The Most Stylish Celebrity Mothers of the Bride
Yes, the wedding day is all about the bride. But who has been by her side throughout the whole wedding-planning process, helping her choose everything from the color palette and caterer to the guest list and her wedding dress? Her mom, of course. Just like the bride, the mother of the bride (as well as the mother of the groom) should stand out in clothes that make her look and feel beautiful. But finding just the right ensemble can be tricky—which is why we're looking to mothers of celebrity brides for next-level style inspiration.
Make no mistake: Mother-of-the-bride and -groom dresses do not have to be matronly or drab, as the following stylish ensembles—all worn by famous moms!—prove. While you might think it would be difficult to upstage a celebrity bride, these women nearly stole the show at their children's weddings. Some were even bold enough to wear white on the big day (we're looking at you Kris Jenner and Diana Ross!). In a myriad of fashionable looks—from off-the-shoulder and high-low numbers to the classiest two-piece ensembles—these mothers prove that they're just as fashionable as their famous offspring.
Don't just take our word for it, though. Look to the photos of some of your favorite stars' mothers, ahead. If your own mom is still unsure if she wants to wear a classic number or a more modern look on your big day, these stylish celebrity mothers of the bride might help her decide. One important note before you scroll through this list of fashionable looks with your mom: Since so many designers are currently creating garments that are chic and flattering for moms, she doesn't need to be the parent of an A-lister to recreate (or afford!) them.
It's no secret that Ralph Lauren holds a special place in Priyanka Chopra's heart (she wore a custom number by the creative to the 2017 Meta Gala, which was one of her and Nick Jonas' first public dates). At her her lavish December 2018 wedding, the designer outfitted her whole family for the the western ceremony—including the bride's mother, Madhu. The celebrity mother of the bride wore a light blue ensemble complete with gauzy scarf.
Although all eyes were on Meghan Markle as she walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry in May 2018, we couldn't help but notice her mom's classic look. For her daughter's wedding, Doria Ragland donned a beautiful light green Oscar de la Renta number that included a blazer and matching dress with white floral embroidery. Of course, she also wore a matching fascinator—per English tradition—for the big day.
When Game of Thrones stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington wed in 2018, a slew of A-listers stepped out to support the happy couple. The bride's mother, Candida Leslie, however, had no problem standing out in the crowd. She wore a figure-flattering bright red number, which she paired with a matching hat and white cropped jacket.
For her daughter Kacey Musgraves' 2017 nuptials, Karen Musgraves wore an ethereal below-the-knee pink gown. The flowy dress perfectly matched the wedding's garden vibe.
While all eyes were on Prince William's bride, Kate Middleton—her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress is truly iconic—at the 2011 royal wedding, her mother's outfit caught the public's attention, as well. Carole Middleton chose a sky blue Catherine Walker coat and dress combo featuring a frog clasp detail at the waist and cuffs; she also donned a matching hat, which she wore on an angle.
Wearing white to a wedding seems to be a trend for the Knowles family. At Solange Knowles's 2014 wedding, her entire family, including sister Beyoncé and mom Tina, wore various shades of ivory. As for Tina's dress? The figure-hugging sheath, complete with a wide gold cuff-style choker, was the definition of modern.
When Nicky Hilton wed James Rothschild in 2015, guests and fans alike were suprised by both her sister Paris and mom Kathy's ensembles—they were so classic! Though both wore sky blue dresses, Kathy's was so simple; it featured no detailing other than the intricate 3D embroidery placed close to the gown's hem.
Just like the Knowles family, the Kardashian and Jenner crew went all-white for Kim's nuptials to Kanye West in 2014. Except for the plunging V-neckline, Kris Jenner's dress quite classic. The long-sleeved sheath showed off her figure in a modest way, ensuring that Kim would get all of the attention on her big day.
Most mothers of the bride don't rock a corset-detailed dress and loosely flowing hair on their daughter's wedding days—but you do if you're Diana Ross. The legendary entertainer donned a white Vivienne Westwood Red Label gown with a plunging neckline and a bold statement necklace to her daughter Chudney's 2015 wedding.
Chelsea Clinton's 2010 summer wedding was a big deal—celebrities across all walks of fame (Hollywood and the political sphere, included) stepped out to watch her marry Marc Mezvinsky. Naturally, mother of the bride Hillary wanted to wear something special for her only child's celebration. For the formal 400-guest affair, the then-Secretary of State wore a plum-hued Oscar de la Renta gown with a light pink necklace—striking the perfect balance between traditional and modern. Dorothy Rodham, the grandmother of the bride, looked just as the chic in a gray shift.
Mother of the brides who like a vintage-chic look should take notes from Judy Garland's MOB outfit. For her daugther Liza Minnelli's first wedding to Peter Allen—a small, low-key affair that took place in 1967 in New York City—the Wizard of Oz legend wore a blue-and-green striped coat with a pale yellow dress, neck tie, and pillbox hat. While going totally retro in this day and age might upstage the bride, incorporating aspects of Garland's outfit into your own look is totally appropriate for a modern wedding (consider wearing a trendy overcoat or hat!).
For Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish's summer Montana wedding in 2013, guests were asked to dress for a ranch affair. The actress' mom, Patricia Bosworth, did just that in an off-white Oscar de la Renta dress-suit that was mother-of-the-bride-appropriate—and fit right into the setting.
When pro tennis player Andy Murray married Kim Sears in Scotland in 2015, their nuptials were named Scotland's "royal wedding of the year." Mother of the groom Judy Murray pulled out all of the stops in this neutral look by Joyce Young OBE. The MOG paired her taupe dress with a cream trench-like coat, nude heels, and matching hat.
While Ryan Seacrest proved to be the best man of honor at his sister Meredith's 2016 wedding, his mom rocked the mother-of-the-bride title just as well. Constance Seacrest wore a gorgoeus pink high-low number with an off-the-shoulder neckline—very appropriate for her daughter's destination Mexico event.
Louise Roe and Mackenzie Hunkin "felt like royalty" on the day of their traditional English wedding—so you bet the their families had to look the part. Louise's mom, Christine, wore a stylish lilac lace dress with a cropped jacket and matching hat (a tradition for English wedding guests!).