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Ask Amy: The bride says that all of us mothers must dress the same at her wedding

Dear Amy: My husband’s sister is getting married in a year.

She is requiring all of the mothers at her wedding to wear a specific color and style of dress.

I am not in the wedding party so I assumed that as a guest I would be able to pick out my own appropriate dress; however, I was recently told by my mother-in-law (her mother) that the bride wanted me and the two other sisters-in-law to wear the same color and style of dress as “the mothers.”

I was quite surprised, since I’ve never heard of a bride requiring people that weren’t in the wedding to buy a specific color and style of dress.

I have seven weddings to attend next year so I was going to buy a couple of new dresses for the year and rewear them. (Different groups of people will be at the weddings.) This now requires me to buy a specific type of dress I would not usually buy. I understand this when I’m a bridesmaid, but I have no such role in this wedding.

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