Post # 1
Yesterday my Future Mother-In-Law, FI’s aunt (FMIL’s only sister) and I were looking at dresses from them. Didn’t think it would be that hard but it seems like it will be. There are so many choices! Many of the choices Future Mother-In-Law likes she really cannot wear because she has a condition which has caused her major skin discoloration. Naturally, she wants to cover it up. My mom and I have been looking for her dress for even longer but finding something in her size (18) which she will like, look elegant, and feel comfortable it turning out difficult. Future Mother-In-Law and FI’s aunt are between the sizes 16-18. Finding dresses in their sizes does not worry me….is if they are going to find something they really like.
How was your experience dealing with this and can you please share your mom’s and FMIL’s dress….thanks 🙂
Post # 3
Both my mom and Future Mother-In-Law are very petite and thought all the gowns for mothers at bridal salons looked too matronly. I don’t have any photos but they will most likely buy their gowns at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, or another department store. Since Future Mother-In-Law is only 5’0, she is also considering having a dress custom made. Maybe that’s something the ladies of your family can look into too?
Post # 4
My Mom found her gown on this website (link below). My Mom is not a “sheath and jacket” lady…The website provides a link to find local dress shops that carry (or will order) from the designer. She’s going to look fabulous in her dress!
PS: Thank goodness she is having the flower removed from the waistline! 🙂
Post # 5
My mom’s is from Macy’s or Lord and Taylor, I don’t remember. Future Mother-In-Law didn’t have hers yet. My mom’s is purple, knee length, sleeveless (like thick tank top sleeves), and has some ruffles on it. I don’t love what’s traditionally advertised as MOB dresses.
Post # 6
My mom (Left) got her dress from David’s Bridal and my Mother-In-Law (Right) got her dress from Nordstrom. My mom is very self conscious and I was worried it was going to be hard to find her something she liked because I had asked her to not go floor length or too matronly, which she tended towards for my brother and sister’s weddings. But she ended up finding something on our first outing that we both liked.
Post # 7
@arabesque: My mom is in her early to mid 50’s and my Future Mother-In-Law is in her 60’s and neither want the typicaly matronly mother of bride and groom dresses, lol. I think having a custom made gown isn’t a bad idea but I know my mom wouldn’t go for it.
@MsMindle: I love your mom’s dress! It’s so elegant! Too bad none of them will wear anything sleeveless and we live in South Florida, lol. I was looking at the site and it has promising dress that I can show to my mom, Future Mother-In-Law, and FI’s aunt. If you don’t mind me asking….was it super expensive??
@Aggie10: Love the dresses!
Post # 8
In Palm Springs my mother got her two gowns from a Giorgio Armani outlet, and my Future Mother-In-Law had hers made for her, inspired by Nicole Kidmans “Chinoisier” gown she wore to the oscars (FMIL’s won’t be yellow though! Both are wearing a dark blue for the reception)
Post # 9
My mom is getting her dress from a website called tidebuy.com. It has a HUGE range of dresses and to my knowledge there are tons of colors. My mom is a size 14. Good luck!!
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Post # 11
My mom got hers from Bloomingdales.
My Mother-In-Law got hers from David’s Bridal.
Let me go on my phone to post pix. For some reason it works there but not on here.
Post # 12
My MIL’s dress had some rouching that went into the applique on the side. My mom’s dress was fully sequined. I think my mom’s dress was a 14/16 and I’m not sure about the size of my MIL’s but you can see her size in the photo more clearly than my mom.
Post # 13
@msfuturea: I only know what my Mom paid which was about $350 ordering through a bridal store. I have a feeling though that the woman we ordered it through gouged my Mom for all she was worth and that the dresses are more affordable than that. There are so many fabrics and options, so I bet there are a range of prices. Check out where they sell them in your area and see where your Mom and Future Mother-In-Law could try on dresses! I think the dresses on the whole site are beautiful (I like how they cater JUST to Mom’s!)
Post # 14
Oh, I feel the pain for those struggling to find Mother of the Bride dresses. My Mother-In-Law found her dress all on her own, which was a simple sheath/ruched cocktail dress in a lovely purple color.
Finding my own mother’s dress, however, was quite the challenge. Not only did we want to avoid anything from a bridal shop to avoid the ridiculous markup, but my mom’s a redhead so I was hellbent on finding a gorgeous sapphire-blue or emerald-green dress for her because those colors look AMAZING with her skin and hair. She’s 5’11” and in excellent shape, but she wasn’t happy with the way most dresses fit her. So we spent an entire day looking at every single department store with no luck (really, it was exhausting), but when we got to the last place I immediately spotted a bright blue evening gown in her size and I told her to drop everything else, it was THE dress for her. It fit her perfectly and even she was beaming. And the best part? It came with a wrap/shawl (that was one of her requirements) AND was marked down from $150 to $55. SCORE.
This is the dress (from Nordstrom, by Alex Evenings) she wore, but in a bright electric/sapphire blue. It was stunning on her.
Post # 15
I have no idea where Future Mother-In-Law got hers. But my mom bought hers from onestopplus. Here is a link
Post # 16
Go to the Blake and Company website at http://blakeandcompany.com/showroom/ and check out the collections. If they see something they like, email Blake (contact info is there) and find out who carries the dress in your local area since she is a wholesale distributor only. In particular check out the VM by Mori Lee line. Good luck!