Find your perfect mother of the bride or groom outfit

If the bride’s dress is the most important wedding outfit, the mums’ outfits surely come a close second.

Here’s some advice on how to find the best mums’ outfit for you!

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Sales assistants will ask you certain questions, so you should prepare yourself with the answers before you set off! “We always ask about the wedding colours and what the bridesmaids will be wearing,” says Alison from Frox of Falkirk.

Knowing this in advance means you can tie in your outfit with the theme of the big day and avoid clashing with the maids.

Also, sometimes MoBs even incorporate the style of their daughter’s dress with their outfit. “If it’s a mother of the bride, I ask about the wedding dress,” Alison confirms.

If a wedding dress has subtle lace detailing, for example, the mother might opt for a dress with a lace overlay for herself (or vice versa). Remember, it’s about complementing and not clashing!


Walking into a shop that specialises in occasionwear means you’re in safe hands.

You may have a rough idea of what you’re looking for, but if you haven’t the faintest idea where to begin, you’ve gone to the best place.

Having dressed hundreds of mothers for hundreds of weddings, the staff know a thing or two “ and, while it’s your decision, it’s definitely worth calling on their expertise!


The key to avoiding the frump factor can often lie in shops’ alteration or made-to-measure services.

The better the fit, the better an outfit will look. “Made to measure might not be the least expensive option but the quality and confidence it gives speaks for itself,” explains designer Joyce Young.

“After all, most people are not standard sizes.”


If your son or daughter is gettomg married, you’ve more than likely been asked if you’ve “got your hat yet?”. It’s a wedding tradition that’s stood the test of time but, like most traditions, has changed with time to include more options.

“It’s more traditional to have a big hat,” explains Alison. “They’re still popular, although some mums opt for smaller fascinators.”

The fascinator is a lighter, and slightly subtler, option – perfect if you’ve strayed away from traditional territory.

If neither option suits, the hatinator (a hat/fascinator hybrid) is a modern take on occasion headwear that could give you the best of both worlds.


Check out mother of the bride + groom specialists in your area in our online wedding directory!