MotB blurb Nigel Rayment 11291Mother of the Bride
in Devon & Cornwall

She’s the second most important lady of the day and at a formal wedding she’s the hostess, so the Mother of the Bride can have almost as much fun choosing her outfit as the bride herself. Mums look, feel and act much younger than they used to – they may be Mums, but they don’t want to look mumsy. And when it comes to dressing for your daughter’s wedding there are only a few rules to bear in mind.

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CO-ORDINATE YOUR COLOURS with the bridesmaids’ outfits and with the Mother of the Groom – you don’t want to stick our like a sore thumb in the photographs.

BE YOURSELF – buy an outfit that makes you feel like a million dollars, but that you’re comfortable wearing. Traditional tailored Mother of the Bride outfits are stunning, but if they’re not you, go for something that is. If you’re happiest in trousers, top them with an elegant, floaty coat and choose a fabulous top to change into for the evening reception.

ACCESSORISE CAREFULLY – the most beautiful outfits can be completely spoiled by the wrong accessories. When you go to choose your hat, bags and shoes, take your outfit with you and try the whole ensemble together so you can see the full effect.

WHAT ABOUT A HAT? It’s the finishing touch to your outfit, but if it’s an informal wedding or you just don’t feel right, try the wonderful feather fascinators which are so popular and so easy to wear. If you’ve spent a fortune on your outfit and can’t justify buying a hat, think about hiring one.

WEAR IN YOUR SHOES – You’re going to be doing a lot of standing on the day and, if you’re feet are hurting, it’s going to show on your face.


O’Meara House, Leg o’Mutton Yelverton PL20 6AA
Tel: 01822 853900
Email: [email protected]


Hidden away in the middle of Dartmoor, next to the old Harrowbeer Aerodrome, Beau has a very welcoming and tranquil feel about it: even the gentlemen accompanying their wives can sit and relax with a coffee or tea, and a paper to read, while their partner enjoys her shopping experience.
There’s a fabulous selection of mother of the bride and wedding guest outfits from collections including John Charles and Condici, with hats and fascinators and hatinators to buy or to hire.  


5 Pike Street, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 3JE
Tel: 01579 348304


A  complete range of stylish outfits for Mums and wedding guests from collections including Spanish labels Cabotine, Zeila and Izabella, plus matchinbg accessories including hats and fascinators. Also beautiful evening and prom dresses.


Huntsham, Tiverton
Tel: 01884 820994


Established 20 years ago, The Hat Hire Company offers a tempting option for Mums who want a stunning hat at an affordable price – and want to help save the planet at the same time.

Their Tiverton-based Hat Shack has over 300 hats, hatinators and fascinators in a wide range of colours and shades.