Post # 1
Hi Weddingbees! I loved this site when I was getting married and am glad to see its still going strong!
I need suggestions, my stepson in getting married next year and I need suggestions on what to wear. I am 37 (his dad is 10 years older then me) and am not a fan of the traditional mother of the groom dress ideas, just too formal and not my style and I hate the jackets.
Bride requests that we not wear black which I love and would normally wear, so am trying to honor her wishes. Her mother is wearing floor length, its an early evening wedding in the summer, so not sure I HAVE to wear floor length or if shorter would be ok. I am only 5 feet tall so long dresses tend to make me look shorter.
Any ideas? I love some of the flowy bridesmaid dresses out there, but not sure this would be appropriate. Its an awkward situation as I am not his real mom, but have been a part of his life since he was 12, not sure if the same rules apply to stepmoms or not.
Post # 3
@nurseheather30: My DH’s stepmother wore our wedding color: blue. That is what we requested of the parents.
Would you be more comfortable in a tea length dress? Maybe you can call the couple and ask for suggestions.
I’m sure a department store will have a nice semiformal dress. Check Dillards, Macys, or even Belk.
Davids Bridal also has a nice special occasion section!
Post # 4
You said you like the flowy dresses…what about something like this dress it’s very nice, lightweight and flowy. The bride requested no black so I think the navy would be lovely.
Maybe ask the bride for some suggestions also, I’m sure she would like to feel included and it’s a nice bonding experience.
Also I think it’s really sweet of you to be mindful of the couples request not to wear black, I see many posts on here where poor brides show pics of their MIL’s awful dresses, it’s nice to see you care!
Post # 5
As the stepmother of four (mother-in-law to three) I always contacted the bride. My middle stepdaughter-in-law and I virtually shopped together. I tried something on, took pictures on the cell and texted backand forth. My daughter and eldest son’s wife didn’t particularly care. It is a great bonding experience.
Post # 6
@nurseheather30: Navy is a great color to wear
Post # 7
My stepmom wore a beautiful long blue dress. I think whatever you feel best in is fine as long as it is appropriate for the level of formality your stepson and his fiancé are going for. I second asking the bride what she thinks though, to make sure you don’t end up getting confused with a bridesmaid or something!
Post # 8
@lindseyl06: You beat me to it! xD
Navy’s a good colour, and it’s pretty close to black.
Nordstrom has some nice petite dresses for MOBs you could check out.