The Mothers of the Bride and Groom
The bride and groom's mothers should confer to avoid embarrassing clashes or similarities. Planning is key - the outfit should be considered and finalised well in advance.
The fashion for most mothers of the bride and groom is a dress or a suit-like outfit. If the wedding is an evening or black tie event then the mothers of the bride and groom could consider an evening gown.
Although the mother of the bride is generally considered to play a more important role on the day, the dress of the mother of the groom is still very important.
A simple design in a striking colour, accessorised with beautiful jewellery may look better in photographs than something very fussy. Overly bright colours and patterns should be avoided.
Hats are traditional - but by no means compulsory - at weddings and can be a stylish addition to the outfit. Many nothers choose to wear a'fascinator' instead.
A wedding hair and make-up professional can make all the difference. Mothers of the bride often use whoever is attending to the rest of the bridal party.
The choice of shoes of the mother of the bride and groom should be stylish yet comfortable.
A shoulder bag is easier to manage than a clutch when juggling a champagne glass and shaking hands.
Some mothers choose to wear a corsage to have a small arrangement of flowers to attach to their handbag or outfit.