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.