Dave’s Aurora 2017

Dave’s Aurora 2017

Friday, March 22, 2013

On being a MOG...

...both families are in full preparations for the June 1st wedding...compared to the 1960's when our own wedding took place, it is sure a different world out there. Being the Mother of the Groom has led me down a path of discovery and revelations! Since everything from the rehearsal dinner to the actual ceremony & reception is being held at Taylorsoutback, we have been thoroughly involved with much of the planning and everyone is on the same page!

Tent set up, chairs, tables, porta-potties (living in the country with holding tanks is not large gatherings-friendly), catering and supplies, linens, flowers - the list is long. This is definitely a Team project. Throw in the fact that our Dave and Jena are thousands of miles away in Alaska - thank goodness for Face Time, emails and digital photography!

The latest decision is looking at dozens of possible outfits - what to wear? I have always tended towards low key, understated clothing & buy and wear what is purchased until it wears out. You won't find one dress in my closet...lots of corduroys, sweaters and even a flannel shirt or two. That fits our retirement style of living. Put me outside in nice weather and off I go to the garden in jeans or shorts and a floppy straw hat. Things are very casual around here....

Imagine my amazement when coming upon these two little numbers while Googling Mother of the Groom dresses

 

 

 

What do you think?

One - no way could I walk in something like that and two, the cleavage alone would make me faint. Three? I would need a bowl of fruit to wear on my head a la Carmen Miranda. What were these designers thinking?

Cha, cha, cha...

Speaking of what to wear on one's head...after showing this hat to our son - who still has not recovered, I have decided to go hatless.

 

Again, what was the designer and Princess Beatrice drinking, I mean thinking?????

Yesterday I went shopping for an outfit but came home with a new wallet & 3 pairs of socks - beige - keeping in mind the old adage - a MOG wears beige and remains quiet...and so the search continues.

My apologies if I have not responded to your comments - life is a little crazy these days. I will try to do better. Have a good weekend dear readers - and so happy you dropped by to visit.

 

Pat

 

 

 

 

15 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

Thank you for my laugh of the afternoon - those photos are positively hilarious. I know exactly what you mean, so I ask you what does the stepmother of the bride wear when the only thing in her closet is similar to your wardrobe plus after recent foot surgery the sneakers barely fit!

Mimi said...

Oh Pat! What sites are you looking on? LOL....I just purchased my MOG dress just before getting injured. Look at bridesmaid dresses. You can find things that are so much more simple yet elegant. Good luck.

Pondside said...

Yikes - those dresses are waaaaay OTT. You will find something I'm sure - something low key and elegant.

be*mused jan said...

Having been both a MOG and a MOB in the last 3 years, I feel your pain! Those wedding sites can really throw you into a tizzy ~ back away slowly. It does take some hunting but I'm sure you'll be able to find something more to your liking. Just don't panic (like I did)...

Sharon said...

Thanks for the belly laugh at 3 pm on a Friday, sitting at my desk, waiting until 4:30.........they were drinking doubles, tequila, definitely!

Shelley: the Dread Pirate Rodgers said...

Pat ... goodness gracious ... they obviously don't know that NO ONE is to outshine the bride!

But, when I was the MOB in 2011, I was in much the same wardrobe position as you. I was really despairing of find a nice looking dress in my size that wouldn't be a one time only outfit.

I found what I wore at North Style, a mail order outfit. http://www.northstyle.com/ I actually ordered (and paid for) 5 different dresses and sent back the 4 that didn't make the cut. No questions asked; no problems. Maybe you'll find something there also. (Not affiliated, yada, yada, yada.)

Janet said...

The outfit for mother of the bride or groom is so hard, I know. Those dresses are sure to outdo the bride and we can't have that, wink.

JudyCinNC said...

I personnaly do not think that clothing buyer's think women over 50 need clothes and question all the time what are they thinking and how old are they? I am sure the MOG dress will evolve when least expected.

Sorry I am not keeping up with blogs right now - still dealing with health issues unfortunately. Think of you often and how the plans are coming along and know that June 1st will come way too fast for you, remember to breathe. Judy C

yarnjourney said...

You are right those dresses are not right for a wedding. I do love the green one though, the color is lovely.

Kindred Quilts said...

It's a wedding, not a prom! I couldn't imagine wearing something like the ones you showed us! What are these designers thinking? For both my daughter and sons wedding I kept it simple. If anything I wore jewelry that was a bit more sparkly, but appropriate. Being comfortable was more important to me than being noticed in something I wouldn't normally wear! You'll find just the right dress!

lemonverbenalady said...

That second one is more your style, TO.:) Sorry no hat for you. You don't want to be mistaken for the bride! My matron of honor wanted to wear hats. She had gotten married on the beach without a veil. I nixed that in a hurry! She didn't need to wear a hat! Just my thoughts but what do I know. Just keep thinking beige. At least you have your socks to go with your shoes!:) xo

Miriam said...

I am sure the perfect outfit will come along soon. I agree with you about the 2 photos you posted!! When I was looking at MOB outfits 2 years ago I often saw ensembles more suitable for the grandmother of the bride!
There are styles much more appropriate out there, they just take a bit of searching!!
Good luck with all the wedding preparations.

Aunt 'Reen said...

It's wonderful to read your post! I love that you hold such an awesome sense of humor thru all the wedding planning that is taking place!
I wish you great success in finding the perfect dress to wear for the big day!

Nana said...

Too funny! And that hat on Princess Beatrice was something else. On the dress, I did the ordering of several dresses (Coldwater Creek) since I was in a cast and on crutches and wore the same dress to both of my sons' weddings, grateful that they were a year apart and both in the winter. I will have to share this post with a friend who is going through the same debacle. Wishing you good luck and maybe a few good drinks!

Friko said...

No, don’t do beige, go on, surprise everyone by going in a frock with hat. Keep it decent, of course, and don’t go stealing anyone’s thunder but treat yourself. You want the groom to be proud of you, don’t you?