PERSONALLY YOURS: My moment as mother of the groom

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 09:03 AM.

As the mother of the groom, I stayed out of the planning for the most part, as I tried to remember the sage old advice that the mother of the groom should keep her mouth shut and wear beige — although beige is not my color.

The bride and groom selected a historic chapel in Auburn , N.Y. , for the wedding. The pictures sparkled with the twinklings from the old wood and Tiffany chandeliers.

The reception would be held off site at The Lodge at Welch Allyn, just a few miles away.

The selections looked lovely, but nothing like what my son described as "a casual wedding."

And when the mother of the bride sent pictures of the designer dress she had selected, the pressure was on.

The good news, though, was that the mother of the bride's dress was essentially beige! That meant I could choose a real color! My daughters and I began searching, trying on, taking photos of ourselves in different dresses, and emailing them to each other for support, opinions, and coordination ... and this went on for months.

My friends tried to help dress me, but in the end, this occasion was so important to me that it was something I had to do on my own. I knew what I wanted, and I knew how I wanted to look, and that is something only I could zero in on.

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