DO CHECK THE DRESS CODE
Speak to the bride before you start to find out what style of wedding she has in mind. Is it during the day or evening? Is it an indoor or outdoor event? Will it be relaxed or formal? This will help give you a steer. She may also have an idea about colours and silhouettes. The important thing is to keep her involved, so you're both happy with the final look.
DON'T WAIT TOO LONG
Ideally, it's best to start looking for a mother of the bride outfit six to eight months before the wedding date. This should give you enough time to try on a few different options, find something you love and allow for any alterations that need to be made.
DO GO FOR COLOUR & PRINT
Traditionally, the colours to avoid include anything in the white spectrum, black and red. Though it depends how the bride feels about this. To look understated yet elegant without making a faux pas, opt for pastel or rich shades of blue, green, pink or lavender. Think print too. Florals, polka dots and timeless stripes will capture the joyful tone of the occasion.
DO TRY ALTERNATIVES TO A DRESS
As the mother of the bride you'll be doing lots of meeting and greeting, so you'll want to feel your best on the big day. There are so many occasion dresses that will subtly reveal or conceal your figure, from long-sleeved to midi length to fit and flare styles. But if you're not a formal dress person, there are plenty of smart alternatives, such as a jumpsuit or trouser suit.
DON'T GO TOO HIGH WITH HEELS
Because weddings involve a considerable amount of walking, standing and dancing, you'll need shoes you'll be comfortable in. Kitten heels are a sophisticated option, block heel and wedge sandals will keep you stable on your feet, and don't dismiss flats – ballerina pumps can look ever-so-chic.
DO OPT FOR HEADWEAR
There are very few opportunities to wear a formal hat in everyday life, so a wedding is definitely the time to make the most of it. If a hat isn't your style, you could opt for a fascinator, jewelled headband or decorative hair clips instead.
DON'T FORGET YOUR LAYERS
Wherever the ceremony is taking place, be stylishly prepared for all scenarios. Going from indoors to outdoors. Sunshine and showers. Even the warmest settings can turn cool once the sun sets. So make sure you consider a cover-up as part of your look, whether it's a matching pashmina scarf or coordinating jacket.