Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dressing the Mother of the Bride

I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last two weekends with my favorite ladies.  So basically that means, I’ve spent two weekends laughing, telling stories, catching up, drinking large amounts of Grande Peppermint Mocha’s and most importantly - shopping! 

First on my agenda was finding my Mom a dress to wear to the wedding.  She’s been stressing about it since pretty much the day Dude and I got engaged and considering it can take 3 or 4 months for dresses to come in, I figured it was time to get it done! 

Before we went, she already had a pretty good idea of what she wanted – short, with sleeves or a jacket, in a jewel-toned color.

To give you an idea how the day went – here’s the first outfit she tried on at a shop called Clarissa’s near Harrisburg. 

We called it chainmail, but honestly, I don’t know what it was made out of or who the heck would wear it.


Doeblerghini Bunch: MOB Dresses - Chainmail


The only other dress my Mom tried on in this shop was this one and she loved it!  She actually put it on hold before we left because she was sure she was going to come back and buy it that afternoon.
 

Doeblerghini Bunch: MOB Dresses - Blue Silk with Jacket

Our next stop was Alfred Angelo, where, no joke, we camped out for like 4 hours while my Mom tried on at least 15 dresses.

They ranged from too old:


Doeblerghini Bunch: MOB Dresses - Old Lady


To too young:


Doeblerghini Bunch: MOB Dresses - Chacha Hi Lo Dress


Then she tried on a dress she loved.

Doeblerghini Bunch: MOB Dresses - Black Lace Satin

But she hated the color.  So our amazing consultant, Trish, tried to show her the other color the dress came in by combining two dresses.


Doeblerghini Bunch: MOB Dresses - Combining Dresses

Outside:  Style 6493
Inside:  Style 9003

Here was the final result.

Doeblerghini Bunch: MOB Dresses - Final Combination
 

She still wasn’t a fan of the black lace at the top, so she tried on a couple more. 
 
This was the final one she tried on and loved.  And believe it or not, it didn’t check off anything on her must-have list!  It was long, grey, and strapless! 

In the picture below our (again, amazing) stylist is trying to show my Mom what the dress would look like if she turned the sash into sleeves. 

Not sure what my Mom is saying in the pic though!!

Doeblerghini Bunch: MOB Dresses - Grey Ruffled Bottom

But in the end, we left empty-handed because my Mom just wasn’t sure if it was “the one.” 

Our last stop was at an independent shop I can’t remember the name of, but after a few duds, Mom found this one.

Doeblerghini Bunch: MOB Dresses - Short Blue
 
If you can’t tell by the smile on her face, this is her dress!  They offered to make her a custom bolero-type jacket out of dress’ fabric and she was instantly sold.

The dress is actually a really pretty seafoam color, not the baby blue it looks like in the picture. 

She ordered the dress before we left and that was that.  We’ll be able to see it in person in 10-12 weeks and hopefully that will be enough time to alter it to her tiny little frame!

Next Up:  Dressing 3 Bridesmaids and a Flower Girl!

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