(Closed) Mother of the Bride Dresses

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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94 posts
Worker bee

I feel for you. Plus size dress shopping can be very difficult. I just went through it with my mom. Most bridal shops carry dresses in sample sizes from 12-18. Sometimes they may have a 20. I don’t know what size your mother is, but mine is larger than that. So, you need to ask the stores right away which lines in your price range actually make dresses of a larger size if thats what you need- most companies will make up to size 22 or 24. Even looking at the dresses is a challenge if your mom is larger, because when they are just too small to get on, you really need to know what looks good on her, or have a very good imagination to see the big picture.  We wound up deciding just to have a dress custom made, to treat my mom to something special and something that we had a say in all the way. But, with that comes a hefty price tag. Check out some local shops with her, and also research if theres some local seamstresses that would be willing to make a custom dress. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

The dress your mom is describing is the worst thing she could wear!  Sack dresses just make you look bigger.  She should find something that enhances her good features- not just make a tent that hides her shape entirely!

There was a recent board post about non-frumpy MOB dresses- I responded to it with some links- check it out!

Need help for my mom….

Post # 5
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Newbee

My mom isn’t a plus size but she is extremly picky about clothes! I don’t know how traditional your mom is, does she have to get it at a bridal store? My mom and I were thinking of going to just a department store. Neither of us care much for the way most MOB dresses look. If your mom would be willing to shop elsewhere you could go to a plus size store. The clothes would be made to flatter different assests, plus it’d be a lot cheaper than getting a real MOB dress from a bridal store. You could try a store like Lane Bryant (I’m not sure if there are any in NY). One of my friends from high school is plus sized, she shops there and she always looks cute.

Post # 6
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Wannabee

Hi!  I went shopping with my Mom for her dress, and we had absolutlely no luck at the mall – not even Macy’s had anything that was not either a prom dress or an "old lady dress"!  Maybe the Macy’s down town would have more choices, but probably not a whole lot!  My Mom is very young at heart, so she is also being quite picky, but I think I finally convinced her to go with the dress I picked for her at the bridal shop. The dresses they have are fabulous, and definitely NOT matronly!!  Take a look at this site – maybe your Mom would like some of them: 

http://www.jasminebridal.com/J_3_1_1.aspx?j_style_no=STYL20080821004&j_line_no=LINE20080821012&j_line_season=B 

My Mom is a size 16 and is going with J1106 in Rose Petal.  She tried it on this morning and it looked GORGEOUS on her!!  Most chiffon dresses help to hide extra weight, but definitely stay away from satin and taffeta, as neither is very kind to bulges!!  Also, if your wedding is a few months away, she can still lose some weight in time if she wants to, so it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to choose a dress that can be taken in easily.  My Mom is still hoping to shed a few pounds before June, so the seamstress agreed to alter her dress last in case she needs it a little smaller at the ‘last minute".  Good luck!

Post # 7
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773 posts
Busy bee

I just want to plug Nordstrom. You can get a waaay better quality dress for the same amount of money you’d spend on a dress in a bridal shop.  YOu can shop by occasion AND by body type online, and their in person customer service is AWESOME.

Post # 10
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27 posts
Newbee

My Future Mother-In-Law wanted my mother to pick first also. The problem is that my mom just really puts things off, and my Future Mother-In-Law wanted to get a dress months and months before the wedding. I finally got my mom to go last month, and I realized that one of the reasons she was putting it off is because it is very difficult for mature women to find dresses to fit their body type. They each ended up getting skirt suits at Dillards. I thought they were perfect because they will actually wear them again, and more importantly they were happy!!!!

Post # 11
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180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My Mother jut purchased hers at David’s Bridal and she loves it! I really like it too and actually picked it out for her…. she’s going to wear cute little silver shoes with it. my Mother-In-Law hasn’t found a dress yet to my knowledge =D

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Post # 13
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Your link didn’t work but good luck! Dillards is awesome. And nordstrom has an incredible return policy. My mom bought from Macy’s and you have 6 months to buy/return if you find something you like but think you can do better.

Post # 15
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yeah it look ok in the pics but I can only imagine that she looks like a shimmery hot mess in it.

I really like that brown one though. It looks flattering and classy. But she might want to wear a lighter more springy color, in which case the green is really pretty. I love minty colors like that.

Post # 16
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778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Since you are in NYC, go to Macy’s and Nordstrom.  Both have large selections of well priced dresses, that are elegant (not cheap) which would work.  Funny thing is I just sent a bunch of dress selections to my Mother-In-Law for her to choose from for her daughter’s wedding I figured I could order them ship them to her and she can try them on and return what she doesn’t want.  Here are some of the links (note they are all short dresses):

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