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Ultimate Guide to Mother of the Bride Dresses

Mother of the Bride with Bride

Kinsley Mothers Dress | Reigh Walker Photography

Looking for the perfect mother of the bride or mother of the groom dress? We compiled our ultimate guide to mother of the bride dresses including: our 10 favorite dresses, the best color choices, and etiquette for coordinating with the wedding party. Choose a dress that you’ll feel comfortable, confident, and elegant in for your son or daughter’s big day!

Mother of the Bride or Groom Dresses for 2024 Weddings

From classic to modern, there are plenty of mother of the bride dresses to choose from for 2024 weddings. Make sure your dress complements the rest of the wedding and suits your style. The most important things to consider are feeling good in the dress, looking good in wedding photos, what the bride would like you to wear, and coordinating with the rest of the wedding.

10 Elegant Mother of the Bride & Mother of the Groom Dresses

Moms deserve to feel and look amazing on their child's wedding day! Here are 10 of our favorite mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses. Or, check out the full collection of mother of the bride dresses! The best part about these dresses? You can try them on at home before you buy!

*For reference, the featured model is 5’6 with 3" heels and wears a size 8.

1) Gold Sequin Mother of the Bride Dress with Cowl Back

Sequin Mother of the Bride Dress

Sequin Mother of the Bride Dress

Jamie is a head-to-toe sequin dress. It's perfect for a mother of the bride who loves sparkle. This dress is modest in the front but features a fun cowl neck in the back. Choose between 5 different colors and a wide range of sizes. The mother of the bride or groom will love the way this dress makes her shine!

2) Burgundy Mother of the Bride Dress

burgundy mother of the bride dress

Burgundy Mother of the Bride Dress

Blake is a gorgeous one-shoulder dress - and burgundy is the perfect color for the mother of the bride. The a-line silhouette of this dress is flattering on many different body types. Who says the mother of the bride can’t look elegant and sexy at the wedding? The high slit on this dress is the perfect touch. 

3) Elegant Long Sleeve Mother of the Bride Dress in Satin

long sleeve mother of the bride dress

Long Sleeve Mother of the Bride Dress

Want long sleeves? Love the look and feel of satin? Tilda is an incredibly elegant long sleeve satin mother of the bride dress. Tilda features a pleated a-line skirt, v neckline, and the perfect length leg slit. The satin fabric is light, silky, and cool enough for a spring or summer wedding. The long sleeves make it warm and modest enough for a winter or fall wedding.

4) Gold Mother of the Bride Dress with Halter Neckline

halter neck brother of the bride dress

Halter Neck Mother of the Bride Dress

Gold is a beautiful color for a mother of the bride or groom who loves light shades but wants to avoid white. Rory is a beautiful matte satin mother of the bride or groom dress that features a high neckline, keyhole back closure, and a fitted silhouette. The Rory in gold is elegant and stylish!

5) Navy Blue Mother of the Bride Dress with Flutter Sleeves

navy blue flutter sleeve mother of the bride dress

Navy Mother of the Bride Dress

We love the romantic fun look of flutter sleeves. This dress is especially nice for mothers who don’t want to wear a dress with a leg slit. Katie is a really great modest dress option for mothers of the bride or groom. It gives a little touch of skin with the v-neckline and the a keyhole back.

6) One Shoulder Purple Mother of the Bride Dress

one shoulder mother of the bride dress

Purple Mother of the Bride Dress

Shannon is a classy one-shoulder mother of the bride dress. This dress comes in several different colors! Shannon features a beaded top, off the shoulder neckline, and a chiffon skirt.

7) Simple Black Mother of the Bride Dress with High Neck

simple black mother of the bride dress

Simple Black Mother of the Bride Dress

Black is always a great color choice, especially for a mother of the bride dress. Monica is simple, modest, and elegant. This dress has a high neck, keyhole back, and structure around the bust. It's form fitting to flatter the mother of the bride’s body, but also features a stretch liner for comfort and mobility!

8) Sage Green Mothers Dress in Satin

sage green mother of the bride dress

Sage Green Mother of the Bride Dress

Reid is a stunning mother of the bride dress that features a one shoulder neckline, ruching, and a subtle side slit. This silky soft satin dress comes in 9 different colors and looks incredible in sage green. The shape of this dress is simple and flattering with a unique spaghetti strap one-shoulder design.

9) Sleek Satin Mothers Dress in Wine

elegant mother of the bride dress

Elegant Mother of the Bride Dress

We love a satin wine colored dress for the mother of the bride! This color is feminine and fun. Kennedy Blue’s Tabitha mother of the bride dress features a v neck, covered back, and fitted silhouette. The flowy bell sleeves on this dress add a touch of modesty. This matte satin dress is a modern, ethereal choice for the mother of the bride or groom.

10) Moss Green Mothers Dress for Summer Weddings

moss green mother of the bride or groom dress

Moss Green Mother of the Bride Dress

The Betsy features a fitted beaded lace bodice, a v-neckline, and a flattering waistline with hidden pockets. Betsy looks great in moss green! We love the classic elegance of this mother of the bride dress. The fitted bodice combined with the flowy skirt flatters many different body types and it’s available in a wide range of sizes and colors.

What Color Should the Mother of the Bride Wear?

The mother of the bride can wear just about any color to their son or daughter’s wedding. However, there are some colors that suit the role better than others. The main idea is to choose classic colors that complement the wedding and the wedding colors. Most mothers choose a neutral or a color that coordinates (usually not matching) with the rest of the bridal party.

Some of the most popular colors for the mother of the bride or groom are gold, champagne, and black. These colors are so popular because they are semi-neutral, classic, and elegant. For mothers who like to go a little more dark and bold, burgundy, navy blue, and eggplant are more popular options.

mother of the bride getting the bride ready

Recently, we’ve noticed mothers thinking outside the traditional wedding colors. Greens like sage green or moss have been a fun contemporary choice for weddings and for the mother of the bride to match. Wine has also been a flirty, feminine color choice for weddings and the mother of the bride or groom.

Mother of the Bride and Groom Dress Etiquette

There aren’t many rules when it comes to choosing a mother of the bride or groom dress, but there are a few important things to consider! Firstly, collaborate with the bride. Both the bride and mothers should have a say before purchasing. While it’s the mother’s dress, it’s still the bride’s wedding so make sure you’re considering her vision.

The mother of the bride should also reach out to the mother of the groom (or vice-versa). Whether you want to coordinate outfits or be sure to have different looks - be sure you’re on the same page! You wouldn’t want to accidentally wear the same dress or wear dresses that look bad together in group photos.

mother of the bride dress

Betsy Mothers Dress | Kinsley Mothers Dress | Reigh Walker

Another important factor to consider when choosing a mother of the bride dress is the season! You may want to choose a long sleeve dress for a winter wedding. Velvet is a gorgeous fabric option for cold weather. If the wedding is in summer, choose a flowy and lightweight dress. Spaghetti straps and satin fabric are both great options for a warm-weather wedding.

father and mother of the bride

Plan for the wedding dress code too! Is the wedding more formal? Consider satin or sequin and make sure it’s floor length. Is it a more casual summer affair? Opt for chiffon and choose a fun neckline. Since you are the mother, you can get away with dressing up more than the guests - just be sure not to dress down!

Get Started Finding Your Elegant Mother of the Bride Dress!

Browse the entire line of mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses! These dresses are all available in multiple colors and a wide variety of sizes (from 00-32). They even all have pockets for the trusty tissues we know you’ll need throughout the wedding. Contact us today for help picking out the perfect mother of the bride dress! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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