A Guide to Mother-of-the-Bride en Mode

A Guide to Mother-of-the-Bride en Mode

Ideas for fabrics and laces for Mother of the Bride
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A wedding is a special day for any woman and we’re not just talking the bride here. Who doesn't love dressing up in their finest?

When you’re the mother of the bride (or groom) as well as being super proud you know you’re in the photographer’s frame too and an elegant ensemble that complements your daughter’s wedding dress and makes mum look WOW is a must.

Here we look at a few mother of the bride trends and give some helpful advice on some do’s and don’ts in the build up to the big day.

Contessa: Sea Green

Polyester Duchess Satin (148cm/58") - Contessa (Darker Shades)

Princess: Claret Polyester Satin

Polyester Satin Backed Crepe (148cm/59") - Princess

Splendour: Blue Smoke

Silk Satin (137cm/54" Dark Colours) - Splendour


Colour is key and block colours seem to work well to help mum stand out in the crowd.

Think of Fergie and her green dream outfit – whether you were a fan of the hat or not, credit where credit is due, she looked stunning on her daughter’s big day.  For the same green look try Duchess Satin Contessa in Sea green. 

There’s usually a colour theme to a wedding but there’s no need to adhere to this – mum is not a bridesmaid and a different palette can really give you status.

In terms of a winter wedding, gorgeous jewel tones are a trend for 2019 such as sapphire, emerald, ruby and amethyst.

Look at Satin backed crepe Princess or a stunning silk Dupion called Masquerade for some sumptuous colour choices.

The summer sun commands delicate pastels such as pinks, blues and lovely lavender is a hot colour. Silk crepe backed sating Splendour sports a range of soft colours or if you prefer a light fabric with a matt finish try a gorgeous Georgette called Silhouette.  Not forgetting silver and gold tones too – these colours continue to be revered. 

Sticking to a loved and trusted colour palette is not a bad thing – the colour can be an old favourite and the dress can be a cutting edge classic.

Reese: Royal Blue Guipure Lace

Royal Blue Guipure Lace - Reese

Victoria: White Lace

White Beaded Lace - Victoria


Lace continues to dominate as a luxury fabric popular with mothers of brides and grooms the world over.

Small floral repeat patterns on a coloured tulle such as Shannon or Janis and some gorgeous Guipure laces in bold colours such as Royal, Teal and Magenta are hot picks – choose Reese for these.

The use of lace trims, especially in metallic colours is also on the rise.

Lace selection is a sensory experience so take the time to handle samples and check the colour match to skin, shoes and head wear.

Style wise a current trend is for a wide neck line, possible off the shoulder or if this feels too daring a Bardot or bateau (think Meghan’s wedding dress neckline).

This is a chic and elegant choice and looks good under a custom jacket or dress coat.

Athena: Crystal Embroidery

Crystal Embroidery - Athena

Viola: Crystal Motif

Crystal Embroidery - Viola

Another trend is a bejewelled neckline.

Embellishments such as a jewelled collar or embellished lace detail on the top part of the dress adds a special occasion sparkle to the proceedings.

The use of crystal motifs on the shoulders or back line (a key trend in bridal also), allows for a night time reveal and some sparkle as the outfit loses the jacket and the dancing starts.

In terms of length, hemlines are set to rise.

We’re not quite at mini skirt length but the traditional below the knee standard is creeping up to on or just above the knee for those ladies with knockout pins.

In terms of jackets to coordinate with the dress there are numerous options from a short bolero to a full dress coat. 

Be it embroidery, velvet or brocade, a tailored jacket is on trend and looks smart and classy, adding an air of sophistication to the day time proceedings.

In winter a jacquard jacket or dress coat is a top choice and in summer embrace the sheer sleeve trend and consider a coloured organza sleeve to match the dress colour.

This can be trimmed with satin cuffs and collar to fulfil the tailored look that is so en vogue.

For quality fabrics, lace, trims, crystal motifs and everything in between and no minimums, Bridal Fabrics is your premier choice.  Visit www.bridalfabrics.co.uk or call 01254 700117.

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