9 Stunning, Elegant Looks for Mother of the Bride Dresses

 A mom surrounded by smiling brides in wedding dressesPhoto: Bella Birmingham/Eric and Jamie Photo

You’ve bought THE DRESS and found the perfect suit or tux. You know exactly what your bridesmaids and groomsmen will wear on the big day. You’ve even picked out the shoes, the earrings, the ties, and the socks to go with your ensembles.

But two other wedding VIPs might need some help with their wedding day styling.

We’re talking about your moms.  

Most couples help choose mother-of-the-groom dresses and mother-of-the-bride gowns. Or, at the very least, offer input on them. (Yes, even if she’s a super fashionista, there’s a good chance she’ll at least want to get your approval before she makes the final decision on her look.)

Are you getting ready to dress Mom for your big day? Here are nine stunning, elegant mother-of-the-bride dresses that'll make your mother look oh-so-fashionable.

There’s No Need for Mom to Wear a Stodgy Suit!


Now that we’re well into the 21st century, there’s absolutely no need for the mother-of-the-bride to feel the need to wear some stodgy two-piece jacket and skirt set. 

Of course, if that’s what she feels comfortable in, then, by all means, that’s what she should wear. But you might want to remind her that her fashion options are endless!

Even though they’re not technically "in" the wedding party, the MOB and MOG play an important role on your wedding day. Each mom deserves a look that makes her feel absolutely gorgeous and makes it clear that she’s not just another wedding guest.

As long as they don’t upstage the bride (we’ve all seen those pictures on social media) moms can wear almost any look nowadays.

For a black-tie event, she may want to wear a short-sleeve dress with a high scoop neckline or a long-sleeve gown with a deep V-neck. 

For a semi-formal celebration, a midi dress, a high-low gown, a tea-length design, or a knee-length cocktail dress with some shine or embellishments are all stylish options.

She can even step out of the box in a super chic jumpsuit or a modern pantsuit if that’s her jam!

Here’s the point:

Encourage mom to wear something stylish that flatters her figure and makes her feel like a show-stopper. Don’t push her too far out of her comfort zone, but encourage her to at least consider options that she may not have considered.

How to Help Mom Choose the Perfect MOB Dress


A Mother of the Bride (MOB) Helping Dress the BridePhoto: Bella Birmingham/Eric and Jamie Photo

Mothers of the bride should complement the wedding party but don’t have to coordinate with the bridesmaid dresses

There is no need for her to match your wedding colors, wear the same silhouette, or wear the same sleeve length as members of the wedding party. 

The MOB and MOG don’t have to match each other either. Yet, they should complement one another in terms of the overall style.

For example, your photos will look much more balanced if you encourage them to both wear evening dresses rather than one wearing a long gown with beading and the other wearing a short sheath dress in a bright floral print.


Related: 15 Great Ideas (+ Alternatives) For Mothers of the Bride and Groom Corsages

 

Gorgeous MOB Dresses to Flatter Mom


Your quest for the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress begins here.

Take a look at these stunning options that will make your mom look absolutely incredible at your wedding!

Jenny Yoo Liana 


Jenny Yoo Liana (MOB dress idea)

The Jenny Yoo Liana dress is sophisticated in a sleeveless silhouette with a draped cowl neckline. This dress features an A-line skirt, soft pleating, and a V–shaped back. 

Amsale Ava


Amsale Ava (MOB dress idea)

The Amsale Ava dress wows in a flattering wrap silhouette with flutter sleeves and a V-neckline. This chiffon gown is accented with a tie at the waist and finished with a V-shaped back.

Adrianna Papell Style 92868950


Adrianna Papell Style 92868950

The Adrianna Papell Dress Style 92868950 is perfect for the mom who loves appliques, embellishments, and glitz. This beaded gown features cap sleeves, a V-neckline, and an eye-catching pattern of beads of sequins. 

Jenny Yoo Althea


Jenny Yoo Althea (MOB dress idea)

Blouson long sleeves and a square neckline make the Jenny Yoo Althea dress the perfect evening gown for moms who want to be somewhat covered up. The A-line gown also comes in a full range of sizes, so it’s an excellent choice if you’re hunting for a plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress.  

Amsale Lula


Amsale Lula (MOB dress idea)

The Amsale Lula one-shoulder gown looks like a timeless formal dress with a modern twist. This crepe design features one short bell sleeve and an asymmetric neckline to give the confident mom a striking look!

Dessy Collection Style 3043


Dessy collection style 3043 (MOB dress ideas)

We love a sequin dress for a glitzy, glamorous affair, and the Dessy Collection 3043 dress does not disappoint! This flattering trumpet silhouette boasts cap sleeves, a high neckline, and a draped cowl back that adds 1920’s-inspired appeal. 

Bari Jay Style 1953


Bari Jay Style 1953 (MOB dress ideas)

In soft crepe fabric, the Bari Jay 1953 dress is similar in silhouette to the Dessy dress above, just without the shimmering sequin glitz. Its draped cowl back and bateau neckline make it a fashionable choice for the MOB searching for a modern look with some old Hollywood appeal.

Nouvelle Amsale Aaliyah


Nouvelle Amsale Aaliyah

The Nouvelle Amsale Aaliyah gown isn’t quite off the shoulder. But it does rest at the tip of the shoulder to create a flattering scoop neck that’s neither too high nor too low. In an A-line silhouette made from soft velvet, we love this look for a fall or winter wedding.

Bella Bridesmaids by Dessy Style BB119


Bella Bridesmaids by Dessy Style BB119

If she’s into ruffles and lace but doesn’t want to wear a full lace gown, the Bella Bridesmaids by Dessy BB119 dress is a gorgeous choice. This elegant design features a soft crepe in a trumpet silhouette. Its beautiful off-the-shoulder ruffle lace overlay creates the illusion of short sleeves.

More Ways to Make Mom Shine


Aside from her fabulous outfit, there are other ways to make your mom shine on your wedding day.

One way to help her (literally) shine is to gift her with a sparkling diamond or gemstone statement necklace, bracelet, or earrings.

Another way is to give her a small, one-of-a-kind bouquet to carry when she makes her way down the aisle at the start of the ceremony.

You can also give her a unique corsage, a distinctive hair accessory, or an eye-catching brooch. Any of these finishing touches will make her already gorgeous look even more memorable.


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Conclusion


Brides and grooms play the lead role in every wedding celebration, but if it weren't for mom, neither of you would be here to revel in this moment (literally)!

Make mom feel as special on your wedding day as you do on Mother’s Day. It might be your day, but it’s as much of a celebration for her as it is for you.  

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