Rosa Clara Cocktail Dresses

Over time, Rosa Clará has become an almost equal force to be reckoned with in occasion gowns. The collection for mothers of the bride and event goers is soon to come to the London and Manchester boutiques of Nigel Rayment, but across Europe and Latin America these super-glamorous gowns are already very well known. Brand ambassadors such as Mexican actress and entrepreneur Paulina Rubio and America’s Eva Longoria have been among many distinguished wearers on the red carpet. “As with our bridal collection,” says Rosa Clará, “we aim to create designs to meet the needs of real women. We offer a huge variety of designs and silhouettes and dress women of all ages. I would say we have had the good fortune to dress women with a lot of style – the kind of women who set trends and understand the value of a good gown.”1U237_1

Wedding Outfits For Mature Brides

Not all wedding dresses need to have a train and not all brides need to wear a veil. There isn’t a rulebook that brides need to stick to, and here at Nigel Rayment we like to help brides of every type find the perfect outfit. Many of our customers marry later in life, and others are second time brides, who simply don’t want the fuss of a big wedding. 

Love in later years is a wonderful thing, and quite often, smaller, intimate ceremonies are desirable. Many of our occasionwear looks make ideal wedding outfits for mature brides who don’t want a dramatic dress to walk down the aisle. 

If you’re one of these brides, here’s our guide to smart, stylish mature bride outfits for your special day. 

Shopping for mature bride outfits 

At our Nigel Rayment boutiques in London and Manchester, we help plenty of brides find a suitable dress for their ceremony. For the more mature bride, we have a vast range of designer mother of the bride outfits that are perfect for your special day. Whether your wedding is small and intimate at a stunning hotel, or something bigger at a luxury venue, our mother of the bride dresses will help you look your best. 

If you want to stay quite covered but still turn heads, our dress and jacket co-ords are a classy and elegant option. Many of these come in white, ivory and cream, as well as other lovely colours for brides who aren’t very traditional. A lot of our dresses also have sleeves, giving you added coverage and confidence, even when it comes to removing your jacket for the wedding breakfast and evening. 

When it comes to wedding outfits for mature brides, a lot of the advice for mother of the bride outfits are applicable. Shop for your shape, avoid the common mistakes, choose something comfortable and you’ll be on the right track. 

Second time bride outfits 

Another reason for not wanting a ball gown style dress on your wedding day is if you are getting married for a second or even third time. Intimate weddings are a great way of celebrating love, and not everyone wants to go through the same experience (or bear the cost) again. 

Many of our designers, like Ronald Joyce by Veni Infantino, Condici or John Charles, have created outfits with this in mind, offering brides of every kind and every age an opportunity to look great without the fuss of big gowns, long trains and dramatic veils. 

A luxury design house such as John Charles, which is world renowned for mother of the bride outfits, is the perfect label for those who prefer modern trends. Founded in 1959 and designed exclusively in London for over half a century, the collections are only available in top independent boutiques in the UK and Europe. Clothes from this brand come with a signature fit, perfectly accentuating the natural female figure. So we highly recommend John Charles for mature brides. 

Book an appointment at Nigel Rayment  

As well as John Charles,  Ronald Joyce and Condici, we also have many other designers to choose from for mature and second time brides. Many of our dresses, and dress and jacket co-ords, are available in size 6-24; so we can find the right wedding outfit for every size and shape. 

Get in touch today to book your appointment.

Rosa Clara Cocktail for Mothers of the Bride & Groom London-Manchester

Over time, Rosa Clará has become an almost equal force to be reckoned with in occasion gowns. The collection for mothers of the bride and event goers is soon to come to the London and Manchester boutiques of Nigel Rayment, but across Europe and Latin America these super-glamorous gowns are already very well known. Brand ambassadors such as Mexican actress and entrepreneur Paulina Rubio and America’s Eva Longoria have been among many distinguished wearers on the red carpet. “As with our bridal collection,” says Rosa Clará, “we aim to create designs to meet the needs of real women. We offer a huge variety of designs and silhouettes and dress women of all ages. I would say we have had the good fortune to dress women with a lot of style – the kind of women who set trends and understand the value of a good gown.”

Gina Bacconi Spring Sumer 2017 London-Manchester

snn7136_sim_50A leading British name in occasion wear founded in 1913, Shubette Group remains a London-based family business. Its flagship Gina Bacconi label is defined by beautiful fabrics and sharp but feminine designs that retain a youthful and confident profile – perfect for high-summer and international weddings where style and cool comfort are the order of the day.
The core of the Gina Bacconi occasion collection is lightweight luxury dresses paired with softer cover-ups and capes – rather than the traditional tailored jacket. These designs offer a flattering and feminine profile, with all the style a mother of the bride or groom is looking for on such an important day. Gina Bacconi’s clever design elements – including lace over-tops, shifts and coats – can also be removed at day-into-evening celebrations to add comfort and versatility to the outfits.
The latest collection includes a range of co-ordinating silken wraps and headpieces to complete your glamorous wedding look and Nigel Rayment boutiques London & Manchester offer a fabulous selection of shoes and bags that can be dyed to match your outfit perfectly

Common Mother Of The Bride Outfit Mistakes

Finding the perfect mother of the bride or mother of the groom outfit can be tricky, especially if you’re not used to formal occasions and don’t have much experience with the different occasionwear brands available. The right look is usually a balancing act between style and comfort, modesty and glamour. But shopping can be made easy with a little professional advice. 

We are one of the most coveted mothers of the bride boutiques in London, and we also have a shop in Manchester. And we’ve had years of experience with mums of all shapes, sizes, preferences and desires. We’ve also seen all the common pitfalls and bad habits of uninformed shoppers, and we would like to share them to prevent you from falling into the same traps. 

The pressure of being such a key member of the wedding party can throw even the most confident dressers off the path. So here are the common mother of the bride outfit mistakes to avoid. 

Mistake 1: Shopping for trends

The number one most common mother of the bride outfit mistakes is buying according to trends – and trends only. Instead of shopping for their size and shape, many women are drawn towards what they’ve seen on the runway or in magazines. But this isn’t always the right recipe for the perfect outfit. 

If we take the Linea Raffaelli collection as an example, the first thing you’ll notice is the timeless elegance. Designer collections like these look just as current now as they would have done 30 years ago, and that’s why timeless styles are a good option for most women. 

You may also want to consider the wedding photos, something you will want to treasure forever. Trendy mother of the bride and groom dresses may be short-lived and become outdated in a few short years. 

Mistake 2: Rushing into a decision

Shopping for your mother of the bride dress or mother of the groom dress should be an enjoyable process. So you should never feel under pressure to get something because you’re scared of running out of time. Don’t let anyone around you make you feel like you need to make a decision when you’re not ready. 

At Nigel Rayment, there’s nothing we hate more than the overly-pressurised environment of most mother of the bride and groom shops. A lot of boutiques use an appointment system with dedicated time slots, and people are often under a time limit. We don’t operate like this and have an open-door policy so you can relax and buy in your own time. 

We also recommend doing a bit of research before you visit, so you can get an idea of styles and dress colours you like. See our mother of the bride lookbook to get inspired.

Mistake 3: Ignoring your gut feeling 

When your shopping partner tells you that you look great, the store assistant says the same and the dress itself is stunning, it can be tempting to ignore the fact that you yourself do not feel comfortable or happy. The most important person in this decision-making process is you. So always follow your gut instinct. 

Just like we tell our mature brides who are choosing occasionwear outfits instead of a traditional dress – nothing matters more than you feeling radiant. So if that means bending the rules and doing what works for you, so be it. As long as you don’t break any etiquette rules set by your daughter or son (the most important people in the wedding), you should wear what makes you smile. 

Mistake 4: Putting style before comfort 

This is a big no-no at Nigel Rayment, because we don’t believe the two are mutually exclusive. We do our best to find outfits that tick all the boxes, including all-day comfort. Any sign of discomfort will show, and that’s not a good look to have when all eyes are on you. Your dream outfit needs to feel as great as it looks – that is the ultimate confidence boost. 

It’s also not recommended to buy a dress in a smaller size with the intention of losing weight. Sadly, this is one of the most common mother of the bride outfit mistakes that we see. We always recommend buying the right size at the time of the fitting. If you want to lose weight closer to the wedding, you can always have your outfit altered. This is extremely easy to do, but taking a dress out isn’t always doable. And even when there’s enough seam to work with, it will only be an inch or so. 

So Sensational Mother Of The Bride Outfits


Hearing the news that your daughter or son is getting married is one of the most wonderful moments in life. There’s nothing quite as exciting as discussing wedding plans and feeling like your children are grown up and ready to start their own families. But after the champagne and celebratory dinner comes the realisation of being the ‘mother of the bride’ or ‘mother of the groom’.

You will be playing a big part on the day, and naturally, you will want to look your best as a key member of the wedding party. We know there can be a lot of pressure when it comes to finding the perfect outfit. So we’ve teamed up with the experts from So Sensational, a fashion website for grownup women, to create a helpful shopping guide. 

We asked the girls at So Sensational what their top tips were for mums who wanted to look and feel amazing. Here is the official So Sensational Mother of the Bride Outfits Guide to assist you:

Tip 1: Take someone you trust

The number one rule in the So Sensational Mother of the Bride Outfits Guide is to take a friend, husband or family member you trust. You need to be able to rely on their honest judgement, but should never feel intimidated or bullied by them. We may love all of our friends and relatives, but not all of them are cut out as a shopping partner. 

Certain relationship dynamics mean that we can often feel pressured by opinions. If you feel this is the case, it may be better to go alone and trust your own judgement. There are trained, experienced and helpful staff on hand at most boutiques to assist you when it comes to crucial buying decisions or finding alternative options. 

Tip 2: Choose the right colour

The second tip from the So Sensational ladies is to choose the right colour for your skin tone. They say it’s because the colour is what people tend to notice first. If you don’t already know which colours (and which tones of colours) make your skin and hair glow, get your colours analysed. 

If there’s no time, do your own blink test in the shop. As you try on something, look in the mirror and close your eyes for 10 seconds. As you open them, ask yourself what you see first? Do you notice the colour first, or do you notice you first? If it’s you that you see first, the colour is likely to be the right fit. If you see the colour first, perhaps the colour is wearing you rather than the other way around… 

But that’s just a small test that you can do. The most important thing, according to So Sensational, is that you feel confident, happy and comfortable. If you don’t know where to start, try researching different colours online, get inspired through fashion magazines and blogs, and take a look at designer lookbooks like ours. 

Tip 3: Shop for your body shape

Many boutiques are trained to help women find their perfect dress silhouettes, so shopping in person rather than online can be a much better option if you don’t know what suits you. The advice from So Sensational is to let style assistants guide you, but to always feel comfortable in what you’re trying on. 

Be vocal about what you feel happy in, and what you don’t. If something is too tight or too restricting, your discomfort will show on the day – and that alone can ruin your appearance. That said, a pair of Spanx can make all the difference to your silhouette. But just don’t buy them in too small a size – as flesh has to go somewhere!

Not sure what dress styles suit your shape? Get more help from our style tips section for curvy or petite ladies. 

Tip 4: Buy your hat and accessories at the same time

If the boutique you’re shopping in also offers hats, bags and shoes, take advantage – they have done the hard work for you. At the same time, So Sensational advises against being too matchy-matchy. It’s ok to mix things up a bit. For instance, if you are wearing a pale colour, perhaps choose the outfit and hat in one colour then accessorise with nude shoes and a nude bag. Or keep your outfit neutral and create a dramatic effect with a hat in a standout colour. 

At Nigel Rayment, we are milliners by trade and design our own hats with over 100 styles and a huge selection of colours to match your dress. 

More hat buying advice from So Sensational – always buy a hat that shows your face. Remember you are going to be in lots of pictures and you won’t want to hide that smile. You will also be doing lots of kissing so choose a hat that doesn’t come too far down on your brow, or you run the risk of an over-excited uncle knocking your hat off. 

Tip 5: Find comfortable shoes 

According to So Sensational, shoes are made for walking – and we agree wholeheartedly. That doesn’t mean you can get away with your walking boots or gardening clogs. But high heels that restrict your movement or prevent you from dancing simply aren’t worth it. If you really feel the need for sky-high heels, just remember to stash a pair of fold-up pumps that you can put on later in the evening when you’re ready to hit the dancefloor.

Tip 6: Remember to wear your smile

The most important So Sensational advice is to wear your dress with a smile. When you smile and laugh, your body releases endorphins, which make you feel better – exactly what you need for a confidence boost on the special day.

A radiant smile is remembered by guests, just as much as your show-stopping outfit. And they’ll cherish your warmth and happiness a lot more than what colour you’re wearing. 

At Nigel Rayment, we thoroughly agree with this sentiment. No dress is complete without your smile. So when you start your shopping journey, make sure you’re happy with the dress styles that you’re trying on. To get inspired, take a look at our different dress designers online.