I’m baaaaaack! It’s been awhile since I’ve done an inspiration post, so I’m easing back into things with a little love for all the mothers of the brides (and grooms) out there. After all, Mother’s Day is this weekend! :)
During this busy wedding season, nearly every day I’ve been asked to help style mothers and grandmothers of the bride or groom. It’s always the same: They come to me with joy on their face and a slight tinge of panic in their eyes. They tell me they’ve been so busy helping their child plan his or her big day that they’ve just now had time to think about themselves. After I take some time to assess their needs (when is the wedding, what time of day, what’s her style, what’s the couple’s style, etc…), we get to work. From the dress, to the shoes, to the jewelry, I do my best to give her the Pretty Woman treatment, and it always ends with her breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Brides, I know you may be stressed, but remember Mom is too. She is beyond excited for you, and because she loves you dearly, she wants everything to be perfect for you– including how she’s dressed. And if you go shopping with her for her dress, please remember that this is her moment. Be patient. Be kind. Be supportive.
So what to wear? Well, it all depends on the wedding and how formal it is. I urge you though to look outside the realm of David’s Bridal. I promise there are some amazing options out there for all budgets and body types. Remember fit is first and foremost! Most women need their clothes altered. Without alterations a thousand dollar dress can look cheap, but with alterations, a bargain can look like a steal.
Here are my favorite designers for MOBs as well as other choice dresses:
Tadashi Shoji – Although he’s been designing for more than 30 years, it was Octavia Spencer’s stunning appearances at this year’s Golden Globes and Oscars, that brought his designs back into the spotlight. His Asian roots permeate in his work with beautiful draping and impeccable tailoring.
St. John – This is my go-to designer for women that want polished perfection. Whether it’s an afternoon wedding in a garden or an evening ceremony, the line offers a wide variety of sophistication.
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