Mother of the Bride

What They Wore – Mother Of The Bride Dresses

Since everyone enjoyed my Mother of the Bride photos a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d post a few more! Every time I advise women about what to wear when they are the Mother of the Bride or Groom, I remind them that they are the most important women at the wedding next to the bride and deserve to shine. Whether you’re the MOB or MOB, you’ll find inspiration from this week’s readers who sent in these fabulous Wedding Day photos that show off what they wore.

mother of bride-laurie in gold sparkly gown with bride and bridesmaid

Golden Sparkle

Laurie had been searching for months, looking for a gold dress to wear to her daughter’s July wedding. She finally found this gorgeous, embellished cold shoulder dress at Neiman Marcus. Formal and romantic, it was perfect for the church wedding and club reception. As soon as Laurie put on the dress, she knew it couldn’t compare to anything else. Her daughter agreed! Laurie and everyone else looked so pretty!   mother of the bride Audrey wearing navy gown standing beside bride

Glam Gal

When Audrey’s beautiful daughter Caroline got married at the Milwaukee Art Museum this past October, Audrey chose this glamorous, dark navy gown with sparkle accents.  Both the bride and mother of the bride looked stunning. The bridesmaids wore silvery-gray, and the MOG wore black.   mother of the bride wearing pewter lace gown standing with bride, groom, father of the bride

Gorgeous in Gray

Mary lost 20 pounds before the wedding and wanted a dress that would flatter her trim, new figure. So she chose a long gown that accentuated her best feature, her small waist, showing off her toned arms. As for color, Mary had been leaning towards a navy, gray, or silver-colored dress since the groomsmen were wearing light gray and the bridesmaids were wearing a dusty rose.

She ended up choosing this rich pewter shade. It was just luck that Mary found this dress at her first stop. She knew instantly it was the perfect color and silhouette. I must agree…she looked fabulous wearing this elegant lacy pewter dress with the delicate nude fabric underlay. Beautiful! Next up… Mary’s son is getting married this summer, and she’s already started shopping around!  

mother of the bride in orange and white colorblock gown standing beside bride and father of the bride

Modern Color Block

Rita chose this vibrant coral color block gown with a pretty keyhole neckline for her daughter Lindsay’s summer wedding. She got it online for a steal. It was only $29, although she did have to add a full slip underneath it and some gold buttons to the back. In the church, Rita wore a beautiful shawl, which she removed at the reception.

Her cheerful dress got a ton of compliments, and Rita was very pleased with her choice of dress for this happy occasion. I think she looks fantastic! Now to some less recent photos, I’ve posted before, but you may not have seen. Take a look at gorgeous Mother of the Brides!

light blue mother of the bride dresses

Dazzling in Ice Blue

It might have been an Autumn wedding, but you wouldn’t have known it from the Mother of the Bride Dress. My reader Maryellen decided to forgo the typical orange/brown/burgundy fall palette for her eldest daughter’s special day and wear gorgeous ice blue. Maryellen (who was 53 at the time of the wedding) fell in love with this short, lacy sheath dress that sparkled like a jewel!

The dress was a big hit. When her son walked her down the aisle, Maryellen tells me that she heard someone utter, “Stunning!” She couldn’t have been more thrilled with her Mother of the Bride dress and her hair that day. Both she and her daughter looked like movie stars, and the pictures turned out great! A touching side note – Maryellen’s daughter wore the same veil Maryellen wore 30 years before! How special!

pale blue mother of the bride outfits

Here’s a full-length look at Maryellen’s beautiful Mother of the Bride dress as she arrives at the wedding reception with her husband.


Elegant Emerald

Here’s a Mother of the Bride look that couldn’t be more perfect for a Winter wedding. When Danielle’s daughter Alexandra married in December 2020 in Georgia, Danielle chose this sophisticated Emerald Green cocktail dress.

Danielle says she always gravitated toward 50’s styles and instantly fell in love with the retro vibe of this beautiful dress. The ruching around the middle and the portrait collar were also perfect for her body type.

This festive green is a gorgeous color on Danielle and complemented the MOG’S dress which was Navy. The bridesmaids wore Maroon.


Royal Blue Is Always Regal

For her daughter Leslie’s October wedding in Virginia, Jan wanted a “jewel” color. She felt it would complement the eggplant-colored dresses that the bridesmaids and mother of the groom were wearing.  Although she could have gone with navy, Jan felt that royal blue was more modern and better matched her skin tone and hair color.

Jan also loved the style of her dress, especially the neckline, which was wide at the shoulders and narrowed down to just below the knee. She felt this length worked better than a long gown since she is on the short side. Jan’s elegant Blue Mother of the Bride dress did a great job making her look regal!


navy blue dresses for mother of the bride

A Knockout in Navy

Now, here’s an interesting twist on being the Mother of the Bride. A few years ago, Susan, the blogger known as The Midlife Fashionista, had the distinct honor of being both the Mother of the Bride and the Matron of Honor at her daughter’s wedding! Talk about playing an important role in the wedding!! For this once-in-a-lifetime event, Susan chose an elegant, navy, cocktail-length dress.

The dress featured a sparkly skirt and a flattering V-neck top. Pretty navy shoes with satin bows added a romantic touch. Susan says she chose this particular dress so she would match the bridesmaids but still look age-appropriate. Both mom and daughter look gorgeous! classy mother of the bride dresses

Classy and Timeless

So many moms, so many beautiful Mother of the Bride and Groom dresses. Here are a few dresses that were well thought out. They’re all so classy and timeless that these precious photos will never look dated. Top left: This is my reader Diane Pechacek from Auburn, WI. Doesn’t she look pretty in this pale pink, layered chiffon sheath?

Top Right: Meet Sheri Johnson from Inman, SC, who loved “rocking the red dress.” (51 at the time of this photo). Sheri tells me that she read that red is not an appropriate color for the bride’s mother but wore red anyway because she feels rules are meant to be broken.  She loved her dress, and her daughter did too!

Bottom Left: This is Donna Hutchenson from New Jersey, a vision of loveliness in an elegant wine-colored one-shoulder dress with ruching.

Bottom Right: Meet Bobbie Rhodes from Godfrey, Illinois ( 55 at the time of this photo), looking very feminine and beautiful in blue at her son’s outdoor wedding.

Thanks to all the moms who sent in photos. If you want to be a part of our next Mother of the Bride/Groom round-up, please send a high-quality shot that shows off your dress. I’m sorry, but I cannot publish blurry or poorly lit photos. Email me at and be my next Mother of the Bride/Groom Style Star!


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10 thoughts on “What They Wore – Mother Of The Bride Dresses

  1. The MOBs and MOGs all look beautiful! I wish you had included some moms who are older than their 50’s. I’m having trouble finding a dress for my son’s wedding since I’m 71, have a prominent tummy and had a mastectomy 35 years ago without reconstruction. Strapless, one shoulder & V neck will not work for me and many styles are unflattering or inappropriate at my age.

  2. Loving Maryellens dress. I would love to wear one like it to my daughter’s wedding. Can you tell me where it’s from? Thank you

    1. Hi Jeanie and Alison- wow, it looks like Mary Ellen’s dress is a bit hit! Mary Ellen, if you see this, please let us know. I have looked around and can’t find the same one, but I would check David’s bridal: as they always have an excellent assortment.

  3. I love these looks. Elegant and approachable, great colors. Very fun! Thanks for the good ideas.

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