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FAQs and expert advice about mother of the bride

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhampshiredorset.wedding

Best Dressed

Best Dressed

Q My mum wears trousers daily but feels like she must wear a dress on my wedding day. What would you suggest?
A Debbie Hill says: A wedding is an extraordinary occasion for the wedding party, especially when getting the outfit right for mother-of-the-brides.

Here at Charisma, we pride ourselves on giving a one-to-one personal service to assist our ladies through trying different styles and outfits. We suggest coming out of their comfort zone, away from their usual style, to try something different to get that wow factor. Some customers wish to have their legs covered and feel more comfortable in a trouser suit, which is great, but try a tea-length style dress such as the Condici Balmoral with its three-quarter length soft and feminine look, which can be dressed up with a fantastic hatinator for a church wedding or down with a simple flower for more relaxed weddings.

We've had so many customer reviews telling us how they came into our boutique with style in mind but went out with something different and always had terrific comments on the day.

Debbie Hill, Charisma of Fawley

Mum's the word

Mum's the word

Q My mum is looking for an outfit for our winter wedding, what's stylish and will keep her warm?
A Debbie Hill says: Dressing for a winter wedding can be a more challenging compared to spring/summer weddings, but you can still look stylish and keep warm. We can experience some freezing weather, so opt for thermal undergarments which are available in various shades and styles. Thanks to the different thicknesses available, the pieces can be worn underneath your outfit without becoming too tight and uncomfortable. Once the formal proceeding is finished, you'll inevitably go to a heated venue – even garden marquees can have heating provided. If you're worried that you'll be too hot for the reception, a quick change at the venue is easily done.

Debbie Hill, Charisma of Fawley

Dressed to impress

Dressed to impress

Q My mum wants to wear something age appropriate for my wedding while still looking stylish and sexy. How can she achieve this?
A Debbie Hill says: Many things have changed over the years, except that our mums want to look and feel amazing for our daughter or son's wedding.

We as a nation tend to dress younger than our parents did at similar ages. When it comes to our mother-of-the-bride/groom outfits, we want to dress appropriately but not old and dowdy.

Luckily, the majority of designers have realised this and make stunning outfits that are bang on trend while not being too revealing. We have people of all shapes and sizes visit our store; they all want to look and feel a million dollars.

Remember that it's about choosing the right style for your body shape if you want to look and feel incredible. Looking stylish and sexy is not all about ultra-fitted, short and low-cut outfits. We have many designers that will fit the criteria while keeping your modesty intact. Condici has some beautiful shift dresses that will complement your shape and are available in sizes six to 28. The classic designs are made to emphasise our good points and are cleverly tailored to disguise trouble areas. Veni Infantino is also an excellent designer that creates great shapes to flatter body types with cutting edge designs.

Here at Charisma, we work with your shape and desires until we're satisfied that you look and feel amazing; after all, you only get one chance to make a first impression!

Debbie Hill, Charisma of Fawley

Calling all Mum's

Calling all Mum's

Q My mum wants to wear something on-trend. What's popular in the world of weddings right now?
A Debbie Hill says: Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, one size does not necessarily fit all. Many mums want an outfit suitable for the formal part of the proceedings as well as the evening reception; this beautiful John Charles dress with a sheer cape definitely fits the bill. Match this with a fabulous hat, and it immediately becomes formal – perfect for a church wedding.

If you pair down the millinery to something a little more subtle, it will then be suitable for a garden or beach wedding. The look is super smart, bang on trend and the cape is removable, so you'll have a great dress for dancing the night away in.

Come and see us here at Charisma of Fawley and tell us your wish list – we'll find you something to make you look and feel incredible.

Debbie Hill , Charisma of Fawley

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