Mother of the Bride – Mother of the Bride Checklist – Bride Online

Some brides love having their Mums alongside them during the wedding process. Others would rather swallow rusty nails before letting their mothers near their invitations. Every bride’s needs are different, so this checklist can be applied in an infinite number of ways. Depending on how involved you’d like your mum to be, you can, of course, add to or subtract from this list – communication is the key to successfully planning your wedding and keeping Mum happy.Courtesy bridalguide.com9 Months• Before you even start tackling any of the tasks on your list, sit down with Mum and have a heart-to-heart about what role you expect her to play in planning your wedding. Now is the time to set down clear boundaries. Otherwise, you might have her breathing down your neck for the next nine months, making decisions that you don’t want made, on your behalf. Let her know how involved you’d like her to be and let her know how much you love and appreciate her because, well, that’s always a nice thing to do.6 Months• If you’ve asked Mum to help you out with the invitations, this is the time to narrow down the guest list and send out save-the-dates. To take some of the pressure off your plate, you could ask your Mum to sift through invitation designs and give you a handful to choose from.4 Months • If Mum is helping with the bridal party outfits, ask her to lend a hand to the bridesmaids and go on a few shopping trips with them leaving the final decision up to you, of course.• Once you’ve settled on the bridesmaids’ dresses, Mum can go shopping for her own outfit. Once she’s found the perfect one, she should let the Mother of the Groom know, so that she can go and buy an outfit that won’t clash.2 Months• If Mum’s arranging your bridal shower, ask her if she needs any help arranging things. If she does, ask your Maid of Honour to give her a hand or help her yourself if you’re not too overwhelmed by it.1 Month• Your RSVPs should have all been sent in by now. Check in with your Mum and see if she’s finished doing the seating arrangement. Take a peek at it and make sure it’s all A-OK. Just a glance could prevent World War III – mum might not realise the awkward history that your co-worker has with the best man’s brother.• Enjoy your bridal shower and take Mum out for coffee, or lunch, to say thank you for all the effort she made to arrange the get-together.The Day Before• Enjoy the rehearsal dinner with your Mum, and everyone else who has played such a vital role in putting this monumental event together. Take the opportunity to share with everyone how helpful she’s been, and how much you appreciate every ounce or rather, calorie of energy she’s put in.The Big Day• Help mum pin her corsage on. Tell her she’s beautiful.• Enjoy your reception and giggle with your husband about how your mum is buzzing about, loving every second of playing Hostess.

via Mother of the Bride – Mother of the Bride Checklist – Bride Online.

Styling woes to avoid on your wedding day

A wedding day comes just once in a lifetime, meaning you have a lot of wedding planning to do to ensure they momentous occasion goes off without a hitch. While you might be worried about seeing your creative wedding ideas shine through, it’s just as important to consider your look on the big day. You might think you have your hairstyle, beautiful wedding dresses and makeup all picked out, but there’s no way to tell if all of these things will stand up on the wedding day. Luckily, a few been there, done that brides recently discussed what they would have changed on their day in terms of style, so you won’t have to face the same challenges. 

Cute (uncomfortable) shoes
Sure, that pair of sky high stilettos might look fabulous with your gown, but if your feet start aching and throbbing within five minutes of wearing them – you need to put them back, one bride shared with Huffington Post. Even though you will likely slip into flats or flip flops at the reception, it’s just as important to feel comfortable as you make your way down the aisle at the ceremony. Let’s face it – you won’t want your biggest memory of the event to be your sore feet. 

According to It’s a Bride’s Life, there are a few styles you might want to look into as they tend to offer the most support. Sling backs are a great option as they leave little change of heel rubbing, while the strap could help keep you balanced throughout the long day. Picking up items like heel liners can also make wearing higher-than-normal heels more comfortable.

Heavy gowns
You might be crazy about that custom ball gown you tried on, but before saying yes to the dress, you might want to consider your wedding date and how well you tolerate being hot. For example, if you’ve been looking at garden wedding venues for spring or summer, it may not be the best idea to opt for a heavy gown as you’ll likely start sweating in a flash. Instead, you could consider a lighter option, or look into getting two dresses – the one you’re crazy about and a shorter reception gown – to have your cake and eat it too.

Hair in the face
Gorgeous soft curls are a common trend for bridal looks, but if you’re the type of girl who likes to throw her hair up as soon as it gets hot, a fully down look might not be the way to go. Instead, you could decide to go for a half-up style that will keep your locks out of your face, or even a more dramatic updo to ring in your new life.

The Biggest Wedding Gown Trends for 2015

After 37 runway shows, 400+ Instagram shots, our first foray into Google Glass, and more espressos than we care to admit, we’ve compiled the standout trends from Bridal Fashion Week. Overall, we saw gowns take on a much more fluid shape than past seasons, making effortless elegance that much easier for brides to achieve. There were plenty of wow-worthy details to gush over, our favorite of which included sheer panels and glam necklines.

Let the wedding dress search begin!

1. Light-As-Air Ball Gowns 

Ball gowns are taking on a softer look thanks to breezy fabrics and a more relaxed silhouette. (Marie Antoinette would be jealous!) Designers including Vera Wang, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier and more all went with a lighter approach this season.

watters wedding gown


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2. Modern Minimalism

Bling will always have a special place in our hearts but some of this season’s most inspiring looks are tailored with clean lines, like this Amsale style pictured below. (They reminded us of Caroline Bessette and Cindy Crawford’s aisle style). This Americana aesthetic is ideal for the bride who wants to be comfortable yet chic on her wedding day.

amsale wedding gown


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3. A Cut Above

Cut-outs and crop tops are trending not just for the big day, but also for pre-wedding events like the bachelorette party and bridal shower. This risk-taking style first came to our attention back in the fall, when trendsetter Hayley Paigedebuted a gorgeous lilac version, and now more designers like Theia and Houghton Bride are following suit. 

theia wedding gown


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4. Ultra-Dramatic Necklines

Looking for something a little more unique than strapless or sweetheart necklines? High-neck styles and plunging V-necks were equally prominent at shows including Rivini, Marchesa, Kenneth Pool and more.

rivini wedding dress


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5. Sheer Magic

We were mesmerized by optical illusions like bodice netting (to look like skin) and overlays (perfect for showing a peek of leg). Keep the look PG-13 by opting for one or the other — not both. Reem Acra, Watters and Carolina Herrera all toed the line between sophisticated and sexy this season.

reem acra wedding gown

Reem Acra

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6. The Cold Shoulder

We spotted more off-the-shoulder styles than ever before and it’s no wonder why: they’re sexy yet romantic and above all, supremely figure-flattering. This sleeve treatment creates a triangle shape and whittles the waist. Maggie Sottero, Jenny Packham and Romona Keveza all featured this style at their runway shows.

jenny packham wedding gown

Jenny Packham

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7. Capelets Are Cooler Than Ever

Beloved by the vintage-inspired and boho set, there were some really interesting takes on capelets this season fromTheia, Angel Sanchez, Ines Di Santo and more. This accessory is perfect for brides who are getting married in a religious house of worship and are required to cover their arms but may not necessarily want to commit to sleeves.

ines di santo wedding gown

Ines di Santo 

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8. Color Code

Who says you have to wear white? Blush was a favorite with girlie brides last season, but this season’s rainbow of gowns included more unexpected choices like pistachio at Monique Lhuillier, silvery purple at Kelly Faetanini and more.

hayley paige wedding gown

Hayley Paige


Silk Evening Gowns, backless dresses and couture mother of the bride by Darius Cordell Designs

To see the entire darius cordell couture collection that can be made to order upon request with changes…..please go to

this backless dress is actually in stock in a size 10.

The back of evening gown style #2002 from the Darius Cordell Couture collection is dramatic but still quite an elegant dress

the front of this garment has a high scoop neck but as you can see tha back is the main feature from darius designs is with this very low dropped cowl design with chiffon falls drapping down the side.

the fabrication is silk charmeuse and is very soft to the touch.  some think it is difficult to take care of but if the dress is dry cleaned after each wearing it will be fine.  storgage in a cool dry place is also important.

the cost for this silk evening dress is $1250.  With silk evening gowns made new the cost would be much higher.

pictures of the front of all evening dresses can be emailed upon request.

All darius cordell designs for mother of the bride or formal evening wear can be made in any color, all fabric, any measurements and with any changes that a client may need.

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you can email us from our website at just click on the link to “request more info” and fill out the form.  we will then get back with you.

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Customer Comments | Darius Cordell Dresses | Couture Fashion Designs

Since 1996 the company Darius Cordell has sold hundreds of evening dresses (via mail order with our on line catalog) to many new & repeat clients.  Below are just a few of the lovely comments we have received from wonderful clients of Darius Cordell who actually read our Q & A page as instructed and were ultimately able to understand and order through our very easy mail order process.

Selling plus size wedding dresses, mother of the bride evening gowns, formal wear ball gowns and plus size bridal gowns

Dear Hunter,

I just received my dress in the mail yesterday — I LOVE IT!  It’s just everything I thought I would want and more.  The cut is so ridiculously close; I only have a few minor alterations to have done.  Thank you so much for your help with this.  I am certainly happy I went with your company!

I do plan to get the word out about this among my group of opera friends.  I hope you get responses!

Thank you and all of the team at Darius Cordell Couture for bringing such a fabulous dress to life,

J.Barton – Bloomington , NJ

Although I got concerned about receiving my dress for the wear date I did get it the day before (almost too close for comfort). However, I must say the dress is absoulutely gorgeous.  My mother was a professional designer and seamstress for years so believe me when I say the dress and workmanship was without flaw. My daughter designed the dress for me and she was thrilled when we opened the package and her original sketch was taped to the outside.  You made her vision a lovely reality. I tried on the dress and all my husband could say was “WOW”  and after 28 years of marriage that is a great compliment.  But the best compliment came from my daughter.  She said “Mom, when I get married that is the dress I want you to wear.” It just can’t get any better than that.Thanks so very much,D. Bell – Blyththeville, Ar

It is magnificent!! And a perfect fit! I’m totally in love with it! Even my Brazilian fancy shoes are a perfect match for my beautiful dress!  I just had to send you the pictures that my husband took of me, yesterday.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Giselle – Calgary Alberta – Canada

Absolutely beautiful; great service!

J. Machnacki – Canton, MI

Thank you for your superb customer service.
M. Sharp – Dallas, Tx

Dear Hunter. Just returned from my trip to find the beautiful gown in my closet.  I’ll be taking it next week for alterations. Thank you.   My husband and daughter think it is beautiful. Thank you  for repairing the star and replacing some of the stones. My first couture dress.   WOW!! J. Bradley – Washington Dc

Thank you so very much for being so responsive to my situation!!  The dress arrived in perfect condition — a little wrinkled.  It actually fits very well —- a little hem, nip and tuck here and there and it will be perfect!!  I am so very grateful to my daughter for finding your website —–the quality and  design of the dress is wonderful!! Again, thank you for rescuing me —-I am so looking for to wearing the gown at the ball!!D. Green – Morgantown, WV

Received the turquoise gown today and it is fabulous!.   Thank you for the terrific service!    I will be ordering another gown in the near future.Thank you again,
S. Nelthorpe – Riverside, CA

I thank you for your excellent customer service, from what I have recently experienced it seems to be a rare commodity within the bridal shop industry (condescending attitudes, “I’m doing you a favor” demeanors). K. Fitzpatrick – South Walpole , MA

Thanks for your help and your thoughtful emails.

E. Mobius – Bethel , Connecticut

Hi Hunter The dress was a huge success and as soon as I get the photos from my friend, I will forward a few to you. Of course, thanks again for all of your help.  You’re fabulous! J. Lefebvre – New York , New York

I really like my dress (C494, floor model, purple) Thank you for sending it to me so quickly.

Pauline B. – Los Angeles, Ca

I love this gown.  I received dozens of compliments at each event. In the near future, I’ll be in contact with you regarding two custom ballgowns. Hope all is well with you.

Respectfully yours,
S. Siracusano – SAUGERTIES, NY


I purchased 2126 in white and just received my dress in the mail. I just wanted to let you know how beautiful my dress is-I just love it- my husband and I are renewing our vows in Las Vegas for our 25th Wedding Anniversay at the Venetian Hotel and the dress is just perfect-thank you so very muchS. Spradlin – Littleton, CO

I just wanted to say how absolutely fantastic your website is. I’ve been on hundreds of wedding dress websites and none of them come nearly close to being as user-friendly as yours. The pictures are wonderful, your Q&A section was direct and to the point and comprehensive. Excellent job!Cheers,
C. Braidwood – Ottawa, Ontario Canada


Hi David,I received the dress today and it is lovely–everything I wanted.  I look forward to ordering from you again.  I appreciate all your help.Sincerely,
P. Jefcoat – Little Mountain, SC

HelloI wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I recieved the dress.It was absolutely beautiful. And I rcieved many complimentsThere were over 700 in attendance and your dress is on the front page of the paper.It really is beautiful. Thank you and sorry about all the stress.Mayor Dianne Watts – Surrey Canada

thank you for your follow up. I have found some dresses locally although not as wonderful as the dress we have corresponded about. Again, thank you for responding to my inquiries.Best wishes,
C. Belford – Savannah, Georgia

I received the dress.  It’s beautiful and the color you picked for this dress is amazing.  I just love everything about it.  Thank you so much.

M. Abady – Alexandria, VA

Thank you very much for all of your wonderful e-mails.  I’m all set with what I will be wearing. Your fashions are fabulous.  I actually (this may sound cheap) have a friend that purchased one of your designs.  Her son and future daughter-in-law called off the wedding.  The dress fit me and I bought it from my friend.  I have two other children that are marriage age and I will certainly will go to your website again.Thank-you,
Sue Sousa – Castro Valley, CA

I have ordered a Darius Cordell for the past two years and I have loved each one of them. Thanks.
Daphne R Robinson – Alexandria, LA

I have recieved the wedding dress. Things have been a little crazy for me because of the move and everything, but I wanted to say thank you to whoever made my wedding dress. !   it is very beautiful and looks great on me.  thank you againSncerely,
L. Leach – boonton, nj

Good morning JD and the Gang, I just wanted to thank all of you. I received my dress yesterday, and it is almost perfect. It has a couple of quirks that have to be fixed, but I really like it. We’ll see how much the judges love it this weekend!

Thanks again,
Desiree A. Bodin – Cut Off, LA

Thanks so much David!!I swear that I will never buy another occasion dress from anyone else!!I love the selection…….and the quality is the best!!!  Thanks.I will be faxing my form to you shortly.Thanks again for everything!T. Gurda – new hampton, ny

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