(Closed) What colors do the MOTB and FMIL wear?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Anything but white?  We had a grey/green/white wedding, and Darling Husband wore a red uniform, so I asked for no red, and no purple, but that was about it. 

Post # 4
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

i think technically they can wear what they like however i advised mine that i would appreciate if they could at least not wear colours that clash with the bridal party.

Post # 5
6341 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ours our wearing whatever they want. I’m not interested in people co-ordinating, I just want everyone to feel comfortable and beautiful.

Post # 6
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Pretty much whatever they want. Mine did try to get colors that wouldn’t clash with what the bridal party was wearing, but if they had really liked a dress that didn’t match I wouldn’t have cared. Theyr’e adults, they know how to dress themself for a formal event and I’m not going to insult either of our mothers by implying I need to pick out their clothing choices. As long as they don’t try to wear white…then we would’ve had an issue, but my Mother-In-Law and mom aren’t attention-stealing like that.

Post # 7
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hi! The answer is — whatever they want, but it is reasonable for you to ask them to choose a color that won’t clash with the bridesmaids or with each other. 🙂

If they have asked you for suggestions on what colors you think would look good though…I think that anything in the pink/maroon/magenta family would look great with your colors, as would anything in brown/tan or yellow. Certain greens (lime or olive) could look good too.

Again, if they’ve asked, I would give them a swatch of bridesmaid fabric and tell them anything they want as long as it doesn’t clash with that shade.

Also, if you’re getting or making them corsages, it’s also reasonable for them to be able to tell you what they’ve chosen to wear so that you can make a decision on flowers. (That being said, if they can’t make up their minds, white flowers always work.)

ETA: For our wedding in shades of dark purple, my mom wore a dark magenta dress, and my Mother-In-Law chose a Caribbean blue color.

Post # 8
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think darker colors such as navy or plum or burgundy.

Post # 9
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our colours were navy and grey, with my girls in navy, and the men in grey suits. My Mum wore charcoal, and my Mother-In-Law wore black (but, made sure it was okay with me, first, lol–she felt bad about the colour, but the dress was pretty much made for her, style-wise and she looked amazing–of course I okay-ed it)!

Post # 11
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Jalyda:  I don’t know why but I have heard that the grooms’s mother traditionally wears beige.  As far as the MOB is concerned her color choice is fair game.  I think based on your colors that perhaps the MOB can wear plum, or deep red.  Basically any color opposite your colors on the color wheel will match nicely. 

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