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Help! What Color Should the Mother of the Bride Wear?

Wondering what to wear to your daughter’s wedding, and what color the Mother of the Bride should wear?

Don’t fret! You are not alone!

Choosing the perfect color for your MOB dress is confusing and stressful. There are so many things to consider like:

  • the time of year of the wedding
  • the formality of the ceremony
  • the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses
  • the wedding theme colors
  • what color will photograph best
  • the most flattering color for you

How can you be sure you’re making the right choice? Here are some popular options to help you decide what color to wear when you are Mother of the Bride.


mother of the bride in purple with bride and maid of honour wearing purple
Excerpt from Mother of the Bride

1. Go Monotone

Many ask, Should the mother of the bride wear the same color as the bridesmaids? The answer is a simple no – The MOB is special and needs to stand out, even if it’s just a little.

As a result,  a popular option is for the mother-of-the-bride to wear a dress that is in the same general color family as the bridesmaids. This is a classy way to coordinate, not match.

For example, if the bridesmaids wear lavender, the Mother of the Bride can wear a plum or eggplant-colored dress.

2. Create Contrast

Another way to approach this is to choose a Mother of the Bride dress in a color that is directly opposite on the color wheel to the bridesmaids’ dresses. You’ll stand out in photos, but the bridesmaids will look striking too. For example, t if the bridesmaids wore orange, the bride’s mother might wear blue- the exact opposite color.

blue green sequin mother of the bride dress

3. Try Tonal

You could also wear a color in the same tonal palette as the bridesmaid’s dresses.  For a seasonally themed wedding, this can be a lovely way to highlight the different colors of the season. It looks very classy.  For example, if it is a fall wedding and the bridesmaids are wearing green, rust, and pumpkin-colored dresses,  the bride’s mother could wear a brown or gold dress.

4. Play with Print and Pattern

What color does the mother of the bride wear on the big day?  It doesn’t have to be a single color!  It’s perfectly acceptable to wear multiple colors by wearing a print dress. A colorful print dress adds personality, can tie all the bridal colors together, and looks pretty in photos.

When choosing a print dress, just be sure that the colors in the print mirror the bridal party colors.  For instance, if the bridal palette is pink, green, and blue and the bridesmaids are wearing pink, the mother of the bride would look lovely in a pink and green floral print dress.

bride with mother of the bride wearing neutral taupe colored mother of the bride dress


5. Opt for Neutrals/Metallics

When in doubt, neutrals go with everything! A more saturated neutral will prevent you from looking washed out. Here’s how a neutral color might work. If bridesmaids wear Magenta, the Mother of the Bride would look beautiful in a dark, silvery-gray neutral color. Metallic neutrals with a bit of sheen or sparkle, like champagne (a light gold-silver shade), always look rich and luxurious.

Q. Black is a neutral. Can the Mother of the Bride Wear Black?

Black used to be a no-no at weddings, but it is now a chic, modern option. However, some brides may feel differently. It’s very important to talk to the bride about this. Be sensitive to her wishes, and don’t wear a color she doesn’t approve of even though you love it.


Mother of the Bride ebook- Deborah Boland


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Choosing the perfect mother of the bride color is just one part of looking fabulous as Mother of the Bride. For more great tips and advice on how to pick a Mother of the Bride dress,  check out my popular eBook, Tweak Your Chic: Mother of the Bride. It’s a complete guide to looking and feeling fabulous on one of the most cherished days of your life!

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  1. My daughter is getting married in October, and the bridesmaids’ dresses are pumpkin spice; what color for the mother of the bride wear? Should I wear a long dress?

    1. Hi Karen,
      Congratulations! Fall is a gorgeous time to be married. You can wear long or shorts. It doesn’t matter unless the bride has a preference. I would suggest Burgundy, Dark green, plum, brown, or champagne. Just think of the fall leave or the colors of a harvest table, and you can’t go wrong. Have a wonderful time!

  2. Hi! My daughter is getting married Sept 2023, and I’m hopeless with matching colors! Her dress has a champagne tone under the cream/ivory lace, and the bridesmaids are in burgundy. Please help!!

    1. Hi Gaye, It Sounds like a lovely wedding. You could wear burgundy, soft pink, dusty pale green, or dusty blue, or go with those same colors but less dusty, clearer. Metallic always works too. Can you find out the color of the bride’s flowers and pick a color from there? Also, make sure you love your chosen color; otherwise, disappointment will show on your face.

  3. I need your help urgently; my daughter’s wedding is in October 2022; the bridesmaids are all wearing terracotta dresses, and the groomsmen are in navy. I have chosen a smoke color dress with tiny silver sparkles all over and silver shoes that will go with their colors.

  4. My daughter is marrying in October 2022. She is having the bridesmaids wear a mix of desert rose (birdie grey) or terracotta – their choice. The groom is wearing brown and the groomsmen in light tan. I am struggling with the best color to wear as the MOB. A eucalyptus green? A blush? A neutral?

  5. The daughter is getting married in January. Bridesmaids are wearing burgundy velvet dresses and guys will be in dark gray suits. Looking for suggestions on what color to wear.

  6. My Son is getting married in Nov. The Girls are wearing Desert Rose. Any suggestions? Also, my daughter is getting married three weeks later in Dec. And those girls are wearing Cranberry Red. Ideas, please? My skin tone looks Good in wine/Burgundy. Thanks.

  7. Hi, I’m having a wedding this August, and my colors are blush pink and sage green. The groomsmen are wearing sage green suits, and the bridesmaids are wearing blush pink. I need to know what color my mother should wear?

  8. Hello, my daughter is getting married this September she’s having a black and white wedding girl wearing all black, groomsmen black with white shirts and groom black on black what should the parents wear?

  9. My daughter is getting married on October 1st. Bridesmaids are wearing Chianti a rosy wine color. Would a cabernet color dress be okay for me to wear? Guys are wearing Grey

    1. Hi Theresa, Chianti, and Cabernet, they are all so close. The general guideline is yes, you can wear a few shades darker or lighter than the bridesmaids as Mother of the Bride, so it sounds like you are good!

  10. Hi, my daughter is getting married in Oct 2022. Her colors are olive and dusty yellow. The bridesmaid’s dresses are a deep olive. The groom and groomsmen are wearing a black tuxes. What color should my dress be? I was thinking maybe a charcoal grey?

  11. Hi Deborah,
    My daughter is getting married in October 2022. Her dress is ivory, the bridesmaids are pale pink and the groomsmen navy. I and the groom’s mother are stuck on what color we should wear to coordinate well and each other. Any help would be really appreciated. Thank you

  12. Hi! My daughter is getting married in September; the colors are bridesmaids in taupe and groomsmen in dark grey. Floral decorations are mostly greenery with some white flowers, like beige color, some light green, and thistle. How would the bride’s mother look in emerald green and grooms in a navy, but it’s a brighter navy versus a deep dark?
    Thank you!

  13. Hi Deborah,

    My daughter is getting married in Sept 2022 outside. Bridesmaids wearing “sea glass” green from birdy grey website dresses. Groomsmen will be in Navy suits. My daughter’s dress is from BHLDN in Ivory with a very very subtle pink hue in it. I have no idea what I am doing and what color or how dressy I should go. Any help is much appreciated. THANKS

  14. Hi My daughter is getting married in May and bridesmaids are dove grey men in light grey suits,
    What should I wear?
    Would Colbolt blue/Navy work?

    1. Hi Helen, I think Navy would be nice with soft gray. Cobalt blue might be a little intense if they are all in a light shade of gray. You could also wear light, soft pink color. I hope that helps. Cheers, Deborah

  15. My daughter is getting married in late September 2022. Bridesmaids are in a light taupe, groomsmen are in dark navy. Wedding colors are simple greens and white. What color would you recommend for me?

  16. Hi my daughter is getting married in august 2022. Her bridesmaids are going to be in Jade. Groom in modern Douglas tartan . I was looking at cobalt blue for my colour of dress? What do you think

    1. Hi Carol, The Douglas tartan is dark green, navy blue, royal blue, black and white. So you could go with a royal blue or a cobalt blue. Cobalt is medium and bright and royal blue is a bit darker. It sounds like either would be fine. Take the tartan with you when you go to buy your dress to be sure it matches, as manufacturers have all kinds of different name colors to signal one color.

  17. Hi my daughter is getting married in august 2022. The bridesmaids are in a dark green/jade. I was thinking cobalt blue? What do you think

  18. My daughter is getting married in the spring so the bridesmaids will wear light colors with shoulder straps or a strap off one shoulder. Should the mother of the bride have a different style of dress such as 3/4 length sleeves or cap sleeves?

    1. Hi Cate, I think the same style of dress would be too matchy and you are right, better off to go with a different sleeve to distinguish yourself from them. All the best, Deborah

  19. Hi,
    My daughter is getting married in April 2022. Her bridesmaids are wearing dusty rose. What color dress should the mother of the bride wear?

  20. My daughter is getting married in August 2022 and her bridesmaids will wear dark teal and the men are wearing Navy. She thinks having me in the same color as the bridesmaids would look good and then the mother of the groom in the Navy. I think this may be too matching? Any other ideas. Thank you.

  21. Hello,
    My daughter is getting married this August. The bridesmaids are wearing three hues of blue; dark navy, steel blue, and dusty blue with gold sandals. The groomsmen are wearing light gray suits with bow ties that are the three shades of blue. What color would be best for me, the mother of the bride? Thanks in advance!!

  22. My daughter’s getting married in October I’m having a Halloween-themed wedding. She’s wearing a black and purple dress and her bridesmaids are wearing purple. What color should the mother of the bride wear?

    1. Hi Melody, Sounds like a fun wedding! How about rust/pumpkin, or if she just has a bit of purple in her dress, you could wear purple. Those colors say Halloween to me.

  23. Hello, my daughter’s wedding is in April, the bridesmaids are wearing Rose-red dresses. What color should I wear?

    1. Hi Christine, blue and purple go together, but Cobalt blue is very intense so I’d be more inclined to wear it if the bridesmaids were wearing a deeper purple color. Most times you see lavender paired with a lighter blue. Having said all this, lavender and cobalt blue could work. It just depends on the shade of the lavender. Here is a color board to get you thinking. Compare the bridesmaid’s dresses and the dress you have in mind to these: I hope that helps!

  24. Hi! My daughter’s wedding is in April and her colors are navy and blush!! Bridesmaids dresses are blush so wondering what color dress I should wear?

  25. Hi, my daughter is getting married in June. Bridesmaids wearing sage green. The groomsmen are wearing jeans and grey vests. What color dress do you think would be best

  26. Hi, My daughter is having a June wedding and her bridesmaids are going to be in light blue with the men in navy tuxedos. Can I wear a bright pink/fuschia mother of the bride dress or is that too bright with the light blue.

  27. My daughter is getting married may 22, her colours are neutral, apricot and cream, bridesmaids are in a apricot/hint of pink, what colour should mother of bride wear

    1. Hi Michelle, Emerald Green is gorgeous. What about a darker forest green or teal, navy, or burgundy? You could also go lighter in blush or wear a champagne color which is a gold/silver cross. You really have a lot of choice!

  28. What color should mother-of-the-bride wear for an October wedding when the bridesmaid dresses are wearing terracotta and taupe?

    1. My daughter is getting married at the end of October she has made a color change, all bridesmaids are wearing terracotta dresses, and groomsmen are wearing navy, as a mother or the bride can I wear a slate color dress that has silver glitter all over and silver shoes.

  29. Hi there! My daughter is getting married in January. Her bridesmaids are wearing burgundy. Her groom and groomsmen are wearing beige. Her wedding dress and the flower girls’ dresses are rose-tinted with white lace. I don’t know what color to wear?

  30. My daughter is getting married in December. Her colors are rose gold/blush and sage green. Her bridesmaids are wearing a sea glass green which is more saturated than sage. Should I stick within the green color family or blush or a neutral of some sort? The groom and groomsmen are wearing navy suits.

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Gesa, Have you considered Navy, Dusty Blue or even Burgundy since it is in Dec. You could wear sage to be slightly different from the bridesmaids but it’s nice to stand out a little and these other colors could work. Here is a wedding invitation I found for inspiration: See what you think. Cheers, Deborah

  31. My daughter is getting married in November. Her bridesmaids are wearing cinnamon. What color should Mother of Bride wear?

  32. My daughter is getting married her colors are green for the wedding party. Her dress is an off white. Can I wear a rose gold or just gold?

    1. Hi Terri, Rose gold or gold would be lovely with green. Ask your daughter what she thinks. Is there gold or rose gold in her table linens or floral decorations? That may help you decide. Cheers, Deborah

  33. My daughter getting married September 2022 color of bridesmaids navy and dusty blue. What color do you recommend for mother of the bride.

  34. My daughter gets married on Aug. 13th, 2022. Her colors are cranberry and navy. Bridesmaids in long cranberry dresses and navy tuxes for groomsmen with cranberry ties. If my husband, father of the bride, is in navy..can I wear navy too as the mother of the bride. Thank you

  35. My daughter is getting married. Her color is rose gold. This is an October wedding. Her bridal party is wearing black. The maid of the hour might be in the rose gold. All tuxedos are black. The flowers are rose gold white and a medium soft yellow. I don’t know what color to wear. Please advise me. Thank you

    1. Hi Lori, It sounds like a blush shade of pink or burgundy would be nice with rose gold or you could wear a champagne-colored dress. Navy is always appropriate too. Start with those and try some on. Cheers, Deborah

    2. My daughter is getting married in April and the bridesmaids are wearing teal with the groomsmen in navy suits. What would you advise me to wear?

  36. My daughter’s wedding color is burgandy and black my dress is plum purple is this dress going to look right?

  37. My daughter is getting married at the end of September. Bridesmaids are in Scarlet Red, what color should the mother of the brides wear? Bridesmaids are in full-length dresses should the mother of the bride be full-length also? Thank you

    1. Hi Peggy, That’s a pretty dramatic color palette, so that I would stick to black, navy, or champagne. If you introduce another bright color like green, it is going to look rather gaudy. Keep it classic. I hope that helps.

  38. My daughter is getting married in October. Her bridesmaids are wearing dusty roses and her groomsmen are wearing navy suits. What color should I wear?

  39. My son is getting married in Oct at an outdoor venue. Bridesmaids are wearing emerald green and the groom and groomsmen are wearing a dark gray. Not sure what color I should go with, MOB hasn’t chosen a dress yet either. Please help!!

  40. My son is getting married in December. The color of the bridesmaids will be navy ( I think gold will be the accent color as opposed to silver)…the groomsmen will wear black tuxes for formal attire. the mother of the Bride has not picked her color yet, which I will indeed wait for, but what colors would work and what will my options be. I was thinking of a purple hue (plum, grape, etc), a stormy blue, or a Burgundy/berry color. Greens generally are not my best color…What are my options (assuming I cannot or will not be asked to be identical to the MOB?

  41. Hi!

    My daughter is getting married at the end of May. The groom and groomsmen will be in dark gray and the matron of honor in gray. The groom’s mother picked out a navy dress. Should I go in a navy dress also? Or lavender or gray?

    1. Hi Ilene, Lavender, I think Lavender is always a nice choice if you like that color. I wouldn’t wear navy as you want to look different from the groom’s mother. Hope that helps. Cheers, Deborah

  42. Hello, my daughter is getting married in August and the bridesmaids are wearing dusty roses with the groomsmen wearing black. What would be a good color for the mother of the bride? Would mocha be a good color or a dessert rose??

  43. Hi,
    My daughter’s bridesmaids are wearing steel blue dresses… the men in charcoal suits. What color should I wear.. some shade of blue?

    1. Hi MaryAnn, Yes you could wear a lighter blue. It’s very common for the MOB to wear a couple of shades lighter or darker than the bridesmaid. You could also wear silver or raspberry would be nice too. Best Wishes!

  44. Hi,- My Bride here!
    My colors are silver, black, and dark purple. The bridesmaid will be in purple—Groom black, groomsmen grey suit.
    Not sure what to put my mother in? She doesn’t want a light purple. She’s older with ashen skin and white hair. I feel silver would blend & black would wash her out. & I don’t want her in the same dark purple as the bridesmaid. I don’t love the color coordinates charts I’ve seen.
    Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Susan, If I had a dollar for every person who asked me that I’d be rich. This dress was a huge hit with readers but unfortunately, this photo is from a few years ago and I have not been able to find this dress anywhere. I would suggest checking at David’s Bridal. Here’s the link: They have a huge selection of dresses and are always getting new ones in, so they may have something close. All the best, Deborah

  45. My daughter is getting married on Feb 16, 2020 (in 9 days!). Her bridesmaids are in blush, groom, and groomsmen in navy. I picked out a champagne/gold dress although have an emerald green as a backup. She wants me to wear the champagne/gold dress which I am fine with but will it look okay and not be competing with her color? Thanks!

    1. Hi Teri, Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding! A champagne gold dress is fine. If her dress is white, then no problem, and if she isn’t worried about the color of your dress, I would definitely go for it!
      Have a wonderful time!

  46. My daughter is getting married in August 2020, bridesmaids are wearing sapphire/royal blue. Men in Gray or navy. What color would be appropriate for me to wear?

  47. Okay, so my daughter is getting married in April 2020! The girls are wearing long peach dresses. The guys are wearing dark gray! My husband and his father are wearing navy blue! Her colors are navy, dark gray, and peach. So what color should I wear?? Don’t know what color his mother is wearing! Thank you

    1. Hi Tina, Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding. How about wearing Navy or a light grey or silver? You could also do a darker peach than the bridesmaids- more of a coral?
      Hope that helps!

    2. My daughter is also getting married in April, but she has no “bridal party” per se, just nieces and nephews that will be “attendants” with no color palette chosen other than white. This is a second wedding for her, and the groom’s mother is wearing a deep blue. Would wine be ok to wear in April…or too dark?

      1. Hi Deb, I think wine would be fine in April. It seems to be a popular color year-round. You could also consider champagne or silvery gray if you wanted something neutral. Cheers, Deborah

  48. I’m needing help picking the colors of the MOB. Bridesmaids are in apple red maid of honor is in black and groomsmen are in a black shirt with apple red tie best man is in white shirt apple red tie.

    1. Hi Angel, That apple red sounds very pretty. As a mother of the bride, I think the Navy would be lovely or you could wear a deeper red like wine or burgundy. A light gold- champagne would be regal or black would be fine too so long as the bride approved. Unless the wedding is at Christmastime, I would avoid dark green as it would look too holiday festive. Have a wonderful time! Cheers, Deborah

  49. I have a small dilemma. My step-daughter is getting married this fall but decided on spring colors, periwinkle, and coral. It seems common that the mother of the bride to wear something darker than the bridesmaids, but in speaking with her, my stepdaughter tells me the groom’s mother is wearing peach and her own mother would like to wear coral. I had been thinking of navy blue to offset the periwinkle and be a good fall color but think it may be too different, and I can’t seem to find a “darker blue” that doesn’t look bright and garish (I.e. Pool Blue, or Sky Blue) I would love to get some advice on what color I should focus on.

  50. I am afraid that I have chosen the wrong color for my daughter’s wedding. Her bridesmaids are wearing bottle gree and I have a coral dress. What do you think?

  51. My daughter is getting married in late fall. Her bridesmaids will be wearing deep rose and her secondary color is burgundy. I would like to wear burgundy since I wear darker colors better myself. Will this be okay?

    1. Hi Elaine, That sounds perfect. Burgundy is a popular color at that time of year and is very flattering on most women. It gives you some color without being too loud or bright. Very elegant! All the best, Deborah

  52. I will be the Mother of the Groom. The bridesmaids are wearing a blushing pink as well as the mother of the bride is wearing pink. What color should I wear.

  53. Dear Laurie,
    My daughter is getting married in April 2019 in Central Texas. Her bridesmaids are wearing dusty sage. Her dress is ivory and champagne. and she is carrying greenery with some blush accents. She would like the groomsmen in dark navy. I’m at a loss for what color to wear?

  54. My daughter is getting married in October 2018. Her dress is long soft ivory, almost white, the bridesmaids are wearing black dresses with gold shoes, and the mother of the groom is wearing navy. I ordered a silver dress to wear with silver shoes. (Knee length). It is very lacy over with a slip-like fabric lining it. Is that the correct choice?

  55. My daughter’s wedding is in October bridesmaid’s colors are sunflower yellow groomsmen are gray and white the bride is ivory what should the MOBcolors be?

  56. My daughter’s wedding is in October and bridesmaids are burgundy and groomsmen are navy. What color should my MOB dress be?

    1. Hi Linda, You have so many choices. Dark green would look lovely with navy and burgundy or you could go a metallic- silver or smokey grey is pretty or even soft pink or blush.

  57. Deborah,
    Help!! My daughter has picked a blush color for her bridesmaids and the groomsmen will be in the Navy along with the groom. I look so washed out in the lighter colors with my light-porcelain skin and blonde hair! I was hoping to wear a navy dress, but apparently, that is not an option! I don’t want to blend into a dress! Would a dress with different colors in it be inappropriate if it were based on a blush undertone? I’m about to lose what’s left of my mind!
    Thanks a million!

    1. Hi Linda, You could wear a deeper blush or you could try burgundy which would look nice. A light celery green works and of course you can always wear a metallic (soft gold/silver) or black if the bride is ok with it. Here are a bunch of mood boards that will give you some ideas. Enjoy!:

  58. Hello, thank you for all your wonderful advice. I really need assistance as the wedding is quickly approaching — only a few months away and I haven’t found a dress yet. What is a good choice, besides navy blue, for a mother of the bride to wear if the bridesmaids are in blush or dusty rose?

    1. Hi, Desperate mob,
      One way to co-ordinate is to wear a lighter or darker color than the bridesmaids so if they are in blush you could be in a deeper pink or peach. Or you could go opposite in navy as you suggested or a dusty blue or green. You could also try a metallic-like gold or silver. Metallics are always a neutral choice.

  59. Is periwinkle a good mother of the bride color if bridesmaids are in dusty rose and men in navy blue?
    Thank you for your help

  60. Hi, my daughter is marrying in June. The b/maids are in shades of peach/apricot, flower girls possibly in baby blue, and her 2yr old daughter in a deeper/bolder shade of peach/apricot, like coral. Think the men are in the navy. I’ll be back to dark brown hair by then and my skin will be slightly tanned ????……. so what on earth should I be wearing please xx

  61. Good day

    My daughter is getting married in December 2017. The color of the wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses are dusty purple and dusty pink. What color should I wear? should I go with a darker shade of purple?

  62. My daughter’s wedding is in mid-October. Bridesmaids are wearing grape dresses and the groomsmen and my husband med gray. I cannot decide on a dress color. Should I wear the same grape color, navy, or would burgundy be okay? I tend to like dark colors. I have brown and silver hair, light skin, and brown eyes. Thank you.

  63. Hey I’m Gloria my daughter will be married in September her colors are red and grey I will b walking her down the aisle what color should I wear?

  64. Hi there! My son’s wedding is in September and the MOB is living in China but will be attending the wedding in the states. My future DIL doesn’t have any special requests for dress style or colors. I know that I am supposed to go off of what the MOB wears, but I believe that she doesn’t even have a dress yet. The bridal party is wearing Coral. What colors would match best with the party’s color? Maybe I can suggest a color for the MOB to lean towards (since she probably doesn’t know what colors to aim for)? Your thoughts on this?

    1. Hi Lisa, Yes, you usually take your cue from the MOB and choose the second. Navy, silver, and taupe would all look nice with coral. I would talk to the bride first and suggest she speak to her first to get her thoughts and if the bride is ok with it, you can call the mom direct and talk. You don’t want to come across as pushy but I understand you want to know. It is important to get your dress well ahead of time!
      Here is a MOB color guide to help you

  65. I am really stuck. I am the mother of the groom and am not sure what color to wear. The BMs are wearing Cadbury purple and I have the choice of a dark purple dress, a silver-grey dress, or a navy dress. The silver-grey is quite light and in comparison to the other 2 appears wishy-washy. The purple is my favorite but I don’t want to come across as trying to copy bridesmaids. Help, please!

  66. I am the mother of the bride and it has always been just the 2 of us. She has asked me to walk her down the aisle (even though her dad and stepdad will be attending), and she has also asked that I wear white. I told her I didn’t want to wear white that color is for her. She stated she didn’t care, I suggested thinking about another color. She is standing firm on “white or off white”
    Is this ok? or should I push the issue of another color.

    1. Hi Heidi,
      While it is an unusual request, I would go with the bride’s wishes and wear white, but a toned-down white such as ivory or even a cream shade. It is her day so if that’s what she wants… If you wish to make sure you don’t look like you are wearing a wedding dress, you could stay away from anything lace. I might also suggest carrying a colorful bag or wearing colored jewelry in a shade that compliments what the bridesmaids are wearing. That might be a good solution. Wishing you all the best on this special day.

  67. Hi, My daughter is getting married in August. Her colors are turquoise and fushia, with accents of silver. What color should I wear?

  68. My daughter is getting married in September. She’s wearing ivory, and her bridesmaids are in dusky pink. Would navy go with the color scheme?

  69. I am the mother of the bride but also divorced from her father will be walking her down the aisle with him what should I wear

  70. Hello! My daughter’s wedding is in October and her colors are Tiffany Blue & Gold Her bridesmaids will be wearing Tiffany Blue. I was looking at dresses in Royal Blue. Do you think that would coordinate with the colors of the wedding? MOG is wearing Navy Blue. I was thinking of wearing gold but my skin is fair but I have dark hair & dark eyes. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thank you in advance for your advice.

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Yes Royal Blue would work with Tiffany blue and it is fine that the MOG is wearing Navy, however, I would consult with the bride as she may want you to wear a completely different shade than the MOG. Another option is blush or coral. These colors pair well with Tiffany blue and are a nice contrast to navy blue. Best Wishes.

  71. My child is getting married and the bridesmaid’s dresses are a pinky-peach color. The guys are wearing a grey tux with ties color of dresses. The mother of the bride is wearing a navy dress what color should the mother of the groom wear? Also, would it be wrong for the mother of the groom to also wear navy or maybe a blush-colored dress?

    1. Hi Jan, It’s not appropriate for the Mother of the Groom to wear the same color as the MOB. Since the bridesmaids are pinky peach and the MOB is Navy, I might suggest silver, champagne, or taupe. Here is a color guide from David’s bridal that you might find really helpful. Have a wonderful time at the Wedding!

  72. My daughter has her bridesmaids in petal pink, she’s in an off-white dress and the boys are wearing tan, just a vest no jacket. The wedding is on July 1st. There are three moms and a grandmother, what color choices would make this party blend well?

  73. My daughter is getting married in April. Her bridesmaids are wearing a bright pink..not quite a bubble gum pink. The tuxes are light gray with matching pink ties. I have a beaded tea-length navy blue dress. Is this a good choice for the April wedding and pink dresses?
    Thank you for your help.

  74. Hi. My daughter is getting married in July. Her bridesmaids are in Cadbury purple. I am quite fair-skinned with freckles. Can you help me with the color for the Mother of the bride outfit, please? A lot of people have said champagne color but I’m just not feeling it all. I was contemplating silver or a smoke grey. Thanks for your advice.

  75. Hi. My daughter is having a winter wedding her bridesmaids are a latte color best men are a grey-blue color. Can my dress be navy blue? Or do you think I should stay away from the blue? The blue is like a denim blue that the guys are wearing.I’m really confused thank you

    1. Hi Kerry,
      It sounds like it would be fine but without seeing the exact colors it is hard to say. This is a very handy chart that will help you immensely. See if you can find the color latte you are talking about here ( I’m guessing it is called champagne on this chart?) and then check which colors correspond. The navy and champagne look lovely together with the lighter blue.

  76. Hi! My son is marrying in late September. The bridesmaids will be in light gray and carry white flowers with a touch of lavender. I’m more of a fall palette-for instance true blue and corals look good on me and don’t wash me out. I have golden brown hair and brown eyes. What colors should I consider for my dress?
    Thanks, Cyndie

    1. Hi Cyndi, Congratulations. This is an exciting time for you. When Bridal colors are neutral colors you have a lot more flexibility. I think a warm navy would be really nice or a burgundy color would look lovely with gray in fall. Peach is nice with gray but it’s more for a spring/summer. Have you seen the great color chart at David’s Bridal? I write about it in my Mother of the Bride ebook. Take a look. It should really help:
      Cheers, Deborah

  77. Hi,
    My daughter is having a summer wedding. Her bridesmaids are wearing peach. She suggests that I wear Navy Blue. What color would you recommend? I don’t look good in Navy blue and want to wear something that would compliment my skin tone. I am a brunette with green eyes and olive skin.
    Thank You!!

    1. Hi Debbie, As the Mother of the bride you can wear something that contrasts or coordinates. Navy would be a strong contrast. If you want to go for something softer, that coordinates, I suggest a neutral with some warmth like bronze or mocha if your skin and hair are more on the warm side. David’s Bridal has this excellent chart that can really help. Take a look at this and I hope you find a fabulous dress:
      Cheers, Deborah

  78. My daughter has a gray, and purple theme going on. The Bridesmaids are in pewter. Dad has a gray jacket with the kilt in grays as do the groom and best man. The kid’s kilts have purple in them. What should the mother of the bride wear?
    Thank you

  79. Hi! My daughter’s wedding is strictly formal in December. The theme is navy blue and gold. Should I wear a gown in a navy and gold combination? I’m 52. Thanks.

    1. Hi Lorrie,
      The color of the MOB dress is such a popular question. If the bridesmaids are in gold you could wear black or if the bridesmaids are in black you could wear gold or a soft neutral shade like champagne. A deep wine color could also look nice. Check out this color guide for MOB from David’s Bridal: This should be a big help. Cheers, Deborah

  80. Hi, Deborah my daughter’s wedding is next spring her bride’s maids gown is pastel .she picked it. A gold gown for me and wants me to wear it. I am leaning on light blue instead are these colors appropriate for spring? pls. Help

  81. My daughter is getting married in March, and her bridesmaid’s dresses are in a blush color. I’m having trouble deciding on my color dress. I have looked at and few different colors. I really like Safire blue. Other colors I have looked at are gray and black. They are all long dresses. Any advice?

    1. Hi Kim, Weddings are soft, romantic affairs so most MOB’s tend to wear a coordinating color instead of a bold contrasting color. I like the idea of a soft gray because it will really play up the blush. You could also go with a deeper neutral. Here’s a great color chart that should help:
      Cheers, Deborah

  82. My daughter will be having an outdoor wedding in spring (in a warmer clime), but it’s still formal – with the bridesmaids in floor-length sequined gowns of primarily rose gold but other metal tones like possibly champagne, etc. I am at a loss as to what to wear so as to not look too much like a bridesmaid myself. I’d prefer floor-length, and I know it shouldn’t be sequined; however, if it’s a solid that’s either lace or beaded, what color should it be? I need to decide soon so as to talk with the mother of the groom about her dress. Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Cyndi, as this is very formal, what about a warm navy blue? Navy is very popular this spring for Mother of the Bride dresses. See here:
      You actually have a lot of flexibility since the bridesmaids are in a neutral color. A soft pink shade would might be lovely too because it would pick up on the pink in the pink gold. Here’s a great color chart that will help you decide:
      Have a wonderful time at the wedding. Cheers! Deborah

  83. Hello there!
    I am having a hard time giving guidance to my mother as well as the mother of the groom for dress color. The bridesmaids are in a medium gray tone dress, a mix of lace and chiffon and the maid of honor is in a dark gray. My dress is champagne but with a hint of pink with silver embroidery and a lot of crystals and some sequins. We are having kind of a rustic wedding and the girls are wearing cowgirl boots and the guys are in gray with yellow ties. I am very unsure what colors to put my “mothers” in. Any help would be great. The wedding is in April

    1. Hi Eileen, What time of year is the wedding? You could wear a deeper shade of pinks, such as rose or fushcia, or go with a color that is close to pink like Mauve or purple, or something opposite like blue. It really depends on the season and what the mother of the groom is wearing too.

  84. Hi my daughter’s wedding is royal blue and silver and the dresses of the bridesmaids is short. What colour must I wear and must my dress also be short?

    1. Hi Linda, Congratulations Mother of the Bride. No worries, your dress does not have to be short. As for the color, check out this very handy color guide:
      Cheers, Deborah

  85. My daughter is having her wedding in July. Her colors are red, dark purple and cobalt blue. What color of dress can the mother of the bride wear?

    1. Hi Brandy,
      You can go a couple of ways. You can wear a lighter or darker shade than the bridesmaids or try a metallic like gold or silver. Even black would work. Enjoy!

  86. Hi, thank you for all your great tips and advice. I’m going to my granddaughter’s wedding in the spring of next year. I’m 58. The wedding is Semi-formal and all she asks is that I wear a pastel color. Her bridesmaids will be dressed in different shades of pastels of their choice. So with that in mind, what would you suggest? My color palette for myself is more fall/winter. So, I’m having a little difficulty choosing what to wear, color and length.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Mary, What an exciting event for you. I know you are going to want to look your best, but it is really hard for me to help you unless I know your coloring. If your skin and hair are warm (golden undertones) you will look better in warmer pastels like peaches and yellows. If your skin is pinker and your hair more ash than gold, you will generally look better in pale pinks and pale blues. These are very general guidelines. To learn more about color, and figure out which colors may look good on you, I suggest you pick up a copy of my ebook: Color Me Fabulous which goes more into depth on the Colors for various skin/hair profiles, or if you wish to consult an image consultant in your area, you will find that this type of color information will benefit you greatly. You can find an image consultant via Cheers, Deborah

    2. Can a mother of the bride wear a navy and silver dress if the bridesmaids are wearing pink the wedding is in june

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