Mother of the groom steals attention in floor-length gown

Rules about guest attire have changed over the years, but would you wear this to someone else’s wedding?

Every wedding is different, but there’s a general rule that all guests must follow: don’t try to upstage the bride.

But what happens when the mother of the groom wears a floor-length silver gown?

While browsing through a website, one Mumsnet user stumbled across a review on this dress.

“Bought this for my son’s wedding in Long Island this summer,” the review reads. “The dress is a perfect fit, and perfect length with high heels. The dress is stunning and so comfortable to wear. Friends have all said it is a beautiful dress.”

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There’s no denying that the dress is beautiful, but is it really appropriate attire for the mother of the groom?

Whether donning a sun dress or a blouse and skirt, most women wouldn’t dare wear white or even cream to a wedding for fear of looking too ‘bridal’. After all, it’s someone else’s special day and the attention should be on them.

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After a link to the review was posted in the Mumsnet forums, commenters were divided on whether or not this was good wedding etiquette.

“It looks like [a] bloody wedding dress,” one person writes. “Of course it’s completely unsuitable.”

Some commenters were not impressed. Image:

Other commenters were quick to point out that the dress had a certain Shirley Bassey flair to it, but said that since the wedding took place in Long Island it was appropriate.

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“You need to understand Long Island,” one person writes. “Their weddings are very grand generally – and formal.”

“I think it’s lovely and totally appropriate for an American wedding,” another comment reads.

Others were more forgiving. Image:

The person who originally posted a link to the review wasn’t interested in the placating comments.

“I think if you wore that to someone else’s wedding, let alone your adult sons, you would look like a right attention seeking prat,” they wrote back.

What do you think of the outfit choice? Is it appropriate for the mother of the groom?