Real mother of the bride OUTFIT INSPIRATION

21 Jan 2019

Mothers of the bride (and groom) looking for the perfect wedding outfit can take inspiration from these leading ladies - as pictured in a host of real weddings featured by Bride

Image: Marta May Photography

There are many things to consider when searching for the perfect mother of the bride or groom outfit.

First and foremost, you'll want to feel comfortable and a true version of yourself; so take a look at your day-to-day style and what outfits you feel most at ease in. Think about your size, shape and your best assets. If you're showing some skin, restrict it to one area of the body - just your legs or arms and decolletage. 

The wedding colour scheme should also be noted and the bride's choice of dress should never be compromised by what the mother of the bride chooses to wear. Respect your daughter's wishes if a dress code is put in place, and if you're the mother of the groom - adhere to any outfit rules too. 

You'll also want to consider the time of year - whether it is cold or warm, and the sort of wedding venue - formal, tailored suits may look out of place at a relaxed, informal tipi wedding while a floaty, bohemian dress might be less suited to a grand celebration in a castle.

Accessories should be given some serious thought as these can perfectly offset the entire outfit; hats, fascinators, shoes, bags and jewellery should be considered in matching or contrasting colours which complement your skin tone, hair colour and choice of outfit. 

With so much to think about, it is essential to get the advice of an expert who can give you some guidance while taking on board your own wishes. To get you started, here's a host of mothers of the bride who perfected their outfit choices on their daughter's big day. 

The mother of the bride wore: a mint fitted gown from JJ's House.


The wedding of Carrieann Whitt and Ricky Powell (image: Lemonade Pictures)


The mother of the bride wore: a floral dress from Marks & Spencer dress, over jacket from Reiss and hat from Beverley Edmondson.


The wedding of Francesca Montaut and Jack Hayward (image: White Stag Weddings)


The mother of the bride wore: a blue mid-length dress and chiffon cover-up.


The wedding of Jackie Edwardes and John Perry (image: Leo Leonidas)


The mother of the bride wore: a pale blue dress from Hobbs with matching jacket and fuscia pink fascinator.


The wedding of Kelly Blumberg and Will Evans (image: Marta May Photography)


The mother of the bride wore: a floral dress and bespoke hat by Ian Stuart.


The wedding of Emma Boycott and Jeff Kendrick (image: Lawson Photography)


The mother of the bride wore: a silk silver dress from Nigel Rayment in Manchester, matching hat and René Caovilla shoes.


The wedding of Kirsty Loach and Adam Summerfield (image: Lesley Meredith)


The mother of the bride wore: a floral ivory and hot pink Jacques Vert dress, with a matching pink jacket, an ivory fascinator and shoes.


The wedding of Kirsty Saville and Sam Roberts (image: Venetia Norrington)


The mother of the bride wore: a pink and black dress, with matching pink jacket and fascinator from Dreams Bridal Wear in Norwich


The wedding of Danielle Stephens and Jason Duggan in Norwich (image: Rob Doddsworth)


The mother of the bride wore: a pale yellow picture collar dress from Bruce by Bruce Oldfield at John Lewis with black fascinator. 


The wedding of Florence Griggs and Daniel Curtis-Cobbledick (image: Jonny A Photography)


The mother of the bride wore: a tropical coloured floral dress by Oscar de la Renta.


The wedding of Lucy Bunt and Samuel Cascarina (image: Alex Havko)


The mother of the bride wore: a cream feather floor-length skirt with a crisp white shirt and pearl jewellery. The outfit was inspired by a feature in Vogue and we had the outfit made by a dress designer.


The wedding of Lisa Watson and Christopher Adamson (image: Fonteyne & Co)

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