Mother-of-the-bride dress hunting is much more difficult than I imagined it could be.  In 10 weeks’ time, my daughter, Logan’s mum, will be getting married.

The excitement is mounting, the venue is booked, Kirsty has her dress, Courtney, the only bridesmaid has hers and I still do not have mine, though I have contenders.

I have an idea in my mind of the type of dress I want.

1 I want a dress that I will wear again, but one that is dressy, without being fussy.

2 I want to feel  comfortable.

3 I want a colour that suits me.

4 I don’t want to spend a fortune.

The dress code is not formal and the bride-to-be just wants the dress to suit me and has put no restrictions on colours. Yay, I can wear what I want!

Initially, I went searching with my darling GG, recovering well from his hip replacement, but bored out of his tree, so he was happy to come shopping with me. To be fair, he is the perfect husband, as he never minds accompanying me, if there is a plan. As he took the photos, the pics were sent to both daughters, who delivered their opinions, without reservation. So, do you think I can wear what I want?

Here are the dresses that I felt were worthy contenders:

My first stop was Marc Cain in Malahide (you can follow them on Instagram), where I found the dress that I featured in our ‘Style not Age’ Rainbow challenge a few weeks ago. I really like the coral dress above and I wore a colour very similar to it to a wedding in Malta nearly three years ago (below).  I seem to gravitate towards corals and pinks in the summer months.

We also headed to Naas in County Kildare to Kalu where Jenny looked after me. It is very easy to spend over an hour in this beautiful one-stop shop where you can be kitted out with all the accessories you might need also.  My two favourite looks are below.  I had to chop off my head as my tired, unmade-up face detracted from the photos.


I am not sure that this jumpsuit would be right for the occasion. What do you think?

I did attend a wedding last summer where the mother -of-the-bride looked absolutely stunning in a white jumpsuit. But she is a model and has legs up to her armpits.

I was very attracted to the dress below, but felt it was too similar to a blue-and-black LK Bennett dress I already have in my wardrobe.

My next stop was Kildare Village where I visited the Umit Kutluk store which opened there recently.  Here is a link to his website if you wish to look at more of his elegant designs.

While I loved the strong colours and the details in the dresses, neither of them fitted me properly as I seem to be an in-between size.


Ok, I can see there is a theme here ….I am definitely attracted to bright colours and blue and pink seem to be top of the list.

Have you a favourite so far?

Have you been a mother-of-the-bride?

What did you wear and have you any advice?

GG managed to take the photos even though he was on crutches, so big hugs to him.

I don’t think I have found what I am looking for yet, but I am having fun searching for my mother-of-the-bride outfit!