The mother of the bride has a special role to play in her daughter's wedding. It is important to consider etiquette when choosing a dress that makes her feel beautiful and elegant. The dress should complement, not match, the bridesmaids' dresses. The mother of the bride should also avoid wearing a dress that is sparse, transparent, has a deep neckline or an open back.
It is also important to remember that this is not a competition and the stepmother should not try to outshine the mother or the bride. White should be reserved for the bride, although cream may be an option as long as the bride is not wearing cream. The mother of the bride also has other responsibilities. She should greet guests during the reception and help her daughter think about what kinds of wedding gifts to have at the reception. She may also be asked to be present while her daughter gets ready for the wedding morning.
For more information on mother-of-the-bride dress etiquette, check out our 3 tips for choosing a mother-of-the-bride dress and then explore color ideas for mom.