Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review & Giveaway - I Want My Mother’s Dress to Match the Napkins

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway - I Want My Mother’s Dress to Match the Napkins

About the Book
You’ve been told you have to wear what?! Did God speak to you? Oh, it was the bride. (Might as well have been God!)  Does blue go with green, really? (‘Ever notice that a bluebonnet has a green stem?) What do you mean you don’t want me to look better than your future mother-in-law? I need a dress that matches this sample of carpeting from the church. If I lose 15 lbs in the next week, can I return my dress for a smaller size? (No I’m not terminal!)  My favorite color is teal and pink? What color do I look best in? My husband says its “nude”!

For all future wedding moms, “After your own wedding gown, this is the next most photographed (and important) dress you will ever buy.  Choose wisely,” Barbara Tibbetts  bridal fashion expert, author of, "I Want Your Dress to Match the Napkins......"says.  For years she has counseled her customers to just “look your best and show up!”

Author of the must have handbook I Want My Mother’s Dress to Match the Napkins…Funny Stories and Serious Advice For Looking Your Best At Your Child’s Wedding,( Barbara Coolidge Tibbetts becomes every mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom  (MOB/MOG’s) advocate in navigating the stressful maze of misinformation surrounding the whole wedding process.  By relating anecdotes she has heard in her store, T. Carolyn, over the past 18 years, some of which are humorous, some poignant, and others down right unbelievable, Tibbetts helps to keep the whole wedding process in perspective. Today, she is considered by designers and manufacturers as the leading authority in the USA on fashions for mothers of the bride and groom.  

Tibbetts contends that there is a myriad of misinformation surrounding “rules” for mothers and can talk about such key (and sometimes very funny) some common mistakes when choosing your dress to be aware of  are: 
  • Thinking you have to match the bridesmaids.
  • Assuming you have to match the other mother.
  • Choosing a color that will not work well in the ever-lasting photos
  • Listening to your (sometimes) well meaning friends
  • Allowing the bride to choose your dress
  • Planning on dieting before making a decision
  • Not allowing enough time to find or order the perfect dress
  • Rather than altering, deciding to have something made from “scratch”
  • Stuck in a rut - being unwilling to try a new and different style
  • MOGs wearing beige and “keeping their mouths shut
  • and of course, please do not try and match the napkins!

Called “Houston’s Grande dame of fashions for mothers at the wedding”, Ms. Tibbetts is a national speaker on dressing mothers of the bride and groom.  Most recently she and her daughter/partner Terrie Tibbetts Martin, were invited to Chicago by leading bridal manufacturer Jasmine Bridal to offer their expertise and commentary for the corporate preview (prior to production), of their mothers’ line, Jade and Jade Couture 2010 Spring collections. Tibbetts is currently working with online wedding resources the Wedding Pages and The Perfect Wedding Guide to create a dedicated page for MOBs/MOGs where she will host a Q & A (advice) column. Additionally, mother and daughter have been selected to serve on the Occasion Advisory Board for the Dallas Apparel Mart.

My Take on the Book  
While I do not have any weddings in my near future, this book was a fun, and at times hilarious jaunt into  planning that going into the special day for their son or daughter. This book is full of advice on how to look great and what to wear. 

This book is full of great stories that at times will leave you in stitches. Even though I normally wouldn't really read this type of book, I did learn quite a bit about women's clothing that I never knew before. With this fact in mind I know that there will a benefit for any woman whether there is a wedding or not.

I know that this book would be a great gift for any mother of the bride or groom. The author's sense of humor alone was something that makes this book stand out as unique. It was a fun and enjoyable read and one that I know that each and everyone of you would also enjoy!
If this book sounds like one that you would like to be a part of your own library you can find it on Amazon!

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    traveler said...

    I am an e-mail subscriber. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    traveler said...

    This book sounds entertaining and unique. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    edmontonjb said...

    I would like to win this because it spunds like it would be funny