While summer is traditionally wedding season, the truth of the matter is that every season is wedding season. If you’re a mother of the bride or groom, then you know that all eyes will not only be on the happy couple, but also on you — perhaps not to see your outfit but rather if the tears have started flowing. And if they have, well you should have an amazing outfit on to distract the gawkers.

We turned to the pros at Bella Bridesmaids to give us some insight on what the mother of the bride or groom (MotB/G) might expect when looking for that perfect outfit for the special occasion.

“Whenever a mother of the bride comes into our store, they normally have an idea of what they’re wanting,” says employee Kaitlyn White. “We like having options that provide for the needs that a mother has.” From price to color to style, many MotB/Gs walk into a store with a perfect dress in their head and it is the consultant’s role to help them take that idea and turn it into reality.

Sequins are fabulous for MotB/G, but be sure to think about the time of the wedding, and your role in it, before opting for a sequined gown.

Sequins are fabulous for MotB/G but be sure to think about the time of the wedding and your role in it before opting for a sequined gown.

The mom of both the bride and the groom should chat with the bride about her vision of the day; some brides are very specific in how they envision their mom dressing. Considerations about color, length and style are all on the table. And while it may seem old-fashioned, traditionally the mother of the bride chooses her gown and color first, setting the tone for the mother of the groom.

Kaitlyn says that women looking for their mother of the bride dresses tend to want more coverage. For those with a summer or beach wedding, however, more coverage can equal a warmer gown. One way to work around this problem is to select looser, more breathable fabrics that offer coverage without restriction.

One final note for the MotB/G: Think about the logistics of the day. If your role is a more active one, be sure the dress you choose is one in which you can move easily. You don’t want to be losing sequins or beads, or worrying about tripping over a hem, if you’re having a more active than usual role in the celebration.

Check out these great options for garden, beach and black tie weddings. No matter the style, location and format of the wedding, these great looks from Bella Bridemaids, 20Twelve and Joseph will provide inspiration for mothers of the brides and grooms! And congrats, by the way!

The Event: Garden Wedding

What to wear? These intimate, romantic weddings inspire a range of outfit choices from sleek and fitted to draping and asymmetrical. There are few rules when it comes to a garden wedding, so Joseph, 20twelve, and Bella Bridesmaids went all out with their choices.

Look #1:

 From Joseph: Color splash Nicholas dress, $64; Stuart Weitzman heels, $355; Whiting Davis bag, $300

From Joseph: Color splash Nicholas dress, $64; Stuart Weitzman heels, $355; Whiting Davis bag, $300

Look #2:

From 20twelve: Cherry blossom top by Giambattista Valli, $1,965; Kaya Midi skirt by Solace London, $520; ARox necklace, $248

From 20twelve: Cherry blossom top by Giambattista Valli, $1,965; Kaya midi skirt by Solace London, $520; ARox necklace, $248

Look #3:

From Bella Bridesmaid: Jenny Yoo blush Vienna lace dress, $295

From Bella Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo blush Vienna lace dress, $295

The Event: Beach Wedding

What to wear? Dressing for a beach wedding can be tricky. Our looks for Mom for a seaside wedding are focused on loose materials that are as comfortable as they are fashionable.

Look #1:

From Joseph: Peter Cohen dress, $1,250; Pedro Garcia sandals, $525

From Joseph: Peter Cohen dress, $1,250; Pedro Garcia sandals, $525

Look #2:

From 20twelve: 60’s lace overlay dress, $561; Gold cuff, $745

From 20twelve: ’60s lace overlay dress, $561; gold cuff, $745

Look #3:

SFrom Bella Bridesmaid: Lula Kate Madelyn dress, $290

From Bella Bridesmaids: LulaKate Madelyn dress, $290

The Event: Black Tie Wedding

What to wear: This wedding is pulling out all the stops — and so is the mother of the bride. These dresses will have you feeling confident and glamorous, never outshining the bride yet still making your own fashion statement.

Look#1:

From Joseph: Phillip Lim dress, $1,096; Jimmy Choo heels, $895; Christian Louboutin bag, $1,590

From Joseph: Phillip Lim dress, $1,096; Jimmy Choo heels, $895; Christian Louboutin bag, $1,590

Look #2:

From 20twelve: Self Portrait dress, $473; AB pearl necklace, $520; gold bracelet, $760

From 20twelve: Self Portrait dress, $473; AB pearl necklace, $520; gold bracelet, $760

Look #3:

From Bella Bridesmaid: Adrianna Papell sequin dress, $280

From Bella Bridesmaids: Adrianna Papell sequin dress, $280

Weddings are so much fun! Enjoy your time while looking fabulous with these amazing looks from local boutiques!

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