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With the debut of our Mother of the Bride Guide e-book and Mother’s Day this Sunday (cue the confetti!), we’re indulging our soft spot for mamas this week!

My wedding colors were black and white with a few light pink accents, so when it came to dressing our mamas, Brandon and I had a bit of a challenge! My own mama opted to wear a black dress… though not without a touch of worry over whether people would think she was “mourning” our wedding. Ha! A hilarious question if you know how much my mama adores my husband!

My soon-to-be MIL didn’t want to match her, but clearly could not choose white (could you ever imagine?!), so she opted for light pink. Since we had a black tie wedding in December, finding her dress proved to be such a challenge that she actually had it made by her seamstress!

Most mamas want to please their daughters and help them feel as beautiful as possible on their wedding day, but I know how hard it can be for mothers of the bride (and groom, for that matter!) to find flattering, coordinating, and reasonably-priced dresses.

Today, I’m sharing some lovely MOB’s who did it right as well as a few dresses on the market now that fit the bill of stylish, sophisticated, and relatively budget-friendly! ;) For more tips for wedding planning with your mama, be sure to pick up our Mother of the Bride Guide e-book today!

Image credits from left to right and top to bottom: Landon Jacob, Harwell Photography, Ryan Ray, Anagraham Photo, Michael and Carina, Gracie Blue, Charla Storey.

Our sweet mamas deserve to feel beautiful on our wedding days, too, so I’m excited to share a few favorites that would be a perfect fit (pun intended)! Note that many of the models chosen by the manufacturers are clearly younger than a typical mother of the bride, but I’m confident each of these options would look great on a woman of any age!

1. High-Low gown | 2. Ballgown with skirt | 3. Polka dot dress | 4. Phillipa dress | 5. Sequin-top gown | 6. Illusion neck gown | 7. Lace and print midi | 8. Lace sheath dress | 9. Yvonne dress | 10. Odette dress | 11. Off the shoulder ballgown | 12. Lace dress | 13. Ball skirt | 14. Linden dress

I’d love to hear: where did you find your mama’s dress for your wedding?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Grace Speights reply

    Thank you for featuring my MOB dress in your article Stylish Mother of the Bride Dresses. I am wearing the pink gown photographed in the article. I had the gown custom made and designed to complement the Cheryl Blossom theme of the wedding. All credit goes to the designer and maker of the gown: Alvin Thompson of New Couture in Washington, D.C.

  2. avatar Ellie reply

    My mom found this gorgeous plum colored Pisarro Nights dress from Dillards (I think also can be found at Nordstrom) and it was BEAUTIFUL. I want one for myself!!
    http://www.dillards.com/p/pisarro-nights-3-4-sleeve-beaded-dress/504081306?di=04066692_zi_chocolate&categoryId=-10032&facetCache=pageSize%3D96%26beginIndex%3D0%26orderBy%3D1

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When it comes to bridal style, I tend to fall into the more classic category. For example, I wore white satin d’orsay heels with a big ol’ bow to my own wedding! However, I sure do love when a bride includes fun fashion statements to make their look uniquely their own. When a reader reached out to us asking for non-bridal wedding day shoe ideas, I was happy to oblige! From super comfortable flats to pretty floral heels, here are a few of our favorite options for an alternative to the classic white wedding shoe.

1. Monogrammed Jack Rogers 2. Classic Jack Rogers 3. Just Married Flip Flop 4. Just Married Flip Flop 5. Bow Flip Flop

1. Metalic tennis shoes 2. Perforated slides 3. Glittery sneakers 4. Lace espadrilles 5. Lace espadrilles 6. Gold ballet flats

1. Pink block heels 2. Floral detail flats 3. Liberty floral heels 4. Ankle strap heels 5. Nude floral heels 6. Blue ankle strap heels

1. Suede sandals 2. Glittery sneakers 3. Gingham sneakers 4. Bow heels 5. Blue heels with bow 6. Ornate heels

1. Matisse boots 2. Durango boots 3. Short boot 4. Ivory boots

Which pair is your favorite? I can’t help but love those sparkly blue sneakers! They’re way too much fun!

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    Kristin and I often joke about our hair washing schedules, but let’s be honest… we’re only semi-joking. Of course, this makes me extra thankful for easy and chic hairstyles that can be done on second (or third!) day hair. So, if you’re in need of a fun Valentine’s Day style that’s quick and stylish, I have something just for you. And, of course, we put a bow on it!

    Big SW hugs to Brooke of Colorbox Photographers for these fun photos.

    To start, tease all over the crown of your head, focusing on the center. (If you need a little teasing refresher course, take a peek at this post!) After I have sufficient height, I spray it all over with a workable hairspray and smooth out my part/swoop with a comb.

    Then, using a good old-fashioned hair tie, I secure all my hair in a low ponytail. I try to keep the shape and body of the tease while wrapping the hair tie as many times as will comfortably fit. Then, I pull ONLY the underneath of the ponytail tighter, while leaving the top layer of hair with volume. Next, I lay my hands flat on my head and gently push the top layer of hair forward to increase the “bump.”

    Now for two of my favorite tricks for the perfect Southern pony! First, using the rat tail of the comb, I carefully reshape and pull up any hair that might not be exactly where I want it (check from the front to see if the shape is symmetrical). I also like to pull the back up a bit more to give it a little extra oomph! Second, I lift half of the hair from the ponytail and place an itty bitty clear (or whatever color matches your hair best!) claw clip in the middle. This helps give your ponytail that little bump that just looks extra cute.

    And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I added a bright red bow! I actually used leftover Christmas ribbon, but any ribbon will do. Grosgrain is great because of its texture.

    There you have it, belles!I’d love to hear if there are any beauty or hair tutorials you’d like to see in the future!

    Photos by Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers, shot at Kim Box Studios.

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