Colour experts Pantone have named their colour of the year for 2015 as Marsala, they describe it as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red”. This colour will suit pretty much every skin tone so is perfect for bridesmaids, but now that we are moving into spring/summer I’m not sure how easy it will be to find.
Pantone also say “This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”
With all of this in mind I am making it my mission to find some beautiful high street fashions suitable for savvy guests and en trend bridesmaids.
We know that not everyone chooses to, or has the budget to buy their wedding dress in a bridal shop, and with so many gorgeous alternatives on the high street that doesn’t mean you can’t still wow on your big day. Classic Bride Charlie is here with some of her favourite High Street wedding dresses to give you some inspiration.
Continuing my series of High Street fashions I have decided to go for the big one- wedding dresses! Some of these dresses are gorgeous and for a bride on a budget would be perfect. I have tried to narrow down a selection of different styles and lengths, I hope you see something you like!
Today, We have our Classic Bride Charlie offering her advice on Mother of the Bride outfits!
Mother of the bride (or groom) shopping can go two ways- lots of fun or lots of stress! I loved going shopping with my mum for her outfit for my wedding although we did worry we would never find anything suitable. A lot of traditional mother of the bride outfits were a bit too… old for my gorgeous young-looking (and acting!) mum. We found her dress in good old Debenhams in the end, she was dead set on gold but settled for this lovely dusty pinky gold (is that a colour?) shift dress. The search for shoes however…. well we eventually found her dream pair about 4 months after the wedding!
My mum in her dress, I hope you agree that she looks beautiful. Image by Maria Farrelly
And in the Photobooth, rocking some perfect accessories!
When it comes to Mother of the Bride shopping on the high street the department stores are a great place to start. They have a real selection of outfits ranging from traditional to modern with loads in between, if you are lucky you can buy everything under one roof! My mum’s hairband was also from Debenhams, she really didn’t want to wear a hat, and we bought her accessories from Next.
While looking for some inspiration for you lovely lot I came across these pearls of wisdom from Phase Eight:
1. “Don’t wear the same colour as the bride”
This should go without saying but for some reason not everyone thinks this rule applies for the mother of the bride or groom. Obviously not all brides will mind but the courteous thing to do would be to ask.
2. “Nothing says ‘wedding’ like a fabulous occasion dress”
There is something to be said for a fabulous dress. Once you have the dress in place it should be easier to visualise the trimmings such as jacket or bolero, jewellery, shoes and accessories. (I say SHOULD because us women know that these things are never as easy as they SHOULD be!)
3. “Dress for the location”
Great advice here, as they say in the main article a church wedding outfit is very different to one worn for a beach wedding and it’s a long day so do make sure your mum will be comfortable.
4. “Wedding hat or fascinator?”
Less advice, more food for thought. As I mentioned, my mum wasn’t keen on a hat and although fascinators are a great alternative she didn’t really feel comfortable in one of those either. Sometimes it’s better to just keep it simple, after all your mum should be able to feel comfortable on the big day.
5. “If you see something you love, buy it!”
This is what we did, after all most mother of the bride outfits are seasonal or limited edition and you never know how long they might be in stock. Don’t run the risk of the perfect dress getting away.
I have sought out a little bit of High Street Mother of the Bride inspiration for you, but don’t forget- if traditional mother of the bride doesn’t float yours or your mum’s (or mum in law’s) boat then you really don’t need to follow tradition. A few years ago my auntie Tina found her dress for my cousin Jade’s wedding in New Look and she looked amazing, real boho chic.
The proud Mum with the bride and groom
I absolutely LOVE these Jenny Packham dresses from Debenhams, I’m pretty sure my mum would have been trying these on if they’d been out a year ago- wouldn’t you mum?!
Tell me about your Mother of the Bride/Groom shopping experience, have you been? Was it fun or more like hell on earth?! Or are you planning to go, are you looking forward to it? Drop a comment underneath, would love to hear your stories!
June is here and we’re starting to feel all summery here at Cwtch HQ, so what better to talk about than fabulous florals?! Some of the other Cwtch ladies are going to be talking to you about flowers but I am more obsessed with floral high street fashion!
While researching my High Street Bridesmaid Dresses post I came across a number of gorgeous floral dresses, perfect for a floral bridesmaid theme or to wear if you are a guest at a summer wedding. Here are some of my favourite floral frocks: