The Modern Mother of the Bride


Image Courtesy of Vogue

The scene is set: the glamping booked, the tea lights are twinkling in the trees and the bails of hay are ready to be strategically placed upon which to enjoy a glass of bubbles, the last thing the mother of the bride wants to be is traditional!

We at Macbees know that today’s mother of the bride is just as style-savvy – if not more so – than any guests flying in from fashionable afar. With more than 30 years of mother of the bride styling under our belts we will ensure you find the perfect mother of the bride outfit so we’d like to share a few things we’ve learned along the way. . .

1.Set the scene.

You want to be in keeping with the surroundings so whether you are mother of the bride or groom make sure to treat the bride to be to a cocktail or a cuppa over which she can give you pointers on colour schemes, styles and degrees of formality. Always best to compliment the bridesmaids tones.

2. Flatter your figure.

Don’t be afraid to go for a fitted silhouette, we always stock a wide range of figure flattering pieces and have a great selection with a jacket, coat or  sleeve to keep upper arms covered up if needs be. This built in cape from Caroline Kilkenny is the perfect hassle free cover up. We also offer an alteration service in case any tweaks are needed.

Caroline Kilkenny mother of the bride Macbees Killarney

3. Dare to be Different

Your mother of the bride outfit doesn’t just have to be for the wedding day, choose a piece you really love and you’ll be able to wear it over & over again in the future. This season we introduced the quirky couture styling of Spanish brand Fely Campo (link), perfect for the day but will look just as perfectly placed at the races or at a New Years cocktail party


4. Comfort is Key

You are going to be in this outfit for more than 14 hours so make sure you are comfortable. Keep heels to a realistic height and if worried about standing around in uncomfortable shoes for the day why not have a chic pair of flats on hand just in case.

5. It’s Nice to be Neutral

If the bride is struggling to pin point the perfect bridesmaid dress? It doesn’t mean you have to leave your mother of the bride shopping until the last minute. Go for the timeless elegance of a neutral palette and then it doesn’t matter what she chooses. We are loving these gold tones from Aideen Bodkin.

Aideen Bodkin Gold Allegro Dress

Aideen Bodkin Gold Vista Dress Mesto Jacket

Aideen Bodkin Gold Vista Dress

6. Play the Long Game

Comfort equals confidence so make sure you’ve selected something that fits & flatters, with our style savvy sales staff on hand to help this won’t be a problem. Your hat or headpiece is essential for the photos but swap it for some statement chandelier earrings later in the evening.


Macbees Killarney has always been synonymous with something for that special occasion and now with labels like Caroline Kilkenny, Aideen Bodkin, Fely Campo, Gabriela Sanchez, Luis Civit, Carla Ruiz and so many more we ensure that the eternal search for ‘something different’ for the mother of the bride  is satisfied.

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