Have a open relationship with the bride about her wants and needs. Check with the bride on how you can help and what your role will be. Start shopping for your dress at least 6 months in advance. The biggest mistake most mothers make is waiting until it’s too close to the wedding to get their own gown. Keep in mind it can take just as long to get your dress as the bride’s!
We’d love to help you find the perfect dress to suit your own personal style and complement the wedding vision the bride and groom have created! In the meantime, some things to consider before you shop:
The Big Question: Sleeves Or No Sleeves? The modern “mothers dresses” are not YOUR mother’s dresses – and it’s totally okay for a mother to wear a sleeveless or strapless dress! That being said, it’s really all about what, as the mother in question, you’re comfortable with. If you’re leaning towards strapless, there are countless elegant options, and if you’d just be more comfortable with some arm coverage, consider a cap sleeve, three-quarter sleeve or something with a matching jacket, shrug or wrap.
Shop Early. Mothers of the bride (or groom) often are so busy taking care of everyone else that they neglect to shop for their own wedding-day attire until the last minute! At Mary’s, we’ll always go above and beyond to help you find your perfect mother’s dress on a tight timeline, but maximize your selection by shopping early and allowing 12-16 weeks for delivery in your preferred style, size and color. If a short timeline is unavoidable, ask us about designers offering “Quick Delivery” options to avoid unnecessary last minute stress!
Fit vs. Size. Just like wedding dresses, mother of the bride or groom dress sizing is very different from everyday ready-to-wear clothing – so don’t be concerned if your size is a different number from what you usually wear! The bottom line is, there’s a BIG difference between “size” and “fit” – size is just a number, and fit is the style, cut and silhouette as it relates to your body.