Post # 1
im in a sticky situation. my mom doesnt have a lot of money to spend and my fmil has enough to buy something nice to wear to our wedding. my mom has just told me that she is worried that she is going to look like trash next to my fmil. would it be weird to buy her shoes and a dress to wear to the wedding as a gift?
Post # 3
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
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.