60 Of Our Favourite Mother Of The Bride Dresses For 2023
Author: Gracie Pritchard
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While the focus on a wedding day may be firmly on the bride’s dress, it’s no doubt that the day is just as special for the mother of the bride. The day a mother dreams of for their child and no doubt you know the number of roles you will take that day in order to support your daughter- but what to wear?
Mother of the bride dresses come in all different styles and prices. Knowing what to wear is a stress and a search you just don’t need for the big day, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite on-trend dresses for all types of weddings!
Whether a floral dress for a destination wedding or a midi dress with a matching jacket for a more traditional wedding, we’ve got you covered! Stay calm and fulfil your mother of the bride duties whilst looking stylish.
Classic Mother Of The Bride Dress
BELLANA Wilderness Midi Dress, Ted Baker, £89
Classic doesn’t have to mean old. New outfits can have a sense of class to them, such as this red dress from Ted Baker. This red colour is perfect to stand out while still complimenting the bride and groom style. This midi dress is fashionable and vibrant, shop this here for just £89 in the sale.
Lilac Chiffon Wrap Maxi Dress, Roman, £40
Mint Lace Top Overlay Pleated Midi Dress, Roman, £60
Tie Back Maxi Dress, Whistles, £159.20
Rose Gold Midi Lace Bodice Dress, Chi Chi London, £75
Unique Mother Of The Bride Dress
Annie Wedding Trousers & Blazer, Whistles, £229
High Neck Cap Sleeve Jumpsuit, ASOS, £34
Sleeveless Cowl Neck Midi Dress, ASOS, £38
Not many dresses are this unique. Classic, modest and a beautiful shape, you are sure to be the only person wearing this dress at the wedding. With a little help from other products and accessories, you will stand out against the view in the photographs. For just £38, this is a great option!
Tiered Ruffle Midi Dress With Tie Back, ASOS, £38
Plunge Floral Embroidered Midi Tea Dress, ASOS, £110
Fashionable Mother Of The Bride Dress
Embroidered Short Sleeve Mini Dress, Chi Chi London, £120
Bubble Collar Long Sleeved Bodycon Midi With Open Back In Blue, ASOS, £45
Tiered Textured Maxi Dress With Ruffle Detail and Lace Trim, ASOS, £55
Jazliyn Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, Ted Baker, £225
Arklow Dress, Reformation, £285
Designer Mother Of The Bride Dress
Aldorra Midi Lace Dress, Ted Baker, £269
Hedii Wrap Maxi Dress, Ted Baker, £269
Roze Dress, Zadig & Voltaire, £605
Poppy Field Devoré Dress, Kate Spade, £209
Joanna Hope Batwing Beaded Bridal Dress, JD Williams, £190
Budget Mother Of The Bride Dress
Tamra Floral Print Midaxi Dress, Little Mistress, £37.50
Ruffle Detail Thigh Split Maxi Dress in Blue, Chi Chi London, £25
We can guarantee you’ll be feeling anything but blue on the big day if you turn up in this dress! That ruched one shoulder detailing is amazing and adds such an elegant touch to the gown. We’re in love!
Want to see more options like this? Check out our 33 beautiful blue bridesmaid dresses.
Fallen Shoulder Plisse Midi Dress, ASOS, £30
Navy Crepe V Neck Wrap Maxi Bridesmaid Dress, Missguided, £15
Blue Porcelain Print Long Sleeve Pleated Midi Dress, Pretty Little Thing, £30
Styling Tips For The Mother Of The Bride
What sort of outfit can a mother of the bride wear?
There are no strict rules about what you can and can’t wear to your daughter’s wedding, as long as you don’t show her up or look inappropriate. An absolute no-no is wearing a wedding dress of course (yes it has been done before!) or wearing something that looks too much like the bridesmaids. You’ll also want to avoid wearing something that looks like you’re going to a funeral. Finally, make sure you choose something that works for your figure and that you feel comfortable in – you need to feel your best.
Are there any colours a mother of the bride should avoid?
Try not to go for a full white outfit as otherwise, you might look too bridal. The same goes for a full black outfit – you might look like you don’t approve of the marriage! Try to work with the colours of the bridal party and not clash with them. Remember you’ll be having pictures with the bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen so it’s good to be in a complementary colour rather than standing out too much.
How far in advance should you search for an outfit?
It’s good to get your outfit sorted as soon as possible to allow for alterations and for you to find the right accessories to go with it. However, it’s good to wait on your shopping trip until you have an idea of what others in the bridal party are wearing before you get too carried away if you want to ensure you don’t clash with anyone or look too similar.
Can a mother of the bride wear black to her son’s wedding?
You can wear black to a wedding and it’s much more accepted these days, but try and add a little colour or bling to make it look celebratory rather than like you’re in mourning! Check with your daughter or son-in-law and if they are happy with you in black then you’re fine.
Does the mother of the bride have to wear a hat?
You don’t have to, but your son’s wedding is a brilliant excuse to pull out all the stops and really make a statement with a stunning hat or fascinator. Plus, it marks you out as a key member of the wedding, so we say if you’re comfortable in a hat… go for it!