(Closed) mother of the bride gift?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
46421 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not at all. My Mom had no sense of style and no interest in clothes, so I provided her outfits for both my wedding and my Dad’s funeral.

I wouldn’t present it to her at the rehearsal dinner with the tradional gifts, though.

Post # 4
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If your mom has mentioned her concern, then I don’t think she’ll be offended by the offer/gift. 

Do you live close enough to go shopping with her?  That might be easier .. “Hey mom, I’d really like to spend some time with you, how about a shopping trip?  We can pick out your dress – my treat – and have lunch.  It will remind me of the fun times when you used to take me [back-to-school/prom dress/whatever] shopping.”  – I don’t think I could buy a dress for my mom if she wasn’t there to try it on… We’re just shaped too differently!

Like @julies1949:  said, I wouldn’t give her the dress at the rehearsal dinner (or in front of anyone) though.  You can write her a nice card for the dinner, if you don’t want her to feel left out.  – The note I included was my mother’s favorite part of the gift I gave her.

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