Every detail of a wedding is important, right down to who is wearing what. When it comes to the wardrobe of the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom, who wears what?
The bride is taken care of. The perfect wedding gown is bought, and the veil and accessories are purchased. Now, what should you wear?
Mother of the Bride
According to wedding etiquette books, the mother of the bride will be the first to select the dress she wears for her daughters wedding. Of course, this dress needs not to be of the colors white, ivory, or champagne! Also, it is wise for the bride's mother to stay away from black (remember, wedding—not funeral) and red, which can be deemed as too flashy of a color.
The best thing a mother of the bride can do before dress shopping is talk to her daughter first about the bride's idea of what she wants you to wear. Some bride's love the “matchy-matchy” look where she wants her mother to wear a similar dress and color as those of her bridesmaids. Other brides may want dresses to at least stay in the same color family.
Some brides are picky, others are not. Do your best to stick to her wishes when deciding on your dress. Consider her feelings while also buying a dress that you love as well.
Mother of the Groom
The mother of the groom follows the mother of the bride when choosing her dress. After the bride's mother has picked her dress and color, she will tell the other of the groom, who will then pick an outfit that is complimentary in color and style of the dress chosen by the mother of the bride. (Yup, if the bride's mother's dress is short, guess what? So is yours!)
Also, in terms of color, the groom's mother should not wear exactly the same color as the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride, but a color that compliments them both.
Remember . . .
Whether you are the mother of the bride or of the groom, one thing is for sure—the bride should still be the center of it all.