Weddings are so special that some consider them once-in-a-lifetime events, especially for romantics. After all, getting to marry the one you love and be together through thick and thin is a dream come true. However, there’s no one happier than you, aside from your parents. Because if it’s your dream to marry your ‘true love,’ their dream is for you to find what makes you happy. If you found that in your partner, loving parents would support you no matter what.
As the bride, your daughter will take most of the spotlight during the ceremony. Therefore, as the mother, you must take your time looking at all of the pretty mother of the bride dresses to wear on the bride’s special day. But, when you’re overwhelmed with wedding planning and organizing, it’s easy to get stuck looking for the right look. Here are some tips to help set you straight:
1. Follow the Bride
Although you’re the parent, remember that this wedding is your daughter’s big day. She and her life partner have been planning this day for a long time. Therefore, it’s only understandable for them to get upset if something doesn’t go as planned with their dream wedding. Hence, everything you’re supposed to do must go through the bride first instead of making a decision yourself.
Once you’ve found an outfit, show it to her before purchasing it. Because even if it appears perfect in your eyes, the bride-to-be must double-check every aspect of the wedding. After all, this wedding ceremony is meant to be a union between two families. Hence, there might be traditions in the ceremony that could impact what the bride and her partner’s families are wearing. With this in mind, start searching for an outfit a few months before the wedding to give you more time to discuss the details with your daughter.
2. Complement the Color
Aside from close relatives, the bride and her partner must pick some people to be their bridesmaids and best men. But considering you’re the mother, your outfit must be distinct enough while complementing the wedding colors. Unless certain cultures have different beliefs, you shouldn’t wear white to the wedding since that’s the traditional color the bride wears in Western wedding ceremonies.
With white out of the question, see what other colors the wedding ceremony uses. Complementing what the bridal party uses doesn’t mean wearing the same colors. Instead, use colors that look pleasing when placed right next to them. For example, wear an outfit that uses cool or neutral colors if the bridal party wears warm colors. As long as your colors don’t clash with the bride’s, you’re already getting warmer to the outfit you’ve been searching for.
3. Dress for the Occasion
With so many dress designs for you to pick from, finding the one that suits you might be challenging, especially if you’re only using your body type as a reference. However, once you include the wedding atmosphere, your choices will probably narrow down to a mere handful. Because at the end of the day, your comfort takes priority since weddings typically last more than a day, including the wedding reception or after-party.
While clearing up the details about the wedding with your daughter, pay attention to the specifics, particularly the theme and weather. If the wedding is outside, check the date to see if it falls during warm or cold months. On the other hand, holding the ceremony indoors doesn’t mean you’re allowed to dress however you want since there’s still the question of whether the ceremony is formal or not.
4. Plan Ahead
If you’re already feeling a bundle of anxiety about the ceremony, imagine what the bride and her partner are feeling. After all, there’s nothing more nerve-wracking than waiting for the other shoe to drop and having a mishap ruin your special day. And having a wardrobe malfunction is a surefire way to disrupt the ceremony for you, especially if you’ve spent so much time getting ready.
Therefore, as soon as you’re done going back and forth finding the perfect outfit, proceed with the rest of your looks, such as your hairstyle and makeup. Since this is a special occasion, you might consider hiring experts to fix you up. Look around for makeup artists and hairstylists, and check out their works to see if they can do their magic on you. But before you do that, ask your daughter if she already has a stylist at the wedding to avoid doing too much work.
5. Be Enough
While there’s nothing wrong with dolling yourself up, there are still some lines you shouldn’t cross. Overshadowing your daughter is one of those lines. Considering this wedding is for the bride and her partner, they’re supposed to be the center of attention. However, even though your outfit has all levels of flashiness, committing to the look mostly depends on what your daughter thinks. Therefore, if she approves of your flashy outfit, go ahead and wear it.
As the bride’s mother, you’d want to help out your daughter and future in-laws as much as possible when planning the wedding. However, even choosing what you’ll wear for the wedding already helps. After all, as one of the newlyweds’ parents, looking good while accommodating to the ceremony’s style is par for the course. Granted, you might feel pressured to do right by your daughter’s vision. Therefore, you need all the help you can get to find the right style.