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      Bombshell Journal — mother of the groom

      Wedding Planning Countdown with Bombshell HQ

      Wedding Planning Countdown with Bombshell HQ

      Wedding Planning Countdown with Bombshell HQ...

      Whether you are the bride or mother of the bride, planning a wedding is such an exciting time, but can be fraught with anxiety and various hurdles. Here are Bombshell HQ’s top tips on the countdown for planning a wedding!

      Timescales when Planning a Wedding 

      Who doesn’t love a wedding? Getting all dressed up and spending time celebrating positivity and love. Having worked in the wonderful world of weddings and special occasion events, for many years we have all our knowledge of planning wrapped up in this blog to help guide you. 

      Two of fun facts for you:  

      Did you know the average time from engagement to the special day is between 12 and 18 months?  

      Did you know that the majority of proposals happen at Christmas?  With July and August second in the run up!  40% of couples categorised wedding planning as “extremely stressful”.  

      Yes we chuckled at this too! A slight understatement! There was a survey taken out in which 53% of couples said their parents are the biggest stressors. Shock horror! It’s hard however, if you are the Mother of the Bride, and may also be paying towards the event and would desperately love to help. This is where we recommend the whole family communicate effectively with each other, because it will ease the pressure and stresses, allowing time spent for focus on research, fun and buying those gorgeous dresses and matching accessories!   Let’s focus on these popular seasonal weddings because depending on when the special occasion is, there will be requirements specifically to planning and thinking ahead when it comes to style, stock, and colours.

      “You need to remember the wedding is about you and your future husband, and the life you are starting.”  

      Kelly Dellinger - Wedding Planner


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      Summer or Winter Wedding...

      The wedding day has been set and the excitement begins!

      When to buy a dress..

      Let’s help give you an example of when you should buy your dress and outfit. 

      If the wedding is in May 2022, then you should be looking at buying your dress THIS summer.  

      Why? Because by next Spring you won’t have all the choices for dresses you’d love because not all the spring and summer stock arrives in time into shops. 

      The problem that we also find can come up is that the Mother of the Bride traditionally gets to choose her colour first after the bride has chosen the bridesmaid colours. So there can be a delay of knowing which colour you can choose….yes, this is where the stress can start to build.

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      Dieting for a Special Occasion

      "Well let's face it, we’ve all been there haven’t we?"

      A celebration is announced, it seems a distance in the future, but comes around quicker than we thought and realise that we’d like to lose a few pounds before we slip into our gorgeous outfit. At Bombshell HQ we have been designing and fitting occasion dresses and working with our wonderful clients for many years, and so have a sure fast understanding of what and when you could be thinking about dress fittings and any dieting.

      Three Month Rule 

      12 weeks or a rounded three months is the timescale we recommend when it comes to thinking about any diet.  Three months means you are not crash dieting but working your diet into a healthy routine. If and only if, you are going on a diet, please bear in mind your dress size and what can be altered! For the record - we as you know are pretty anti dieting! We embrace voluptuous forms. For example, if you are looking to lose a little weight, maybe think about 4 pounds a month, which is realistic without changing your body drastically. Think about it, you have bought the most exquisite dress and it was tailored but now it doesn’t fit properly. Not a great scenario, therefore here is where Bombshell parachute in with advice! Let’s talk about the Golden Rule here….


      Always buy a dress that fits you, but one that can be tailored to your size. Never buy a dress “thinking” you might fit into it next year. That’s the trick and it works time and time again.  However, be prepared that a great dress maker will not be able to adjust the dress size more than TWO sizes. Problems can arise on the shoulder line. Waist and hips are usually fine to go down more. 


      The Order of Buying the Entire Outfit  

       The questions below are ones that are asked of us all the time and so appreciate that the order of purchases sometimes causes anxiety in the wedding planning conversation!   “What should I buy first, the hat or the dress? The shoes or the dress? The hat or the shoes?”    To answer simply buy a wedding outfit in this order:   

      Dress - Hat - Shoes - Accessories   

      Your chosen dress style and colour will impact the whole outfit, and it can be very limiting to build choices around a hat or a favourite coat - not impossible but definitely limiting!  We’ll touch upon colour palettes later in the post, but as a rule of thumb, before you choose any of your outfit, check in with the Bride because the last thing you must do is colour clash or  throw a spontaneous style bomb into the equation, let us spare the blushing bride on her special day!   

      So you know, when it comes to coats and shrugs - Bombshell HQ is excited to be launching a loose fit duster style jacket and a fitted dress length jacket. Perfect to complement a Bombshell dress and take your look from classical formal feeling of the precious day to the evening of the party.   

      Choosing the Right Colour Palette...

      Reminder of hierarchy... ...when it comes to colour decisions: Bride chooses Bridesmaids colours Then Mother of the Bride, and last, but by not least, the Mother of the Groom.

      Do you have a colour palette that the Bride has chosen?   

      This has to be factored into the choice of dress because colours are so important on the day, cascading down from the Bride’s wedding dress and shade of her dress; then to the Bridesmaids’ dresses; thereafter the proud Mother of the Bride and then onto the wonderful Mother of the Groom. 

      Wedding protocol and etiquette is super important when it comes to colours, which is why we suggest having a conversation with the family to ensure that everyone adheres to the colour palette. It makes life so much easier and takes out the stress of worrying if your choice will complement the theme of the day.s been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.

      Can You Ever Wear Black to a Wedding? 

      As women we often head straight to our comfort zones and opt for the black cocktail dress don’t we? The question here is however, can black be worn at a wedding? Elaine Swann is a wedding etiquette expert and the founder of The Swann School of Protocol, and says: 

      “....while black dresses and gowns are perfectly acceptable for most formal weddings, you might want to consider another hue if you've been invited to noontime nuptials or a casual, seaside ceremony.”

      We have also seen an American “look” trending, where the wedding party are in black cocktail dresses, with the mothers in long black sequinned gowns.

      How To Accessorise Like A Royal

      How To Accessorise Like A Royal - Bombshell London
      Have you heard of the Lady's Maid? Alicia Healey is a former Royal Lady's maid who has an amazing instagram page called @theladysmaid and is enjoying International success with her stunning style. Creating winning combinations with her use of both high street and designer accessories. As a Royal Lady's maid Alicia really does know who's who and what's what. At the bottom of this page you can see her book which de codes the dress codes for event wear and offers insider tips of how to care for your clothes.  With no further delay I invite you to marvel at the beautiful ensembles she has put together for Bombshell HQ.

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      Amazing Grace

      Amazing Grace - Bombshell London
      Catch her while you can Grace us one of our instant classics - we know this because our phones are ringing off the hook and we've had to employ more people in our little London factory to keep app with the demand. It's like the Nigella sensation of 2009, all over again.

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      Mother of the Groom - It's the hardest gig in the room

      Mother of the Groom - It's the hardest gig in the room - Bombshell London

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      So, your baby boy has found the woman of his dreams? That's wonderful news. Congratulations. And you're starting the hunt for drop-dead gorgeous wedding guest dresses? Yes?

      As the buzz begins around the hunt for the perfect wedding dress, finding suitable bridesmaid's dresses and the colour scheme for the flowers, I know that, as the mother-of-the-groom, it can be easy to feel a bit lost in the happy chaos. 

      Mother Of The Groom | Dresses For Weddings

      Where does the mother-of-the-groom fit in the scheme of the day?

      First of all, there’s the etiquette that comes with any wedding. This is, after all, the bride's big day. And, once she's happy with her choice, it's over to her mum – as the mother-of-the-bride – to choose her dress. 

      And, not forgetting, the all-important hat. This is important for you, as the mother-of-the-groom, as experience tells me there’s a potential for much sensitivity about 'out-hatting' the mother-of-the-bride.

      Where to look for elegant wedding guest dresses?

      Such wedding etiquette and traditions, then, can see you being the last to choose what you'd like to wear – and being left with rail after rail of sour sherbert lemon, lacklustre lavender, crisp apple green and dull autumnal ochre, even for spring weddings.

      Add to this sugared almond of a colour scheme, the fact that when you start to search for wedding outfits for women, you'll be faced with a scalloped-edge sea of cropped bolero jackets and lace corsages. So much so that you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd fallen into a fancy dress shop.

      Confident Bombshell 3/4 Sleeve Dress Brilliant Blue

      Here at Bombshell HQ, I think that the high street and many online stores would have you believe that, as the-mother-of-the-groom, this is all that's available. And I’m dedicated to letting you know that, when it comes to occasion dresses, it doesn't have to be like that.

      So, fear not. I’m here to take the strain out of shopping for mother-of-the-groom outfits, replacing any stress with a whole heap of glorious and a generous splash of va-va-voom. And – and this is vital – I’ll help you hold onto your sense of self  – as well as your sense of style in the process.

      How to be a drop-dead gorgeous mother of the groom

      The many mothers-of-the-groom I've helped to dress over the years have taught me that their role isn't always an easy one. Hence the title of this post. Not only do you have to do a delicate dance around the etiquette of the day, but there may also be a plethora of family politics to negotiate.

      Are you divorced from your son's father, for example? Perhaps this will be your first chance to show the world that your head is held high and your smile is radiant as you rock out on the dancefloor in the early hours. All while he's woken by his 30-year-old yoga teacher wife – to tend to their screaming twin toddlers.

      Fit Flare Flatter 'Black Polka Dot' Bombshell Dress

      Perhaps life has been more fun and enjoyable than the pressure to join the gym and shift those final pounds you promised yourself you'd lose before the day? I get it. And I celebrate it – and you. So what if the mother-of-the-bride is a slip of a thing? So what if you're faced with ex-husbands, their new partners and the weight of everyone's expectation?

      This is your chance to make an entrance that's both classy and fabulous, all while oozing quiet, assured confidence. It's your day to be you – the woman who raised the gorgeous groom. Who's quite rightly proud of her boy and is here to celebrate his union with the love of his life.

      Stylish and timeless mother of the groom dresses that will make you feel incredible 

      So, what's going to make an impact in the midst of all these wedding guest outfits, with their fascinators and feathers? And what's going to make you feel fantastic? 

      I believe, quite simply, that it's all in the cut. It’s in the colours and the understanding that as women, we have curves – some of which we love to show, and some that we're more comfortable to conceal.

      Shop Mother of the Groom outfits

      I founded Bombshell HQ because I couldn't find the right dress for my own curves, so – using what I’d learnt in my work as a television costume designer – I went ahead and designed one. I developed the hourglass shape you’ll find here on the site across all body types by creating balance within each dress. My drive? I wanted to create a dress that would become a woman's ultimate secret weapon.

      Powder Blue Grace Tie Front Shirt Dress

      Cotswolds Red Roses Bombshell 3/4 Sleeve Confident Dress
      Invitation Cinder Rose Collar Sarong Dress

      And it’s my understanding of the need for you to feel confident in our dresses that sets Bombshell HQ apart. It's why Nigella Lawson bought twelve dresses in one fell swoop when she found me. And why my mothers-of the groom write back to me after the big day with testimonials like these:

      A friend introduced me to Bombshell as I was looking for an outfit for my son's wedding. I’ve recently lost a lot of weight so wanted something that would be flattering to my curves but also hide the imperfections and this dress is perfect." 

      Denise S.

      The perfect dress for a winter wedding. I have always struggled with finding the right dresses for my shape, but I love Bombshell dresses, they make me feel all woman. I now have three hanging in my wardrobe.

      Mrs M

      Confidence is integral to my design philosophy. And, using the finest fabrics and British manufacturers ensures I can look after every detail of every dress, every step of the way. I'm proud to say that the Bombshell dress has become the 'go to' dress for many of my fabulous customers. It's wonderful to think that, in a Bombshell dress, they feel that they can take on the world.

      Bombshell White Evening Gown - Dresses For Weddings

      Stylish elegance you'll wear again and again

      Unlike many of the wedding guest outfits you'll find both on the high street and online, you'll be able to wear your Bombshell dress time and time again. That's because I don't do boleros. And I don't make lace corsages. Instead, I create dresses that you can dress up – or down – with ease. Dresses that scoop, skim, drape and flatter. 

      The exquisite shearing panels of my mother-of-the-groom outfits will emphasise your curves, while my choice of sleeves – yes, actual sleeves – will free you from the constraints of the toning cashmere cardigan. All while leaving enough room for you to enjoy your wedding breakfast – and then dance the night away.

      Are you ready to explore my selection of dresses for wedding guests? Are you ready to take your place as the mother-of-the-groom with confidence? Step this way.

      Take me to the dresses - shop our full collection of mother of the groom dresses.

      Silk Dupion Emerald Green Grace Tie Front Shirt Dress
      Bombshell Shot Silk Dupion Heron Blue Dress
      Invitation Oyster Collar Sarong Dress

      Toby Roses Confident Bombshell Cap Sleeve Dress

      Soft Gold Confident Bombshell 3/4 Sleeve Dress

      Gold GRACE Tie Front Shirt Dress


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