Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fabulous Mothers of the Brides

There has been a shift in clientele for Pearls Events in the past year, and it started with Margie last summer for her daughter's wedding. The previous eighteen months, I worked primarily with the bride, however I've dubbed 2010 "The Year of the Pearls Events MOB."

This year I have the pleasure of working with seven fabulous mothers. I've been getting a few MOB questions over the past couple of months and since almost all of them are daily readers, I thought I would share some of my answers for any other moms who might be reading along.

What should I wear? This is the most often asked question, and rightfully so. A mom needs to look (and feel!) fantastic on her daughter's wedding day.

A couple of weeks ago, one of my brides called. She was out shopping with her mom and they found a great option for her to wear to her daughter's August wedding. The only problem? It was cranberry and they were worried it was too holiday-ish. The short answer? If it doesn't scream HAPPY HOLIDAYS, the formality is similar to the bride's gown choice, and mom feels comfortable in it, I see absolutely no problem with it. Finding a great gown after any holiday will most likely find you a great deal! Around Christmas, you will most likely find darker, formal frocks, and around Easter, there are great pastel options available.

Recently, I had another mom ask about the length of her gown. She was advised that because the bridesmaids are wearing long gowns, she should as well. The more I thought about the "rules", I say throw 'em out the window (and her daughter agreed!). She found a short frock that she loved, and I encouraged her to go for it. She feels fantastic in it and that is exactly what she should feel all day long.

What sort of flowers should I carry or wear? There are a few options, and it's all up to what you personally prefer.

I LOVE a traditional nosegay, however the practicality of carrying around a small bouquet of flowers at a wedding doesn't work well. You are hugging people. Then carrying around a glass of champagne. Where will it go at dinner. Then dancing begins; do you hold it?

The more practical option is a corsage - either a pin on, or wearing one around your wrist. There is no correct way to wear this, either works well. Some moms wear a more structured top, and prefer a pin on, while other moms will be wearing strapless or flimsy fabrics and do not want the flowers to interfere with their clothes. I've even had moms pin their flowers to their clutch, which was adorable.

There are so many options - I advise you all to do what works for you! Take the rules and make them your own. As I continue to answer Real Mom questions, I'll continue to share them here. Thank you to all the fabulous moms I work with - it's a treat to be part of your daughter's planning process.

[images copyright Alisha Hurt Photography]

1 lovely comment(s):

BlissBook Jan 13, 2010, 11:28:00 AM  

I love the classic look of the bride and mother, they both look beautiful. Classic never fails.

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