MotB blurb Nigel Rayment 11291Mother of the Bride in Dorset & Hampshire

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.


6 Challacombe Square, Pundbury, Dorchester DT1 3SX
Tel: 01305 757537

Enjoy a relaxed shopping experience when you’re searching for that perfect outfit and browse a huge variety of carefully chosen occasion wear collections, in sizes from 8 to 24.


School Road, Fawley Village, Southampton SO45 1EA
Tel: 02380 894500


Specialists in occasion wear and millinery and one of the largest stockists in the south for Mother of the Bride and wedding guest outfits, together with all accessories and finishing touches. Friendly and professional staff will make you feel welcome with as much help as you feel you need and there is a bespoke tailoring service to ensure that your outfit is perfect on the day.
Sizes range from 8 to 28 and there’s free parking.


17 Seamoor Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth BH4 9AA
Tel: 01202 765352
Email: [email protected]


Fab Frocks Boutique is arguably the biggest stockist of mother of the bride and mother of the groom outfits on the south coast. This multi award-winning boutique offers a choice of 15 occasion wear designers from around the world and caters for sizes 8-24.  It was voted Best Wedding Attire for the fourth time at the Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards 2017/2018.

Designers include Condici (exclusive to Fab Frocks in Bournemouth), Cabotine, Dress Code, Dressed Up, Ispirato, John Charles, Lewis Henry, Linea Raffaelli, Michaela Louisa, Rosa Clara, Tina Taylor, Veni Infantino, Veromia Occasions and Zeila.

Fab Frocks is a one-stop special occasion shop offering hats, headpieces and fascinators as well as shoes and handbags which can be dyed in any colour you wish. Prices range from £195 for a dress and jacket so there are styles to suit all budgets. Whether the wedding is in a stately home or on a sandy beach, you’ll find dresses and outfits to suit wherever the wedding may be taking place.
No appointment is necessary.  Enjoy a laid back personal shopping experience and let Fab Frocks take the stress out of shopping for your special occasions.


Dorset based
Tel: 01202 738064
Email: [email protected]

Looking for that perfect handbag to match that fabulous outfit? Poole-based Rosemary Ringrose has been designing and making handbags for 20 years – notably for Jimmy Choo and other well known designers. Her own range has been lovingly created using fine silks, satin and leather, she also offers a bespoke service, with hand-making exclusive couture handbags to order.