For such a very special day you want to ensure you choose the perfect outfit. There are no rules of course, but there are traditions and things to bear in mind when choosing an outfit.
Most mothers look for a dress that blends with the bride's chosen colours and often uses the bridesmaids' dresses as a palette. It's usual to avoid white, ivory, black or red or anything too bright or overdone. If you're unsure, talk to the bride for her opinion because, let's face it, it's her big day! The main thing is that everyone feels comfortable and beautiful.
Here’s some great boutiques where you can choose from a wide range of ladies' and girls' fashions based in Hampshire and Dorset from places like Southampton, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Winchester and Weymouth, whom you might want to get in touch with...
Don't forget to mention Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding magazine when contacting a boutique for your mother of the bride outfit or formal formal wear for ladies and girls.
Chameleon specialises in helping real women find their perfect wedding day dress.
Chameleon has one of the largest collection of bridal gowns and mother of the bride outfits on the south coast. Chameleon opening its doors over 37 years ago and since then we have helped so many women feel amazing on their special day. We have a wealth of experience of dressing brides and mums and offer a personalised, one-to- one appointment to each and every customer.
Charisma is a long established Boutique specialising in Mother of the Bride and Groom attire.
We are Hampshire’s and Dorset’s largest stockist with over a thousand outfits to try on in store in sizes 8-28 from designers such as Condici, Ispirato, John Charles, Veni Infantino, Couture Club, Veromia and Lizabella to name a few.
Choosing your wedding date is one of the most important things when it comes to planning your wedding. We are very quickly moving from traditional etiquette into a society where we are far more flexible with these. Award Winning UK Wedding Planner - Illy Goodall from Illy Elizabeth Weddings shares her insight into whether you should get married on Mother's Day.
There are certain days within the year that you should try to avoid getting married, however with the backlog of weddings this year we are using any given date possible. Whilst I don't think there is personally anything wrong with setting the date for Mother's Day, it can be inconvenient for some people who wish to spend this day with family.
Posted: 14 March 2022
After 21 years based in Westbourne, Bournemouth, leading special occasion boutique Fab Frocks is now exclusively online. Launched in 2000 the business has earned a wide reputation for its range of mother-of-the-bride and -groom dresses along with outfits for wedding guests, special events and more. Owner Steve Taylor says, "We have been selling online now for nearly 15 years and have customers from all over the UK and beyond. While physical stores will always have an important part to play in the industry, the trend for online shopping continues to grow.
Posted: 27 January 2022
Dorset-based Fab Frocks has won a UK first by scooping a prestigious trusted service award. The mother-of-the-bride and -groom boutique in Westbourne, Bournemouth is the only shop of its kind to win the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional service. Based purely on real customer experience and genuine reviews, it's a highly valued badge of approval. Owner Steve Taylor says, "We're very excited to be the only mother-of-the-bride boutique in the UK to receive this award, especially as it's based on feedback from customers, who are the most important judges of all. It recognises how hard we work to deliver the best possible experience, even in a year as tough as 2020."
Posted: 9 March 2021
The right accessories can make the world of difference and special occasion wear specialists No.6 Boutique in Dorchester has some new must-see lines in stock, including a classic jewellery collection. "The first thing my customers ask when they've chosen their outfit is what jewellery to wear. So it's the perfect opportunity to be able to offer advice and jewellery to complement their outfit," says owner Sandra Swain.She also offers a selection of faux fur bridal and occasion wear stoles, capes and shoulder wraps to not only keep the chills at bay, but add a touch of glamour too. "Made locally by a family-run business using quality fabrics this beautiful collection feels like pure luxury," adds Sandra. "My hope is that from spring we can begin to relax and feel confident in moving forward with wedding plans and once again mums can enjoy their special time choosing their outfit for their daughter or son's wedding."
Posted: 9 February 2021
Hampshire occasion wear boutique Charisma is advising mothers-of-the-bride and -groom to shop early for their special outfits. Owner Debbie Hill explains, "This year is likely to be an incredibly busy one with all the weddings either cancelled or re-scheduled from 2020. Several of our designers have informed us that they will only be offering one collection this year for mother-of-the-bride and -groom outfits with a longer completion date. With this in mind I would encourage all mums to start their search early!" Even if the wedding date has to be moved again, she advises against waiting until nearer the time. "On the whole, the weights of the fabrics don't change greatly for each season and if you find something that fits with the wedding theme and colour scheme I'd definitely get it now."
Posted: 4 February 2021
Mother-of-the-bride and -groom specialists Boutique at No6 has celebrated its first year at its new home in Dorchester. Located on the on the Prince of Wales' Poundbury Estate just outside the town centre for three-and-a-half years, the business relocated to the town's Antelope Walk in late October last year."Antelope Walk is steeped in history and my new shop has such character and beautiful windows to display my stunning mother-of-the-bride collections," says owner Sandra Skinner. "I've always been extremely passionate about dressing ladies for such a special occasion. My aim is to ensure that every customer leaves my boutique feeling more positive about themselves and confident that they look and feel fabulous in their chosen outfit."
Posted: 14 January 2021
No 6 Boutique is celebrating a year since moving to its central Dorchester boutique. Specialising in evening wear, ladies' occasion wear and mother-of-the-bride outfits, No 6 Boutique offers an incredible selection of outfits for every wedding guest, and it has also introduced a stunning new jewellery range and wedding accessories. "Made locally by a family run business, the collection is pure luxury at very affordable prices," says boutique owner Sandra Swain. Read on to find out more...
Posted: 1 December 2020