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.

Read more

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.


Half Moon Street, Sherborne (opposite Sherborne Abbey)
Tel: 01935 812927
Email: [email protected]


Perri Ashby is a designer with many years’ experience producing collections for international fashion houses. She has produced her own brand of clothing for over 10 years, while changing to bespoke from producing for other companies. Since moving her studio from Chelsea, London to Sherborne, she has built a huge client base in Dorset where many clients come from all over the country for her experience and knowledge of design and fashion.

Perri says: ‘Designing for mother of the bride or groom is a very specialised area. My aim is to help you look fabulous on your special day, in an outfit that flatters your personal shape and height, and to team it with the perfect hat, bag, shoes and jewellery.

‘Everything is designed by me and made by my expert team, whether bespoke or ready to wear. It is exclusive to you and not available elsewhere.’


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.