dress (capped sleeves, sequined bodice – very dressy and stylish), my MIL wore a beautiful silvery/gray knee-length dress and jacket by Alex Evenings (another good brand for moms not wanting the ballgown look). So they all coordinated nicely but there was no matching of colors involved. Everyone (BMs and moms) carried shades of pink bouquets so that tied the look together.