Unwritten wedding rules exist; namely that you don’t wear white and you don’t wear anything resembling a wedding dress.
One mother-of-the-groom decided to ignore the ‘no gown’ rule and opted for a sparkly number from John Lewis.
Posting a review on the site, she explained how she had been inundated with compliments at her son’s New York wedding.
A Mumsnet user spotted the comment and started a fierce debate over whether the woman was trying to upstage the bride.
“Unless I knew for certain that the bride was ok with it, I wouldn’t risk it personally,” one person commented. “It could clash with a bridal outfit depending on the type of dress the bride wore.”
“It’s a lovely dress, but so not suitable for mother of the groom. Or anyone at a wedding IMO,” said another.
However, plenty of people believed that there was no problem with the dress – especially for a traditionally more glamorous American wedding.
Noting that the design was “fairly standard dress in the US,” one commenter noted: “I mean if my MIL (mother-in-law) wore it to my wedding, I wouldn’t have been impressed as it would have been inappropriate and attention-seeking at my kind of wedding.”
Others didn’t get what all the fuss was about: “I don’t get the angst about what people wear to weddings. It’s not hard to work out who the bride is regardless of what anyone else is wearing.”
“If my mother-in-law wore it at our wedding, I wouldn’t be bothered either way,” a final comment said.
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