Wondering what to wear as Mother of the Bride or Groom? Here are some photos my readers sent in that will give you some great ideas!
Show your Personality
Your mother of the bride gown should be a true reflection of you. If you’ve got a fun, creative personality, show it off with a gown that reflects that.
That’s what Julia has done here. The 54-year-old mother of the bride is beaming in a strapless, full length black and white striped dress. The dress and the statement necklace are fashion-forward, classy and fun for this special celebration.
It seems like the perfect mother of the bride dress for the hot weather in Asheville, North Carolina. You look magnificent, Julia.
Color is Important
It’s always hard to know what color to wear as mother of the bride or groom. Finding one that complements your skin tone and hair color is key.
When Laurel began her search for the perfect mother of the groom dress, she focused on the subtle neutrals that were popular at the time. But when she tried on these dresses, she knew something just wasn’t right. After trying on several neutral colored dresses, she realized that her naturally gray hair was too light for a neutral dress.
Instead, 50-year old Laurel went for a darker color, one that brought out her beautiful gray hair. She loved the color of this eggplant dress and was thrilled that it had a bit of glitter to make her feel glam! You look so regal, Laurel!
An Elegant Pantsuit is Lovely
When considering the mother of the bride outfits, your first thought is likely to be a dress. But many women don’t like dresses or just aren’t comfortable in a dress. For those women, dressy pants or a pantsuit are perfectly acceptable. Mother of the bride, Margy, chose a jacket and pants combination for her daughter’s California wedding.
She paired her lovely French silk brocade jacket with a pair of Dupioni silk pants. And to make her outfit even more special and memorable, she created it herself! Margy is a seamstress, and she put her master skills in action to create her MOB outfit. She used a Guy Laroche pattern for the jacket and a custom-designed pattern for the silk pants. So elegant, Margy.
Velvet is Rich
For Megan’s daughter’s wedding in Queensland, Australia in May, she knew she wanted something a bit different from the usual MOB dresses. Although she didn’t have a specific vision in her head, she knew it would know “the one” when she saw it. Megan found the perfect dress while browsing online.
As it turned out, the dress Megan chose couldn’t have been more suitable. The weather was unseasonably warm for May in Australia, and Megan didn’t need a sweater that would have concealed parts of this pretty and delicate lace dress.
Embellishment is Classy
A mother of the bride dress should be attention grabbing without being too overly stated. For her daughter’s special day, California native Pamela chose a rich cobalt blue dress with an embellished waist. Pamela’s bold color choice was a perfect match for her silver heels and jewelry.
Pam’s bold dress pops without taking any focus off the bride. This is a beautiful color on you, Pamela. For more secrets to looking fabulous when you are the mother of the bride or groom, pick up a copy of my eBook “Mother of the Bride”
Royal Blue is Always Regal
Janet was 55 when this photo was taken at her daughter’s humid Texas wedding in May 2011.
She writes, I had lost nearly 30 pounds for the wedding, some of it after my last dress fitting, so my dress ended up feeling a bit big for me! It was hard to find a dress I loved that would fit the vibe of the wedding. I tried on many before deciding on this one.
Being petite (5 feet, 1 inch) was an extra challenge. There weren’t a lot of Mother of the Bride Dresses proportioned for petites! Luckily I found a good tailor. I loved the figure-flattering ruching on the ink blue satin dress, and I felt the portrait style collar gave me the covering I needed on my shoulders for a traditional Southern church wedding, without feeling over-wrapped and warm! As the Mother of the Bride, I wanted a special dress, and this one helped me feel glamorous, but not overly blingy.
This is such a beautiful dress and looks wonderful with Janet’s new body, hair color, and skin tone.
Tea Length Looks Terrific
Julie was dressed like a princess and beaming when she attended her daughter’s wedding. Her Mother of the Bride dress was a black and teal halter style, tea length gown. She wore it with a black low heel. It has a bit of a nostalgic look, don’t you think? So lovely.
Two Dresses are Twice the Fun
My reader Debi was so excited when daughter wed that she chose not 1, but two dresses. Debi says, ” I wore this orange dress to my daughter’s wedding (there were 20 of us) in Banff, summer of 2011.
The mother of the groom is the woman wearing black & white – she just turned 60! Isn’t she age-amazing?!
Don’t Forget a Wrap
Gina, 48, from New Zealand, celebrated her son’s nuptials in June 2012 in Chicago. Here’s what she has to say about her look. “I’m a pear shape, and my arms aren’t so fab anymore, so I needed a dress to compliment my shape and cover the not so good bits! I had this made for me and was very pleased with the result. Under the wrap, it has black mesh elbow length sleeves.”
I love that Gina focused on playing up her good parts and downplaying what she’s not so proud, of such as her arms. Gina, I would never have known that your arms are “not so fab,” as you say. You look amazing as the mother of the groom in your vibrant blue dress!
Be a Glam Gal
Here’s another mother of the bride who decided two dresses are more fun than one. For the afternoon church wedding of her daughter, Barbara wore this stunning pink jacket and black pencil skirt. the evening reception, she changed into this glamorous black evening gown. It’s a once in lifetime event, so why not!
Finally, I received a nice letter and these photos.
When my daughter Lauren announced her engagement last fall, I began looking for the perfect dress. I found MANY dresses in the stores and on-line that Lauren said NO WAY to because they were “old and frumpy”. So I went on your blog and found the advice I needed after ordering your book, Tweak Your Chic~ How to Dress the Mother of the Bride or Groom.
The step by step worksheet was especially helpful in narrowing down my choices and guiding me in finding a dress that I felt both comfortable and special wearing! Thank you so much for all of your help. I love your blog and enjoy feeling FABULOUS after 50! Claire Z.
The pictures say it all; you look just stunning in your beautiful dress! You are a star pupil! Congratulations on your daughter’s marriage and thank you for sharing your photos with us!
NEED MORE IDEAS?
Do you have a wedding coming up? What are you planning to wear? If you need a little help deciding on which mother of the bride dresses (or mother of the groom dresses) might be best for you, be sure to check out my bestselling book Tweak Your Chic – Mother of the Bride. It will tell you everything you need to know on one of the most important and cherished days of your life.