As the season of romance approaches and many happy couples celebrate engagements over recent weeks, as many look to start their plans for their big day, parents of the bride and groom also begin their search to be best dressed.

The bridal gown is infamous as one of the most difficult items to find for her special day, but both mothers and fathers of the bride and groom seek to ensure they look the part for their loved ones wedding... and Telford Shopping Centre is here to help!

Mother of the bride and groom outfits illustrate classic chic and though the colours may alter with the seasons, their timeless, tailored styles continue. Many mothers opt for the dress with tailored straight cut or slight flair from the waist to create a feminine look usually to a knee or mid-calf length. Partnered with a co-ordinating jacket, bolero or shawl the style is effortless. For mothers who prefer trousers, there are many trouser suit options too including use of beautiful pattern designs throughout or simply as a partnering jacket. Occasion trouser suits also feature distinct tailoring creating a flattering, feminine look fitting for the event.

Top colours for 2016 Mother of the Bride fashions are blush pink, lavender, navy and soft grey/beige.

Hats can be a tricky point for many. Not everyone is comfortable wearing a hat or wishes to cover up their hairstyle. For those who prefer something lighter, the fascinator is the top choice. There is no right or wrong answer between the choices of hat against fascinator however whichever option you choose; there are some top tips to consider:

  • Keep things simple - whether a fascinator or a hat, keep the design simple without too much fuss or decoration. Extreme and unusual designs are best kept for the catwalk or Ascot.
  • Co-ordinate colour - complimenting the colour of your accessories to your outfit is a must to maintain the classic chic look. Leave the hat for last and match against your outfit. Contrasting colours make for a more modern twist but try to steer clear from anything that clashes with the wedding party.
  • Remember the photographer - when choosing your accessories think of the photographs. Try to avoid hats with significantly wide rims as these will cover your face and add shadow over that glowing pride you’ll show on the day.

Mothers can get inspiration and advice from the dedicated teams at House of Fraser and Debenhams to help get everything in place and take the stress out of the preparations. Featuring top brands for occasionwear including Debut, Coast, Jacques Vert and more their team can help the whole wedding party find the perfect outfit.

Fathers of the bride and groom are looking to stay sharp for their loved one’s special day too and Telford Shopping Centre has plenty to make that happen. Moss Bros wedding suit hire offers a range of collections to suit the entire party. Or, if they’re looking for something a little different, suit collections from Moss, M&S, BHS, House of Fraser or Debenhams could be the perfect choice for you. When considering the suit, fathers should lean towards smart tailoring to add shape and keep smart throughout the day - even on the dance floor. Time-old “dad dancing” may not be possible to prevent but the stores at Telford will keep you looking smart as you show those moves.

Navy, dark grey or light grey are top choices for father of the bride or groom - and overall great wedding party choices too! Consider accessories such as tie and pocket square to incorporate some of the wedding colour theme to complete the look.

Find out what more Telford Shopping Centre can do for you at its annual Wedding Exhibition from Thursday 28th - Sunday 31st January and see the centre transformed showcasing more than just your average shopping destination. 

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