How Not To Look Like The Queen Mother On your Son/Daughters Wedding Day!

I’ve had great fun putting this latest post together. What I would wear as mother of the bride for a wedding. I have three children and eight grandchildren and not one of my children are married yet!

When I was approached by House Of Fraser to choose a mother of the bride outfit for a wedding it brought about a few debates!


don't look like the queen mother on my wedding day!


It’s really quite important isn’t it when an occasion like this arrises.  It really got me thinking about what sort of outfit I would like to wear for this special wedding day. A few points came to mind

  • Comfortable – It’s going to be a long day!
  • Not too hot or cold to wear (you can never be sure of our UK weather!)
  • It’s got to look special
  • It needs to shift from day to night in a jiffy

I had some long conversations with my daughter Sara about what I would wear to her wedding day. Styles, colours etc for when it finally happens and the first thing she said was

“Please don’t get a suit and look like the queen’s mother”

All matching hat, shoes, and handbag”

Sara knows how I like to be a classic girl and can be way over monochromatic at times! Am I that predictable?

I would like to think that she could look at me on her special day and be proud, just like I know I will be of her. Even if she wore a bin bag!

House Of Fraser has so much to offer throughout the whole store, as well as the wedding Boutique where the store has put ideas into action to help you choose the way. Plus if you’re really stumped there’s always a personal shopper to fall back on.

I decided I wanted something feminine, floaty and fun for the big day.


The Dress

I chose this gorgeous floaty dress, by Coast, the “Maria Jacquard Dress” I fell in love with the colour and the golden thread running through it. The high and low hem is what added the fun part for me and I’m glad I played with pattern over plain.



The Jacket

The little Blush Pink “Sybil Jacket” from Phase Eight sits nicely on the waistline of the dress giving a more elegant effect to the outfit. Pinks, Browns and golden colours all matching nicely together, with lots of added contrast.



The shoes

The “Kankan Jewel Courts” from Carvella added the glamour I was after and thought these would work perfectly into the evening of a wedding. It was love at first sight as soon as I clapped eyes on them. They are not too high and very comfortable too.


I love the floaty hem at the back of the dress.


I didn’t add much jewellery to the outfit, I think it speaks for itself. A nice wedding corsage is all that’s needed.


I’m not a lover of showing my arms off! Hense the little jacket idea as a perfect cover-up. But you can’t celebrate and dance the night away in a jacket, can you?

I sent Sara some photos of the chosen outfit and she really liked it. I like that it’s elegant yet playful, not at all like the queen mother! plus I can wear all these items separately again.

Do you have a special wedding this year?

Do take a look at what the House Of Fraser Wedding Boutique has to offer. Everything is available for wedding guest outfits, bridesmaids, mother of the bride and of course the groom! I think the outfit I’ve chosen has turned out really well and it’s helpful to look at all the items suitable for a wedding on one page right down to the accessories.

I would like to thank  House of Fraser for inviting me to play at being Mother Of The Bride. I hope it will be for real soon!




Xo Laurie







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  1. April 30, 2018 / 9:04 am

    You look amazing, this is a beautiful outfit.
    2 of my close friends have children getting married this year and we have a whats app group where they share outfits as they try them on so we can all give our opinions! It’s so much fun even if it’s not for me, I’ll share this in the group, I’m sure they’d love to see a new idea ^_^

  2. April 30, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Beautiful outfit Laurie. You look stunning. Love your shoes too πŸ™‚ Thanks again for sharing at Creative Mondays, you will be one of my featured blogs today πŸ™‚

  3. April 26, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    You would certainly upstage the bride Laurie, you look stunning! I love the layered, floaty design of the dress, and those shoes are gorgeous! It’s always tricky planning a wedding outfit in the UK because of the unpredictable weather but you chose so well. I buy most of my occasion wear from House Fraser, I’m a big fan of Issa, Biba, Coast and Phase Eight. I helped my mother in law choose a wedding outfit from the website recently.

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      April 29, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Thanks, Emma. I was really surprised at the choice and having everything together in one place was helpful on choosing.

  4. April 26, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    How did I miss this post last week. Stunning dress. I wore a similar style last year to a special event. The high low with a muted pattern is spectacular.

    • laurie
      April 29, 2018 / 8:42 am

      Thanks, Linda. I really like how the dress floats at the back and it wasn’t too long at the front for little me! xx

  5. Miri
    April 26, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Hi Laurie,

    You look gorgeous in this dress and jacket. And those heels are gorgeous.

    When one of your children decides to get married, you will be stunning mother-of-the-bride.


    • laurie
      April 29, 2018 / 8:43 am

      Aw, thanks Miri! I’m looking forward to those days. I will be a very proud Mama! xx

  6. April 26, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    Laurie, I love this dress on you! So pretty and it really is perfect for the occasion. You look stunning as always! This post will be featured on the next Link Up On the Edge! Thanks for joining the party.


    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks Shelbee! xx

  7. April 25, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Popping back with #bloggersbest

  8. April 25, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    You look amazing in this dress Laurie! Great choice. I love the floaty hemline and that jacket is perfect. #bloggerclubuk

  9. April 25, 2018 / 1:42 am

    This dress is devine and you look perfectly fit to be royality. Honestly it’s absolutely stunning. I dislike how often the mother of the bride outfits look either drab or like a curtain. This is neither. Classy. Trendy. Age appropriate. Feminine.

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you so much for your huge compliments! xx

  10. April 24, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    Love the dress and also love the sentiment that MoB’s don’t need to look like MoB’s – there is a distinct ‘uniform’ peddled by some of the big stores too. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you Stephanie xx

  11. April 24, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    that outfit is stunning, we have 3 wedding this year starting with the eldest son getting married in June. i have 2 outfits put together but i’m really happy with either of them, think I might have to check out our local John Lewis here in Dubai. The other 2 weddings are best mates in July and our niece in October, then next year child 4 is getting married, I may have to come and ask you for a bit of advice for that one #pocolo

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:31 pm

      Please do! I would love to help out! Sounds like a busy year for you! xx

  12. April 24, 2018 / 4:58 am

    You look absolutely great in that dress!

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you!

  13. jodie filogomo
    April 24, 2018 / 12:40 am

    Amazing, amazing, and even more amazing, Laurie!! I totally had to laugh at your daughter’s words (probably because they are something I’d say to my mom –LOL).

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks Jodie. She never holds back my daughter! xx

  14. April 23, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    I adore how you look in that dress, Laurie, especially without that bolero. And those shoes. That subtle sheen of glint, so gorgeous.

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you Sheela xx

  15. April 23, 2018 / 11:26 am

    That dress is divine, Laurie! You look absolutely gorgeous. Let’s hope there’s a wedding for you to attend in the not too distant future πŸ˜‰
    Suzy xx

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks Suzy. One of them has to get married right? xx

  16. April 23, 2018 / 10:47 am

    You have super cool dress, congrats!

    My wedding is approaching.. 17 of June 2018… πŸ™‚

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you! I really like it.

  17. April 23, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Pretty and very elegant dress, love this look!

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you very much!

  18. April 22, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    That outfit is absolutely stunning Laurie! It looks so contemporary and modern. And great to have the little jacket. I have two weddings this year, my niece who is having a traditional wedding (I’ve earmarked a Joseph Ribkoff dress) and my stepdaughter. She’s a rock n roll bride who doesn’t want any fascinators, so I’ll be looking for a suitable low key sort of dress.

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:41 pm

      Oh I love the Ribkoff brand too Gail. They have a lovely collection this year that would be wedding-worthy xx

  19. April 22, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Flippin heck Laurie, you look fantastic. It is not monochromatic, yet it is still you. Classic but not β€œmother of the bride” in the bad way. My husband has prevented me buying a skirt suit twice by pointing out I looked like the mother of the bride haha. He did not mean that as a compliment. You however, look like a total knock-out.

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you so much Greetje. It’s good to see you here! xx

  20. April 21, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Oh wow, Laurie! Love the print, the floatiness and statement tiers of the dress. I can imagine you throwing off the jacket, Travolta-like, and dancing your little feet off. Those shoes too are so elegant. No fretting about what to wear now, hope you get a wedding soon! Hugs, x.

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:43 pm

      I hope so too Mary! xx

  21. April 20, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    You look stunning Laurie simply stunning ! X
    Such a classic and beautiful dress xx

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks matey xx

  22. April 20, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Wow Laurie you look stunning! What a wonderful dress. I am in love πŸ™‚
    No wedding this year πŸ™
    XO Tina

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Thank you Tina xx

  23. April 20, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    That is such a great look for the mother of the bride and not traditional at all.

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you Mary xx

  24. April 20, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Wow Laurie!! You look amazing! You couldn’t have picked a better dress. And eight grandchildren?? You must be the most stylish grandmother in the UK!

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:47 pm

      Oh, Nancy! You should see me after a day with them! I think you would change your mind! I so enjoy being with them though! xx

  25. April 20, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    This dress looks delicious Laurie, really does suit you and would fabulous next to any bride! I adore the shoes, they are so ‘in’ at the moment. Thanks for sharing this beautiful look. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      Thank you Jacqui xx

  26. April 20, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    You look beautiful! The dress is stunning! I love your daughter’s comment about not wearing a suit.

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:56 pm

      Thank you so much Amy xx

  27. April 20, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    You did great with this beautiful outfit … perfect dress and chic heels as well πŸ˜‰

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you! xx

  28. April 20, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    What an amazing dress! You look completely and utterly stunning. πŸ™‚ Dressing for a wedding is so hard as you want to look lovely, but you also want to be comfortable and be able to go with the flow of whatever day has been organised.

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you! xx

  29. April 20, 2018 / 10:28 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, Laurie, and no sign of the Queen Mum! That dress is stunning for every occasion! xxx

  30. April 20, 2018 / 9:25 am

    I have such an occasion in July and still I have not found the right dress. Like you I would want something I will wear again. And I do not want your typical mother of the bride look.. Will take a look in House of Fraser in Dublin..

  31. April 20, 2018 / 8:07 am

    Absolutely stunning Laurie, just the right note. When my daughter was married I tried far too hard – spent a fortune and really it didn’t feel like me – wish I’d taken photos in advance! When my son was married I was presumably going out for lunch and arrived in a tried and trusted dress. Actually had an hour’s notice that we were headed somewhere different and, consequently, I was wearing a dress that suited me perfectly. I have one more daughter left – gotta get it right!!

  32. April 20, 2018 / 7:21 am

    OMG, what a dress! Your dress is really wonderful, I love this design with the spectacular frills! And of course I love the lovely print! And I love the delicacy of the entire outfit, with the stilettos, the fantastic and elegant jacket and the clutch that is cute. Laurie you look really spectacular, beautiful and elegant!

    • laurie
      May 8, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      Thank you so much Josep-Maria. It sure seems to have gone down well with the readers! My daughter loved it too xx

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