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What Color Should I Wear as the Mother of the Bride?

As the Mother of the Bride (MOB), you want to harmonize with the other wedding party members and yet, have your own distinct color, style, fabric, and presentation. Read on to find out which colors harmonize with others so you can select the best MOB dress for you!

Hey, Christie!

My daughter, Ciara, is getting married later this year at Ainsworth House & Gardens. I am so excited to finally get to be the Mother of the Bride!

I am not sure if I should wear the same color as the bridesmaids or a color that harmonizes with them. Since you have hosted oodles of weddings, what is your advice?

Thanks in advance!

–Kate the Confused in Coventry

Hey, Kate!

I am so happy to help! You are right: I’ve been part of oodles of weddings here and I’ve noticed certain successful trends for mothers of the bride. Here is what I’ve discovered:

If you want to be in the same color as the bridesmaids, do so! You might select a different fabric so that you are distinct from the bridesmaids.

If you want to wear a color which harmonizes with the wedding party, here are a few ideas for you:

When the bridesmaids wear yellow or orange, consider champagne, gold, silver, taupe, mid-tone browns, navy, or black.

If the bridesmaids are wearing a blue or green color, then the mother of the bride could wear a deeper shade such as navy, hunter green, or emerald. Colors including purple, plum, eggplant, wine, charcoal, silver, and black work well too.

If the bridal party wears pinks, corals, or reds, consider wearing metallics, blush, or a neutral such as champagne, taupe, or gray.

If the bridal party is in neutrals, rejoice! You can wear anything you want…and you might even consider a floral or a print!

 

mother of the bride and bride
mother of the bride in blue and the bride

If the bridesmaids are wearing a blue or green color, then the mother of the bride could wear a deeper shade such as navy, hunter green, or emerald. Colors including purple, plum, eggplant, wine, charcoal, silver, and black work well too.

For pastel green or blue for the bridesmaids, silver for the mother of the bride harmonizes.

 

For deeper shades of green or blue on the bridesmaids, consider gold metallic shades for the mother of the bride.

If the wedding party wears pastel or light colors, the mother of the bride (or groom) can opt for a darker, earthier shade of that color.

If the bridesmaids wear purple, consider eggplant, plum, navy, black, charcoal, gray, graphite, or silver.

When the bridesmaids wear bright colors, then a metallic (gold, silver, or copper) is a viable option for the mother of the bride.

If the wedding party color palette has a tropical vibe, the mother of the bride could wear a deeper tone when the weather is warm.

When the color palette is autumnal, the mother of the bride could wear a deeper shade of any of the wedding colors when the weather is cooler.

Helpful hints:

  • Coordinate your dress shopping with the other moms and grandmothers to make sure that your dress doesn’t clash with anyone else’s.

bride, her mother and grandmother
  • Focus on being comfortable—you might be wearing the dress all day!

  • To fit into almost any wedding dress code, a dress with a simple silhouette blinged out with sequins works every time!

Let me know if I can help you further!

Have fun with your wedding planning!!!

 

 

Your friend in the wedding business,

Christie Shyne

 

 

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