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Elegant Mother Of The Bride Dresses

Is your mother starting to freak you out about finding an elegant mother of the bride dress? I know my mother did. At one point I thought maybe she was the one getting married. My fiance's mother was also incredibly stressed about finding an elegant mother of the bride dress - she even bought two! Between both of our mothers, we had our hands full!

But, here's the thing - mothers feel incredible pressure to be "on" for your wedding. They want to look their best so they can be at their best. And, why not? They have worked hard to get to this day in your life - a day when all of their friends will be there to share in your joy.

So, how about a little help for our mom's? People who have given up their lives for our sake and whose joy is wrapped up in the joy of their children. Mothers, this article is dedicated to you, your love, encouragement, and support. And, here is some help for you to find elegant mother of the bride dresses.

First, talk to other mothers of brides or friends whose children have recently been married. They will have some war stories to tell and can give you good advice on the best places to shop in your area. Plus, they are great at helping you learn from their experiences - what to do and what NOT to do.

Second, begin forming an idea of what you are looking for - colors, style, length, price. Browse some bridal magazines (they're not just for brides, you know) to find some looks that you like.

Go to local department stores and look through their selections. You may be shocked to find that some of the most elegant dresses (and price savvy) are right in front of your nose. Often fancy dress shoppes or boutiques just can't compete with the price tags at the department stores.

No luck there? How about looking through some catalogs or online? Check out our links to popular online designers at Mother 0f the Bride Dresses.

Have you considered having a dress made specially for you by a seamstress or a friend? This is a special day and you want to find the perfect dress. Go to your local fabric store and look at some patterns, or take a photo to a seamstress and see what they can do for you.

Finally, if you have a larger budget or are willing to throw caution to the wind, head to a bridal boutique or a fancy dress shoppe. They will have high quality and elegant dresses for the mother of the bride (but also come with fancy price tags) and most have store personnel willing to go the extra mile to help you out with your decision.

Good luck moms! And remember, no matter how wedding-crazy your daughters and sons are right now, they still love you and understand what a tough decision this is for you.

Best Wishes,
Kelly Kons

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