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Ask Kate: Wedding gown for a second-time bride

October 5, 2012

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.

I’m getting married for the second time and I am in my late 50’s with two grown up sons, and grandchildren. What do I wear – I am finding it difficult to find the middle ground between young bride and mother of the bride. The wedding is fairly large but I don’t want to go OTT.

I think you must wear what you will feel most happy and comfortable in – whether that’s a traditional white bridal gown or a coloured trouser suit or something somewhere inbetween. You’ll know what suits you and whether you look best in a long skirt, knee-length  dress or a two-piece so start off by looking for what you know suits your figure and personal style. If you want to wear a white bridal gown then go for it, I don’t think you should feel that you can’t. If white and ivory don’t appeal then consider a coloured bridal gown in antique gold or blush pink or even a stylsh 1950s dress in pale green or red. It is worth looking at the mother of the bride style fashion as these ranges are designed specifically for the over 40s for a wedding and there are some gorgeous gowns and two-pieces not to be missed, in a range of colours and many with co-ordinating wraps and jackets and so on. Favourbrook is worth a look, as is Mon Cheri. Peruse the fashion collections online and then go and try a few on before you make a decision. I’m sure, whatever you wear, you will feel wonderful and your new husband will think you look beautiful. I wish you a very happy marriage.

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