Offering styling tips to the mother of any bride is tricky. Much like telling her about anything else. Still, friendly advice never goes amiss, so bear in mind the following. A)Whatever you choose to wear should look as good from the back as it does from the front, as you will be seen from the rear a lot, notably under the chupah. B) Liaise with the mother of the groom, as a clash of petunia and tangerine or the wearing of identical colours can cause chaos for the photographer and overshadow the bride. C) It is the bride’s big day and a mother’s job is not to create fashion friction, but a statement gown by Basil Soda of Paris will get you talked about in a good way. D)Seek expert help from a designer such as Katya Wildman (0208 446 8493) who dresses Nigella Lawson and can come up with something that shows off your best bits. E) Alternatively, go for the full French couturier experience at Rachel Elbaz in Knightsbridge (020 7235 3979), who has been made hundreds of outfits for flustered mothers of brides and grooms who just want everything to be perfect. And it will be.