Bride-zilla? Mom-zilla?

With a 2-year backlog of weddings plus the newly-engaged crop, my inbox has been flooded with requests for help choosing  M-O-B and M-O-G dresses.  This mom was considering royal blue, but wanted some input on color choices.

Not that there were any “-zillas” involved in this situation, folks.  Just being a smart-alec with that headline. Anyway here were some suggestions I came up with, collaged with a copy of Mom’s head pasted (not so artfully) onto each of them.  Bridesmaids will be in a rich wine color.  Which color do you like best for her?

My thought was that a blue-toned dark green or teal-ish blue would bring out here eyes more that the royal she was first drawn to.  She ended up being drawn to those two herself.

I made these recommendations without knowing anything about her body type, but turns out she’s 5’8″ and 125# and would probably look good in a feed sack.  Hopefully she has moved from dreading the spotlight to feeling excited about how great she can look.  And that’s a lesson we can all take to heart.


About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Liz Schneider on April 13, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I am in this boat now, with sage/olive green bridesmaid dresses . As mom of bride do I wear what compliments me in terms of color and style, match with other mother(s),? I am a non-traditional person and while I’d like my dress to be “me” I also don’t want my traditional daughter to be uncomfortable with any choice. I’d been hoping for a long decorative jacket over light shell and pants, not traditional bride shop dress.

    • Jeanne Massey on August 26, 2022 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Liz –

      I’m right in your boat! My daughter, who lives in New Orleans, is getting married in November. Outdoor early evening wedding. Colors: Sage and Cream. Like you, I’m a definitely a non-traditional person — the thought of wearing a M-O-B dress makes me cringe. So, my plan is palazzo pants with a decorative top (but, not too much!) I’d love to wear black pants with sage top, but will probably go with sage pants and cream top. Comfy!

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