6 Steps to Finding Your Dream Mother of the Bride/Groom outfit

6 Steps to Finding Your Dream Mother of the Bride

Being part of your daughter or son’s wedding day is one of the most incredible and special life events that you’ll remember forever. There’s so much excitement for the planning and months ahead but one of the first questions you may ask yourself is ‘what am I going to wear?’.

Dressing for your daughter or son’s big day can be both exhilarating and stressful. It’s a momentous occasion where all eyes will be on you as the mum of the bride or groom, photos will be taken all day and understandably you want to look your very best! It may feel like the pressure is really on and you may already have had a few sleepless nights over finding your dream ensemble.

It can seem daunting knowing where to start when first shopping for occasion wear with so many styles, colours, designers and accessories on offer. Luckily, gone are the days of mother of the bride and groom occasion wear being traditional, safe and in boring colours only. We are so happy that Mums today are encouraged to express their own personal style and choose an outfit that’s individual, trendy and will make you feel fabulous. Now is the time for mothers of the bride and groom to truly shine!

To give you a helping hand and take away stress leading up to the big day, follow our top shopping tips:

  1. Consider the wedding details

Before you get ready to shop, have a chat with the bride about her day and how this could influence your outfit choice. Bear in mind how formal the wedding will be, the time of the day of the service, colour schemes and what the bridesmaids will be wearing. This could all help narrow down your selection and ensure you are on the right track.

  1. Shop early

It may be months away till the wedding but give yourself plenty of time to find the wow factor outfit as forward planning will make your experience relaxed and enjoyable. With so much focus on helping the bride find her dress, it’s very easy to keep putting off finding something to wear for yourself and you may procrastinate saying that you want to lose some weight first or leave it till nearer the event. By shopping and buying your outfit well in advance, you’ll have plenty of time to find the right accessories and we can make sure your outfit fits you perfectly – if you need a slight tweak, our team of seamstresses at The Wedding Shop will ensure you feel your absolute best.

  1. Think about comfort

Whatever you wear on the wedding day, remember that you will be in it for a full day and possibly an evening of dancing too! Obviously, you want your dress to look amazing, but it also needs to feel comfortable. Try on a selection of outfits and make sure you stay in each one for at least ten minutes to get a good feel of the fabric and fit.

  1. Try and relax

It can feel nerve-wracking the thought of trying on different outfits in front of the bridal party, especially if you maybe haven’t shopped for occasion wear in a long time or are lacking in body confidence. Our specialised team of consultants at The Wedding Shop have dressed hundreds of women in every shape and size and are passionate about making women feel amazing from head to toe. They know every trick to flatter all body types, from stylish jackets to conceal arms to the ideal dress length for your shape.

  1. Be daring

It’s very easy to play it safe when shopping for outfits or walk into a store with only one colour in mind that you’d be happy wearing on the big day. Be prepared to maybe try on some bolder colours or patterns and step out of your comfort zone – you may surprise yourself how wonderful they look and feel transformed!

  1. Don’t forget accessories

In addition to our stylish selection of occasion wear, we also have a gorgeous selection of hats and fascinators to give your new outfit an unforgettable finishing touch! Whether you want to make a grand entrance in a show-stopping hat or prefer the more subtle appeal of an elegant fascinator, you’re sure to find the perfect one.

We’re delighted to tell you about an exciting event we have coming up this month in store. Occasionwear designer Veni Infantino will be visiting The Wedding Shop on Saturday 25th January. Come and enjoy a glass of Bucks Fizz and be styled by the acclaimed designer herself!

You can also check out our latest fashion show video on the 100 Top Wedding Outfit Styles for mother of the bride and groom wedding outfits, perfect for 2020 weddings. With designers including Veni Infantino, Condici, Gabriela Sanchez, Irresistible and John Charles, you’ll be able to view the most beautiful dresses we currently have in store.

Come and visit The Wedding Shop today to see and try on our beautiful collections or you can also buy online at www.theweddingshop.uk/mother We also offer a 14-day money-back guarantee on all orders bought online (return your online order within 14 days for a full refund).

100 Top Wedding Outfit Styles for 2020

See our fashion show of over 100 mother of the bride and groom wedding outfits, perfect for 2020 weddings.

Designers include:

Carla Ruiz
Forever Unique
Gabriela Sanchez
Invitations by Veni
John Charles
Lewis Henry
Luis Civit
Veni Infantino

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5 Ways to Find YOUR DRESS at a Designer Weekend

5 Ways to Find YOUR DRESS at a Designer Weekend

You’ve set the date, now the fun can start… finding your dream dress! Wedding dress shopping can seem like a daunting prospect, so many styles to choose from, so many photos you love on Pinterest and Instagram – it can seem like a minefield.

Not only are there so many stunning gowns around but the pressure is on to find THE DRESS. One you adore, can’t live without and feel absolutely fabulous in, plus it has to be within budget. It can feel like an impossible task!

Then you hear about designer events or trunk shows and feel even more confused!

So, what exactly is a Designer Weekend and why should a bride to be make a must-attend event in her calendar?

Most bridal boutiques stock a comprehensive selection of dresses from each of their labels, but it’s impossible for them to stock all of the designer’s collection in one go, we just don’t have enough space!

A trunk show or designer weekend is a special event in a bridal shop where they invite a designer to showcase their whole collection. It’s usually a two or three-day event held over a weekend.

These VIP events can make your bridal experience even more memorable with the chance to meet the bridal gown designer or stylists, try on brand new collections and view exciting wedding gowns that the store may not usually have on their bridal floor.

So, if you’re drawn to a designer and love following them, attending a designer weekend is the perfect opportunity to view a large selection of their dresses in one appointment.

Here are The Wedding Shop’s top tips for a bride visiting a designer event for the first time:

1 – Work out your budget

Before you attend your designer weekend, have a clear idea of budget so you can stay on track when trying the new collections and save valuable time during your appointment. Staying focused on gowns that are affordable to you will make the process stress-free and more fun!

2 – Bring a trusted family member or friend

Picking the dress you’ll walk down the aisle in is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make, so choose one or two close family members or friends who will give honest encouragement and make your wedding dress shopping experience enjoyable. While bringing the whole bride tribe can seem like a good idea – too many contrasting opinions may leave you feeling bewildered!

3 – Have an open mind

Most brides have done their research on wedding dresses, styles and silhouettes they like, but we always recommend trying on a dress you may not have initially selected. That wild card could end up being your dress!

4 – Know your dates and time frame

Some designer dresses need up to eight months to be made so shop earlier rather than leave it till the last minute! Ask your consultant when your dress will be ready and allow for any alterations to be carried out too.

5 – Be prepared to make a decision

It’s advisable to go into your appointment at a designer weekend with the mindset that you could say yes on the day to a dress. Most events offer a 10% discount off gowns ordered on the day from the designer, so to get a great deal, these are the best times to buy as they are only available during the event. Now is not the time for hesitation, if you fall head over heels in love with a gown, go for it!

So now you know everything about these exciting events, why not book today for our TWS designer weekends. We feel privileged to be hosting two great events this month – our Kenneth Winston Designer Weekend 22-24th November, plus an Essense Tester Weekend 29th November – 1st December.

Book today by calling 01206 767359 or book online. We can’t wait to see you there!

Being Confident with Colour and Pattern

Wearing colours & patterns

How do you feel about wearing colour, pattern and prints? While many ladies dress in a wonderful array of rainbow shades, prints and patterns without giving it any thought, others may need a confidence boost in order to try something different. If you feel drawn to colour and pattern on the rails but find the idea of taking the plunge daunting, follow our simple steps to embracing an exciting new look:

• For a gentle introduction to colour and print, increase your confidence gradually by taking baby steps. Start with some bold funky earrings in a colour you’ve never worn before, next move onto a bright lipstick, then treat yourself to a scarf or handbag in a vibrant shade. You’ll soon feel happier about going bolder and will be ready to move onto a whole outfit.

• To find out which colours suit you, you first need to determine whether you are a cool, warm or neutral. You can do this by holding a piece of plain white paper next to your face. You are likely to be cool if your skin tone appears pink, rosy or blue next to it and colours that will complement you are blues, blue-greens, purples, magentas and reds with a blue base. If your skin looks brown, yellow or green, you are probably warm and yellows, oranges, yellow greens and orange reds are likely to suit you. Neutral skin tones are in a lucky position to suit most colours but experiment with the intensity as some can pull off bright shades, while other ladies look better in more pastel shades.

• Colour not only makes us look more vibrant, youthful and glowing, but it can also have a positive impact on our mood too, making us feel happier, uplifted and energetic and reflecting our personality. Here at The Wedding Shop, we love to encourage our customers to step out of their comfort zone and although initially, it may feel a little scary, once you try on colours and see how amazing they can look on you, you’ll want to wear more!

• When it comes to pattern, how daring you go is up to you. If you prefer a subtle look, choose a dress with a delicate floral print. For more of a statement piece, outfits with a large motif will truly pack a punch.

• Our glamorous new Gabriela Sanchez range combines the prettiest florals and vibrant tones, perfect for ladies looking to stand out from the crowd in an outfit that’s fresh, fun, fashionable and super flattering. Whatever the occasion, whether you are the mother of the bride or groom and want that ‘wow factor’ on the big day or simply need a stunning dress for an upcoming party, come in store and let our specialist team help choose the perfect ensemble.

• Going on your own journey to discovering colour and pattern and bringing brighter shades into your wardrobe is an exciting experience. Have fun with it and get ready to receive lots of compliments!