Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses That Wowed at Weddings
We've always heard that mother knows best, and if these mothers of the bride—and mothers of the groom—are any indication, that adage rings true, especially when it comes to their own wedding style. Whether the celebration is black-tie formal or beachy cool, these sophisticated, polished beauties are proof that mothers of the bride know how to pull together a pretty incredible look for their daughter's nuptials. Plus, with all the time she's likely invested in the big day (and so many other days leading up to it!), she certainly deserves to look and feel her absolute best.
Not sure where to start with your search for that picture-perfect mother-of-the-bride dress? Have no fear—we have some ideas. To inspire your mom's own pick, we've rounded up a collection of gowns that real mothers wore on the big day. From neutral off-white numbers to bold, punchy, and fashion-forward designs, there's something here that will suite her fancy.
Of course, there's more to your mom's dress than just the pretty details. You want her to feel comfortable on the big day—especially when it's time for wedding photos. With a gorgeous gown of her own, she'll feel confident as she walks down the aisle, smiles for a picture, and spins her way onto the dance floor. Ready to see these inspirational fashions for yourself? Grab your mom and get clicking.
A dainty necklace prettily mimicked the scoop neckline on her blush pink dress.
This proud mother wore a traditional and ornate lace sari, and accessorized with bright statement jewelry.
In a cerulean gown with 3D florettes, this beaming mom was her daughter's something blue.
Aqua and Gold Sari
An aquamarine sari, embroidered with gold florals, looked lovely with a lei.
Off-the-shoulder sleeves made this sequined navy gown all the more alluring.
A Traditional Look
A patterned magenta "gele," a traditional Nigerian head tie, and matching sash ensured that this mother of the bride stood out beside her daughter.
This mom also wore Nigerian attire, and paired her lace wrap dress with a chartreuse gele.
One mom's blush attire looked beautiful against these two brides' romantic wedding dresses.
A voluminous looped bow brought major drama to a structured magenta number.
Shades of Blue
Champagne and Gold
Strips of metallic gold—and an incredible hairstyle—made this mother of the bride stand out.
This mom wore a traditional hanbok with floral and geometric embroidery to her daughter's California ranch wedding.
From the trumpet cut, to the swirled-lace embroidery, and the sheer bow at the back, this slate gown was all about the details.
The beaded metallic tassels on this glimmering gown really came into play when this mom took the dance floor.
We loved how this mom's green satin gown subtly matched the shape of her daughter's lace wedding dress.
With cap sleeves and an illusion neckline, this fitted blue beauty was perfect for this D.C. wedding's hostess.
Peach, crimson, and gold brought punchy color to a traditional Indian sari.
With palm leaf décor and lots of vines, green was a main theme throughout this charming and colorful South Carolina celebration. The bride's mother clearly had the color palette in mind when she chose this jade lace dress.
For blogger Jenny Bernheim's fancy rehearsal dinner, her mother donned a Carmen Marc Valvo dress, complete with a beaded illusion cut-out.
Strapless and Pink
Her strapless and blush pink gown, with textured floral details and an embellished belt, had this mom smiling from ear to ear.
The best part of this punchy gown wasn't the colorful rose print—it was the pockets!
Sweet beading and a subtle side slit brought intrigue to this neutral number.
A navy cut-out overlay added a cool geometric pattern to a blush pink skirt.
This mom's floral burst-patterned dress perfectly matched the Hawaii palms.
Punchy Red Lace
A red lace Erdem dress, embroidered with pink and crimson blooms, paired perfectly with this fashionable mom's half-up, half-down hairstyle.
This bride's mother donned a gorgeous lilac dress for her daughter's wedding, and accessorized with a matching hat. The entire look was the perfect fashion match for the couple's traditional English wedding day.
Mother of the Groom Glam
Black Tie Fashion
Isn't a smile the best accessory? This glammed up mother of the bride looked absolutely amazing in a black gown with a V-neckline and knee-high slit as she headed down the aisle before the bride's processional.
The bride and her matron of honor looked simply stunning in their gowns, but it's clear they get their sense of style from their mother. She looked equally glamorous in her chic black dress and sparkling belt.
Mother of the Bride in Blue
Both the bride and her maid of honor sister both chose white Lela Rose dresses for the big day, but it was Mom who stood out in blue. She chose a royal blue gown and a flowing floor-length jacket for the loveliest finishing touch.
How sweet is this stolen mother-daughter moment? This mom's gown featured a striped off-the-shoulder neckline that was a beautiful complement to the bride's own wedding dress.
A gold and cream gown (paired with statement-making gold earrings) looked great on this mother of the groom as she and her son swayed to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."
The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom both looked extra lovely on the big day, beaming together in their neutral dresses.
Lady in Lace
When your daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law are both principal dancers for the New York City Ballet, you can only imagine their wedding will be a grand affair. To get ready for the formal event in Manhattan’s High Line Hotel, Tiler Peck’s mother opted for an off-white knee-length lace dress with three-quarter sleeves and subtle beading that positively radiated sophistication.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
“When it comes to fashion,” bride Annie said, “I look up to my mom,” who wore a traditional hanbok to the black-tie garden party at Beverly Hills’s Greystone Mansion.
The best-dressed couple at this easygoing outdoor celebration in Athens, Georgia, was the bride and groom. But this pair also earned the distinction. The groom’s dad donned a Jos. A. Bank suit, and his mother chose a floral dress in a complementary color.
All in the Family
Before the outdoor ceremony at this elegant wedding in the historic Magnolia Plantation Carriage House in Charleston, the bride shared a special moment with her sister, mother, and grandmother and demonstrated that having an innate sense of style runs in the family.
Beautiful in Brocade
This mother of the groom’s shimmery brocade sleeveless dress with a draped neckline suited every part of this Pebble Beach fête, including the mother-son dance to Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.”
The bridesmaids at this at-home Kentucky wedding sparkled in gold-sequined mini dresses. “I wanted my girls to have fun,” the bride said of the choice. The other woman who also had fun? Her mom, who similarly sparkled in a gold silk dupioni floor-length skirt suit.
Carrie Crowell had come across the silk dress that her mom, country singer Rosanne Cash, wore at her 1995 wedding to Carrie’s stepfather. “I said right then I would wear it one day,” she recalled. “I love the tradition of generations of women in the same wedding gown.” She adorned the back of the gown and the headpiece with fabric flowers for her big day—similar ones embellished the waistline of Rosanne’s own long ensemble.
For this romantic wedding at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel, the bride’s mother selected a short-sleeved, full-length teal dress. “She bought it on a whim and ended up winning,” the bride said.
Made in the Shades
Hatmaker Meryiel Edge created the bridesmaids’ fascinators for this formal outdoor soirée on a 1,000-acre plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. She also created the mother of the bride’s topper, which she paired with a silk magenta gown.
The bride’s parents, William and Anne, hosted and helped plan these nuptials at their Connecticut home. Dressed for the nautical-inspired occasion, Anne wore a sleeveless Kirribilla dress that featured wavy white and blue stripes.
In the Navy
Lana’s “something blue” at this fall wedding in Colorado included her and her groom’s parents and stepparents, who all coordinated in navy suits and gowns.
Lindsay made even more of a grand entrance at this destination wedding in Florence on the arm of her mother, who walked her halfway down the aisle, per Italian tradition, in a knee-length metallic silk dress with a draped neckline.
A dream dress doesn’t have to be for the bride alone. To make hers, mom JoJo Cohen turned to her close friend, the late designer L’Wren Scott. Her mother, Rita, opted for this champagne-hued gown that was equally as ethereal.
Pretty in Pink (and Gold)
Pink and gold were the shades that accented this modern affair at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The groom’s mother, Deborah, followed suit and chose a gown with pink and gold sequins on the bodice, a soft bow at the dropline waist, and an asymmetrical hemline.
Black Is the New Black
“Since it was likely the most extravagant dress I’d ever buy, I wasn’t going to limit myself to only white,” explained Hanna, who chose a gold satin bridal dress that beautifully lit up amid the vibrant fall foliage at her November farm wedding in Upstate New York. Her mother and the groom’s mother both opted for long black ensembles that were anything but dour amid the seasonal splendor.
At this intimate destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, the bride walked down the aisle with her dad and mom, who looked lovely in an easygoing floor-length silk dress in a sandy shade fitting to the beachfront backdrop.
Robby and Annie got hitched in the Pacific Palisades backyard of Annie’s mother, Nancy Meyers, cowriter of the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride
. Following the ceremony, the groom shared a moment with his mom, who wore a knee-length Azzedine Alaïa dress to the formal event.
Fit for a Queen
“We wanted to whisk away our guests into a fairy tale,” this bride said about her intimate destination wedding at an 18th-century palace on the cliffs of Positano. For her, that included a couture Karen Sabag ball gown fit for a princess. For her mother, it involved a beaded silver dress fit for a queen.
This bride had worked with Lela Rose for nearly six years as the director of sales for the company, so when it came time to find her dress for her rustic farm wedding in Kansas, she knew the first person she’d go to. Her mom followed in her footsteps and wore a charcoal Lela Rose dress, with a silk top and a silk faille skirt. It was embellished with hand embroidery at the waist and fabric-covered beads.
Dressed to Impress
“My parents are amazing people, and they have played such an important role in my life, and there was no exception on my wedding day,” said Tiffany of her dad and mom, who warmed up in the Colorado Rocky Mountain winter weather with a fur coat over a blue-and-white top and blue chiffon skirt.
Easy and Breezy
On the Mexico shoreline in front of the ceremony backdrop, Jess posed with his father, Randy, and mother, Diana, who donned a knee-length navy dress with beading at the top and sleeves for the destination beach wedding.