10 Tips for the Modern Mother of the Bride (or Groom)

Jenny Martell Photography

It’s really happening! You’re going to be a mother-of-the-bride (MOB) or -groom (MOG). Your daughter or son got engaged, and you’ve been invited to be a part of the journey. Let’s explore ten must-have tips that’ll have the newly engaged lovebirds eating out of the palm of your hand.

Your daughter emerges from the dressing room, and you try to blink back the tears. What if it comes down to that dress and another one that your daughter absolutely loves? Pat her hand and tell her how beautiful she looks. It’ll be worth it when she gives you a grateful smile.

Those “to-do” lists are daunting! But don’t hesitate to sit and talk with your daughter or son. It might seem like you’ve got less pull as the Head Mother in Charge, but you might find that they really appreciate your emotional support during this hectic season of life.

You’re itching to add pins to their Pinterest board and start tagging them on Facebook. Just make sure, as you start making suggestions, that you are taking the couple’s lead. Ultimately, they make the final decisions about their wedding day. Offer up ideas lightly and be graceful if they go in a different direction. (Emily Post)

We’ve all been there. Something goes wrong. Panic ensues. What do we do?! That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a backup copy of any key information relating to the wedding. Even if the couple has their planning neatly organized, you’ll turn into Super Mom in their eyes when you whip out extra copies. (Emily Post)

As mother-of-the-groom, what role do I play in the wedding? A good rule-of-the-thumb is to defer to the MOB. Aside from the rehearsal dinner, traditionally the bride’s parents are the hosts for the ceremony, reception, and events that lead up to the wedding day. As MOG, always discuss your plans first with the bride’s parents. (Emily Post)

Your daughter’s or son’s wedding is not the place to start breaking in your new stilettos. Plan on wearing dressy shoes that have a comfortable heel. If it’s a garden wedding, consider wearing a platform wedge, block heel, or flat to avoid sinking into the grass. (Martha Stewart Weddings)

How early do I need to be there? That’s right. The bridal party likes to have plenty of time for hair and makeup, but it’s also a chance for you to bond with your daughter in her last single hours. Put on your MOB bathrobe and join in the fun of the festivities. Don’t let the moments pass too soon. (Bridal Guide)

Shop for an outfit that will complement the bridesmaids. The bride chooses the bridesmaid’s dresses first, followed by the MOB, and then the MOG. Don’t be afraid to work together (MOBs and MOGs) on outfit selections. In terms of color, it’s best to look for neutrals like silver and champagne. (Martha Stewart Weddings)

What’s the hot color right now? According to Yolanda Carita, sales manager for Mon Cheri, MOBs are styling champagne-colored dresses. It will look good in any season, and it stands out without drawing attention. (The Knot)

Lace isn’t only for the bride. Mother-of-the-bride designers are incorporating lace on bodices, on straps, and as an allover effect. Chantilly lace, Alençon lace, and other variations are the latest trends in MOB dress design. The luxurious, detailed designs add an element of romance while keeping a sophisticated look.

At Molly’s Bridal, you don’t need an appointment to have a consultation with a stylist in our Special Occasion department. Find out more about our mother-of-the-bride selection.

Molly’s Bride in Maggie Sottero

Fairytales DO come true as evidenced in the recent wedding between, now, Dayna Raquel Perez Grimm and David Perez Grimm. Dayna, a previous cast member at Disney World, always dreamed that “one day her prince would come” – little did she know she would meet him in her best friend’s wedding!  Rewind to the wedding between her college best friend and her now brother in-law when Dayna stood as a bridesmaid and David stood as a groomsmen.  These bridal party members hit it off immediately and one year later, the two were inseparable.  David re-embarked on Dayna’s Disney dream as he popped the question in front of all of their friends and family at her absolute favorite fireworks show, Wishes, at Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

The couple celebrated their nuptials in Austin, Texas at the Hacienda del Lago.  They married in an outdoor ceremony under a canopy of trees adorned with hanging white lanterns.  Splashes of cobalt blue bridesmaid gowns and bouquets of ivory and pink flowers created a pop of color in the sea of beauty.  Dayna shined as a stunning princess in her Maggie Sottero gown — a natural waist ball-gown with a strapless, sweetheart neckline, embellished with intricate beading and embroidery from the top of bodice to tip of the lace hem.  Guests sipped on his and hers specialty cocktails: Caramelized Pineapple Mojitos & Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade and danced the night away!

Both Dayna and David’s wish to thank both of their incredible parents for helping create their dream day.

Bridal Gown: Molly’s Bridal | Venue: Hacienda del Lago | Photography: Milestone Media | Catering: The Noble Sandwich | Live Entertainment: Javier Soliz Band | Bakery: Cakes by Lori | Bridal Bouquet: Bloom and Leaf 

Real Wedding: Yvonne + Dustin

We can’t help but swoon over this colorful celebration complete with sombreros, serapes, maracas and the most stunning array of florals!

Molly’s Bridal bride, Yvonne, stuns in strapless sweetheart, fit and flare gown by Maggie Sottero.  Impeccably placed lace is adorned by shimmering sequins and beading from top of neckline to finish of gown.  Covered buttons to the end of the zipper, a chapel length train and a lace edge veil complete this bride’s look!

  Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from Molly’s Bridal | Photographer: Allen Arrick with Arrick Photography

Molly’s Bride in Mikaella

These high school sweethearts had the most swoon-worthy wedding in Boerne, Texas.  We are truly in love with every impeccable detail of this special day, but most importantly, we are in awe of this stunning Molly’s Bridal bride donning a 3/4 sleeve lace, natural waist gown with bateau neckline and tiered skirt by Mikaella.  What an incredible depiction of true love captured in every photo by Bend the Light Photography.  Congratulations to the beautiful couple, Shelby and Derek!

Bridal Gown: Mikaella from Molly’s Bridal

Venue: Sisterdale Dancehall, Boerne TX | Hair: Jessica Cozart, Blue Moon Salon | Bride’s Makeup: The Makeup Maven |Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee | Cake: Sophie’s Bakery | Floral: HEB Blooms | Photographer: Bend the Light Photography

Real Wedding: Katie and Rien

#FlashbackFriday to last summer’s breathtaking nuptials between Katie and Rien at the Warwick Melrose Hotel.  Katie stunned her groom and guests in a beautiful Mikaella Bridal, A-line gown of chantilly lace, adorned with a satin sash and floral brooch at the natural waist.  A strapless, scooped neckline was embellished by an added cap-sleeve lace bolero creating an essence of pure, timeless and classic beauty!

Wedding Gown: Mikaella at Molly’s Bridal | Photographer: Allen Tsai Photography | Venue: Warwick Melrose Hotel