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Terrie Tibbetts Martin

TV Personality, Dress Consultant

With over 21 years in the business and 100,000 dresses sold, Terrie Tibbets co-owns T. Carolyn Fashions with her mother Barbara. T. Carolyn Fashions specializes in finding the perfect dress for Mother of the Bride & Mother of the Groom and stocks over 2,500 dresses; from Evening Gowns, Couture Gowns, Simple Suits and Dresses. Terrie also appears in the new television series Mother of The Bride on Slice.

Terrie is compassionate with the brides but also isn’t afraid to “tell it like it is” and confront them when it comes to helping mom chose the best dress. She feels that buying a dress is never just about the dress. Terrie started her career designing custom gowns for beauty pageants.

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Mother of the Bride Style Solutions for Any Shape

Mothers often panic when faced with having to search for a dress for their child's wedding. Most mothers don't have the same figure they had when they were brides. The good news is that if you know which styles best suit your figure, you are more than halfway there! To make the process easier, I have listed specific figure issues or body types.
03/11/2013 05:24 EDT

Mother of The Bride Dresses: You Don't Need to Match the Napkins

All day, everyday, I have brides (and mothers by extension) walk through the door with fabric swatches in their hands. The swatches are the colour of the bridesmaid's dresses, flowers, tablecloths, ribbons and even carpeting! Leave the swatches to the interior designers and find a colour that looks stunning on you.
02/22/2013 05:23 EST

What Petite Sizes Really Mean for Mother of the Bride Dresses

Many women think that "petite" means small, when in fact it doesn't. There are a number of women who are short and plus size. They are often shocked to find out that they are "petite" -- women's petite. Unfortunately, women's petite is the most difficult specialty size to obtain.
02/15/2013 06:07 EST

Dressing the Mother of the Bride for a Destination Wedding

As weddings become less traditional and more personalized, some couples are opting for destination weddings; which brings about the inevitable question: "As a mother, what should I wear?" A destination wedding can be the best of both worlds; a vacation and a wedding all rolled into one!
02/01/2013 05:10 EST

Mother of the Bride: Get the Right Fit With Alterations

The first thing a man does when he purchases a suit is to head to alterations. I've never understood why women don't typically allow themselves the same courtesy. Just as a bride has a fitting for her dress, so should a mother. Remember, mothers, you're walking down the aisle too!
01/25/2013 08:15 EST
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How Chinese New Year Can Affect Your Wedding Dress Order

Every year countless women are caught off guard not realizing the impact that Chinese New Years has on shipping dates for special occasion merchandise. This holiday accounts for nearly a month of factory shut down. This translates into a far longer delivery time for orders than most customers allow for.
01/18/2013 12:17 EST

Spring Dress Trends for Mothers of the Bride (or Groom)

As a co-owner and dress consultant at T.Carolyn Fashions, I navigate the front lines of family conflict -- helping moms look great and satisfying the bride's often strident opinions. The Spring '13 Collection is the best I've seen in years! Diversity and innovation best describe the latest fashions for mothers of the bride (or groom). Here are my seven fashion trends for spring.
01/04/2013 08:38 EST

Dressing the Mother of the Bride (or Groom) for Her Body Type

When it comes to dresses for Mother of the Bride, it's definitely not one-size-fits-all. Petite women should avoid large, full skirts that over power their height and frame. Plus-sized women should look for dresses or gowns that are ruched in soft fabrics. For tall gals fuller skirts and stiffer fabrics may be worn. Mothers don't need any additional stress.
01/02/2013 05:17 EST

Dressing the Mother of the Bride (or Groom) for a Holiday Wedding

Even with 21 years in the business and 100,000 dresses sold, dressing a mother of the bride can be more challenging than dressing the actual bride! As the holidays approach, I wanted to share my advice on how mother of the brides/mother of the grooms should dress for their son or daughter's wedding during this magical season.
12/19/2012 08:17 EST