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When I was a wedding planner, the Moms of the bride and groom were always asking me where they could go to buy a nice dress for the wedding.  Their dilemna was that they didn’t want to look like they were trying to compete with the bride, but wanted something that would present them as an honored guest as well as befit the style and presence of the woman that they are.

Many bridal salons carry a selection, albeit limited, of Mother of the Bride/Groom dresses, so definitely ask them to show you their selection when you’re there to look at bridal dresses with your daughter/daughter-in-law.

For those brides out there who want to give your Moms a little hand in searching, check out these pretty Mother’s dresses for your wedding.  And, for you Moms out there, if you don’t find your dream dress here, we hope this gives you a little inspiration for exactly what you’re looking for.

Mother of the Bride Mother of the Groom DressBy Etsy designer, violavintage, this custom made halter style dress reminiscent of the 50’s is a perfect glamourous dress for the upscale wedding.  Have a jacket made with 3/4 length sleeves in the same fabric and it’s picture perfect as a Mother’s dress.



Mother of the Bride Dress Mother of the Groom DressFrom Etsy designer, MandyH8800, this dress is such a classic, and mom would be sure to love! Long sleeves make it great for an upcoming fall wedding, or chilly climate.  Dress Features:
Fully lined with fitted bodice, with sweetheart neckline, princess seams and back separating zipper closing, in a slightly flared evening length.



Mother of the Bride Dress Mother of the Groom DressFor a somewhat casual wedding, this dress by Etsy designer madebyferdy, has a great pop of color, covers the arms like so many Moms want yet still show a bit of leg (while still covering the knees – another Mom request).  It shows off the most beautiful part of a woman (in my opinion), the Décolleté.  This wonderful dress has a detailed collar featuring a double sophisticated silk satin.The dress comes with a fitted bustier bodice and a A-line skirt. it also has a false split on the front side.

On sale right now for $99


Mother of the Bride Dress Mother of the Groom DressI love this dress by Etsy designer, madebyferdy.  It is modern, has that one-of-a-kind look and is upscale enough to be worn by Mom at a semi-formal wedding and the best part is that she’ll be able to wear it again.  Again, it covers the Mom requirements of covering the arms and dropping below the knee.  This is a wonderful dress, very detailed collar feature doubled in sophisticated silk satin. The dress comes with a fitted bustier bodice and a A Line skirt with a false split on the front side.

On sale, at $99, Moms should have no problem buying such a fantastic dress.

Mother of the Bride Dress Mother of the Groom DressFrom Etsy designer, myblackdress, the custom-made Lucy dress is another classic with retro-inspired feminine elegance. Comfortable, yet stylish, this dress fits with any occasion–perfect at an afternoon BBQ paired with a big hat and flats, or a glamorous cocktail party with heels and pearls.  And, yes, a black dress can be worn at a wedding provided that it is not a very casual wedding.  Dress up or down!! Gathered full skirt with wide-waist cumberbund. The fully lined top has 3/4″ back collar and short cap sleeves. 100% cotton sateen which gives it a little sheen. Side zipper. Gentle hand wash and line dry, or dry clean.  Check out the dress on the designer’s page to see actual customers who have sent in pictures – one in a pretty white/ivory satin.  This is a perfect dress for a Mom (or anyone for that matter) to wear to her son or daughter’s wedding.


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2 Responses to “{Weddings} 5 Stylish Dresses for the Mother of the Bride or Groom”

  1. becca says:

    Mandyh8800, Mandy Davis of Bend Oregon is not a designer, she is a home sewer from commercial patterns and passes their designs off as her own.

    • lifevents says:

      Hi Becca,

      Thank you for your comment. I should explain that I refer to all Etsy shopowners as ‘Etsy Designers’ since it’s all hand-made, perhaps I should use the terminology “Etsy Crafter” instead. Thanks for the heads-up:)


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