A wedding is so much more than the actual wedding day.  With so many brides involving their mums in hen party celebrations, planning rehersal dinners and hosting weekend-long parties.  This means that for a style conscious mother of the bride or groom wedding dressing is increasingly concerned with many outfits, rather than simply one.

Mother of the bride, or groom? The good news is that when it comes to the hen party it’s no longer the case that your daughter, or daughter-in-law to be will spend her last night of freedom in a nightclub wearing L-plates.   Thankfully hen parties have become increasingly sophisticated and varied, from weekend city breaks to experiencing the chef’s table at a top London restaurant, or afternoon tea at a country house hotel.

Equally many couples are choosing to extend wedding celebrations, giving family and friends the chance to catch-up and celebrate over the course of drink receptions, meals and get togethers.  Formal, informal, and everything inbetween.  So popular is the ‘extended wedding’ that we dedicated a feature to it in our recent in-store fashion show.  Take a peek at some of the most popular looks…

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Dee, Fashion Advisor at N.Shelley says, “Mothers or the bride & groom tend to choose classically feminine outfits for the wedding day itself, but for the hen party, or rehersal dinner they let their individual style really shine through.  Often its the first time they’ve joined their daughter and her friends on a night out, and it’s the perfect chance to really vamp up and have some fun with on-trend shapes, bold colours and statement jewellery”.

Mother of the Bride: Our top 5 favourite party brands…

We adore these brands.  Why? Incredible quality, flattering shapes and a wearable way to enjoy this season’s most fashionable looks.

Ramp up the glamour stakes…

If you’re more confident sticking to black for your evening party look then consider adding a serious style statemement through your accessories.  Lisa Kay, our go-to accessories brand, designs with sophisticated clients in mind…and yet still delivers when it comes to the key looks of the moment.  Bold colours that pop, and flashes of metallic guarenteed to make sure your outfit is ultra-modern.

Layer your jewellery too.  For a really fresh look, eclectic is best.  Don’t shy away from mismatching metallics and combining styles.

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If you’re busy planning your wedding wardrobe, drop by the store! Browse our wide selection of daywear, occasionwear, lingerie & accessory brands, and enjoy lots of friendly style advice from our team.  You can also follow us on Facebook, and stay up to date with new fashion arrivals.

Find us at 75-79 High Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9AS or call 01277 621 000.