Do you have to suggest a dress code to your mom and stepmom?
As soon as you announce to your loved ones that they will soon be invited to your wedding, questions will come from all sides and especially from your close family.
A big question will come up verry quickly in the process: what outfits do you want your mother and mother-in-law to wear? Do you imagine them in a long evening dress or a cocktail dress? Do you want the colors of the moms’ outfits to be coordinated and do you want to suggest color palettes to make your wedding party uniform?
You need to think about these elements so that you can better guide moms in their choice of outfit. They will no doubt ask you many questions, so be ready to make suggestions.
Long dresses or cocktail dresses?
Long or short, it depends on the location of the reception, the style of your wedding and your wedding dress. For a country wedding in the countryside, mums may wish to be dressed more casually, in soft, light fabrics. The choice of dresses for a summer wedding that takes place outdoors, under a marquee or in nature by the water’s edge, will be considered differently than a winter wedding where no one will have to go outside.
Must they be coordonated with the colors of the wedding party?
Your wedding party is made up of your bridesmaids and perhaps a flower girl. You probably suggested dress styles and colors for all these bridesmaids. Your mother and mother-in-law are not part of the wedding party. They are the members of your immediate family, the most important ones after you, the bride. You may want for the esthetics of the photos, that the moms wear colours that match the colour of your bridesmaids’ dresses. It is undesirable for mothers to wear outfits that are similar design and exactly the same colour as your wedding party. They must be unique, right after you!
Inform the mums about your choice of wedding dress. This will guide their choice. If for a civil wedding at the town hall, you have chosen a short wedding dress with no train, it would be wise for the mums to choose a similar bridal mother’s dress.
Eyes should be on the bride and not on the guests, even if they are the most important ones after you!
Express delicately but clearly your vision.
It is sometimes advisable for both mothers to consult each other before choosing their outfits, and if they have not been in contact with each other very often, the preparation of the wedding will surely give them the opportunity to get to know each other better. They will surely wish to please you and your fiancé and will surely ask your opinion. It is up to you to delicately clarify your expectations of them and your vision of things from the outset. Many brides do not wish to impose any particular outfit, but you will still be bombarded with questions.
At Maison Ariane Carle, our advisers will be able to help you and your mother choose a wedding dress and a mother of the bride/groom dress. When you buy your wedding dress, your mother and mother-in-law get 15% off on an evening gown. We can create it to measure, it takes between 6 and 8 weeks to create and make. For dresses from our suppliers, such as Frascara or Pronovias Party, it takes 8 to 16 weeks from the time you place the order and the delivery of the dress. You must therefore plan this important purchase in advance!
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