Mother of the Bride – What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Wedding Tradition states that the Mother of the Bride chooses her outfit to co-ordinate with the bridesmaids.  This approach however, can be a little old-fashioned and more often than not a little unrealistic.  So what are the options for the modern mother of the bride and what should she wear to a winter wedding?

For the Mother of the Bride, the keywords are class and elegance. Don’t choose anything that is revealing or too short, select a style in which you feel comfortable.  It is generally not a good idea to wear a bold striking colour,  softer colours usually work well, as no-one should ever take the limelight away from the bride!! White should be avoided at all costs.

  “A silk suit or a dress and jacket ensemble is an excellent option, it is better not to have every single element of your ensemble in exactly the same shade” 

Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

Black can appear very classic and tailored for mothers of the bride and can be brightened up when accessorised with metallic shades like gold or silver.


Dress and Shoes: Hobbs, Accessories: Accessorize

(OMG, the dress from Hobbs is di-vine – so elegant! – Ed.)

Winter wedding clothes need never be dull and can look striking in rich tones and with the rich jewel tones on the catwalks this winter season there should be plenty to choose from.


Dresses: House of Fraser


Heavier fabrics are definitely better during the colder winter months; velvet, brocade and thick satin are ideal for a winter wedding. Fabulous dresses can be teamed with wraps, shrugs or boleros, and of course, not forgetting the main cover up of this season, faux fur!


Choosing accessories like hats or fascinators, shoes and handbags to compliment rather than dominate is the secret of a successful Mother of the Bride outfit. The trick is to find a good balance and not have everything matching.

Le Creme Boutique: Buy an outfit you don't constantly need to fix. If you are wearing a jacket make sure you look equally as good when you take the jacket off.

So what’s your mum wearing? Have you sorted her dress out yet? Why not get some expert advice by asking a question on our Wedding Forum? Or if you already have the outfit, why not give us some clues by leaving a comment below?

And if you’d like to hire a Mother of the Bride dress, check out the Mother of the Bride recommendations from Girl Meets Dress, which gives you designer style at a fraction of the price!


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