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7 Types of Family Members You’ll Likely Find at Every Wedding

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Nov 112016

You know what they say: you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family, right? Inevitably, at every wedding, there always seems to be a good (if you want to call it that) mix of relatives. From the overly emotional parent to the jealous sister-in-law, here are seven types of family members you'll find at any big day.

1. The Drunk Uncle
He's a huge hit with all the groomsmen, can cut a rug like no other and still thinks he can drink like he's in his freshman year of college. Well, unfortunately he can't! And while he most likely (fingers crossed) won't cause a scene on your big day, he will have the rest of your family laughing out loud and/or shaking their heads and everyone teasing him about his antics the following day. You can bet your ass he'll be hurting at your morning after brunch too.

2. The Jealous Sister or Sister-In-Law
Whether she's your sister, sister-in-law or first cousin, there's always that one girl in the family who wants to either try and one-up you every chance she gets or bring you down on your big day. She's critical of absolutely every decision during the planning process and totes judging you like she's on TLC's "Four Weddings" the actual day of. Um, jealous much?

3. The Wedding Know It All
This could be any female in the fam! But chances are, she's recently married, around the same age as you and a self-proclaimed wedding expert who isn't shy about dishing out planning advice even when it's clearly not wanted. If she's a bridesmaid, watch out! You'll likely find her bossing around the wedding planner, instructing the photographer and chastising the DJ because obviously she knows more about your wedding than the people you hired to help.

4. The Cool Aunt
She's got style and is arguably the best-dressed adult at the wedding. She looks about 20 years younger than she actually is and all the bridesmaids wish they had an aunt as cool as her. She can kick it with guests of all ages and loves herself a good night out sans the kids. Sit her at any table and she'll strike up a conversation and make your friends laugh. Of course, she's got moves like Jagger and will only leave the dance floor to fill up her cup but she never gets noticeably drunk.

See More: 5 Ways to Deal with a Jealous Sibling on Your Wedding Day

5. The Emotional Parent
Most often, it's mom, however some dads can surprise you out of nowhere too! Get ready for the waterworks because the emotional parent will not only shed tears themselves but also make everyone else cry with an adorably touching speech. You can tell this particular parent loves their daughter or son a ridiculous amount and all that affection makes hearts around the room melt.

6. The Traditional Grandma
The music is always way too loud and she can't for the life of her understand why anyone would choose a DJ over a lovely live band. While she wasn't exactly happy about the fact that you were getting married by an "officiant" instead of a preacher or that you opted out of doing the bouquet toss and other traditions, she's done her best to keep her mouth shut, nevertheless she's secretly she's shaking her head wondering what it is with kids these days.

7. The Creeper Cousin
Beware because sometimes it's the brother too! This dude will start with the bridesmaids then proceed to hit on any single female guests unless he gets a plus one. And even then he'll still be spitting game (or rather trying to) the entire night until legit everyone has rejected him.

3 Wedding Day Looks Mothers of the Bride Should Avoid

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Nov 072016
Mother of the Bride Dresses to Avoid

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It used to be that the biggest concern a bride had about her mother's wedding outfit was that the mother of the bride didn't wear anything close to white. In my opinion, nobody is supposed to wear white, except the bride. But it's doubly inappropriate when it looks like the mother of the bride is trying to steal attention away from her own daughter.

I don't think Emily Post could have even conceived of some of the atrocious mother-of-the-bride outfits I've had the pleasure of seeing in almost 10 years of wedding planning, or she would have dictated some stricter rules.

It isn't the really ugly dresses that stand out in my mind — those were entertaining, but not all that memorable. The ones I cannot get out of my head stood out for entirely different reasons. Reasons that would made any logical mother realize that she absolutely, positively should not have worn that outfit in public, much less to her daughter's wedding. Here, the top 3 wedding day looks mothers of the bride should steer clear from.

Avoid the See-Through Look
I don't care how fashionable sheer fabrics are, you must be very, very careful that you're not showing off everything when you are backlit in your wedding outfit. On more than one occasion, I've actually cringed through an entire wedding ceremony when, from my angle, with the sun setting behind them, I could see EVERYTHING but the mother of the bride's dress. Her bra was completely visible, but so was her thong.

I've seen this exact same peep-show over and over again at "white" weddings, where everybody is asked to wear all white clothing. In one unfortunate case, the bride's mom had a horrendous wedgie, in very sheer white organza pants. And the guests stood through the ceremony. That wedding photographer had to do A LOT of editing.

Avoid Showing Too Much Skin
Lightweight, colorful maxi dresses are wildly popular at summer and tropical weddings, but not everybody can wear them well. And wearing them well means having the appropriate undergarments to keep everything in place, not just having enough fabric there to cover your private parts. I understand the challenge of finding something summery with enough strap to cover my bra. I also know how hard it is to find the right bras that offer support, and can be hidden, under the most popular strappy looks.

Too often, we see mothers of the bride in dresses that do not flatter their shape, or properly cover their curves. I don't care if the dress supposedly has a built in bra, if you've got C-cup or bigger, you need more support than some stitching inside an organza dress can ever provide.

See More: 5 Tips to Soothe a Stressed Mother of the Bride

Avoid Being a Showstopper
It's your daughter's big day, and you want to look good. But you shouldn't choose a dress that stands out in a big way from the way all the other guests. For example, if your daughter's having an afternoon wedding on the beach, and cocktails and dinner in a tent, it's not the time to choose a full-length beaded gown. It's also not the time to bust out a brightly-sequined cocktail dress of questionable length.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

The Pros and Cons of Making Mom Your Matron of Honor

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Oct 192016
Pros And Cons Of Making Your Mom Maid of Honor

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There's a trend toward more intimate weddings in recent years, with many couples opting for only a best man and maid of honor, in lieu of a large wedding party. It's also been more popular lately to include parents in the actual wedding party, asking dad to stand up as best man, and grandma or mom to be matron of honor.

It's sweet to see a bride standing with the matriarchs of her family, making the next big step in her life. But there are pros and cons to having your mom in your wedding party.

The Pros
- If your mom is your best friend in the world, it's fabulous to have her next to you as you exchange vows with your life partner. There couldn't be a stronger support than what you receive from the woman who raised you.

- It's unlikely that your mom will get drunk and disorderly at your wedding, so you can probably count on her to help you out from the time you start getting ready until you say goodbye to the last guest.

- Your mom is probably more honest with you than your bestie, especially when it comes to telling you the straight up truth about some of your wedding-day decisions not being the best ideas. Whether it's your wedding dress and she warns you that your gown is slightly unflattering from behind, or predicting that those gorgeous heels you want will feel miserable after 15 minutes, mothers are more realistic about your feelings. They know it's better to tell you the painful truth up front than let you limp around looking less than stellar at your wedding.

See More: The Wedding Planning Decisions You Should Always Consult Mom On

The Cons
- Mom can't throw your bridal showers (at least she's not supposed to, according to the most basic etiquette), and she isn't the best choice for planning your bachelorette party either if you're looking to entertain friends your own age. While she can certainly recruit friends to do the heavy lifting for those pre-wedding events, you might find some girlfriends bitter about getting the work when they're not in the wedding.

- Your parents are responsible for entertaining their friends who are invited to your wedding. If Mom has to spend a bunch of time doing MOH duties, such as helping you with your dress every single time you need to use the bathroom, she's going to miss far more of the party than she should.

- Your mom has a VIP guest of honor role at your wedding, even if she doesn't have a spot on the altar. If you want to involve her more, you have the option of asking her to read part of the ceremony. However, your best girlfriend may get hurt feelings if she's not asked to take a named position beside you. It's important to talk with your BFF and explain your reasoning before you make — and publicize — your decision, to mitigate the damage to your relationship.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

Here’s What to Do If You Really Don’t Want Mom’s Help Planning Your Wedding

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Oct 122016
How To Tell Mom You Don't Want Her Help

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Most moms assume they will be a part of their daughter's wedding planning. And that's natural, especially because back when most of our mothers got married, their parents planned their weddings, without a whole lot of input from the bride or groom.

That trend started shifting about 25 years ago, with brides and grooms getting more and more involved in the wedding planning process. At the same time, couples started paying for more of their own weddings, too. It's rare today to find the parents picking up the entire tab for their children's wedding. Now, many weddings are planned by the bride and groom with very little help (advice or financial) from their moms and dads.

Unfortunately, cutting mom out of the wedding planning process can result in some seriously hurt feelings if she's been planning your wedding day in her head for a long time. And that may be the exact reason you don't want her to be involved — because you know she will try to take over. But even if you're justified in your concerns, it would be totally unproductive not to take your mom's feelings into account. So, in my professional opinion, here's how to talk to her about it, in a thoughtful and considerate way.

The Sooner, The Better
You need to sit down and have a serious conversation with her soon after your engagement, because if she's already working on lists, you need to nip it in the bud before she's put in a lot of time and energy. Do it someplace private, in case either of you cries during the conversation.

See More: Wedding Planning Tasks the Mother of the Bride Can Help Her Daughter Handle

Be Prepared With a Compromise
Pick one thing you WANT your mom to do for your wedding, and be prepared to offer it out to her if things don't go well when you tell her you want to plan your wedding solo.

Listen to Her
Explain to mom that while you appreciate that she'll be there for you IF you need advice, you and your fiancé want to plan your wedding yourselves (and pay for it, because you can't completely shut her out and treat her like an ATM). Sketch out your overall plan so she doesn't feel like you're trying to keep her in the dark, and listen if she feels like she has to offer advice. You don't have to take it — you've just told her you may not. But she's still your mother and you owe her the respect of just listening. Telling her that you don't want to hear it will just make things worse.

You Might Still Want Her Two Cents
If your mom surprises you by being a really good sport about your request that she let you plan your own wedding, you might end up asking for her opinion on things more frequently than you had anticipated. You don't give up your planning autonomy by inviting her to go dress shopping or cake tasting with you. If you don't like what she has to say about your favorite, ignore her and buy it anyway. It's about letting her feel like she's a part of your big day, even if she didn't plan it, more than anything.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

BRIDES New Jersey: The Best Mother-of-the-Bride Dress Boutiques

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Oct 082016
Mother-of-the-Bride Dress Boutiques in NJ

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Most brides have been dreaming of their wedding day their entire life, but they're not alone. One very special person has done the same and is important to recognize — your mother. She's been by your side through every important milestone, and now at your most important one, she deserves to shine like the star she is. Be sure to visit these top New Jersey mother-of-the-bride boutiques together to ensure your mom looks (and feels) her best on your big day.

Castle Couture
Enter through Castle Couture's doors to a bridal wonderland, featuring everything a mother of the bride could dream of needing for their daughter's wedding day. Exquisite evening wear, dazzling accessories and in-house seamstresses make castle Couture a one-stop-shop for mothers of the brides. Their extensive Evening Wear department showcases stunning gowns and cocktail dresses that will suit any style wedding by designers including ALYCE Paris, Pronovias, Tarik Ediz, and Jovani Evenings, among many, many more. Read real brides' reviews here!

Dressed to the Nines
This full-service bridal boutique — located in Morristown — acknowledges the important (and glamorous) role of being the mother of the bride (and groom). Updated-yet-classic looks are what Dressed to the Nines specializes in, and the store will leave you feeling just that — dressed to the nines! With an extensive selection of designers including Rena Di Montella, Junnie Leigh and Paula Varsalona, this boutique is a go-to for the MOB/MOG looking for a glamorous look for their child's big day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Gisele's Unique Shop
Located in Warren, shop owner Pat O'Brien and her staff have been dressing women for momentous occasions in their lives since 1996. Aiming to have each client look and feel their most beautiful, this boutique focuses on the total experience — rather than "just" the dress. Carrying designers that include Gail Garrision and Flores and Flores, as well as impressive jewelry and accessories to complete your look, Gisele's Unique Shop promises an unparalleled and personalized shopping experience while completing the most beautiful ensemble.

See More: Get Mom and Your Bridesmaids Wedding Ready with The Help of These Local Makeup Artists

Jan's Boutique
About 70 miles outside of NYC, Jan's is certainly worth the trip. First established in 1974, Jan's has since expanded to a 50-dressing room storefront providing over 100 name brand designers, a shoe and accessory department, and an alterations department that guarantees your dress will fit like a glove. With the focal point of the business being on the mother of the bride and groom, Jan's is certain to have what you're looking for — and for those uncertain of what that is, their professional and courteous sales consultants will help each customer realize their perfect look for such a special occasion. Browse through over 10,000 dresses in stock from sizes 000-32, and your mama will be rocking a fabulous gown without question. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bernstein's Fashions
For over 60 years Bernstein's Fashions have been providing elegant, ready-to-wear and custom-made formal evening gowns for mothers throughout New Jersey. Located in Edison, this evening wear boutique carries sizes 4-16 and showcases some of the most talented designers from both the US and Europe — including Jovani, Ideas by Barbara, Lourdes Chaves, and more. Hosting seasonal trunk shows and offering in-house expert alterations, Bernstein's has everything a mother of the bride needs for looking stunning on her little girl's big day.

Browse even more local bridal boutiques for your mom's gorgeous gown — or even your own! — here

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6 Ways to Your Make Mom Feel Needed During Wedding Planning

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Oct 042016

Sometimes you really need your mom, and other times moms just need to feel needed. Weddings are one of those times when you'll either be begging her for her help or she'll be constantly pestering you about what she can do to help (typical mom, right?). Whether you're a total control freak or a really laid-back bride though, here's how to get mom involved in the wedding planning process without sacrificing your wants and desires.

1. Fill her in on everything
You don't necessarily need to have her attend your search for a wedding dress or your reception menu tasting, but just communicating with your mom and allowing her to feel as though she is a part of your life goes a long way to make her feel needed, points out Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions.

2. Ask for help with tasks that don't require opinions
Like addressing, stuffing and stamping envelopes or assembling favors, says Chancey Charm Charlotte wedding planner Miranda Tassi. "This gives you the opportunity to spend time together, but if you're a more controlling bride, doesn't allow for opinions to get into the middle of your quality time."

3. Play to her strengths
What does mom do best? If it's baking, have her make homemade cookie favors, suggests wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. Is she Mrs. Organized? "Ask her to help you prioritize the tasks that lie ahead of you. If caregiving is her thing, ask her to pack the emergency kit with every kind of health and beauty aid she can get think of so that when shoe inserts, headache medicine, body tape or tissues are in demand, she can feel needed all throughout the day."

See More:How 5 Brides Nearly Lost Their Sh*t Thanks to Their Moms

4. Have her track RSVPs or assemble welcome bags
A simple thing to have mom do is to track your wedding RSVPs. By rule, if your parents are doing the inviting, the RSVPs should go to her anyway, tells Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events. "You can also have her help you with selecting items and assembling your hotel welcome bags. She might even want to get a group of her friends together to do this one night and then just check that off the list."

5. Ask for her input on final design decisions
Narrow down some of your favorite ideas from your wedding day design and then let her help you decide, recommends Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer, owner of Pure Luxe Bride. "It'll be nice to have her feel as if she's a part of it, and you know you've already narrowed it down to some fabulous choices you love." Basically, it's a win-win for everyone.

6. Ask for emotional support
So what if your mom doesn't have the DIY skills to help you plan your wedding? She may be able to play the 'therapist' role you need to vent to and open up with your thoughts and concerns, notes Jenkins. "Many mothers can just appreciate they're loved and will happily continue to be there for you throughout the planning process."

Daughter-in-Law 101: 5 Tips for Seamlessly Becoming a Part of Your Partner’s Family

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Sep 292016

You've known your partner's family for a while now. Love 'em or leave 'em, becoming a part of his or her family requires a different, more flexible and more patient mindset. For all the brides-to-be who are about to become daughter-in-laws, here are some tips and things to remember to seamlessly becoming a part of your new family.

1. You are a stranger in a strange land.
Think of your time with your new in-laws as if you're traveling to a foreign country. His family's traditions and customs will be different from your family's. Have respect and remember that they've functioned perfectly well for generations their way. Don't go in guns-blazing to try to make them more like yours.

2. They speak a foreign language.
You may all be speaking English, but as a newcomer, you can't know the subtext of what's going on in a conversation: the meaning, intent, and history behind the words spoken are unknown to you. Don't assume you understand the deep meaning of your father-in-law's "Hmmm, that's interesting."

3. They have different body language, too.
When your mom looks at you askance, you know exactly what she's getting across. Your MIL? You haven't a clue what her raised eyebrow means. Don't assume it's the same message as your mom's raised eyebrow.

4. Let your spouse be your tour guide.
After a lifetime of living with them, your partner can read the situation, the mood, and the nuance far better than you'll ever be able to. For example if your partner says, "Hey, let's not push this point right now," or if he or she lets you know that showing up even just 15 minutes late to dinner with your in-laws is not cool, take the advice and adjust your behavior. If you're in doubt about what is going on, ask your partner to explain.

See More: The 3 Times Brides Should Definitely Listen to Mom During Wedding Planning

5. Let your partner take the lead.
It's best to have your fiancé make the plans with your in-laws and lead the difficult or delicate conversations with his parents. Weekly phone calls to say hello can be a great way to encourage a relationship (and all you have to do is just pop on for a quick "hi"). Conversely, you can take the lead with your family, so that it feels equal and balanced.

Allison Moir-Smith is an author and bridal counselor who specializes in engagement anxiety and cold feet.

How 5 Brides Nearly Lost Their Sh*t Thanks to Their Moms

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Aug 312016
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No matter how much you love your mother, she's bound to get on your nerves — even on your wedding day. That was certainly true for these five brides, who are here to share how their moms drove them completely crazy during the wedding planning process.

"My mom and I fought incessantly about the guest list. She insisted I invite family members I hadn't seen or spoken to years. Then, two of the guests cancelled just three days prior to our wedding date, and they didn't even have decency to tell me directly. They told my mother, who did not tell me. Instead, she let the seats go empty and paid for rather than letting me know so I could let a few people join last minute. I am still mad about it eight years later. She should be embarrassed to have fought so hard for these people who clearly did not care about us, never sent a gift, never apologized for cancelling last minute — all so that I could have fewer of my friends attending the wedding as a result." — Michele

"As if it wasn't bad enough that my mother completely overtook the planning process, she also overtook the wedding day. I'm pretty sure all my vendors wanted to kill her. She argued with my hairstylist about the best way to pin my updo. She told my photographer how to arrange us in posed photos. She told the limo driver which route to take us to the church. I felt so embarrassed the whole day." — Tara

See More: 5 Common Wedding Fights You Might Have With Your Mom

"On my wedding day, my mother persuaded everyone to convince me to not wear my glasses while walking down the aisle. It was hard for me to see, and I nearly fell. My groom rescued me as we walked up the steps." — Ruth

"My mother was one-of-a-kind. Nothing made her happier than when her two girls got married. The problem is she wanted to invite 1,000 people — 700 of whom we did not know. For my wedding, we had to create an A List and a B List. Only after the A List RSVPs came in did we plan to send the B List their invitations. But my mother took the B List and mailed it before the A List responded. We got lucky because many of our A List guests responded that they couldn't come, so we were able to accommodate the B List guests." — Lisa

"It sounds sweet, but my mom couldn't stop crying on our wedding day. Like, she sobbed nonstop. It started long before I even had my dress on and continued to the end of the reception. I was so worried about trying to comfort and calm her down that I had trouble focusing on how I was feeling — other than stressed, of course." — Abigail

Michelle Obama’s Blue Dress Killed It at the DNC — Here’s How to Rock the Look at a Wedding

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Jul 262016
michelle obama convention dress

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Michelle Obama killed it at the Democratic National Convention last night, and we don't just mean with her inspiring speech. Wearing a bold royal blue fit-and-flare dress by Christian Siriano (one of our favorite newlyweds), FLOTUS was glowing — perhaps it's that feeling when the pressure is off and you're not trying to get your husband elected.

All eyes were on Michelle Obama as she took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to lend her support for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. And of course, our eyes were on what Mrs. Obama was wearing — as always! The perpetually stylish FLOTUS rocked a royal blue Christian Siriano dress for her big DNC moment (he's having a good month, isn't he?), and had us at BRIDES wondering, how do we channel this look for a wedding? The answer is easy. Mrs. Obama's look makes the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress, as well as an amazing color choice for your bridesmaids. With a figure-flattering silhouette, cap-sleeves, and bright color, it's a great choice for mothers of the bride or groom looking for comfort, style, and sophistication. Want to get the look of Michelle Obama's DNC dress? In short, maxi, and even backless, here, are a few styles we think will have any mom channeling FLOTUS. And don't forget to take another style cue from Obama by pairing this color with silver accessories like her pointy toed pumps and amazing geometric earrings.

obama convention dress

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Pleated crepe dress, $65.66, Adrianna Papell available at Nordstrom

obama convention dress alfred sung

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Woven fit and flare dress, $198, Alfred Sung available at http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alfred-sung-woven-fit-flare-dress/3677658?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=ROYAL" target=new>Nordstrom

obama convention dress jcrew

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Resume sheath dress, $188, J.Crew

obama convention dress kors

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Ribbed stretch-jersey dress, $225, Michael Michael Kors available at Net-a-Porter

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Ponte Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress Cobalt, $54.99, Necessary Objects available at Target

This isn't the first time FLOTUS has embraced a homegrown fashion choice. Obama has been a strong supporter of American designers, frequently choosing pieces from the likes of Jason Wu, Tracy Reese, Michael Kors, and even J.Crew for many of her big first lady moments. Even at her first DNC in 2008, Mrs. Obama supported designer Narciso Rodriguez (the one responsible for Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's iconic wedding dress), wearing a black and red dress. Like Kate Middleton, who has the ability to sell out any piece she wears, when FLOTUS wears a dress, get ready to see copycats and for a quick sellout.

Melania Trump also made headlines for her fashion choice at last week's Republican National Convention when she chose a wedding dress by Roksanda for her speech. We can all agree, despite their differing politics, these are two very fashionable ladies.

The 3 Times Brides Should Definitely Listen to Mom During Wedding Planning

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Jul 252016

As we grow older, we learn the truth: Mother really does know best. But just because moms are usually right doesn't mean that daughters always take their advice. Especially when it comes to weddings.

The excitement, stress, and drama of planning a wedding can sometimes skew a bride's perception of things, and that's when it is important to listen and hear the advice your mother is giving you. While she's emotionally invested in your happiness, she may have a clearer head about individual situations.

Remember, your mom is on your team and wants you to be happy, even if she doesn't always agree with your decisions. You may not do what she tells you to do, but make sure you don't tune out her advice about the following three things:

Choosing a Wedding Dress
You are a reflection of your parents. Not just the physical characteristics you share, but the choices and decisions you make as well. Your mother wants you to look your best on your wedding day, no matter what current trends may dictate. She may realize a critical mistake you're making that you will regret in later life, such as showing entirely too much skin for a church ceremony, or choosing a wedding gown that isn't super flattering for your body type. Even with the best of intentions, your friends may not want to tell you that you're better suited in a different style. Your mom won't lie to you, even if it hurts your feelings, because she knows you'll be happier in the end.

Wedding Guest Drama
Something that would usually be a simple disagreement with a close friend or sibling can explode, in the blink of an eye, under the stressful weight of wedding planning. Your mom realizes the angst is situational, and she doesn't want you to do something dramatic that might hurt your relationships long term, so it's a good idea to follow her suggestion if she tells you to take it down a notch. More than one bridesmaid would have been fired, or sister demoted from the position of maid of honor, if mom hadn't intervened.

Dealing With In-Laws
Chances are, if you don't like your future mother-in-law, your mom probably isn't her biggest fan either. With that said, your mother has (most likely) been married and dealt with becoming a new family before. And she's well aware of the long-term repercussions of stupid decisions made for emotional reasons. You may not like your fiancé's mother much before the wedding, but she has the power to make your relationship hell in the future, should she choose to do so. Use your mom as a sounding board, and take her advice about dealing with it, rather than constantly complaining to your fiancé. It can cause a rocky start to the marriage if you can't learn to get along with his family. And it will be worse if you choose to have children together.

See More:
30 Emotional Mother-of-the-Bride Moments

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

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