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Choosing the perfect Mother of the Bride dress

Choosing the perfect Mother of the Bride dress is crucial for the wedding day. Here are several considerations, trends, and suggestions that might help in selecting a Mother of the Bride dress:

Style and Colour:

Typically, the Mother of the Bride chooses a dress that complements the colour scheme of the wedding. It is usually considered polite to avoid white, ivory, and similarly, bridal-associated colours unless the bride has specified otherwise. Soft, muted colours like pastels or darker, richer colours like navy or burgundy are often popular choices.

Dress Code:

Consider the formality of the wedding. For a formal wedding, a floor-length gown may be appropriate, while a cocktail dress might be suitable for a less formal occasion. The dress should align with the overall dress code and aesthetic of the wedding.

Comfort and Fit:

Comfort is key as the day will be long, so choose a comfortable and well-fitted dress. It is wise to get professionally measured and possibly consider tailor adjustments for the perfect fit.

Consultation with the Bride:

The Mother of the Bride usually selects her dress after the bride has chosen her gown. Consulting with the bride about style and colour preferences is always a good idea to ensure harmony in the wedding’s look.

Season and Venue:

Consider the season and venue when choosing the dress. A lightweight fabric like chiffon might be suitable for a summer wedding, while a heavier fabric like velvet might be better for winter.
3 Mother of the Bride Dresses from our Collection
  1. https://www.hadleighhats.co.uk/product/view/pr_622cda8153a
  2. https://www.hadleighhats.co.uk/product/view/pr_848e62d6d7f
  3. https://www.hadleighhats.co.uk/product/view/pr_6487eb009c9
Outdoor weddings might require practical considerations like dress length and fabric type to avoid mishaps.


Elegant accessories like a stylish Hat, Fascinator, Hatinator, Jewellery, or clutch can enhance the overall look. Shoes should be stylish yet comfortable, considering the amount of standing and walking involved.  


Dresses can range widely in price, so it’s important to have a budget in mind and stick to it. Some succeed with off-the-rack options, while others prefer designer dresses or custom-made options.

Coordinating with the Mother of the Groom:

It’s traditional for the Mother of the Bride to inform the Mother of the Groom about her dress choice, to avoid clashing and to maintain a cohesive look in the wedding photos. Coordination in terms of formality and colour can create a harmonious look, but wearing exactly matching outfits is usually not necessary.


Modern trends can include dresses with jackets or boleros, allowing for a versatile look. High-low dresses, tea-length dresses, and dresses with asymmetrical details are also trendy. Some prefer more glamorous looks with beading and embellishments, while others might prefer simpler, more understated elegance.

Shopping Tips:

Start looking for the dress well in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Shopping at our specialised bridal shop with a wide range of formal wear and accessories can be beneficial, especially with our trained professional to help you manage the whole process. Online shopping is also an option, with many retailers offering a variety of styles and sizes, but be cautious of sizing, return policies, and quality. Remember, the most important thing is that the Mother of the Bride feels beautiful, comfortable, and appropriately dressed for her child's special day.