Wedding Fashion Tips for Parents


When your daughter or son walks down the aisle, you will be very emotional. However, you should not let the frustration of choosing the perfect wedding attire overshadow your happiness. No specific rules for choosing the mother of the bride dresses or father of the bride clothes exist. Here are some tips that will help you to choose the best attire for your child’s wedding day:

Dads: Semi-Formal Weddings

If you are a dad attending a semi-formal wedding, wear a dark-colored suit and pair it with a white shirt. For less traditional weddings, experiment with different tie and shirt colors. If the groomsmen are not donning suits, you could go for pressed dress pants and a shirt.

Dads: Formal Weddings


Generally, the father of the bride and father of the groom should match on formality levels. For formal weddings, you can wear a formal outfit but do not dress more formally than the groom – lest you outshine the groom. When it comes to wedding outfits, you have the freedom to choose anything you want as a dad.

If the groomsmen are wearing rented tuxedos, you also need to do the same. You can wear the same type of tuxedo as the groomsmen but choose a different-colored tie or vest.

Mother-of-the-bride Dress

For the mother of the bride, your dress should match the formality level of the ceremony as well as the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses. When going this route, choose your mother-of-the-bride dress after seeing the bridesmaids’ dresses. Just make sure that your dress does not match the bridal party dresses.

Choose a hue that complements the bridal party’s dresses. Because it is your daughter’s wedding, you should set yourself apart from everyone else. You can also wear the color that the bridal party is wearing as an accent color. For instance, if the bridal party is wearing fuchsia dresses, wear accessories or shoes in the same color.

If you have no idea what color will work best for you, opt for neutral colors such as navy and grey because they complement most colors. You should also consult your daughter to find out what she wants you to wear – after all, it is her wedding.

Mother-of-the-groom Dress

Traditionally, etiquette dictates that the mother of the groom should choose her dress after the mother of the bride chooses hers. You should look at the mother-of-the-bride’s dress as a guide when choosing your attire: look for a dress that is of similar style and length. Avoid wearing a color that is similar to the mother-of-the-bride’s dress or bridesmaids’ dresses.

When looking for your dress, go for colors that compliment the mother-of-the-bride’s dress; moreover, you need to match her dress formality. You could also talk to the bride to find out what she wants you to wear. Because it is her wedding, she might have a particular vision in mind when it comes to your dress.

If the bride allows you to choose your own style, you should talk to the mother-of-the-bride. This way, you will be able to coordinate your attire. Although the mother of the groom’s dress has had many constraints in the past, you should choose something that makes you feel comfortable. Make sure that you strike a balance between finding a dress that you like and meeting the occasion requirements.

Ideally, you should start shopping for your dress at least 3 months before the wedding. This gives you time to find the right dress for the occasion.


The above tips will help you to find the right outfit for your son’s or daughter’s wedding. Consult the bride or groom before making your final decision.