The hunt for our venue still continues..but now im up my game. I’ve given myself a deadline. End of October we need to have at least a choice of venue, even better a deposit down on one. But as my mother looks forward to our big day, she loves a good wedding, this will be the first time for her being the mother of the bride. Unless my sister gets hitched within the next year..which is possible as we all know how god I am at planning. Anyway here are some tips I’ve learnt from experienced mothers of the bride when it comes to the dress.

When it comes to mother of the bride dresses, choosing the perfect one and picking the right style, there are a few things to consider. Let’s discuss colour. The bride will already have her colour theme in place and have chosen the bridesmaid’s dresses. Why not pick a complimenting colour to the theme? Here’s a great colour wheel to work out complimentary shades, if you don’t know where to start. A good rule is that pastels match pastels, jewel colours go with other jewel colours and rustic shades match other rustic shades. If you pick a shade on the opposite side of the colour wheel, it will complement the bridesmaids. For example, if the dresses are a vibrant pink, you can wear a vibrant blue/green. If they are a pale yellow, you could choose a complimentary muted violet.

Perhaps you would like to add a little something to your outfit, that is the same as the colour as the bridesmaid’s dresses. A corsage is an elegant way of doing this. And with your complimentary coloured dress it will work perfectly. Choose something frivolous and fun. It’s also a good idea to let the mother of the groom know you are going to do this so that she can join in too. After you choose your flowers, consider adding eucalyptus too for a glorious scent.

Consider floral prints for a summer wedding, and rich colours for a winter wedding. You could choose frills or stripes for added drama. Or add texture with organza, silk or taffeta. And if you are asked to entertain any of the children at the wedding here are some top tips to keep them happy too.

The most important thing to remember? Smile, cry, have a tissue handy and enjoy your daughter’s special day.