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Wedding To Remember

Don't forget mom

Wedding fashions tailored for the mothers-in-law at LuGarre Fashions

While the bride and groom are the stars of a wedding, their proud mothers are also important featured players and want to look their best for that special day. Gloria Ravetto, owner of LuGarre Fashions in Sunnyvale, said that there is, strictly speaking, no one "correct" look for the bride or groom's mother, but she had several practical suggestions on selecting an outfit that would both flatter the wearer and complement the look of a wedding.

First, the couple's mothers must consider the time and setting of the wedding, which can range from a very formal evening affair, where long dresses would be appropriate, to a very informal wedding set at the beach or in Yosemite National Park, where a more casual look would work best.

Even a dressy pants suit isn't necessarily an inappropriate choice for the mother of the bride or groom, depending on the setting and what the wedding party is wearing, Ravetto said. "Each wedding is different."

Another important factor to consider in selecting an outfit is the color scheme of the event, Ravetto said. "You don't want to show up in something that's going to fight the other colors in the wedding."

Ravetto emphasized the importance of not rushing into a decision about what to wear. One's decision should be based upon the right fit, and a style and color that are especially flattering to the wearer, "because those wedding pictures last a long time."

Comfort is something a mother probably doesn't think about when choosing what to wear to a son or daughter's wedding, but it's essential, Ravetto said. "You're going to be in this dress for at least six or seven hours - sitting, standing, greeting guests at the reception, dancing. You want to go into the wedding wearing something that's comfortable."

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