The weather app on my phone had forecast rain for Sunday for the past week. Sure enough a steady pour moved into the area beginning Saturday morning. But just hours before my son’s Sunday afternoon wedding, the rain stopped, the clouds parted and glorious sunshine sparkled onto the multi-colored foliage of the wedding venue. As the mother of the groom, I still somehow felt responsible for my grown child’s happiness. I’m not, of course. But every mom wants her child’s wedding to be a fondly memorable day. Let’s talk about style and etiquette tips for the mother of the groom.
It’s generally wise to select your “mother of the groom” wedding attire based on the season of the year, the wedding’s color scheme, your own coloring and style and the preferences of the bride. In my case, our son married his college sweetheart in late October, so the mother of the bride and I chose to wear deep, autumnal shades. She wore a deep burgundy and I selected hunter green, which highlighted the pale green of my eyes. My son and his bride didn’t have any attendants (quite the trend), so we really didn’t have a color scheme to direct us.
I would probably have worn a short dress for the occasion, but the bride’s mother wanted to wear a long dress. I could understand that. It was her daughter’s special day! So I quickly assured her that I would love to wear a long dress, too. While there are no social mores that dictate that a mother of the groom must oblige or yield to the desires of the bride’s mother, I think it is gracious to allow her to set the dress code as much as possible.
Selecting outerwear for a fall or winter wedding can be a little tricky. I suggest looking for a shimmering shawl, a cashmere wrap or a faux fur capelet, like the one I wore. In the end, I felt like the capelet provided more warmth, but was equally easy to put on and off. And it didn’t cost much more than the wraps I was finding.
I suggest choosing a dress that fits your personal style but that also allows for freedom of movement and comfort. Several times during the reception people commented that my dress made me look like I was floating across the floor. I was thankful that I had chosen a dress that was easy to move in and that made me look and feel even more graceful than I really am.
My v-neck chiffon gown is still available, but limited to one size in this shade. However, the dress comes in several other shades that are equally beautiful and one floral pattern, too. I’m wearing a size 8. I had it hemmed and taken up slightly in the shoulders. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time for alterations. While it only took a couple of weeks for the alterations, you want to leave ample time for multiple fittings if needed.
When you purchase your gown from Nordstrom, as I did, you can get your alterations done there. So easy! And with a Nordstrom credit card, you’ll get alterations credits. So, while you’ll pay for the alterations (very reasonably priced), you’ll get that amount credited to you through Nordy Notes that you can spend in the store.
I purchased my gown through Trunk Club. That was such a great way to select an evening gown and all the accessories. I simply requested that my stylist send me gowns for a fall wedding, told her my price point and selected colors. She sent me about ten gowns, plus shoes, jewelry and handbags, free of charge. I was able to try on all the dresses in the privacy of my own, get my husband’s opinion and take my time thinking about my purchase. In the end, I kept this gown, my handbag and my earrings (no longer available). I sent back the other items free of charge. Trunk Club makes shopping so easy!
Don’t forget to accessorize your look with the right jewelry, shoes and handbag. My shoes, gold strappy sandals which I purchased at Talbots, are no longer available, but I’ve included several in the shopping widget below. I purchased a cubic zirconium baguette stone cuff bracelet during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it’s no longer available either. Finally, I selected a pretty fashion ring for the occasion.
I’ll admit I was a little tense leading up to the weekend of my son’s wedding. Being the mother of the groom is certainly not as consuming as being the bride’s mother, I’m sure. But we had family and friends coming from afar. And I wanted the day to go well for them, but especially for my son and his bride. Also, while every marriage is a mixing of two families, we were joining families of different ethnicities. We had met and enjoyed the bride’s parents and sister, so I knew we would all love them and get along beautifully. But I also knew customs, etiquette and traditions could be hot points we’d have to navigate.
In the long run, I prayerfully relinquished all the responsibility for everyone’s joy to the Lord. When we try to carry that load…when I try to carry that burden…it never goes well. I recommend that, as the mother of the groom, you pray for your children, your family and the special day, that you leave the responsibility in the Lord’s hands and that you relax and enjoy the day. I’m glad I entered into the joy of the moment rather than trying to make everyone else happy.
Finally, I recommend remembering that this day belongs to the special couple. It wasn’t about me…or my family or friends who had joined us. This day belonged to Stephanie and Daniel, and we loved watching their happiness. Honestly, amidst the fall foliage, the beautiful flowers, the well dressed wedding guests and the stunning wedding venue, the most beautiful thing of the day was my son and his bride’s joy.
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If you’re looking for more styles and beauty tips for the Mother of the Bride or Mother of the Groom, you might enjoy my previous post on this topic. And to see more of my experience with Trunk Club while shopping for my dress, check out this post.
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Blessed for My Day
The beginnings of marriage are blissful, romantic and sweet. But most of us know and acknowledge that the day in and day out of married life can be challenging. God created marriage to provide for positive companionship that helps each person to be a better version of themselves. But sometimes marriage brings out the worst in us.
Why not pause right now, regardless of how long you’ve been married, and thank God for your spouse? Ask Him to give you insight to how you could be a better partner for your husband, someone who truly helps him to be more like Christ. And ask God to bless your marriage by showing you how you could be a better spouse…today. Let’s do our part to make our marriages sweeter, healthier and more godly.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” … Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. ~ Genesis 2:18,24