Mother of the Bride: Dress Shopping 101

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Let’s be honest, everyone: Planning a wedding is hard! And it’s not just hard for brides, or for grooms - but also for moms! But don’t worry, there is one part of wedding planning that we are positive we can help make luxurious, enjoyable, and productive for your momma. So go ahead and win yourself “Child of the Year” by sending these shopping tips to your mom!

When is the right time to shop for my mothers dress?

To ensure that your dress will arrive in time for wedding day - and have a window of time for alterations, of course - we recommend that all mothers order their dress at least 6 months before wedding day! Waiting too much longer beyond 6 months can lead to rush production fees, rush alteration fees, and limited options when shopping… all a bummer!

What are the benefits of shopping at Emily Hart Bridal?

As the mother of the bride (or groom!) we know that this is a HUGE day for you: you’re going to be sitting in the front row, shining on the dance floor, mingling with every guest, and of course hanging framed pictures of this day all around your house for the rest of time. So we know your dress has to be PER-FECT! That’s why we have curated such a wide variety of gowns with you in mind… Sleeveless, or sleeved. Beautifully beaded, or simple and chic. A fuller skirt, or a more fitted number. We have the options, and the expertise to help you find your best look.

Added bonus: Once the dress arrives, Emily Hart Bridal has an in-house alterations team made up of Kansas City’s most talented seamstresses to help you hem, customize, and make your dress fit like a glove.

Should I know what my “style” is before I shop?

Don’t stress about knowing exactly what you want to wear before you arrive - our consultants have a true knack for helping a woman pinpoint her style! We do recommend that you consider waiting to purchase your gown until the bride has made the final decision for her bridesmaids’ dresses - that way we can help you coordinate your gown with her vision!

Do I need to make an appointment?

We ask that all mothers make an appointment when looking for their gown so that they can have a dressing room reserved, and the one-on-one attention of one of our consultants! (Who wouldn’t enjoy that kind of attention!?) You can book your appointment via our website, or giving us a call at 913-681-1500.

You are going to be GORGEOUS, momma. Let’s do this!