04 November 2011

Mother of the Bride or Groom

We all get excited about the big white dress but what about the mother of the bride or groom? They want to look fabulous too and so they should.

But there is that sometimes tricky question of should they match and coordinate with the wedding colour theme?

I personally think they shouldn't have to bring the bride's colour chart when they shop for their outfit and match it exactly. However, it is worth keeping the theme in mind so not to clash when you have the group photos. For example, if the theme is pale pink, then bright red or orange may look out of place.

It's also important to feel comfortable in your outfit and reflect your own tastes as well as scrubbing up rather well!

I have been to a few weddings over the last few years (including my own) and I wanted to share some outfits of my favourite mums. It looks like pinks and purples have been popular outfit colours!

This is my lovely mum, Ellen, at my wedding in 2008. The jacket and trousers were from Jacques Vert. The top was from M&S, the shoes and fascinator were from Debenhams. I painted the black fascinator with purple nail polish to match the outfit. My mum made a point of fitting in with the colour theme because she loves purple too.

This is my mother-in-law, Julie, again at my wedding to Matthew (pictured above right). She went for a brown and pale pink dress, with jacket and shoes in brown. I don't know where her outfit was from but I know she had trouble finding her outfit and wasn't 100% happy with it. She was also unable to find a matching fascinator that she liked, so she went without. But as our wedding was quite small and intimate, I don't think it mattered and she looked great.

Here is Julie again, this time as mother of the bride to my sister-in-law, Becci, in Dubai, February 2011. The dress and jacket were from different shops but went very well together and looks Chanel-esque. The shoes are from LK Bennet and are fantastic. 

Here is my best friend, Philippa's mother, Cathy, as the mother of the bride in 2010. Her whole outfit (possibly including the shoes too) are from Jacques Vert. She hired the lovely purple hat from a place nearby in Newmarket. 

This is my godmother, Margaret, as mother of the groom in 2010. Her jacket was from Jacques Vert and you can see it is similar to Cathy's jacket above. Her dress may also be from Jacques Vert. I love the hat-come-fascinator on a head band. It finishes the look of beautifully.

Here are some outfits that I found and put together based on what is in the shops in the UK at the moment. I have looked at a variety of places from the higher end high street, to the more budget conscious stores. You don't have to spend bucket loads of cash to have a great looking outfit, especially on the accessories. 

One stop shop outfits:
(Top left to right) spotty Jacques Vert outfit, embroidered Jacques Vert dress, blue satin outfit from Coast.
(Bottom left to right) soft and romantic from Coast, ribbon outfit from Jacques Vert, teal Monsoon dress.  

Monochrome and metallic: 
(clockwise top left) long necklace from Monsoon, patterned dress from Monsoon, glitter heels from New Look,  glitter pumps from New Look,  embellished dress from Matalan, hair band from New Look, black shoes from BHS, and crushed velvet jacket from New Look

Berry purple: 
(clockwise top left) fascinator from Monsoon but no longer available, dress from Matalan, jacket from BHS, heels from Monsoon, and bag from Matalan.

Opulent burgandy velvet: 
(clockwise top left) velvet jacket from M&S, dress from M&S, satin shoes from Clarks but are unfortunately now unavailable so why not try these instead from Monsoon, and flower print clutch bag from Matalan.

No shy wallflower with bold red: 
(clockwise top left) flower dress from Coast, fascinator from Jacques Vert, ivory jacket from Coast, and red patent shoes from Clarks.

Teal and silver: 
(clockwise top left) silver shrug from Monsoon, teal top from Monsoon, silver pleated skirt from Matalan, hair band from New Look, suede teal heels from Clarks now unavailable so why not try these instead also from Clarks or these from LK Bennet, and belt from Monsoon.

Neutrals all the way or add a pop of red: 
(clockwise top left) mock ostrich clutch bag from Monsoon, sequinned top from Monsoon, floral clutch as above, striped jacket from Principles at Debenhams, satin heels as above and no longer available, camel trousers from Monsoon, red trousers from Wallis, gold heels from Clarks, and fascinator from Jacques Vert

For more outfit and accessories ideas, check out my Pinterest board called Mother of the Bride / Groom.