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Expert Advice

Q: What is the best color that will coordinate with the bridesmaid color scheme?
A: This is the #1 question we receive from moms and guests of honor! We created an easy color coordination tool that guides you in choosing the appropriate shade to wear.

Q: I am the mother of the bride, what color should I wear?
A: It is important to consider how you will look in pictures so it is best to choose a color that complements the bridal party. No matter what color scheme your daughter has chosen for her bridesmaids, there are many options that will coordinate beautifully. If you are asked to wear a particular color that you are not completely comfortable with, refer to our color coordinator for alternate suggestions you are both sure to love. Get your daughter to buy into your decision by making a fun day of shopping together! Try our Dress Your Wedding tool to see how it will all look together.

Q: I am the mother of the groom, what color should I wear?
A: It is best to find out what color the mother of the bride and bridesmaids will be wearing so you can complement those hues and the photos will look fabulous. For example, if the bridal party is wearing Watermelon and the mother of the bride is wearing the color Chocolate, a shade of green or blue would look lovely. Please refer to our color coordinator for additional suggestions.

Q: What is the appropriate attire for the stepmother of the bride/groom?
A: No need to "step" aside; you are a very important part of this special day! The same general rules apply to all mothers. Find out what the bridal party is wearing and choose a color and style to complement.

Q: What style looks best on my body type?
A: Our collection is designed with 4 key silhouettes that flatter all shapes and sizes: a) one-piece dress, b) jacket dress, c) 2-piece dress or separates, d) short length dress. See our Figure Flattery section for tips and ideas on which silhouette is best for you.

Q: Is the dress that I am choosing too young or too old?
A: Remember you are only as old as you feel! Wear whatever style makes you feel the most beautiful and confident.

Q: Is it more appropriate to wear a dress that offers coverage?
A: The amount of coverage typically depends on the formality of the event and customs of your religion. A jacket dress is appropriate for most events. Sleeve options or wraps are a good alternative to add a bit of coverage.

Q: What type of accessories should I wear with my dress?
A: A great shoe and handbag are a MUST-HAVE for any special event! David's Bridal offers a variety of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and hair accessories that will add just the right amount of sparkle. Check out our Accessories Shop.

Q: Do I need an appointment to shop at David's Bridal for my dress?
A: We recommend making an appointment to get specialized attention, but it is not required. Please visit our store locator or call 877.923.2743 for a store near you.

Q: How soon should I purchase my dress?
A: It is best to purchase your dress as soon as the bride has selected the bridesmaid dress color and style. Give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect look that will make you feel almost as special as the bride on this wonderful day. You'll also want to allow time for any alterations you may need, and don't forget some fun accessories shopping.

Q: Should I wear a particular dress depending on the formality of the wedding?
A: No matter what tone the bride and groom have set for their wedding, we offer many options. Check out Types of Affairs for more details and recommendations.