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Mothers have a vital role to play in the wedding of their children. It’s important to look good alongside the wedding party. Mothers should take their cue from the bride. Discuss what her vision is for the bridal party and the mothers’ gowns. Does she desire a particular color, fabric, or cut? Once guidelines are in place and the bridesmaids’ dresses have been chosen, it is time to go shopping.

The mother of the bride should choose a dress that, though stylish and elegant, does not compete with the bridal gown. It should be in a flattering color that blends well with the bridesmaids’ dresses. The mother of the bride should be in communication with the groom’s mother so she is able to plan her attire according to the style and formality of the mother of the bride. Her gown does not need to match or be the same color, but should complement the other bridal party gowns nicely.