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Finding the Perfect Mother-of-the-Bride (or Groom) Dress

Every mother dreams of the day her son or daughter will say, “I do.” We moms imagine every detail of our child’s wedding day, from the flowers to the wedding dress, but our imaginations don’t always include a vision of ourselves (moms are kind of used to putting ourselves last, aren’t we?)

And while no mother wants to stand out at the ceremony, the mother of the bride or groom wants to dress to impress. All eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle, and your look will live on in the wedding album and video.

A few helpful tips for Mothers of the Bride or Groom:

  • Have a chat with the couple about their vision for the wedding – the formality, the overall style, and color palette.
  • Start shopping early. You want to make sure you have plenty of time prior to the big day to find something you love, and factor in time for alterations.
  • Ask the salesperson which undergarments and hose will go best with your dress.
  • Take pictures of yourself in the dress. Be sure you like how it looks in photographs.
  • And of course… have fun with it!If you can, try to make dress shopping a special occasion. If possible, set aside a day for you and the bride to go shopping together for the dress—you can even make an appointment with a personal stylist!

The best place to begin? Macy’s Wedding Shop!

Macy’s Wedding Shop has looks for every member of the bridal party, and it’s the perfect place to begin the search for the mother of the bride or groom’s dress. Macy’s offers a large collection of dresses in Women’s, Petites, and Plus Sizes, plus a vast selection of shoes and accessories to complete your look.

You won’t find any stuffy, matronly dresses here—those days are long gone! Check out these beauties that will leave you looking like one hot mama on the big day!

 

For the Mom who wants to make an entrance:

Go with a floor length gown and a striking silhouette. Your walk down the aisle might not be the main event, but you’re sure to turn heads in these dramatic dresses!

Jessica Howard Ruffled A-Line GownThis romantic A-line gown is super flattering, thanks to a ruffled V-neckline that beautifully frames the face, and a self-tie sash belt and full skirt to create the illusion of a tiny waist.

 

R & M Richards Sequined-Lace-Top Mermaid GownThis dress has all the right kind of a drama: the sparkly bodice and mermaid skirt will make a lasting impression! Also available in navy and light blue.

 

Jessica Howard Sequined Lace A-Line GownA matching sash belt defines the empire waistline of this elegant gown that’s simply gorgeous in sequined lace and a luminous pleated skirt.

 

For the Mom who loves to Dance:

Show off your dancing shoes with a shorter hemline, and don’t worry about anyone stepping on your dress!

R & M Richards Petite Sequined Lace and Chiffon GownWaltz the night away in this romantic sequined lace and chiffon gown. The airy layers of the chiffon skirt will flutter gracefully on the dance floor! Available in both regular and petite sizes. Choose from black, ivory, navy, or plum.

 

Lauren Ralph Lauren Lace-Trim Dress, Regular & Petite Show off your legs—and dance moves—in this elegant little black dress. Bell sleeves add movement, while sheer lace panels reveal just the right amount of skin.

 

Betsy & Adam Sequined Off-The-Shoulder DressSequined in a damask-inspired pattern, this off-the-shoulder dress looks blissfully romantic with fluttery bell sleeves.

 

For the Mom who wants to be comfortable:

Go with cap sleeves and an easy A-line silhouette. You’ll be free to enjoy the big day instead of worrying about a fitted waist or slipping straps.

Alex Evenings Rosette A-Line GownThis floor-length evening dress covered in beautiful floral rosettes (click and zoom in to really see them!) Available in dove (pictured above), champagne, eggplant, and navy.

 

Connected Plus Size Angel-Sleeve Sequined DressElegant sleeves and gorgeous lace mean you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Bonus: this is the most affordable dress on the list!

 

Adrianna Papell Floral-Beaded GownYou’ll look like a movie star, but feel like yourself in this floral beaded stunner! This chocolate brown would be perfect for a fall wedding, and it also comes in mint for spring and summer weddings!

 

For the Mom who wants all of the above:

MOB gorgeous gown

I saved my favorite for last! You’ll make a sweeping entrance in this gorgeous gown that has it all: delicate beaded and sequined embellishments, airy chiffon, pretty cap sleeves, and a ribbon accent that sweetens the style even more. It’s available in a rainbow of colors, from silver (pictured above) and classic black, to soft blush and deep wine, so you’re sure to find the perfect shade!

 

Ready to shop?

Find all of these dresses and more at Macy’s Wedding Shop! In addition to mother-of-the-bride gowns, you’ll find wedding looks for every member of the bridal party, from groomsmen’s tuxes and suits and bridesmaid dresses, to flower girl frocks and dresses for every occasion brides will need leading up to the big day!

And remember—My Stylist @ Macy’s is ready to offer personal stylist services to make your shopping experience fast, fun, and fashionable!

 

 

Written by Christina Peterson, whose mom found the perfect dress for her 2012 wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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