Dress as the Stepmother of the Bride

Stepmothers are often portrayed as evil women, home-breakers who treat their stepchildren badly. However, this is far from truth. Increased divorce rates have complicated the definition of a family. Almost everyone of us knows of someone who was raised by his/her stepmother. While stepmother may enjoy a prominent position in the life of her stepchildren after their biological mother left, occasions such as wedding often place biological mother in the limelight while the stepmother has to gracefully bow out. Sitting arrangement, mother of the bride attire are some departments which may lead to upsetting situations if not handled with caution. So, in case you are a stepmother of the bride, then you might benefit from reading this article.

How to Choose Your Wedding Attire
The etiquette for wedding dresses says that mother of the bride picks her dress first and all the other women in the wedding party follow the suit. Mother of the groom, bridesmaids, maid of honor coordinate their outfits with the mother of the bride. However, they are the subdued versions of mother of the bride outfit in color, style, patterns etc. Mother of the bride also has a say when it comes to choosing bridal outfit. The general notion is that, while the bride should be in a spotlight, her mother should also stand out from other women in the wedding party. As a stepmother, you may not like this etiquette, more so if your husband is hosting the entire event. However, one must understand that wedding is not the place to outshine the mother of the bride. While you don’t need to back out of the wedding altogether, it is alright to play second fiddle to the biological mother just this once. Nonetheless, there are various scenarios which dictate the way in which stepmother of the bride should dress up. Here are a few of them.
Biological Mother Deceased
If your husband married you after the death of his ex-wife (mother of the bride) and you raised the bride, then there is no need for you to take a backseat at this wedding. While it is not acceptable to share the spotlight with the bride, you can certainly play an equal to the mother of the groom. In that case, you can coordinate your outfit according to the mother of the groom dress. You can also talk to your stepdaughter regarding what she expects you to wear. You can also share the front row with your husband and groom’s parents during the reception. This is one scenario which may not be as complicated as the others.