Despite the myriad of colourful wedding dresses worn by celebrity brides, the true tradition is for brides to wear a white wedding gown on their wedding day, but what happens if the mother of the bride wishes to wear white too?
Some etiquette experts have made suggestions on the topic of what are appropriate shades for the mother of the bride to wear on her daughter's special day.
Traditionally, neither the mother of the bride, nor any of the other wedding guests for that matter, are encouraged to wear shades of white at the wedding. By wearing a white gown when all other guests are dressed in other colours, focuses attention on the bride and customarily alludes to the bride's virtue. However, this is of course up to the bride if she has a different preference.
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If the bride is amenable to the idea, by all means she can encourage her mum to wear white. While the wedding is of course the bride's special day, her mother is a VIP guest and therefore should be able to wear what makes her feel comfortable.
A bride wearing white alongside her mother is seen by some as a wonderful way to honour her family. Alternatively, if the bride plans to wear pure white for her wedding, the mother of the bride might be better suited to a gown in ivory, eggshell or cream.
If you don't want to match the bride's own gown, make sure that the silhouette, shade and detailing are markedly different between the two dress designs. For example, if the bride has chosen a beaded silk column, mum could choose a tea-length style in satin or lace.
Whatever the final choice, the most important thing is that both the bride and her mum are happy on the special day.