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How to Pick a Mother of the Bride Dress

Learn how to pick a mother of the bride dress from celebrity wedding planner Barbara Esses in this Howcast video.


My name is Barbara Esses and I do events for a living. I'm Ruthie Hecht; I'm an event planner and I work with and for my mother. We're going to teach you the do's and don'ts for the perfect wedding. In the movie "Father of the Bride", Diane Keaton wore the most beautiful beaded jacket and skirt. She chose to be a conservative mother of the bride. Today, mothers of the bride can be all ages and choose very different ways to look. Number one, tney need to look in the same genre as the bride meaning that if it's an evening event dress for the evening. For the daytime dress for the daytime. They obviously need to coordinate color with their daughters and the bride should usually like what the mother is wearing. There was a very big tendency for a long time for there to be what we call a mother of the bride dress in fashion. That no longer exists today. Most mothers of the bride want to be fashionable but they don't want to wear anything that was stereotyped in the 1970's or the 1980's. The varieties of things out there are enormous. The price differentials are enormous. So it's a good idea to have an idea of what you want to spend in mind before you go to the store and to be quite honest with the salesperson of what your budget is so they don't show you things for double the money which will, you know, that you fall in love with and will upset you. Mother of the bride has way too many options and that's what makes it a very difficult thing to dress a mother of the bride.

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