Must-know Tips for Mother of the Bride Dress Alterations

The wedding season is now upon us and it's time to start looking for the Mother of the Bride dress. Here are the top tips for having a photo-ready outfit. 

Must-know Tips for Mother of the Bride Dress Alterations

Picking the perfect Mother of the Bride dress takes time and consideration. It will be a long day with lots of photos.

Choosing wisely can create less stress and more ease of movement. Here's the top five tips for the Mother of the Bride dress.

Matching but not Matchy

White is usually a big no-no. There is a trend, however, for an all-white wedding, famously seen at Knowles (above) and Delevingne weddings.

The trick is to find out the theme and colour scheme of the wedding as far in advance as possible. If it’s a minimal and whitewashed then the choice has already been made.

Otherwise, choosing a complimenting shade to the colour scheme avoids being too matchy matchy. This will stand out (just the right amount) whilst being a part of the wedding party. It will also astutely avoid looking like an extra bridesmaid.

Location, Location, Location

Destination weddings, indoor events, beaches and ballrooms can all dictate the style of your garment. A light and loose knee-length dress may look great for an outdoor wedding but not in a countryside mansion.

An outdoor ceremony in spring can be accompanied by light layers. Whereas silks in summer can cling and quickly become uncomfortable or appear ill-fitting. 

Whilst a winter wonderland theme can be complimented with some fabulous fur and long sleeves are recommended. Again, getting prior knowledge on the wedding plans is key.

The Best Fit

To get the best fit for the Mother of the Bride, dress alterations are a must. They allow the garment to be professionally sculpted, to get the best fit and compliment the figure. 

Professional alterations and tailoring allow for more movement as the dress will most likely be worn all day. Not to mention, withstanding a good amount of dancing.

A useful rule of thumb is to try on dresses with the shoes (and even the underwear) planned for the event. This will highlight any length issues and give a clearer vision of how it will look on the day.

If the shoes are bought after to match the dress then bringing them to the fitting is a must. In fact, it’s advised that you bring them either way. This is especially important with elegant long evening dresses.

Get Ahead

Keeping an eye out for the pre-season collections allows more exclusive outfits ahead of next season’s releases. This can provide garments that haven’t been seen as much and that are ahead of the times.

Timing your purchase gives the opportunity to snap up the latest lines. This is another example of the little white dress trend.

Timing is Everything

Timing is everything so keep the release dates in mind alongside time to get those dress alterations. Moreover, shoes and other accessories shopping needs to be done ahead of time.

Following these rules also works for accessories by not being too matchy matchy with your outfit or the colour scheme. Then all that’s left is enjoying the day in style.

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(Main image from NY Post)