Mother of the Bride

5 Ways to Be a Stylish Mother of the Bride or Groom!

As wedding ceremonies and receptions become more highly personalized, doesn’t it make sense that your Mother of the Bride gown should be more personalized too? Why not make it a true reflection of you? Let your personality shine through with these five ways to be a Stylish Mother of the Bride:

1) Find a Signature Piece of Jewelry

A great way to put your stamp on your mother-of-the-bride gown is to add a little glam with jewelry. If you have a favorite piece or an antique with family heritage, make that a focal point of your outfit.
Unique jewelry will add glamor and meaning to what you’re wearing. Note: We said ONE piece! Don’t “guild the lily” by layering on the accessories! You’ll detract from your dress and your natural beauty!

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Phillip Gabriel Photography/Beke Beau make-up

2) Add Pattern and Texture

If you want to look modern and make a style statement, you might consider a pattern.

3) Focus on your feet 

What Mother of Bride gown is complete without a fabulous pair of shoes? We can’t overemphasize the importance of comfort when you are on your feet all day and dancing all night. However, comfy can be stylish.

Choose a shoe that inspires you, feels stylish, and feels good. Heels are always preferable to flats for style and sophistication, and avoid heavy, clunky shoes no matter how “in” they are. A safe bet is always a neutral shoe or a metallic one. Please avoid wearing white or black Mother of the Bride shoes as they look too heavy. The one exception to that rule is wearing black shoes with a black dress.


4) Wear Make-up

This seems obvious, but many women usually don’t wear make-up, even on their child’s wedding day. The result: They end up looking washed out in photos. It would be best to have some make-up to shine in those photos to look like a stylish Mother of the Bride.

Hire a professional if you are uncomfortable applying make-up, and test drive your look a couple of times before the wedding, so you don’t feel artificial on the big day. A professional make-up artist knows how to distinguish between overdone and underdone.

5) Choose an Interesting Bag 

Another great way to express who you are is via your handbag. Choose something that says you but still suits the formality of the affair. Instead of matching your purse to your shoes, have them blend instead. This could mean choosing a bag with the same tone beads as the metallic on your shoe or carrying one with a coordinating print.
Even if your outfit is neutral, you can pop it with a brightly colored clutch! Just remember formality – the smaller and glitzier the bag, the more formal it will appear. Follow these tips for Looking like a stylish Mother of the Bride, and you’ll wow your family and friends. Don’t be surprised if you overhear them say, “Oooh, I love her outfit. It’s just so her!”

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Do you have a wedding coming up? What are you planning to wear? If you need help deciding which Mother of the Bride dresses (or Mother of the Groom dresses) might be best for you, check out my bestselling book Tweak Your Chic – Mother of the Bride. It will tell you everything you need to know on one of your life’s most important and cherished days.

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