All eyes will be on Victoria Beckham on her son's big day
It's a news story that is making some of us feel very old, but Victoria Beckham is about to become someone's mother-in-law.
It doesn't seem that long ago that he was an adorable toddler at his own parents' lavish nuptials in Dublin's Luttrelstown Castle, but Brooklyn Beckham is about to take a very grown-up step of his own.
The 21-year-old proposed to his 25-year-old girlfriend Nicola Peltz, and the relationship has gotten the seal of approval from Victoria and footballer husband David.
Though the engaged couple have yet to set a date for the big day, we can assume that it'll be just that; a big day to top all big days.
With Liz Hurley, Elton John and David Furnish as Brooklyn's godparents, and family friends as diverse as Gordon Ramsay, Eva Longoria and Katie Holmes, the groom's side of the church is likely to be pretty star-studded.
Nicola, an actress on Bates Motel, has some pretty impressive credentials too. Her father, Nelson Peltz is a billionaire investor, while her mother Claudia is a former model.
Her nine siblings include ice-hockey star Brad and renowned children's fashion designer Brittany.
Already, it's thought that the young lovers' nuptials will cost in the region of €4.5 million, with the Beckhams reportedly happy to contribute to the final bill.
Needless to say, 46-year-old fashion designer Victoria is going to be quite unlike any mother of the groom we'll have ever seen.
For a start, she and David are thought to be buying the couple a home in East London as a 'wedding gift'. Victoria also took the decidedly modern step of expressing her delight at the engagement on Instagram.
With our minds racing on exactly how it'll all pan out, it's clear that Victoria is about to rewrite the typical mammy-in-law rules.
Will she don an L-plate sash and shine during karaoke on the hen night, as all mothers of the groom are wont to do?
Will she break out a rare show of tearful emotion during the exchange of vows? Time will tell.
Yet it'll be on the style front that Beckham can make the role of mother of the groom all her own.
There are certainly several women in their 40s and 50s who are about to welcome a son- or daughter-in-law into their family, but the typical temple is due a refresh.
Style/image consultant Laura Jordan notes that several of her clients have one directive when it comes to for dressing for their son or daughter's wedding.
"So many of them will say, 'Just don't dress me like a granny!'" she smiles. "It's a total phobia for many women to be put into that category. It's not even an age thing - it's a mindset thing."
And perhaps not without reason. Think in your mind's eye about a typical mother of the bride, and a rather traditional image could well start to emerge.
"There's a huge appetite for the non-traditional mother of the bride look: satin, pastels, the bolero jacket, the dress below the knee with lace lining, the fascinator with three feathers and pearly lipstick," notes Laura. "A lot of women would prefer to steer clear.
"The style aspect aside, many of them want to invest in something that they will wear again.
"A lot of the outfits that traditionally scream 'mother of the groom' usually just sit in the wardrobe after the big day."
For one client in "incredible shape" who wanted to be styled for a daughter's wedding, Laura dressed her in pastel colours, wide-leg palazzo pants and an asymmetric top.
The outfit ticked many boxes: it was classic and flattering, and adhered to 'mother of the bride' etiquette.
"Clients are aware the pictures last a lifetime, but they don't want to be mutton dressed as lamb," observes Laura. "There's also that Irish mentality - they don't want people looking at you, as it'll be their son or daughter's day.
"They want to look great but not take attention away from the bridal party.
"I've done the research on etiquette and it's perfectly fine for the mother of the bride to wear a white or off-white outfit, but for some reason, not for the mother of the groom.
"I put some women in beautiful jumpsuits with a blazer, or wide-legged pants and a chic halter-neck if they're happy to show a little skin," adds Laura.
"A swing dress with a simple heel also works wonders. I love Caroline Kilkenny, Helen Cody or Phoenix_V, a boutique on Lower Stephen Street in Dublin.
"In terms of headgear - which, by the way, isn't mandatory for mothers of the bride - you can go very directional with a more contemporary, geometric headpiece.
"We often look at having the outfit pared back and having the millinery be the focus of the day."
Of course, many mothers of the bride/groom in their 40s or 50s might also need to take into account the unfortunate side effects of being peri-menopausal or menopausal.
"This is definitely an issue my clients have dealt with. I often advise people to have a little fan to hand, like the little ones you get on holidays," suggests Laura.
"They can pop in and out of a bag. In terms of fabrics, natural fabrics have more breathability, and silk of course is not great for sweat patches."
As to what Laura suggests a woman as fashion-forward as Victoria Beckham might wear to an occasion as momentous as her first-born's wedding, she adds: "I would probably veer towards the outfit she wore to the royal wedding (for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle), where she really hit the nail on the head.
"When it comes to Victoria, the poor woman can often do no right," Laura adds. "If she wears something flamboyant, she would receive criticism for not realising it's all about her child on that day.
"That's why it would be smart to take the lead of the navy slash-sleeve midi-dress that she wore to the royal wedding."
Brooklyn and New Yorker Nicola appear to be creative, boho types, so there is a very strong possibility that they will celebrate with a relaxed Stateside wedding (already, rumours are rife that ceremonies will take place in the UK and Florida).
"I'd expect Victoria to do multiple outfit changes throughout the day, and if it's a more relaxed affair, she can try something less structured in terms of flow and cut," says Laura.
"It's going to be one hell of a party for sure, so she'll want to be comfortable enough to party right into the night."