"Whether you're a proud mom of the bride or groom to be, or you are the bride or groom and you just want to steer your mom away from a certain pantsuit - there are a few things to keep in mind for this outfit of honour, especially now that summer's here!"..
Some people think that colour is the most important factor to consider when selecting an outfit for a special summertime occasion. Although light colours such as pastels are often associated with warm weather wear, we've got good news for the mother of the bride or groom who prefers brown, navy, or basic blacks: dark colours can also make for a great summer suit - as long as you have the right...
Fabric is probably the most important factor to consider when it comes to choosing an outfit that's suited for summer, especially for an occasion as important as a wedding and a position as important as the mother of the bride or groom. Although light colours might seem to make a summery choice for a warm weather wedding, heavy fabrics such as wool can cancel out its summer appeal. Light, floating fabrics, such as silk and linen, make the best summer-appropriate outfit, regardless of colour. However, before making that final decision on fabric and colour, it's also a good idea to...
This might sound a little overbearing, but in the interest of coordination, it's important to check with what colours the bridal party will be wearing. If not to have a somewhat complementary colour scheme, then at least to avoid some seriously clashing wedding photos (i.e. if the bridesmaids are in pink and the mother of the bride or groom is in red.) In addition to the wedding's colour scheme, it's also important for a mother of the bride or groom's outfit to reflect the...
Whether the wedding is expected to be a big, fancy affair or an intimate, informal gathering, mother of the bride or groom outfits should reflect the overall formality or informality of the wedding. Of course, this could pose a particular challenge at novelty weddings, if mom won't put on the Spock ears you gave her.
Montreal designer, Ania Zofia has a great collection of gowns and suits in summery silk chiffon and crepe. Many of the garments, such as this three piece, feature delicately hand painted floral designs and come in custom sizing.
La Belle Mariee (Montréal) carries a classy and flattering collection of mother of the bride or groom gowns. Many are available up to size 26WP - such as this ice gray item, which also comes in royal purple.
Just because an outfit is summery doesn't mean it has to be simple! Fringe detailing trims the top and shawl of this La Belle Mariee outfit, which also features an intricate and ornate brocade pattern.
A shirred sash at the waist and halter-style sweetheart neckline make for a summery, sophisticated mother of the bride or groom gown. This style comes in Platinum/Blush, Chocolate/Blush, Raspberry/Pink, Patina/Sage, Sienna/Papaya, Chocolate/Powder Blue, and also several solid colours, courtesy of Toronto's Bella's Brides.
Elegantly knotted at the front, this next Ania Zofia skirt, camisole, and jacket ensemble in light lavender is perfect for the mother of the bride or groom at a summer or destination wedding.
For the mother of the bride or groom who prefers something with sleeves that's still summery, this poly-chiffon outfit features a flattering scoop neck and salsa-style skirt. Available in rosebud, turnip and burgundy at Bella's Brides, Toronto.
A perfect example of how dark colours can be warm-weather appropriate depending on the material, this chocolate gown and poncho jacket ensemble features blue hand painted roses on floaty fabric. Ania Zofia, Montréal.
For the mother of the bride or groom that wants something summery but still in basic black, this pant suit by Ania Zofia adds a splash of spring/summer with tiny blossom designs on the top.
This sand-coloured mother of the bride or groom gown features a flowing split sleeve cape, perfect for keeping the summer breeze at bay. Courtesy of Calgary designer Keli Bridal.
Story and compilation by Giselle M.