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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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Gabriela Sanchez, John Charles, Lewis Henry, Libra Designs, 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.
Irené of Broadstone specialises in ladies fashion and special occasion wear. Their friendly and helpful staff offer a traditional and personal service to all of their customers. The shop is light and spacious with plenty of dressing rooms. With carefully chosen new stock arriving regularly, you’ll find everything for the mother of the bride, wedding guests, special events with accessories, including dye to match fascinators & shoes. Irené also stocks a large range of smart/casual ladies fashions for all occasions, Stunning shoe collections from Lisa Kay, Azuree and HB Italia. Their collections carry sizes 8 – 26 with particular brands chosen to suit most figures from petite to curvaceous. They also have a first class alteration service inhouse.
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.