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The mother of the bride dress is an important element of any wedding but buying a mother of the bride dress can be a difficult decision. There are many factors to consider, such as budget, style, colour—and more. The following are some essential dos and don’ts you need to keep in mind when buying the mother of the bride dresses.

Do: Buy online for the best deals

If you want the best deals for mother of the bride dresses, you should buy online. Online shops (such as https://www.mothersonly.com.au/ which focuses on providing mother of the bride dresses) have a wider ranges of styles, colours, and prices. Many physical retail shops will have marked up prices, so you’ll also get the best prices when you buy online.

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Don’t: Forget to complement the colour scheme of the wedding

It’s important not to forget that the mother of the bride dress needs to complement the colour scheme of the wedding. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they should match the bridesmaid’s dresses, but what colours are being used in the wedding should be considered. The only exception to this rule is if the bride and her mother make a mutual decision about a colour that is not otherwise used in the wedding scheme.

Do: Choose a style that is flattering

A mother of the bride dress should be, above all, flattering. No one wants to look frumpy at a wedding, especially your Mother! Before you pick a dress, you should make sure that the style is going to be flattering on your body. Thankfully, modern dresses for your Mum will come in plenty of styles so you can definitely find something that is flattering to your body type. If you are not sure which style is most flattering, try on similar styles in person to see which looks best.

Don’t: Feel limited to certain styles

Today, mother of the bride dresses come in an array of stunning and flattering styles. You shouldn’t feel limited to a standard straight line dress; you can find dresses in chic fit and flare styles and even stunning cocktail dress styles for something more elegant and formality. So, don’t feel limited to basic styles—if a cocktail gown would be appropriate for the occasion, feel free to pick one out for the wedding!

Do: Buy the dress early enough for alterations if necessary

One of the most important ‘dos’ you should know regarding buying mother of the bride dresses is that they need to be purchased early enough for alterations (just like the bride). In some cases, a gown needs to be taken in, let out—or otherwise altered so that it’s as flattering as possible. If you wait too long, there may not be enough time to have the dress altered to fit properly.

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Glam undertones, pops of dusty blush and gorgeous light on the grounds of The Powel Crosley Estate are just a few details that make up Cara and James’s gorgeous Florida wedding day. Coordination was by Laura Snow with florals by Oneco and it’s all captured here by  Everence Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What makes our wedding unique is that we focused less on some of the traditions and instead focused on everyone having a great time. We left out the bouquet and garter toss, didn’t stop the music to have everyone stop and watch the cake cutting (just family and a few of the wedding party were present), and kept the music upbeat and entertaining. Food and music were important to us so we chose that very carefully. We had been to so many weddings where the food was mediocre and the music was always the same so we wanted ours to be different. We also wanted it to be very romantic, elegant, and dreamy and I think we accomplished that!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I purchased my Lazaro gown at the White Magnolia (style 3814). I wanted something different and I had my eyes on this gown for a while! I tried on several dresses that I liked, but nothing that was giving me that spark. After trying on a few, I decided to just cut to the chase and try on the one I had been eyeing (even thought I was saving it for last!). From the moment I tried it on I just knew. The sparkle it gave and the way it flowed felt so magical. It was everything I wanted in a dress. It was perfect!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

James and I wrote notes to each other and exchanged gifts the morning of. We then had our first look which I highly recommend! It made the day less stressful and allowed us to enjoy the day even more. It allowed us a few moments to enjoy by ourselves. Our dogs were also included which made our day even more memorable. We wrote each other our own vows in personalized vow books for our ceremony. It meant a lot to me that we did that for each other. It just made it that much more meaningful and special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Sharing our vows with each other during our ceremony and feeling the love that we share for one another. I think I sped walked down the aisle because I had dreamed of that moment for so long and was so excited. Hearing the speeches during dinner was entertaining and meant a lot to us as well. Having everyone celebrating our love was so appreciated. Our DJ was also amazing. I don’t think we stopped dancing! The weather was also perfect! I remember because the week before the forecast was rain and EVERYTHING was outdoors. I was stressed about it until a few days before the chance of rain went down to 0! It was warm, but not too warm, sunny and breezy. It was a dream come true.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

James and I originally met working together in high school at Hollister. We were just friends back then. One year while I was in pharmacy school I came home for the summer. Mutual friends of ours threw a beach party for cinco de Mayo. We ran into each other and chatted for a bit. A couple weeks after I reached out to him and we started messaging back and forth. It took about 6 months to actually plan a date! But once we had that first date the rest was history. We dated for over 7 years before he proposed to me on New Year’s Eve during a picnic on the water at the University of Tampa. He told me earlier that day that he had a surprise for me later. When we got there he took out a new blanket and said look what I got! I asked if that was his surprise. He laughed and said yes. He then stood me up and proposed right there. That was the real surprise!

Photography: Everence Photography // Coordinator: Laura Snow // Florist: Oneco // Stationery: Minted // Venue: The Powel Crosley Estate // Videographer: Bonnie Newman // Hair & Makeup: Destiny and Light // Dress: Lazaro style 3814 // Bridal Boutique: The White Magnolia // Veil: Haute Bride (purchased from Malindy Elene) // Cake: Sugarpaste by Stephanie // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Earrings: Sara Gabriel // Robes (for getting ready): LeRose // Bridesmaid dresses: Jasmine B2 (purchased at CC’s bridal boutique) // Tuxes: The Black Tux // Ties: The Tie Bar // James’ Shoes: Aldo // Bride’s rings: Mavilo // Catering: Milan Catering // DJ: Cory Barron // Lighting: Affairs in the Air // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

You guys—THE LlAMAS!!! Set on Island Alpaca, in Martha’s Vineyard this shoot is filled with boho inspo and—of course—llamas stealing the show. The editorial was planned by Susan La Reau Events with florals by Nectar and Root, paper and calligraphy by Meilifuous, bridal gown and accessories by Laure de Sagazan and a cake by Sugar Lane Cake Shop. Check out all the details in these images captured by Kylie Mones.

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from the planner:  timeless yet eccentric design is perfect for the bride who is looking for a hint of romance, and farm to table vibes. This shoot was set in the Vineyard’s alpaca fields, and nestled into the dunes of the island. It was subtly ornamented with an autumn motif, and its muted color scheme mixed in pop of pink hydrangea and garden roses. A fall floral runner lined the table and a low hanging installation arched overhead. Florals had a palette of chartreuse, viburnum berry, white poppies, a balance of neutral earth tones and grasses along with a touch of mauve and merlot.

This team of New England vendors made sure to incorporate the land and sea in subtle ways. The bride carried a raw arrangement of loose long stemmed florals and Leo the alpaca was adorned in jewel tones. The calligraphy suite was hand torn and accented with a copper wax seal, featuring a custom portrait of Leo as the envelope liner. Details also included Belvoir Elderflower and Rose Presse welcome drinks, and an organic wedding cake of buttercream, a cake full of sugar berries, flowers and birds! All the pieces were woven together, each of them featuring the vendors vision and craft – a delicate interpretation of a timeless quiet beauty full of personality and gleaming with a genuine love from our real couple who volunteered for this styled shoot.

The bride wore a Laure de Sagazan dress, veil and hairpiece — that the cake artist used inspiration from. Shoes were Ellen Tracy and the ring a touch of something old, in an amonie ring case. We hope you love this; it’s all fields and dunes.

Photography: Kylie Mones // Planner: Susan La Reau Events // Florals: Nectar and Root // Paper and Calligraphy: Meilifuous  // Venue: Island Alpaca, Martha’s Vineyard // Dress, veil and hairpiece: Laure de Sagazan // Hair + Makeup: Jenny Luu // Cake: Sugar Lane Cake Shop // Rentals: Party Rental LTD // Our couple: Sam Ringer and Brett Nagle

 

Katie and Chris celebrated their nuptials with the most romantic, gorgeous, floral-filled elopement Positano and ever seen. Seriously, you guys- it’s SO gorgeous. Planned by The Wedding Boutique Italy, the day centered around the brides vision of “a beautifully intimate wedding, floral and pretty with delicate pastel shades.” Vendors implemented the vision (and more) with florals by The Wedding Boutique Bloom and stunning film images by Lace & Luce. We couldn’t help ourselves—here’s tons of stunning shots from the breathtaking day!

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Photography: Lace & Luce // Planning: The Wedding Boutique Italy // Florals: The Wedding Boutique Bloom // Hair/Make-up: Alessandro Mancino // Wedding Dress: Monique Llhullier // Bride’s Shoes: Alexandre Birman // Videography:  Luigi De Gregorio // Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box

 

Light and bright and airy with pops of rich color and texture make this editorial planned and designed by Wonderstruck Weddings & Events a stand-out. Delicate florals are by Justyna Events, sationery is by Jrnl Studio and the modern vibes at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver set the scene. Check out all the vibes perfect for a contemporary brinde in these dreamy images captured by Ivory + Gold Photography.

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Planning & Design: Wonderstruck Weddings & Events // Photography: Ivory + Gold Photography // Florals: Justyna Events // Stationery: Jrnl Studio // Venue: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver // Dress: Luxx Nova Bridal Boutique // Hair: Clara Leung Designs // Makeup: Tianna Tran Makeup Artistry // Cake: Baked By Meesh // Rings: Cavalier Fine Jewellery Shoppe // Model: Kate Iefymova // Macarons: Soirette // Catering Boards: Daily Palette // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box