Bride With Mother

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The mothers of both the bride and groom play very important roles in modern weddings.

The mother of the bride or groom may assist in the organising and planning, make a speech at the reception, be appointed a bridesmaid or walk their daughter or daughter-in-law down the aisle at the wedding ceremony.

Regardless of how involved mum is, it is essential that they look their very best on such a special occasion, and at the same time feel great too!

Here are a few tips to help you and your Mum prepare for a memorable wedding.

Mother of the bride fashion is notoriously conservative and often dowdy, but it doesn't have to be! Encourage your mum to think outside the square and visit small boutiques or even weekend markets to find something original and unique. Local weekend markets can be a great way to discover new designers whose alternative clothes won't break the budget.

Large department stores have all the classic ranges, but there is always a good chance that another guest may turn up wearing the same thing, which can be very embarrassing! Depending on your budget, your mum could also have something special made to measure, to complement the colours and theme of the day.

A good tip for mums is to avoid wearing loud or busy prints, as they will date quickly and will appear very old-fashioned in a few years when looking back at the wedding photos and wedding ablum. Good quality fabrics in solid colours that suit mum's complexion, personality and style work best, accented with a contrast colour.

Accessories such as jewellery, hats, gloves, scarves, wraps, handbags and shoes can create a distinctive look and can transform an older outfit into a thoroughly modern one. Try to source unique hand-made accessories from a variety of locations to mix and match a creative new look.

Although not every woman looks good in hats, those that can wear them well can really make a statement in a good fitting, well-made millinery creation. Think of the Melbourne Cup racing carnival look, and how glamourous those "society" ladies appear in the social pages!

Layering is a very practical way to keep an outfit versatile and adaptable for a special occasion.

Start with a short sleeved outfit, then a hat for the afternoon (to be removed before the reception), add a jacket or cardigan and a pretty silk scarf around the neck, some great new shoes and a matching bag, a stunning necklace or dangling earrings, and there you have it!

Finally, don't forget to thank mum in your speeches... without them you wouldn't be there at all!

Wedding Tip:

Give mum, whether it's your mum or mother in law to be, a little leeway on what she wants to wear and never force her to wear something she will feel uncomfortable in.

If mum wants to wear a stand out hat because she looks great in it on the wedding day, then allow her to wear just that. She has probably been dreaming about this day longer than you have!

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