Mother-of-the-Groom Journey: Rehearsal Dinner Dress

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Happy Thursday, friends.  Let’s continue on with my Mother-of-the-Groom Journey: Rehearsal Dinner Dress.

Just to refresh your memory:  My son is getting married in late May and I have several events surrounding the wedding.

I want to look my very best as the mother-of-the-groom, so I am shopping often for the different outfits.

Today, I am showing you a possible contender for the rehearsal dinner dress, where the mother-of-the-groom is one of the hosts.

The dinner will be held at a restaurant which is a favorite of the lovely couple.

It is called Southleigh Fine Food and Brewery and is in the popular renovated San Antonio area called The Historic Pearl.

This is a more casual dining establishment…however, I am still aiming at mother-of-the-groom casual chic.

Late May in San Antonio has the potential to be very warm….ok, very hot.

Now you know the facts I keep in mind for the mother-of-the-groom rehearsal dinner dress.



I stopped by a different location for Dillard’s in San Antonio than the one I have most often frequented.

After trying on several dresses that did not work for me, I saw this one on a mannequin…see, those displays do matter!

This is the Eileen Fisher Crushed Silk Scoop Neck Sleeveless Midi Dress and the Eileen Fisher Sheer Silk Georgette Boat Neck Short Sleeve Side Drape Cropped Poncho.

The color is called Absinthe…a new word to me.

So, I looked it up….Absinthe is a potent green aniseed-flavored alcoholic spirit made with shrub wormwood.

A confirmation that this dress is a lovely mint green.   However, not in my usual autumn palette.

A more saturated green is in my palette. but this one does not cast shadows on my face as some cool colors do.

I have not checked to see what the mother-of-the-bride plans for the rehearsal dinner and, perhaps, I should do that.

Note: I sized way down on the poncho…this is an X- Small!

I walked around the floor looking in lots of mirrors, and several women began to ask…Where did you find that dress?

This made me realize that I needed to take it home to think about it…or it might be gone.

I do see this as a serious rehearsal dinner dress contender…how about you?

Also, what about wearing it with this sandal? The Vionic Alvana Geo Mettalic Leather Sandal in Gold?

Or should I go for a closed toe shoe to wear with a rehearsal dinner dress?

I also found this necklace which I believe would look lovely with the dress… Southern Living Semi Precious Statement Collar Necklace in mint/gold.

Please feel free to offer your thoughts!



I have an appointment with my stylist at Nordstrom on Friday, but I did look for the mother-of-the-groom formal dress on this day at Dillard’s.

My shopping frustration is with so many options that do not work for curvy, mature women.

Most of the dress designers size smaller and stop at 16 (which is really a 12 in their world).

Those offered in Women’s Sizes have honestly looked frumpy on me and not fit properly.

Many options fit too tight to the body.  Dillard’s had several walls like this one with nothing that worked for me.


Though I said I would show you the ones that do not work, on this day, the options were too embarrassing to include.

The FLORAL LACE AND TULLE GOWN, I mentioned to you before, did arrive at my home. 

But, I believe it would be too hot for May and looks a little too much like a prom dress though It is a lovely gown.

Again it was sized way down…and I do not want to show here how it looked on me.

Julie, my stylist at Nordstrom also has a dress for this mother-of-the-groom for a shower.

I will report back to you on Monday.

Also, on Monday, I am going to answer Linlee’s question …..Why Shop?  Why not just wear what you already have?

I have given so much thought to this answer and there are several reasons why…On Monday, I will share, so hold your own answer until then!

Thanks for joining along on my Mother-of-the-Groom Journey…it is fun to take the journey with friends…let me know any thoughts you have…and always……


By Pamela Lutrell

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