As mother of the bride/groom it’s important that you feel and look incredible on your child’s wedding day. Most mothers tend to shy away from the extravagant dresses as they don’t want to out-do the bride but it’s very unlikely that a coloured evening gown could ever out-shine the beauty of an ivory best bridal dresses. Don’t be afraid to get dressed up and opt for fancy glamorous fabrics or beaded materials. All you need is a simple and minimalistic dress silhouette to complement your body shape and then the beautiful fabrics will complete the look. Finding a gown to suit a formal dress code isn’t always easy for mothers. It can be difficult to find something off-the-rack that looks glamorous and elegant without being too over the top. To achieve that perfect balance, consider opting for a custom couture gown.
TOUCH OF TEXTURE
If you’re wanting to make a statement and really wow your guests you can’t look past a stunning textured gown. Texture can be achieved in various ways and definitely doesn’t have to be just 3D flowers. For mothers wanting to add a unique textural element to their gown without the drama and puffiness of a 3D flower, consider opting for beautiful jacquard or brocade fabric. These materials often feature unique patterns with a slightly raised design to add a nice 3D element to your mother of the bride/groom dress. Mother-of-the-bride dresses in Melbourne often don’t showcase a wide variety of unique and extravagant gowns with a beautiful textural design. When you opt the custom-made route, you can select which fabric and lace you love for your very own dress. For mothers of the bride/grooms that want to really wow their guests, consider adding some intricate 3D flowers to your gown. A 3D floral motif is a great way to add a touch of formality to your look without feeling the need to opt for traditional old-fashioned laces. Consider sheer 3D flowers made from chiffon or tulle or even a lightweight silk satin to achieve a flowy, delicate and romantic finish.
Designer: Armani Prive
Plus-size mother-of-the-bride dresses in a pre-made store can often leave you feeling disappointed due to the limited range that they have. However, don’t fear fellow mums, we have the perfect style to make you feel and look incredible on your child’s wedding day. For mothers that are a little conscious of their figure, consider adding a beautiful draped ruched element to your custom gown. A draped satin material is a great way to flatter your curves and to give the illusion of a slimmer figure. Keep in mind that there is no need to go overboard with your drapery; keep it minimal and fine and delicate in appearance to achieve a softer finish. A silk satin crepe is a perfect fabric to bring a draped gown to life as it has a beautiful glossy finish and a good weight to it. A fabric with a great body and thickness will ensure that the dress doesn’t cling to your body and that your ruched design will sit nicely against your figure. Don’t be afraid to opt for a shiny material when opting for a draped design! It’s the perfect way to add a touch of formality to a plain and elegant gown.
Designer: Teri Jon
MODERN HALF LACE GOWN
Mother of the groom dresses and mother of the bride dresses can often look very out-dated from a pre-made store. Most off-the rack dresses will showcase gowns covered in old-fashioned tacky laces and an ill-fit that no alteration can fix. If you love the look of lace but want to add a modern and contemporary twist to your gown then we have the perfect design for you. A half-lace gown is a great way to incorporate a romantic lace touch without being too traditional or over-the top. When selecting your lace, it’s important to look for modern embroidered laces and avoid delicate Chantilly laces or thicker guipure laces. Whilst these laces are absolutely stunning, they are often more suitable for mothers wanting to achieve a more vintage and classic look. An embroidered lace can often come in various designs with the option of a plain finish or with a touch of sparkle and beading. When incorporating a lace into your gown, it’s important to think about the design of your dress. A modern silhouette will ensure that you look trendy and far from traditional. Consider incorporating an asymmetrical element to your dress or a draped overlay on one side of your gown.
Designer: Mireille Dagher
ELEGANT MIDI LENGTH
If you’re after something glamorous but you’re not so keen on a floor-length dress or a gown with a train then we have the perfect design for you. The midi style gown has become increasingly popular over the past few years. This length often extends to the mid-calves and can even be shortened or lengthened depending on your height and personal preference. This style is more suited to a soft and delicate fabric that will fall naturally from the waist to create a flowy and romantic drape. To add a touch of formality consider adding a sheer overlay with a subtle sheen such as pure silk chiffon or fine tulle. If you are a plus-size mother of the bride/groom dresses it’s important that you feel comfortable flaunting your curves and figure. But for mothers who would prefer some extra coverage, a soft delicate skirt that drops naturally from your waist is a great way to cover certain areas that you may be self-conscious of. A ruched bodice is also very flattering and can hug your bust and curves in all the right places. To glam this style up, consider adding a touch of beading or some lace. A motif, belt or trim could be the perfect little touch of sparkle to add to your custom gown.
Designer: Marchesa Notte
Finding the perfect dress is often tricky enough but selecting a colour that will complement you and really wow your guests is just as difficult. When in doubt consider opting for a jewel tone colour. Rich reds and burgundy’s, stunning emerald greens and deep sapphire blues are beautiful options that suit most skin tones. They are also a great way to add a formal touch to your gown. When selecting a rich jewel tone, it is best to keep your design simple. To add a touch of detail, consider adding a contrast beading or lace in a gold or silver colour. Remember that with such a regal colour you definitely don’t need to add too much embellishment. If you do choose to add some lace or beading to your gown, consider adding it just to your top and/or sleeve. Trickling the embellishment onto your skirt from your waistline can also look very elegant. You definitely don’t need to have beading all over your dress to meet the formal dress code.
CORSET FOR SUPPORT
There’s no denying how beautiful a softly draped gown looks but, in some cases, it can add extra volume and bulk to a dress which may not sit flattering on your body. To avoid this, it is crucial that your gown is created with an in-built corset. A corset is the best way to ensure that your ruched fabric does not collapse or fall apart whilst being on you. A ruched gown is when the fabric is delicately folded and draped on your body. It can be done throughout your whole gown or just on your top, along with various different angles depending on your preference. A structured corset made from fusing, boning and bra cups will ensure that this soft and elegant feature flatters your body shape and retains its unique design. It’s also important that you select the correct fabric in order to achieve this look. A fabric with a soft handle and a good body and weight is the best for any ruched gown. Silk satins and satin crepes are both great options. You can also utilise a sheer chiffon, tulle or a georgette material if you prefer to add a transparent element to your custom gown.
Designer: Alexander McQueen
Floral Chantilly and French guipure laces are absolutely stunning but they can often look very old-fashioned. If you love the romantic floral look but would like to achieve a more modern gown then consider opting for an embroidered floral lace or a 3D floral motif. When opting for a floral design it’s important to pay attention to the size and proportion of the flower. Bigger sized flowers can often emphasise certain areas of your body, along with adding extra puffiness and bulk. To achieve a more delicate and subtle look consider a small sized floral lace or a 3D floral motif that is not too puffy. A single fabric flower made from a lightweight material is a great option for mothers wanting to add a 3D textural touch to their custom gown.
Designer: Mireille Dagher
Just because you are mother of the bride/groom doesn’t mean that you have to wear a formal full-length evening gown. If you’re daring enough and would like to opt for something unique and eye-catching then look no further than a stunning jumpsuit. A jumpsuit can often be perceived as quite a casual outfit for a wedding but with a formal fabric and a touch of drapery this plain design can look extremely classy and sophisticated. Consider selecting a satin-based fabric to add a touch of formality and shine to your design. A one-shoulder feature or asymmetrical element on your jumpsuit can be the perfect way to add a little more formality and interest into your piece. You can also accessorise with an embellished belt, a statement earring and a gorgeous pair of heels and clutch. If you would prefer to glam up this stunning look even more then consider adding a soft and delicate cape or a pair of chiffon wings. This is a great way to add a touch of drama and extravagance to any outfit.
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