(Closed) Help! Need mother of the bride dress!

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think your mom should wear a tea length dress with a pretty wrap of a contrasting color. Our weddig colors are contrasting shades of lavender/lilac/white/ and accents of brown and gold. My mom is wearing teal and it looks great with everything.

What we did was take sample swatches and tried to find things within the realm of the contrasting colors to make a pallete of likeness. See if that works for you when you make your color decisions.

Post # 4
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t think your mom has to match your BMs, but you probably want something that won’t look awful with them either.  I agree that something in the greens will probably look good.  I also kind of like this dress:


FYI, nordstrom has a whole MOB section on their website:


For length I’d say let her pick what feels comfortable to her.  for my mom and Future Mother-In-Law that’s floor length…

Post # 5
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Are your girls’ dresses short or long?  My mom felt more comfortable ordering a long style, so see if your mom has a preference — and if she doesn’t maybe consider having her style uniform to the others?

Post # 6
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

AHHH- tea length is a no no! Your mom is 5’2 and slightly overweight as you described her– either go with short like right above or below the knee or long but tea length will make her legs look even shorter- the goal is to elongate the body.

I also agree that her dress doesn’t have to be the same color as the bridesmaids- just something the complements. My mom looks great in bright colors like hot pink and orange but my wedding colors are grey and lavender- I want her to look her best so hopefully she finds something in hot pink or orange- it will complement the grey and lavender one way or the other.

Post # 7
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think long is the way to go. It’s more *formal* and very Mother of Bride. Not too many moms pull off the shorter dresses as well. Sometimes they can blend in and look just like a guest! My mom said it this way, "when do i ever get the chance to wear a beautiful long, formal gown?" and went all out.

What about a gray color? Or burgandy…hmmm or dark dark eggplant if you want her to match. Not necessary though. My mom’s wearing scarlet red to my champagne/champagne pink wedding! The days of *everybody* matching are long gone! What about a soft or hunter green? Too Christmasy maybe.  Oooo a dark blue/teal would look really pretty. Ok any color really. I give up =]

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