Often a key figure in the planning stages, as well as the day itself, it is only fair that this special lady is featured again on our With Love from Corinthia blog. Not just a friendly face to have around but an honest opinion and a watchful eye is what the Mother of the Bride provides so well.

On the day, the MOTB is around to add a sense of comfort and calm to the bride when she is feeling overwhelmed. Her role revolves very much around welcoming the bride’s side of the guests and noting that a good time is had by all. For more tips on MOTB duties, check out our previous blog post here.

Today’s post is centred on one of the most difficult parts…what should the Mother of the Bride wear?

The most important thing to aim for is an elegant and timeless look but to feel calm and confident in whatever outfit you choose.

Top Tips on What to Wear

Personality is Key

According to Ian Stuart from the Ian Stuart Blewcoat boutique, personality is more important than whether your wedding attire would be deemed ‘age appropriate.’ Of course you want to look sophisticated and glamorous, but you still want to look and feel like yourself. Perhaps settle in-between on a form-fitting outfit with longer sleeves or a mid-length hem.


  • Make sure you consider the venue, the theme, the weather, and the time of day as all of these are crucial elements that will affect your choice of attire.
  • Try and find a matching jacket, wrap or cape so you have options whatever the weather and can easily take your outfit from day to night.
  • Consult with the Mother of the Groom and check that you a) do not clash and b) you haven’t chosen the same outfit!
  • Ensure your heels are comfortable enough to last – there is nothing worse than hobbling around with sore feet the whole day. Remember that comfort is key to feeling confident!


Flattering your Figure

If you are a little more self-conscious of your figure, embrace ruching and pleating to disguise any areas you aren’t as confident about. A nipped-in waist will create a flattering hourglass shape and a delicate lace or sheer sleeve will cover up while still showing some skin.   


  • If you have chosen a plain or neutral-coloured outfit, you can always accessorise with statement pieces of jewellery, or even shoes or a handbag in metallic shades and brighter colours to make your outfit more unique.
  • It’s also worth noting that it is no longer customary for the MOTB to wear a hat; many modern mothers are choosing more discreet fascinators or even flowers in their hair as alternatives.


And now for a little inspiration…







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If you are a MOTB-to-be and are struggling with what to wear, we hope this post may have inspired you somewhat! Don’t forget to follow and tag us @CorinthiaLondon and @withlovefromCorinthia for all things wedding related.

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With love from Corinthia London,