5 Considerations for Mother of the Bride's Dress


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While the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids don't need matching dresses, they should complement each other.
While the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids don't need matching dresses, they should complement each other.
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As the reality of your daughter walking down the aisle comes into clearer focus, there are sure to be some mixed emotions. As you begin to wax poetic over her childhood antics and feel a bit of sadness seep into your bones, take heart: There's a bright spot. At least your dress doesn't need to match the bridesmaids. Whew!

It's probably a good idea to talk to your daughter, though, just to make sure you don't select a color that's off limits on her color wheel. Then, proceed in good taste. While it's OK if your dress isn't the same color as the bridesmaids' dresses, you'll want to make sure that it complements them, since you'll be in a lot of pictures together. However, steer clear of a white or ivory dress (only the bride should wear these colors). Likewise, black is usually prohibited, unless it's a very formal, evening affair, because it suggests mourning.

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