I love weddings; the socialising, the food, the drink, the entertainment, the wedding ceremony, the funny speeches. I have to admit, though, that I love weddings more when I am just one of the wedding guests and not part of the bridal party. Being the bride is probably the most stressful; followed by being the maid-of-honour or bridesmaid because all eyes are on you, so you feel like you are in the spotlight all the time. Whereas, being a wedding guest is great because you get to kick back and enjoy all the entertainment, food and drinks for free and not have to worry about the spotlight being on you. What about the mother of the bride or mother of the groom? The spotlight is on them as well. I suspect they experience almost the same level of stress as the bride because people will be judging them on their appearances and choice of amazing wedding accessories.
I remember going to a wedding where the mother of the bride looked younger than the bride herself because the bride was wearing a traditional boofy Princess Diana type wedding dress with her hair done up in a bun while her mother was in a red figure-hugging bodycon dress that was very flattering and showed every curve on her slim figure, which made her look 20 years younger. I could have sworn that some of the men were paying special attention to the mother of the bride instead of focusing on the bride. Maybe that’s not quite the effect we want to achieve in a typical wedding. Something more subtle and feminine might be more appropriate for the mother of the bride; for example, an attractive mid-length dress or knee length formal dress in pastel colours or you can check for bridal hair pieces. Nevertheless, I congratulate the mother of the bride for being able to pull off an outfit like that and look 20 years younger, which reminds me of a famous Australian whom I recently saw on TV. Elle Macpherson, “The Body,” the Australian super model, businesswoman, actor, executive producer and TV host of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model and Fashion Star. Elle Macpherson still has the sort of hourglass body that women envy and men drool over and she is 50 years old! So stunning were her attributes that the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue featured her on their front cover a record five times. Elle Macpherson is one person who would definitely look good in a bodycon dress.
In my opinion, the wedding day is a special day that belongs to the bride and groom; so they should be the centre of attention. No one in the family or bridal party should steal the spotlight from them by the way they dress or behave. A mother of the bride should look feminine and demure and the father of the bride should look distinguished and smart.