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3 things to do if your mum doesn't like your wedding dress

Written by Katie Byrne, published 5th march

Spoiler alert: it's manageable!



Picture the scene: you’ve tried on endless, endless wedding gowns and then suddenly, you find The One. And it’s not any old ‘that will have to do’ kind-of affair; rather, this is the dress that makes your heart stop, your jaw drop and your eyes pop, simply because it’s just so, so perfect for you.

However, il y a un problem: your mum doesn’t like it. So what do you do?

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Granted, what you wear on your wedding day is entirely your choice and if your mum doesn’t like it, you can tell her to get over it as you’ve made your decision. However, instead of simply leaving it at that, there are a couple of other small, insignificant-but-meaningful things you can do to demonstrate exactly how much you value her opinion - even if there’s no chance you’re going to swap your dress!

1. Go shopping with her

Show her you’re fully taking her opinion on-board by arranging another shopping trip, with her, to another bridal boutique or two. Try on different gowns and demonstrate how set you are on the dress you love.

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2. Tweak it with accessories

A wedding gown can be transformed with smaller details: from a faux fur bolero to a chunky statement necklace, it’s easy to transition your bridal dress into ‘something new’ entirely. If your mum isn’t keen on a specific aspect of the dress - for example, a low-cut front - placate her with the help of savvy accessorising. Annoying, yes; but you’ll still look amazing. Picking the right accessories - whether jewellery, shoes or adornments for your dress - will also mean you have some fabulous new additions to your post-wedding wardrobe, too.

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3. Wear an alternative dress for the reception

If all else fails, invest in a second dress. Whether your mum thinks you need to cover-up more for the ceremony, or should wear something less ‘princess-y’ for the reception, choosing a second gown you can slip in or out of will keep you both happy - as long as, of course, your budget will allow you to do so.

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