(Closed) Stressing about what your mom, MIL, or guests will wear?

posted 10 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I guess the fact that I am choosing my mother’s clothes is not really letting it slide?  ๐Ÿ™‚  BTW at my sisters wedding her Mother-In-Law was an abomination, honestly, HER SON made her change, I only saw the 2nd thing, which trust me wasnt great!  But it only reflects on her.  I think I am guilty of wearing light grey to a wedding once.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

FH and I have 4 moms involved in our wedding (a mom and a step-mom each) and, while I’m not too worried about their abilities to choose appropriate clothing I am concerned about 2 of them showing up in the same color and having it cause tension … at the moment we plan to choose a bunch of colors (5 or 6) they can pick from and let each mom pick her color from that palette (my mom first, then his mom, them my step-mom, then his step-mom) … does this seem too dictatorial?  At first it seemed like a great idea but now I’m starting to be paranoid that they’ll think I’m being conrolling and neurotic … we have over 8 months till the wedding but I’m hoping to take care of it soon so everyone has lots of time to find something in their price-range that they feel great in. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Honestly, yes that seems like too much. Why don’t you just let them pick their outfits and work it out like adults. I would just give them the list of colors you are thinking and let them go from there. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Personally, I’ve never understood what the big deal about two moms / stepmoms wearing the same colour, jowen 0879. They will rarely be sitting beside each other, and even if they are, it’ll just look coordinated. Plus, if they both love the same colour, then they should wear what they feel good in! But if it bothers them, then I agree with Katemw, let them work it out like adults.

jcm9608, that’s fantastic! Even if a guest noticed that your Mother-In-Law was wearing ivory, it reflects poorly on her choice, not on you. I’m so glad you didn’t notice, and it didn’t bother you on the day. Of course everyone knew you were the bride – most (if not all) of the guests knew you, and of course, I’m sure you were beaming all day!

Thank you for sharing!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

This is why I love weddingbee!  I was one of those overly dramatic girls who would’ve gone ballistic if my Mother-In-Law showed up in white, off white or anything that resembled my dress. In truth, my fear over what my Mother-In-Law will wear really reveals deeper issues because my Mother-In-Law and I have a contentious relationship.

But after this thread and another previous thread, I’ve read everyone’s comments and realized how it would reflect very poorly on the Mother-In-Law and not the bride. Taking that into consideration and the words of JCM9608, it really isn’t that important. Thanks for helping me (and hopefully other bees) switch opinions on this controversial subject!!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I truely believe that the only way some could take the focus off the bride is to show up naked… and in that case there may be some bigger issues to deal with!

 Enjoy and just be pleased that everyone wants to look their best for your big day!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’m actually going to a wedding this week and the bridesmaids, MOB, MOG and step-MOB are all wearing black. I’m not sure if the bride requested that or it was accidental, but that’s what happened and I think she is okay with it. Especially with such a great-looks-fab-on-everyone-so-versatile color.

I’ve only requested that our moms not wear red. Our wedding is at Christmas time and I do not want a Christmas feel at all. So red is out. My mother chose a pewtery silver gown, and my Future Mother-In-Law hasn’t decided on anything yet but refuses to wear black because the bridesmaids are and won’t wear silver or grey because my mom is. Which is kind of odd considering the wedding I mentioned above, she is the step-MOB and is wearing black….coordinating with everyone else. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh well!

Thanks for the perspective, JCM9608!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Sort of related….

My mom got (re) married last year and it was a very small affair (6 guests, destination wedding).  My mom bought an ivory, full length, lace dress to wear, and she asked me and her best friend to be her attendents at the wedding, and we could wear whatever we wanted.  I wore a blue silk dress.  Her friend chose to wear an ivory, full length, lace dress.  I thought it was weird.  I didn’t say anything, and my mom never let on that it was a big deal to her, which is good.  But as our small little wedding party was gathering in the hotel lobby to go to the chapel, people walking by did stop and ask us which one was the bride, or was it a double wedding.  I am usually not a picky person, but if this happened to me, I would be upset.  I think I am also annoyed because I really dislike my mom’s best friend, but I will never tell her that.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Both my mom and Mother-In-Law asked me what colors they should wear.  I told them they could do whatever they liked, but since the wedding colors were pink, lavender, and plum if they wanted to pick something from the pink/rose/cranberry or lavender/plum color families that would be wonderful too.  They actually coordinated themselves, as they didn’t want to wear something too much alike.  My mom wore a really pretty pale rose, and Mother-In-Law wore a dusty lavender.  Everybody looked great.  But honestly, I completely agree with JCM9608 – I was so busy and overwhelmed (in a good way) with the ceremony and the music and all the guests I hardly noticed.  And as far as the photos go – we (of course) plan to have a portrait of the two of us to hang, but all the others will be in an album.  It’s not like we’ll be looking at them every day of our married life.  It’s lucky that it never occurred to me to spend any energy on it, because it so didn’t matter to me – and still doesn’t.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Great advice and thanks for the reassurance that in the end, it really doesn’t matter, JCM. I won’t say I’ve been stressing about it, but I have been a little concerned about what Future Mother-In-Law is going to be wearing. Shortly after we announced we announced our engagement, she said she could finally buy that dress that she’s been eyeing for years and had always wanted to wear to her son’s wedding. I have no idea what this dress looks like, but if she’s had her heart set on wearing it for that long, I don’t want to be the one to crush her dreams  

Even though I can’t help but wonder whether it will ‘go’ with everyone else’s (the wedding will be fairly formal) or if it’s seriously outdated (I believe she said she first saw it almost 10 years ago!!)…I think I’ll just let her know what the wedding party and my mom will be wearing and let her decide if she still thinks this dress is appropriate….and hopefully after that I’ll just forget about it!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2008

To DCbrideinATL;  What possible dress could still be available for 10 years unless it is a uniform???  Or is she Amish?  Dying to hear what it ends up being! 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I amusingly had a sort of opposite problem, in which both my mother and step-mother wanted me to help them choose what to wear.  I told them both what the palette of the wedding is, what I’ll be wearing, and said as long as they don’t clash with it, they are welcome to pick anything they like. 

 Unfortunately, they both wanted more guidance.  I appreciate the sentiment, but was feeling a little overwhelmed to be asked to pick even more peoples attire!  Eventually my stepmother picked for herself, and I found a specific collection that I thought would work for my mom and tasked my sister with closing the deal.  Worked out great, and my mom’s dress will be gorgeous.

Just keep in mind that either way they go is a mixed blessing! 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

To be fair, more than one of the moms asked what we would like them to wear, are we are giving them a list of colors to choose from (at least 5 or 6 and this point and I’m open to their suggestions too) … primarily, I think, FH is concerned that his mom get the chance to pick something she likes before his step-mom (step-mom is pretty assertive and more of a shopper = likely to think about what she wants to wear sooner).  As for my mom and step-mom, they have never actually met one another and my parents have no real contact with each other so I think I would end up being an intermediary anyway … on a side note, they actually look quite a lot alike and, while I wouldn’t care at all for photo reasons or whatever, if they wear the same color it might be really weird! ๐Ÿ˜›

In any case, I think I will give my mom a call tonight and talk with her about the idea again, just to make sure she’s not feeling bossed around by it.   And I’ve asked FH to scope out how his mom is feeling about it too.  thanks for your thoughts bee-readers!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@ Hyacinth: I know, right??? And that is why I have to just hope for the best and try to put it out of my mind

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