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Wedding Fashion Do’s and Don’ts for Parents of the Couple

It’s almost time for your child to walk down the aisle. As their parent, you want to feel and look your best in pictures taken during this milestone moment. Don’t let the stress of choosing a perfect wedding-day outfit bring you down. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of styles, colors and materials to suit any personality and event. There are no written-in-stone rules when it comes to parents of the couple fashion, so keep reading this blog post to find some tips to help guide you!

For the Moms of the Couple

The mothers of the couple should match the formality of the wedding party. Consult with your betrothed children on what to wear – after all, it is their big day. The couple will set the tone for their wedding day and choose if they’d prefer a formal event or a more casual dress code. We recommend that mothers of the couple start shopping three to four months in advance to find your ideal dress with plenty of time for alterations or special orders. Mothers usually wear a color that is within the selected palette. It’s important that the color is a different shade than the bridesmaids’ dresses. The goal is for the mothers of the couple to stand out without clashing. Some mothers wear the wedding party’s color within accessories or shoes as an outfit accent. If you aren’t sure what color is best, go for a neutral outfit. Although color is permissible – and sometimes requested – a neutral tone is always a safe choice for the attire of the parents of the couple!

Remember to wear comfortable shoes for a long day of standing, walking and dancing! Consider weather and the time of year that the event will take place – for an outdoor summer wedding, choose lighter fabrics and colors that still fall into the selected color palette.

Mother of the Bride Fashion Traditions

According to traditional wedding etiquette, the mother of the groom selects her attire after the mother of the bride. We recommend that mothers use this occasion as a chance to get to know each other and bond before the wedding. Consider collaborating together on length, color, style and formality. Wear complimentary colors so that you both shine! For example, if one mother’s dress is blue, the other mother could wear a dress that is the same color in a different material or style. Or choose a color like silver or black, or another color that compliments blue and is also within the couple’s selected wedding color palette. Still unsure? Ask your child because he, she or they will likely have an idea of what you should wear. You should select a dress two to three months before the wedding.

For the Dads

The formality of the wedding and wedding party will determine what the fathers of the couple should wear. Dress pants and collared T-shirts with a tie or bow tie is appropriate at less formal weddings. If the wedding is semi-formal, select a dark-colored suit and collared button-down shirt, and coordinate your tie with the wedding colors. If the wedding is a formal event and the groomsmen are wearing tuxedos, fathers of the couple generally wear the same tuxedo with a different color tie.

Where to Shop for Parents of the Couple Fashion

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping for your parents of the couple dress or formalwear, browse the selection at boutique store Kannon’s Clothing in Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC. Kannon’s is one of the oldest family-owned stores in the state and offers excellent service and a variety of options for parents of the couple. Whether you’re searching for a neutral-toned cocktail dress or a stand-out suit, you can be sure Kannon’s offers plenty of options to suit your mother or father of the couple fashion.

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