Q. I am so excited that I found your website. My dilemma is that my daughter is getting married this June, she has chosen black and ivory as the colors. I am typically a very plain jeans and t-shirt person so this is extremely difficult. When we go out, I usually wear my basic black slacks. The wedding reception will be an elegant and intimate (150 guests) affair. Our church wedding is at noon and the reception is at our country club at 5 pm. My problem is that I am having a hard time deciding what is appropriate to wear. I am 48, petite (but busty) and weigh 105. My church dress idea so far is a straight cut sleeveless black dress, nude hose and pumps. My reception dress idea is just below the knee black with maybe a little sparkle. I had considered a full length but am fearful I will look 2 ft. tall.
-Black Back to Back
A. The colors of the wedding don’t have to apply to your dress choices. You can opt for color if you wish, but it seems you’d rather be subdued and comfortable. Since you are the mother of the bride, you need to be equal or above the elegance factor of the bridal party attire. If you choose two black dresses to wear for the wedding day, then be sure that they are different in style enough to notice. And be sure they are dressy enough for a wedding and not just a cocktail party. Add great accessories to liven up the look of the dresses and wear great heels. And don’t hesitate to embrace a little sparkle in your dress.