Mother of the Bride Dresses: Types, Price Ranges and Home Shopping

by admin on October 27, 2010


As a mother of the bride you have to make sure you are looking absolutely fabulous on the big day and obviously the first thing that everyone is going to notice is your dress. This does not mean that you should outshine the bride, but you definitely need to dress your part. Choosing a dress that is appropriate from the multitude of mother of the bride dresses is going to take time and effort. So get going! But, before running to the malls randomly and going totally nuts, sit down and reflect for a while. Believe me, this will save a lot of time an aggravation later.

Type of Dress

Mother of the bride outfits are available in a variety of styles. For example, there are mother of the bride dresses tea length, petite mother of the bride dresses, or party dresses. The type of the wedding and style will set the tone for the type of dress you should wear. For instance, for a wedding being held in the summer, it may be more appropriate to choose a shorter dress style whereas, a wedding reception held in the evening in a large hotel will require something more formal. You can even just find out what the bride is wearing and follow her lead as far as formality is concerned.
So before going anywhere, decide what kind of a dress you need.

Variety of Styles!

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Tea Length Dress – Very Suitable
Formal Evening Dress


If you wear a large size, simply ignore all the rest and concentrate on plus size mother of the bride dresses, instead of wasting time and energy on everything available under the sun. After all, you need to be available to help in other departments of wedding preparations. Since mother of the bride dresses plus size will only be available at select places, you need to only visit these.

Plenty of Available Sizes

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Gorgeous Blue in all Available Sizes
Plus Sizes are Available in Many Stores


You can even decide on the color of the dress before stepping out of the house. Start with a number of color choices in mind, but as a rule avoid the creams or whites. You definitely do not want to steal the limelight. Read the guidelines on this site to find out the rules of etiquette, which will be extremely helpful to you. Just remember that the color range is endless starting with jade mother of the bride dresses and ending with pastel colors.

Price Range and shortlist of Places

Once you have decided on a budget for your dress you can start short listing the places which you can visit to look for your dress. If you opt for places that specialize in dresses for special occasions, then look out for David’s Bridal, Alfred Angelo or Cameron Blake mother of the bride dresses. Being specialty designers, their prices will naturally reflect that, so be ready to splash out. Then there are places which cater exclusively to women’s needs like Ann Taylor. If however your budget is a bit restricted then, department stores offer a great option as they carry a large variety at more reasonable rates. Places to check out world be Dillards or JC Penney and some slightly more pricey places would be Macys, Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus and finally don’t forget to check out the beautiful range of Nordstrom dresses.

Variety of Options

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Cameron Blake
Jade – A glorious choice


Shopping From Home

If, however, you are the type of person who prefers to avoid the hustle and bustle of shopping malls, then you can shop from home.  Chadwicks publishes their own catalogue of formal wear dresses you can check out and of course don’t forget the online stores. Not only are they cheaper than most places, but they have an endless variety to choose from.

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