One of the most challenging customers that we service is The Mothers of the Bride and Groom. This is not because they are personally difficult, but because we often find they have put themselves in a difficult position when it comes to finding a mother dress. Some of the most common complaints we hear at the Brides House in their searches are, pricing, availability and style issues. Here are four tips to make sure that your mother ends up walking down the aisle feeling as confidently beautiful as the bride.
We know that most mothers are not interested in spending $500 to $800 on a mother dress. That is why we have worked hard to find options that are more cost effective. Another way to reduce the cost of the dress is to look at the bridesmaids dresses as possible options as well. Today’s bridesmaids dresses often make great crossover dresses for mothers, particularly if they wedding is on the less formal side.
Mothers are famous for taking care of everyone else before themselves and usually end up walk in the store with days or maybe a couple of weeks before the big day. This really makes finding the right dress in the right color a much more challenging task. Please give yourselves at least 3 months to place your order (4 months if you are going to require alterations). This will allow you the choice of most anything in the store and give you more freedom in your selection.
Many mothers prefer to have a gown that covers all or part of their arms. Unfortunately, many of the mothers’ styles that offer this option can seem too matronly for today’s modern mother (and even grandmother). You might want to consider instead a style that has a strap and look at getting a light jacket or wrap to go over your arms. This will allow you a greater selection of dresses to choose from.
The most recent trend we are seeing with our mothers looking for dresses in shorter lengths. Often however they don’t want them to be knee length, rather they want dresses that are more tea length. Unfortunately, in the formal wear market, tea length dresses aren’t as readily available as floor length gowns. Consider purchasing a floor length gown and having it hemmed to the perfect length for you. Whether you are having ½ an inch hemmed or 8 inches hemmed the cost will be the same and it will give you many more options.
We hope these tips will help guide you to the best and most cost effective selection for your upcoming wedding. Be sure to check out some of our other wedding tips to help make the planning process just a little easier.
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