(Closed) dress colors for mother of the bride and mother of the groom

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

I haven’t heard any rules, the only thing I have heard is don’t pick out their dress for them, they can shop for themselves.  Not saying you would do that ๐Ÿ™‚

With your colors you might suggest that they go with a deeper jewel tone, they don’t need to match the girls, but if they did I don’t think it’d be a problem.  How are the dads going to dress?

Post # 4
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I don’t think they are any hard rules on what the mothers should wear.  I let them pick what they wanted.  My mom ended up choosing a sage/olive green and my Mother-In-Law chose a beige/tan dress.  FWIW, my mom wore ivory at my sister’s wedding.  I think if you don’t have strong preference, let them choose.  But if you want them to coordinate with the rest of the wedding party maybe gold/copper/bronze dresses for them would coordinate nicely.

Post # 5
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@missbomstar:  There is an old saying that the Mother of the Groom is suppossed to “shut up, show up and wear beige.”  I personally don’t agree with it but well it seems as though the MOG  traditionally wears something in the beige family.

Honestly, it’s your wedding and you should do what you want! You said your colors are wine & champagne and that the flowers have yellow and blush tones.  I think muted jewel tones would look beautiful with your color scheme just take into consideration what colors will look good on them.Smile

Post # 6
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My bridesmaids are wearing silver, and then the other colors are black, white and red.

I did NOT want my mother or Future Mother-In-Law matching the bridesmaids.  My mother did this in the 1980’s and I didn’t want to do that.

Future Mother-In-Law is very very difficult and only wears white, black and red. Obviously she can’t wear white (she might have) so she had a red satin dress with black lace over it custom made. 

My mother is very picky and wanted to wear silver- so we compromised.  She found a beautiful dress that had silver in it, but it is navy chiffon.

My grandmother is wearing a gold lace top and black skirt.

So, my family won’t be coordinated but I don’t care.

Post # 7
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I let them pick what they wanted, but I told them the wedding colors. Luckily they both picked colors that coordinate really nicely! My bridesmaids are in a deep plum, and my mom picked out a nice kind of royal-ish blue and my Future Mother-In-Law picked out two different dresses, one is a different shade of blue, one is a shade of purple. They’ll all look great in photos and not clash.

I don’t know what my step mom will wear but I imagine it will be something in kind of a dressy neutral color (tan/champagne, silver, etc) or a purple (she wears a lot of purple) or something equivalent. She looked fine at both of her daugthers’ weddings, so I’m not worrying about it too much. I sent my dad/her my mom’s dress so they don’t overlap but they have pretty different style anyway.

My mom was all “I get to pick my color first!” and then I was all, “Well, I’m not limiting what anyone wears as long as it isn’t white, so go ahead and pick, but I’m not telling anyone they can’t wear what you’re wearing.” My mom has some interesting ideas about weddings… including she was worried that she’d have to dance with Fiance during the mother/son dad/daughter dance??? Umm… no?

Post # 8
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I told mine to wear what they feel they look best in.

Post # 9
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

There are no rules about MOB or Mother-In-Law dresses (except generally don’t wear white/ivory).  I told both of mine to pick whatever they wanted.  They stayed away from any purples (my BMs dresses were aubergine).  My mom wore a very pretty sapphire dress and my Mother-In-Law wore a nice dark green.  They were prefect for my November wedding (which I think calls for darker colors than say light pink or light blue since it’s winter-ish).  I loved how all three dresses (BM, MOB and MIL) were jewel tones.

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