Glamorous Mother of the Bride and Groom Dresses

Glamorous Mother of the Bride and Groom Dresses
Mother of the Bride Dresses Summer 2018 Mother of the Bride Dresses Summer 2018 Mother of the Bride Dresses Summer 2018 Mother of the Bride Dresses Summer 2018

If your daughter or son is set to get married this summer and you're still yet to find an outfit for the big day, we're here to help. From elegant floral shifts to timeless monochromatic looks and knee-length dresses with jackets or sleeves, we know exactly how to make sure you look your best on the big day. 

As mother of the bride, one of our biggest tips to help you dress for the wedding day is to consult with your daughter. Ask her if there is a particular colour she'd like you to wear? Or whether you should take inspiration from the bridesmaid dresses? You may also want to ask the mother of the groom what she's wearing so you can each be dressed in styles that compliment each other.

Another thing to take inspiration from is the venue. If the wedding is set to take place in a garden, you could look toward wearing a floral dress, while if it's a modern city wedding you might consider wearing a bold block colour.   

The mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses in our summer 2018 edit have been chosen to cover an array of styles, body types and colours. All of the dresses can also be teamed with a fascinator, hat or mother of the bride accessory to complete the look. 

Click through our gallery to find our recommended mother of the bride outifts or check our full mother of the bride dresses gallery for more ideas.     

The Almost Wife Is A Must Read For All Brides-To-Be

The Almost Wife Is A Must Read For All Brides-To-Be
The Almost Wife Is A Must Read For All Brides-To-BeThe Almost Wife Is A Must Read For All Brides-To-Be

Three women, three exquisite gowns, three big days all set... but only two will make it
up the aisle, and only one will marry. Follow the fortunes of Dolly, Jessie and Emily as they plan their very different wedding days, one hot summer in the Cotswolds. Perfect strangers at the beginning of the story, their paths will be intertwined through Helen, the owner of the most exquisite bridal boutique on earth - a woman with her own painful secrets to hide.

And as their stories collide, you'll see the decisions they make and the devastating consequences that you'll never predict. Because despite the diamonds, David Austin roses, the towering wedding cakes and all that tulle, sometimes life has a habit of getting in the way. And sometimes, love just isn't enough.

Joining the women are a supporting cast of characters you'll adore. A royal photographer who refuses to shoot ugly people, a planning-obsessed father-of-the-bride and a family-phobic groom who wants sex, not love.

'I laughed like a bridesmaid on a hen do, I cried like a mother of the bride,' says best-selling novelists Erin Kelly. 'It's a book to restore your faith in love.'

'Thank you to every bride-to-be who ever bought Brides Magazine or came to say hello at one of our events,' says Jade Beer, editor of Conde Nast Brides and author of The Almost Wife.

'Your stories, worries, victories and hilarious anecdotes have made The Almost Wife  what it is - a bittersweet look at the challenges facing some women whose day-to-day lives don't stop the second a diamond slides down their finger.'

Be one of the very first to read The Almost Wife which is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

19 Things Your Groom Is Probably Thinking

  • by Brides
  • 05 April 2018 2018-04-05T14:54:21+1
19 Things Your Groom Is Probably Thinking

You know he loves you. You've planned the big day. But what occasional fears are still swirling around in his head? Recently married man Logan Hill gives his opinion. Read more »

10 Things Your Wedding Guests Hate

10 Things Your Wedding Guests Hate

UK jewellers Goldsmiths have got the answers you've been looking for. A survey the luxury brand recently conducted revealed some very interesting facts about how your wedding party really feel. If you want to avoid *rolled eyes*, snide comments and heavy sighs as your invites land on doorsteps, read on to discover how best to. Scroll down to find out the 10 of the biggest bugbears of wedding attendees. To put it bluntly, these are the things weddings guests hate.

1. Being made to go abroad - twice

Wedding guest spends are rising, with the average person paying £215 for their outfit, wedding gift to the couple and accommodation. In fact, 12% of those asked had spent a staggering £500 attending one wedding. So, you can imagine how frustrated many people are (39% of those asked, to be precise) when they're invited abroad for a hen or stag do when they're already attending your destination wedding. We're not all made of money!

2. Screaming children

Surprise, surprise, no one loves the sound of distressed babies or frustrated toddlers at a wedding. 36% of the survey named this as their biggest bugbear. So, bear that in mind when you hear mothers lamenting the fact that their little tyke didn't get an invite.

3. Drunken relatives

34% of you said that rowdy, obnoxious, inebriated family members are their biggest nightmare at a wedding. Let's face it: fair enough.

4. Inconvenient location

Is your wedding venue perched on the top of a mountain? Is the nearest train station a 45-minute drive away? Is it situated precisely in the middle of nowhere with no taxi companies or accommodation nearby? Well, then, expect a few miffed guests. Not everyone can drive.

5. Long, 'cringeworthy' speeches

Ouch! We feel for the fathers, husbands, best men, best women, best mums, brides etc. who poured their hearts and souls into their big day speeches, only to met with such disdain... 29% of those asked by Goldsmiths felt this way. Our best advice to budding speech-makers? Keep it heartfelt, funny and succint.

6. A long ceremony

26% of the survey find ceremonies can drag on a little bit... The best way to avoid this? Say your vows pithily but meaningfully, choose a couple of lovely readings (one amusing and one emotional usually works well) and get ready for your newly married kiss. This is particularly appropriate if you're hosting a summer wedding - if it's hot outside, it's likely to be during your ceremony, too.

7. Long waits for food

"Why are we waiiiitiiing..." But, seriously, don't keep your guests waiting too long. 25% of those asked seem to find it awkward sitting at a table with people they've only just met and nothing to occupy their hands (and mouths). Besides, the order of the day usually means that guests haven't eaten for quite some time, by the time they sit down. If you want to avoid Bugbear 3 (drunken relatives), give them something to eat.

8. Not receiving a +1

22% of guests wish they were able to bring a +1 to their friends'/family members' celebrations. Here at Brides, we're big believers that having strangers staring back at you as you walk down the aisle - especially if your budget is tight - can be pretty impersonal. Reserve your right to invite those you love (and keep your costs down).

9. Being asked for money as a wedding gift

17% of those asked say they're annoyed when an invite specifies a cash donation rather than a gift list. With wedding gift companies such as Prezola, The Wedding Shop and The Wedding Present Co. all now incorporating this option into registered gift lists, it's fast becoming the norm for couples to ask for money (especially given how much they're spending on the day - couples who were asked spend a whopping average of £17,000 on it). N.B. 58% of the brides said that they're disappointed when they've asked for money and receive gifts instead. We're on the fence.

10. When a wedding falls on a weekday

It's tough when you have to give up annual leave for someone's wedding - particularly if you aren't that close to them. 13% of people asked said that this was the worst wedding-related thing that can happen. Our advice? If your dream venue isn't available on the weekend, just wait! Weekend weddings are the best ones and you don't need to rush. If it's a budget-busting decision to host your wedding on a weekday, why not look to save money elsewhere, instead? It'll keep your guests happy.

So, there you have it. 10 things your guests hate about weddings. Now you can plan your big day conflict-free! (Well, maybe.)