So you are getting married.
You are so excited, so in fact, your whole family is so excited!
What do you want as a present?
What will your hair be like?
Are you really going to wear that color of dress?
All questions that may be fired at you during the course of the next few months.
But one question can strike fear and trepidation into the strongest of brides.
What is your mother going to wear?
The mother-of-the-bride outfit is probably the most talked about outfit other than what the bride is wearing. Not even the grooms choice of morning suit, kilt or sneakers and jeans will be talked about as much as what the mother-of-the-bride will be wearing.
Even if bride and mother-of-the-bride have a fantastic relationship outside of wedding planning, when it comes to what your mother is going to wear on your wedding day things can go horribly wrong!
She will have dreamt about this day from the moment you first opened your eyes and stared into hers. She will have planned and re-planned her outfit several times, over each decade that has passed, hopefully moving with the times!
She will have a definite idea of the image she wishes to project and how she wants to look on this wonderous day and hopefully that will coincide with your own ideas.
If you are lucky she will co-ordinate with the rest of the bridal party and your photographs will be a riot of harmonious color. If you fall into the not so lucky category then the photographer may experience difficulty placing her beside someone she doesn’t clash with or horror of horrors the mother-of-the-groom turns up in the same dress!!!
If your parents have divorced and re-married then this situation can actually get worse. You only have one mother and she carries the mother-of-the-bride mantle but people, and its just human nature, will be looking at your fathers second wife’s outfit almost as closely as the mother-of-the-bride’s.
I did hear a story where a bride in this situation suddenly realized that the two women in question had indeed bought the same dress. Approaching her mother tactfully she mentioned that it might be an idea to take back the dress as she would have no other appropriate celebration to wear it to. Her mother smiled and replied that of course she would get another dress for her daughters big day but would be wearing the original dress to the wedding rehearsal dinner!
When is comes down to it the main thing is that everyone is happy and it would be foolish to let a disagreement over a mother-of-the-bride dress get in the way of your wedding.
Always remember girls one day you may be the mother-of-the-bride!