A few weeks ago one of my readers emailed me this question:
“Have you ever done a story on ideas for fashion for the mother of the bride? My daughter is getting married in July and I am feeling a tad over whelmed by the daunting task of picking out my dress!! Any ideas would be welcomed. Thanks and Blessings,”
I loooove questions like this and I have lots of things I’d like to share with you
about being the mother of the bride and picking out your dress.
First, the etiquette rules for the mother of the bride are much more flexible
today than ever before. Mother of the brides can choose from lots of styles and colors.
There’s really no hard core rules except that you need to
feel good in the dress and it should coordinate with the wedding colors.
My daughter, Courtney married in June 2010. It was both fun and stressful!
After we picked out Courtney’s dress, we started on my dress.
I was in a little different situation because my daughter had asked me to be her Matron of Honor.
I had never seen this done before but I was honored that she asked me, so I played double duty,
mother of the bride/matron of honor!
I was picturing myself looking and feeling a little like Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind.
Oh boy!! Let’s just say we did a lot of laughing while picking out my dress!
Here’s what I ended up wearing and of course it matched the bridal party~
I think it’s important to pick a dress that you’re comfortable with.
If you don’t want to show your arms, there are still lots of beautiful dresses to choose from.
Although the wedding is all about the Bride, (my daughter reminded me of this often) I think
the mother of the bride should feel special too.
How many times do you get to dress up like this? Take advantage of it!
Here are a couple of things I would suggest to make the mother of the bride feel good
on the day of the wedding:
- Have a manicure and pedicure before the day of the wedding.
Courtney and I did ours together and had some great mother/daughter time.
(The only picture I found of my toes!)
- Have your makeup done the day of the wedding.
The makeup artist was doing Courtney’s so I let her do mine too and I’m so glad I did!
I loved wearing false eyelashes!
(If you don’t want to pay a makeup artist, find a friend who likes to do makeup.
I’ve done makeup for several weddings)
I also got a spray tan and a bikini wax (yes I just said that, Courtney got one
and for some reason I decided since Wayne and I were going to the beach
in a few weeks after the wedding, I would too.
I have birthed two babies naturally, one being 10 pounds, but the bikini wax nearly
killed me! She assured me it would get easier every time.
I will never know, because I’ll never do it again! 🙂 )
Okay, I realize I haven’t answered her exact question so come back tomorrow
for some dress ideas!
Thanks for sticking with me ladies!
Beauty For the Heart~~The most important thing we did was to bathe Courtney and Chris’
marriage in prayer. Too many couples today, worry over the ceremony and the
reception, but forget about Christ.
Marriage takes three and Christ needs to be the focus of our marriage.
I love this photo taken right before the ceremony started. Such precious memories!
This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man. That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:23-24
Don’t forget my Savvy Stitches giveaway ends tonight!!!!