Lace can be used to spice up almost anything, but be sparing.

Lace can be used to spice up almost anything, but be sparing.

Lace is very likely the most popular fabric in weddings today. Its increased popularity is due to its throwback flexibility — its vintage appeal can be turned into various decades, like the 1920s or the 1960s. Lace is versatile, feminine, and timeless. That’s why it’s in just about every Pinterest picture you see. If you are in the beginning stages of planning your big day and want to incorporate lace into it, know that there are countless ways to do so!

The biggest piece of your wedding that could be highlighted with lace detailing is, of course, your bridal gown. You can find them with scattered lace appliques, and you can find them with full lace overlays. If you know lace will be in your dream dress, consider looking on our website to find that perfect gown! Type in “lace” in the search bar, and you’ll see pages and pages of lace!

If you’ve already located your ideal dress but it’s sans lace, do not fear! You can add lace in so many other ways. If you know a very skilled seamstress, consider purchasing lace appliques and have her sew them on. This is tedious work, so make sure to allow her plenty of time to apply them and due compensation for doing so. This is a great way to add subtle vintage glam to your dress!

Whether your gown has lace or not, you can always slide a lace veil into your hair. Mantillas are the traditional look in a veil, and you will see a couple of very reasonably priced pieces on Bridepower.com! In terms of types of lace veiling, there are so many. You can find lace veils that don’t have the detailing all around the net; you can find narrow lace, thicker lace, scalloped lace, beaded lace, and non-beaded lace. There are even colored lace veils!

Other accessories can include this fabric as well. You can buy a lace headband or a lace clip to put in after the lace veil is removed. If you don’t like that idea, consider wrapping a lace belt around your waist, especially one with a little sparkle. You can include lace in your bouquet as an accent between your flowers, or you can have your florist cord some around your bouquet handle — don’t forget a pretty bow!

If you’d like, you can have your lace be even subtler too. Your shoes can be completely adorned in it. There are different colors of lace shoes, so if you’d like the lace to coordinate with your bridesmaids, that’s easy to find. There are beautiful bridal parasols complete with lace for a vintage Southern feel. Your garter can include lace, too.

While lace is a wonderful fabric, it’s always important to remember not to overdo it. Having too much texture in your wedding can appear very busy when the original aim was to look delicate. So if you’re wearing lace, try not to have too much of it right next to you (for example, in your bridesmaids’ gowns). If you follow some of the ideas on Pinterest, you can easily pull off this beautiful vintage look. All in all, don’t be afraid to lace it up!


It's perfectly natural to be excited for your wedding, but don't let it get the better of you!

It’s perfectly natural to be excited for your wedding, but don’t let it get the better of you!

So the day has finally arrived: The love of your life just got down on one knee and popped the big question. Congratulations! So many people who love and care about you on Facebook and Twitter want to know that this happened. But before you share anything, take a second to be wary of social media. This period of your life you just entered can be a slippery online slope. There are things to take into consideration before putting anything about your wedding online. You must remember your social media etiquette.

Before posting anything about your engagement, call your parents first. They are the people to notify. Then you are free to make the announcement all over the Twitterverse! The ring is of utmost importance for the announcement — everyone wants to see you two smiling together, and then they want to see a close-up of the bling. Don’t forget to change your relationship status!

When you have picked a venue and a date, make an excited status about it! Inform people when the nuptials will be. The people who know they’ll be receiving an invitation later will begin working it into their schedules now.

Along comes the day when you shop for your dream wedding dress. Exciting! You should bring the most important people with you — those who won’t constantly be looking down at their phones or live tweeting the experience. As the bride, you have the authority to mention that phones should not be a distraction. Some bridal salons don’t even allow phones out. This is a special day for you, and everyone should be fully present.

When you say those magic words to your magic dress, remember to mention to your guests that you will be the one posting on social media about your find. They already know not to post its picture to Facebook (hopefully), but as the bride, it is your privilege to keep your followers updated and intrigued.

Consider this photo opportunity: Have all of your guests gather in front of your gown to hide it for the picture. Then post it and say something along the lines of, “I said yes to my dress today! It will be revealed next summer!” That will make your followers very excited and anxious for the big day.

As the planning continues, make sure not to overload your followers with minute details. Also, do not post the woes of organizing the event. Everything you post publicly should be light, upbeat, and happy. Refrain from saying things you will regret later — you can never truly erase words from the Internet or from people’s minds.

The big day is almost here, and you’re creating your hashtag. When you’re coming up with the decorative sign to announce it to your guests, put a small note about being courteous to the people around you. Allow your guests to immediately share the photos online, but remind them to be courteous of those around them. Tell them not to block others’ view. They also need to be aware of the photographer snapping the most important photos.

After the wedding is over, remember to change your relationship status! Your followers want to see that the married couple is still thinking about them (even if for a quick relationship change). Then you’re free to enjoy your honeymoon social media-free!

Social media is difficult to balance. People want to know only so much about your wedding, and that must always be taken into consideration before posting. This is a thrilling time in your life, so make that known to everyone online! Always have your online ps and qs in mind!


Brooches aren't just for dresses! Try new things, and don't be afraid to explore.

Brooches don’t just work on dresses! Try new things, and don’t be afraid to explore.

Brooches have always been that sparkly, hidden little bridal trend. They seem to surpass the trials of time, passed down through generations of families for women to use in one way or another. Many women don’t wear their great-great-grandma’s old brooch in everyday clothing, but it’s a great pin to incorporate into a wedding. Then, these brides can consider it their “something borrowed.” Don’t know what to do with your familial brooch(es)? You’d be surprised at all the options!

The most common way women use their brooch is in their brooch bouquet. A brooch bouquet is what the bride can hold in place of flowers, and it’s a bouquet made up of various glimmering brooches. This is a great option if you don’t want to spend the money on flowers (some arrangements can really add up). Many women take this type of arrangement on as a DIY project. However, there are sites from which you can purchase these bouquets already made.

Brooches make their application so simple because they’re already fixed onto a pin. If you have a set of these glittery pins itching to be used, consider putting them on the tops of your shoes as ornamentation. They’ll liven up your shoes, and it can be a sentimental symbol — almost as if your ancestors are assisting your walk to your new husband!

The number of places you can pin these on yourself grows every year. For another DIY project to inherit, you can fasten a comb or an alligator clip onto the brooch and slide it into your hair. It’s a wonderful, minimalist accessory that will make your hairdo that much more exquisite. Does your floral bouquet feel like it’s missing something? Consider adding this to your bouquet handle, especially if you’re having a vintage-themed wedding; this could look spectacular.

Now, if your dress is missing something, try making a sash using the heirloom brooch. You can easily find satin fabrics at a store or through a website. Even if you want to start with a cost-effective belt from Bridepower.com, you can add the brooch on and save yourself some time!

Other accessories are perfect for pinning. For example, if you plan to carry a bridal clutch, try pinning it to the fabric of the purse. In addition, since nearly every bride wears the traditional garter, consider pinning it there! The groom will have an easier time finding it if you have a sparkly brooch fastened on.

If you’re having trouble finding an avenue through which to put the brooch on your gown or your flowers, there are other ways to include it. It, along with some additional brooches, could be the decoration on your cake — have your cake designer apply it; it could be a cost-cutting method. Does your maid of honor need something to make her stand apart from the rest of your bridesmaids? Try finding a place to pin it to her dress or her hair to make her pop. You can pin a brooch to all of your bridesmaids for a little extra glam, if you have many brooches in the family!

So, let’s say you have no brooches passed down in your family line, but you absolutely adore some of these handy and glamorous ideas. Lucky for you, Bridepower.com has gorgeous discount brooches at the ready for you to buy! So stock up today and make your wedding glamorous!


Over the last 10 years, the world has witnessed an evolution in bridal gowns. Celebrity brides are always the real trendsetters, as they’re constantly tying the knot and wearing the latest and greatest bridal designs. It’s very intriguing to see the shift over time. There are so many beautiful gowns worn over the years that have made history, but it’s important to note the most impactful looks that have remained in the minds of the betrothed public. Here are some of the highlights of the last few years of celebrity bridal fashion:

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Kate Middleton

A vision in long lace sleeves, onlookers weren’t sure what to think when she walked down the aisle in something so modest. However, the last few seasons have proven that her fashion choice was one that made a huge influence. Now, all the bridal industry sees is sleeves or straps. You should all thank Kate for the looks you find in bridal salons and here on Bridepower.com.

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Jessica Simpson

Her recent “Great Expectations”-themed nuptials made a splash. Wearing a custom Caroline Herrera gown, she showed how trendy colors are in bridal gowns at the moment. She shined, donning her gold bridal style!

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Chelsea Clinton

Not only did she get the opportunity to wear one Vera Wang custom bridal design, but she got two made just for her. For her ceremony, she walked down the aisle in a traditional strapless silk tulle ball gown with an embellished belt. To dance the night away, she changed into a Grecian style wedding gown with a small black belt at the waist.

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Lauren Conrad

At quite possibly the trendiest wedding of the last few years, Conrad wore a custom Badgley Mischka gown that she aided in designing. It was covered in lace embroidery and beading, and finished off with a 10-foot train to dazzle all of her guests. Her maids took advantage of the latest craze of choosing different-colored gowns in various designs to make them feel the most comfortable.

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Kim Kardashian

Her marriage to Kanye West was slightly less over-the-top than her marriage to Kris Humphries a few years back. While both made lasting impressions on the public, her fashion choices at the West wedding were the most daring. Kardashian slipped on a Givenchy Haute Couture gown designed by Riccardo Tisci, complete with lots of lace and cut-outs to highlight her ever-curvy figure. Her colossal lace veil also made quite the statement.

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Angelina Jolie

While some scoff at her bridal fashion, most see the sentimental reasons behind her choice. For her marriage to Brad Pitt, Jolie had Luigi Massi sew in appliques of artwork her children made onto her train and veil. This displays her devotion to her children and her commitment to her family. This ceremony showed that the couple is focused on the marriage and not on a lavish ceremony.

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Solange Knowles

Although it just happened, her wedding generated quite a buzz in the fashion realm. Knowles is famous for her style, and everyone knew there would be looks to talk about before the pictures even surfaced. She chose to wear a cream jumpsuit that plunged in the front and back for the ceremony. For the formal photos, she switched into a high-neck custom gown with a matching cape by Humberto Leon for Kenzo. Everyone in her party wore different white dresses for a pure, ethereal look.

Of course, there are many more celebrities who have shaped the bridal industry – almost a countless number. Whether an A-lister or not, each woman shows her personality and style in her wedding gown. Each dress makes some sort of fashion statement and shows the trends of the time. It’s fun to finally see what each bride picks, so let’s hope for more weddings and more great bridal choices in the coming years!


Selected detail shots of one brave bride's DIY veil.

Selected detail shots of one brave bride’s DIY veil.

Brides and wedding trends seem to change year after year. The past few years, however, brides have decided to bring out their creative side for their nuptials. Thanks to Pinterest, a do-it-yourself (DIY) wedding is all the rage. This industry has never seen so many people try to take their wedding into their own hands. This trend even applies to as small a detail as your bridal veil — no longer are women simply buying a beautiful pre-made lace veil, they’re trying to make it themselves.

Making a wedding veil is not as simple as it looks! There are various YouTube tutorials that show you how to hand-stitch cut-edge tulle onto a comb, which actually does only take a few steps. However, if you want a fancier edge to your tulle, you can’t show that kind of detail work in a simple video. You will need much more than just a thread, needle, and some lace. You’ll need ample time, patience, and quite possibly an embroidery machine.

Embroidering your veil has been making its way into the bridal look for many years. Recently, celebrities have been catching on to this trend. Angelina Jolie had her children “embroider” her veil with artwork for her marriage to Brad Pitt. Making your own gauzy hairpiece adds sentimental value to your ensemble and gives you a sense of accomplishment and creativity.

There are myriad sites out there that show you how to create veils with lace, beading, etc. This girl put together a beautiful look complete with lace scalloping and delicate beading. She gives great advice to girls who are looking to put together a piece like this.

She began working on the project well in advance in order to make the best product she could: “If you’re going to roll with a DIY veil, start early. Look, I love crafting, and I have some (limited) time to do it, and I really enjoy knocking out projects, but if I was trying to make this thing one month before our wedding, I would have lost it. The details are tedious and totally boring. Sewing beads onto tulle? Aw-ful.”

This woman embroidered her veil using a machine, and the end product looked very skilled. She chose to glue on her pearl beading, because she did not have tons of time to utilize sewing techniques. She finished her veil the Thursday before her wedding. No one would advise you to add that kind of stress into the week of your wedding, though!

On the site, she remarks, “And of course, with all the many crafty projects for our wedding, I thought, ‘sure, no problem, a DIY veil, easy-peasy!’ Uh, yeah. There’s a reason why veils are so expensive. They’re hard to embellish!”

There are many types of veils you can create if you have a little extra time and some sewing skills (or a really good machine). However, if you want to put together that breathtaking look you saw at the bridal salon, most women would tell you that — albeit very worth it in the end — a lot of time, effort, and work must go into it. Some women simply choose to let the professionals do what they do best, and they purchase a veil from a salon. So whether you’re crafty or not, you can actually construct your own veil; just make sure to start early and be tolerant of your end result!


If there’s any design duo who can do it all, it’s Badgley Mischka. Their bridal designs are top notch, and they’re widely regarded for their designs. However, they also have a large reputation of specializing in daywear, eveningwear, handbags, timepieces, and even eyewear. They’re on top of the fashion world and recently released their spring 2015 bridal collection on their website. Below is a list of the many trends you will undoubtedly see brides wearing:

1. Straps

Strapless was a fad for many, many years. Now women strive to have a little more support and safety as they dance the night away. Throughout Badgley Mischka’s line, you will spot every type of strap imaginable. From the spaghetti to the sleeve, it’s easy to see that bridal trends are shifting towards coverage. Along with that comes throwback styles like high-neck halters and cap sleeve bateaus. This designer must have had Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy in mind while planning these spring looks.

2. Narrow Silhouettes

While fuller styles did find their way into the 2015 line, what you will mainly see are the looks with very little fullness. Traditional fit and flare silhouettes like Crawford and Hayworth show that this designer likes minimalistic, curvy lines. Relatively new to the bridal industry, sheath styles like Fonda have hit the ground running. More and more come requesting wedding gowns with almost no weight and structure. Many modern brides love feeling light and airy in their gowns and therefore choose more comfortable fits with as little fabric as possible.

3. Illusion Net

There’s been a substantial increase in illusion details in bridal gowns across all designers, especially in Badgley Mischka’s new line. Nearly every style has some sort of mesh, and you can find it in their open backs or boat necklines. What makes netting so dramatic is not the fact that it’s see-through but in the appliques and beading that is always sewn over top. The contrast of embellishment on skin makes for a very dramatic and romantic effect.

4. Color

Whether in beading, lace, or tulle, color is the hottest trend in bridal gowns. You will find champagne, pink, gold, lilac, and all other colors that speak wedded elegance. Badgley Mischka remained in the sphere of the neutral tones, bringing out gowns like Burke that are completely champagne. However, in their line, you will notice that their beading can sometimes add dimension as well – rhodium set on ivory really makes their gowns pop.

5. Texture

Gone are the days of simple elegance and the unembellished satin gowns. Well, they haven’t necessarily disappeared; they have inherited a new look. With styles Shearer or Russell, you will see a traditional front with a breathtaking back. Russell boasts a ruched fit and flare front with a mesh and fully embellished back. Shearer is a tad more dramatic with cut-out beaded detailing. Then you see very modern styles like Hedren that have tiers of waterscape ruffles – Mischka wants us to know that more is better. Feathers, ruffles, three-dimensional flowers, horsehair, and accordion pleating are all seen in his latest line. Who wants to be simple on her wedding day, anyway?


Bridepower carries gowns for women of all shapes and sizes.

Bridepower carries gowns for women of all shapes and sizes.

First of all, you need to know that bridal sizes run small. When trying a gown on, you will probably find that you can wear up to a few sizes bigger than what you buy at Kohl’s or Macy’s. Pant sizes don’t really equate, either. If you normally wear a size 16 or 18 dress, a bridal size 22 or 24 could be a great fit. Some designers run truer to your size, but most follow this specific pattern cutting. Just make sure not to take it to heart if you’re slipping on gowns larger than your normal size! It’s just the way the gowns are made.

Whether a size 0 or size 30, each and every bride walks into a bridal shop with anxieties. Questions run through their head, such as, “Will anything look good on me?” “Will I ever be able to find a dress?” Many brides use these fears as an excuse not to shop, and they wind up with no gown just months before their wedding. These questions also ruin the fun of the experience! Chances are you’ll only get to do this once, so don’t let anxieties delay the search for your perfect gown – you’ll be glad to say yes to something that makes you feel radiant and stunning.

When you begin trying wedding dresses on, analyze your shape and think about what would look best on you. Consult with your friends and family about their thoughts on your ideal silhouette. Even go as far as consulting your fiancé – the people you love the most will always know what flatters your shape. Most of the time, A-line is an absolutely exquisite silhouette. If you’re taller than 5’7” and curvy, consider a mermaid or a sheath. Even a ball gown is just enough fullness for certain shapes. Try everything on and see what you like best on you. To put it simply: whatever makes you feel the best, gravitate towards that.

Lastly, the best accessory by far on a curvy plus-size figure is a belt. That pulls in your waist and makes you look so much smaller. You’ll have an hourglass look right away. You can choose a wide band or a narrow band; they all have the same effect. If your gown is lacking back detail, throw on a sash, tie a beautiful bow, and let the rest of the sash hang down your train. You’ll create quite a breathtaking look!

Of course, not all of these recommendations are going to pertain to every plus-size bride. The only way you’ll really know what looks good on you is to go out there and experience the gowns and accessories for yourself! It’s a very fun experience, and when you finally say “Yes” to a dress, we guarantee you’ll feel like you conquered the world. Believe us, you’ll find it!


A more expensive wedding is not necessarily a better wedding!

A more expensive wedding is not necessarily a better wedding!

All women dream of their fairy tale wedding: lights everywhere, linens over everything, a high-end Cinderella dress – the works. We would all love our wedding budget to be bottomless so we could plan our perfect day. However, that is not the case for thousands of brides every year. Certain items, like apt decorations and soft chair linens, must be slashed in order to stay within that magic number. While sacrifice is difficult, leaving behind your dream wedding could be just what your marriage needs.

According to an article on CNN.com, a duo of economics professors at Emory University conducted a study to see if an expensive wedding equaled a lasting marriage. Lo and behold, they found that those who spent less on their nuptials were those who stayed in it for the long haul. The numbers are surprising: Those who spent $20,000 or more on their wedding were 1.6 times more likely to end up signing divorce papers than those who spent between $5,000 and $10,000. Those who really cut corners and dropped a grand or less had a lower divorce rate.

Look at Kim Kardashian and her $10 million wedding that lasted a whopping 72 days. While that’s an extreme example, it only strengthens the point that pouring money into your wedding does not equate to marital bliss. Most extravagant Hollywood weddings don’t last; so don’t buy into the idea that the more money you spend, the more years you’re adding to your marriage.

Brought to you exclusively by Bridepower.com, here’s a fabulous look that will make you feel like a Kardashian without having to spend your life savings.

For an unbeatable price of $450 (and a savings of $500), this stunning satin Casablanca gown, style 1959, is your oyster – as an empty canvas, you can put your own personal flair on it. Its A-line shape and pick-up skirt will make you look like a goddess on a cloud as you float down the aisle.

Consider wrapping a belt around your waist! At $235, this pearl and crystal accessory from Blossom Veils will cinch you splendidly.

Both of these jewelry pieces (these pearl crystal earrings and this bridal bracelet) will not only coordinate with your belt, but they will also put less than a $45 dent in your purse. What a steal!

Thanks to Bridepower, you can save yourself a few dollars and make your groom’s jaw drop! You won’t have to break the bank to feel like a million bucks. You won’t even need to spend $800 to get a look like this one! It’s not only a smart choice but a fashionable one to boot.

Financial anxiety is the Number 1 strain on couples. Why start off your marriage with stress and debt? If you begin the rest of your lives paid off, you’re more likely to stay together. That’s what the wedding day should really be about, anyway – not the lavish party you should throw your guests or the thousands of dollars you could spend on a gown you’ll wear once; your wedding day exists to celebrate the happiness you’ll bring each other for the rest of your lives. So do yourself a favor and start it off without debts.


Jim Hjelm is one of the world’s top bridal designers. From the couture bride to the classic bride, his line consistently has looks to please all. The hailed designer recently released a video of his spring 2015 collection, and it’s full of fun, feminine, and fresh trends for every bride! You’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. Here’s a list of the five hottest looks seen at the runway show:

1. Straps or Sleeves

A trend that has been weaving its way into bridal fashion for a few seasons, sleeves or straps have officially become one of the biggest requests from brides. Thank goodness Jim Hjelm delivered! For his newest line, the wedding dress designer created styles with straps – like the simple spaghetti in JH8504 – and sleeves – like the full-length coverage in JH8507. They not only make for a little added security that a strapless gown cannot provide, but they also bring out your shoulder frame to exhibit your graceful and statuesque side.

2. Textures

Throughout the Jim Hjelm collection, you can see all types of textures: lace, tulle, feathers, ribbon, you name it! What does texture add in the gown, you ask? Well, it gives another feature to your gown, and it adds detail interest. Choose a style that resembles JH8512 and you’ll love grazing your hands along the feathers! These pieces also give your gown dimension. The feathers on JH8512 transform it from simple to chic with that simple add-on. You can express your personality with texture!

3. High Necklines

High necklines usually follow right along with the strap theme. There were many bateau or portrait tops in Jim Hjelm’s spring 2015 line, and that lends a retro feel to each style. Those necklines reminisce past decades, when comfort and style went hand-in-hand. What a great throwback – and what modern takes Jim Hjelm has made with them!

4. Whimsical Airiness

Next to sleeves, whimsical fabrics like chiffon and tulle popped up everywhere! The two almost always go together; you usually see these looks paired perfectly in an outdoor ceremony or worn by an easygoing bride. Chiffon and tulle fabrics, especially in the skirt, are the optimal fabrics for comfort and ease as you party with your loved ones and closest friends. Jim Hjelm really chose some hot fabrics for his newest line!

5. Back Interest

Another detail often paired with strapped or sleeved gowns is back interest. Whether a simple back exposure, like with style JH8508, or an illusion look, like with JH8515, back interest is something often requested by brides. With illusion backs especially, there are very intricate and detailed creations that become a breathtaking view for those at your ceremony. Jim Hjelm knows what brides (and wedding attendants) want.

The spring 2015 line will please you whether you would say your taste is picky or peaceful. Jim Hjelm went with many safe looks, for example style JH8510, but then went out on a limb and created gowns like JH8500, where unique ribbon texture is found. If you pick a gown like what was seen in Jim Hjelm’s spring 2015 collection, you should consider yourself on the forefront of bridal fashion!


Bride and Mother with Matching Dresses

Although a wedding is mostly geared toward the bride and her ensemble, what her parents look like for the occasion matters as well. The level of formality the happy couple desires will set the tone for a mother-of-the-bride dress. If the ceremony is black-tie, for instance, it is expected the mother of the bride will don a formal gown or dress. For those mothers who are looking for that right fit, these tips will help you consider and select the perfect dress for both the occasion and for you.

 

1. Don’t forget to consult the bride!

If you do not know the colors your daughter and future son-in-law have chosen for their wedding, you should. You certainly do not want to choose a dress that clashes with the color palette. If they are getting married in winter and have chosen a soft pastel palette, you do not want to choose a bright, flashy dress; rather, select an elegant, classy dress, perhaps in silver or light blue. Always steer clear of traditional wedding dress colors, such as white and ivory, and most definitely the often black dress of mourning, unless it is a super-formal evening ceremony and the bride has previously given her approval of a black dress.

Most dress styles come in a variety of colors and shades, so invite your daughter to tag along on a shopping adventure or two before you nail down your choice. If she lives far away from you, never fear. There is a huge selection of dress options from brick-and-mortar chain stores such as Nordstrom’s, David’s Bridal, and Macy’s. If you find something available both online and offline, you can plan a telephone shopping adventure where you can both check out the dresses chosen in locations near your own homes.

 

2. Remember, etiquette counts.

Traditional etiquette states that the mother of the bride sets the tone for the attire of the mother of the groom. Generally speaking, the mother of the bride selects her dress or gown and then shares a photo with the groom’s mother so she will know the standard of dressiness for the occasion. It would be a fashion nightmare to leave these matters to chance, because someone would inevitably dress too formally or too casually for the occasion.

Another matter of etiquette and tradition states the mother of the bride generally arrives early for the big event to greet the wedding party and guests, bridging the union for both sets of family and friends. It is also common for the bride’s mother to gather wedding party members and special guests of the bride and groom for the photographer ahead of time. This way, the photographer knows exactly the location and those involved in the photographs he or she will be taking.

3. Be sure your dress flatters and compliments your shape.

One of the most embarrassing scenarios for any bride is for her mother to wear something that looks atrocious on her. This could be a dress that is too tight, too young-looking, or just overall unflattering. If you cannot model the dress for your daughter in person, have someone take a photo of you in your proposed dress and send it to your daughter for her opinion. While she doesn’t have to give her approval or permission for your dress choice, it is a kind gesture to make sure you wear something that doesn’t make her or you feel embarrassed on what is meant to be a joyous occasion.

Along the same lines, be sure your dress is not fancier or sexier than your bride’s dress. While it is acceptable to show some skin, you probably don’t want to show more than the bride. This includes cleavage, leg, and back in particular. This day is about your daughter, so let her have her moment. Save the scandalous dress for a dinner out with your husband or sweetheart.

4. Don’t forget to have fun.

Despite the unspoken rules for dressing the mother of the bride, for you it is ultimately about the fun and enjoyment of watching your daughter walk down the aisle for one of the most important and special moments of her life. Don’t lose sight of that and miss out on those special little moments between the two of you before and after the “I dos.”