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Baby mama of the bride???

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Have you seen this ad for "Mother of the Bride" dresses here on Spark People?

First of all, I can't imagine many brides being really happy with Mom when she shows up looking like *she* might be the bride! I showed it to my daughter, who has a bunch of friends getting married next summer, and she was agog with horror that anyone would think that dress appropriate for the MoB.

But even more jarring to me is the fact that the model looks to be about 23. And if you click through on the ad itself, the suggested dresses are scattered with gowns that look more like something a teen would wear to the prom. Look instead of a Mother of the Bride dress, you can wear this Mother of the Bride negligee! Seriously? Apparently these companies are catering to child brides whose daughters are also children!

Yes, there are dresses that are age and situation appropriate, but the number that aren't is boggling. This is not the day to be in competition with your daughter, but these dresses sure encourage such behavior!

No deep insights, I was just a little flabbergasted and wanted to share!
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  • K1TT3N
    I agree
    1779 days ago
    Woah! No I hadn't seen that advertisement. I didn't even look that sexy on my wedding day!
    1780 days ago
  • MOXIE26
    I hadn't seen the ad before but when your blog page opened up, there it was to the left of the blog. Although it's a beautiful dress, I can't imagine wearing it as mother of the bride. Actually, I can't imagine wearing it all right now. But give me another 12 months.....
    1781 days ago
    I'm already too old for that particular dress. I wonder what fashion trends will be by the time my kids are old enough to get married in 10 years or more.

    Yep, wedding ads here too because of your topic.
    1781 days ago
    Amazing, but the thing about that picture (and most ads for fashion magazines these days) that bothers me a whole lot more? The vacant expressions. I so prefer getting my Sports Authority catalog because the models are smiling and engaged in whatever sport the clothes or gear they're modeling involves. I may buy some clothes from some places, but each ad and catalog they send just makes me less.

    As to Mother of the Bride dress, I honestly don't know. Set that next to a full flowing wedding gown and I honestly can't see her upstaging the bride just from the dress. Now, if the MOB stood around in that pose and with that expression ... I'd call it a mid-life crisis and pity her.
    1781 days ago
    That photo doesn't look bad to me--although that woman does look awfully young to be a MOB. Having been one a few years ago, I found that there seem to be only two styles of dress generally available--matronly and ugly!
    1781 days ago
    I hadn't seen that ad, but when I opened your blog page - TA-DUM - there it is on the left hand margin!

    I have two daughter's engaged to be married next year, and rather dread shopping for those particular dresses. I would rather not have to dress in some societal-expected way just because I'm the bride's mother. I'm secretly hoping they'll simply elope and I can skip the MOB dress shopping.

    At 45, I do feel rather young to be dressing in some dowdy/gaudy get up. My daughters are 24 and 23, not "children", but I still feel a bit too young to be "matriarchal" in some cover-it-all-up from throat to ankle dress/jacket combo with sensible shoes.
    1781 days ago
    Oh my. I'm every bit as flabbergasted as you are. Yes, I really do believe they're catering to very young moms whose brides-to-be are also very young. I can't imagine the average 40- or 50-something wearing most of these getups. If I were a young bride, I would be insulted that my mother tried to upstage my day.

    This is almost as good as the prom dresses that have the front cut-out area for the "sexy" baby tummy prom queen. Yes, I've seen gowns like that.
    1781 days ago
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