You’re already aware of your mother of the bride duties, so you’re well equipped when it comes to supporting your daughter on the biggest day of her life. But when it comes to what to wear? We’re guessing you’re feeling pretty stuck.
From satin shift dresses to floral and floaty midis or mother of the bride dresses with jackets, there are so many on-trend mother of the bride outfits out there which are sure to have you feeling your best on the big day. So where do you start?!
Once you’ve consulted your daughter and followed our top tips for choosing a mother of the bride dress, you’ll be ready to browse through our edit of the most beautiful mother of the bride dresses which suit an array of body shapes, styles and budgets.
Top Tips for Choosing a Mother of the Bride Dress
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- Consult your daughter! Ask her if there’s any particular colours she’d like you to stick to (or any colours to steer clear of), and find out whether she’d like you to match with the bridesmaids.
- Chat to the other mother of the bride or groom about your outfit choice – you need to make sure your dresses complement each other’s.
- Take inspiration from the season and the venue. Summer garden wedding? Pastel shades will look pretty. Modern city winter wedding? Consider a bold colour or something monochromatic.
- Invest in a good quality outfit. It’ll last you a lifetime and give you a great silhouette.
- Treat yourself! Have a pampering session and get your hair and makeup done professionally on the morning of the wedding – that way, it’ll last perfectly even when you’re running around after the bride!
- Be bold with your hat choice. A bold hat is the eternal sign of glamour and will give you no end of confidence! Isn’t it the mother of the bride’s prerogative to have the biggest hat in the room?
Each of the dresses we’ve selected would look perfect with a statement hat or subtle fascinator to really complete the look. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get shopping!
- Short Mother of the Bride Dresses
- Long Mother of the Bride Dresses
- Mother of the Bride Dresses with Jackets
- Plus Size Mother of the Bride Dresses
Short Mother of the Bride Dresses
Ted Baker Adilyyn Supernatural Bodycon Dress – £169
Make a stylish impression in the Adilyyn dress by Ted Baker – a structured bodycon dress in the most unique of prints.
Named the Supernatural pattern by the brand, it is bright and colourful. This dress has delicate cap sleeves and a waist belt for an eternally feminine look.
Wallis Blush Lace Dress
You can’t go wrong as a mother of the bride by choosing a nude pencil dress, and this lace V-neck dress from Wallis is an elegant choice.
This fitted shift number will flatter your figure, staying close but not clinging to your body, and skimming just above the knee. Choose nude or metallic accessories and you’ll look absolutely fabulous.
Coast Ros Tiered Lace Dress
We’re head over heels in love with the Ros Tiered Lace Dress by Coast.
Not only is the beautiful mulberry shade perfect for a winter wedding, but the lace bodice and pleated, tiered skirt are two unique details which will have you standing out from the other guests.
Pair this piece with nude or black accessories for an endlessly sophisticated wedding day get-up.
Coast Windsor Mia Print Shift Dress
Coast never fail to impress when it comes to occasionwear, and their Windsor Mia Print Shift Dress is certainly no exception.
It is perfect for any occasion, most of all your day as mother of the bride. It features a stunning floral print, Bardot top and asymmetric pleated drop waist, making it totally on-trend.
Choose a shade of pink from the print and pair your accessories to match.
John Charles Style 66464
If your daughter has opted for a spring or summer wedding, then consider a pastel hue like the gorgeous pink shade of this John Charles’ 26592 gown. It’ll compliment her choice of season wonderfully.
A head to toe pastel look is an easy way to get summer styling right, and is sure to look classy and elegant!
This mid-length dress is shapely and flattering, and allows the sleeves to do the talking.
Coast Heidi Printed Full Midi Dress
Chic and feminine, the Heidi Printed Midi Dress by Coast is a stylish mother of the bride dress.
If your daughter is following in the footsteps of Billie Faiers and would like you to wear white, this is the perfect way to honour her wishes while refraining from looking too bridal.
This design boasts a pretty floral print, a full skirt and pockets to hold those all-important emergency items (tissues, powder, plasters – all the essentials). We love this dress.
Gill Harvey 4005 Dress – The Grosvenor Collection
Renowned designer Gill Harvey has called on years of experience to create the Gill Harvey Grosvenor Collection, and she sure knows how to dress a mother of the bride.
This stunning stone-coloured knee-length dress features a Meghan Markle-inspired boat neckline, beautiful feather detailing around the hem and stunning sheer sleeves.
Gill Harvey 4013 Dress – The Grosvenor Collection
The mother of the bride is not meant to fade into the background, and if this beautiful coral dress is your mother of the bride outfit of choice, standing out is guaranteed.
The feather detailing around the knee is a gorgeous detail, and the luxurious lace which adorns the gown just screams glamour. This could be our favourite dress of them all.
Phase Eight Luisa Lace Dress
Be brave and bold in the gorgeous Luisa Lace Dress by Phase Eight. It is a statement take on classic lace and would look great at your daughter’s wedding whatever the season.
We’re huge fans of the stylish cape-style statement sleeves, and firm believers that this piece would look beautiful with a black hat and nude accessories.
Gill Harvey 4021 – The Grosvenor Collection
Take inspiration from the 1920s with Gill Harvey’s 4021 dress. It features all-over sequin and bead embellishment, fringing on the sleeves and an ever-so flattering boat neckline.
If your daughter is hosting a Great Gatsby-themed wedding, this is the perfect subtle nod to the era.
Phase Eight Lizzy Embroidered Dress
If navy is your colour of choice, you won’t find a dress much more beautiful than the Lizzy Embroidered Dress by Phase Eight.
Not only is it adorned in the brand’s (stunning) tapework lace, but it boasts pretty sheer cap sleeves and a wide neckline. It would look fabulous paired with a fascinator and statement jewellery.
Phase Eight Denisse Tapework Dress
Here at Hitched HQ, we’re all over a monochromatic mother of the bride outfit. Whether you pair a black and white dress with similarly monochrome accessories or a pop of colour, opting for a dress like the Denise design by Phase Eight is a guaranteed way of bagging yourself some style points on your daughter’s wedding day.
Featuring the brand’s signature tapework lace and a fit and flare silhouette, we love the semi-sheer overlay and classic V neckline. It falls just below the knee and is quite simply stunning.
John Charles Style 26654
The first thing which drew us to this stunning John Charles dress was the beautiful crystal-adorned illusion neckline. We also love the way the off-the-shoulder straps cross – so elegant!
This piece is made from a gorgeous stretch jacquard fabric and benefits from a pleated waist for a look that is both modern and flattering.
As styled here, pair with a large silver hat and you’ll be good to go.
Claire Mischevani Petrol Tie Neck Dress
We’re pretty obsessed with this 1940s-inspired tie neck dress by Claire Mischevani.
Not only is the colour to die for, but the structured silhouette is smart yet feminine and the tie-neck is a lovely touch.
Ispirato Azure Frost Dress
If you pride yourself on a simple personal style, this simple, fuss-free gown by Ispirato could be exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.
Not only is it available in a range of stunning shades (perfect if you’re hoping to match your dress to your daughter’s colour scheme), but it features a lovely wrap, pleated bodice and flattering V-neck.
Pair this with a pastel or navy blue cropped jacket for a timeless mother of the bride outfit.
John Charles Style 26592
If your daughter is getting married in the winter, you may be on the lookout for something with slightly longer sleeves. The three-quarter-length cut on this design makes it perfect for a celebration in the cooler months!
This dress is crafted in a luxuriously textured metallic lace with organic circular pattern and pearl detailing.
Hobbs Fiona Dress
Just how stunning is the Fiona dress by Hobbs? We’re head over heels in love.
It is crafted from the finest fabric and is structured for a flattering fit. The boat neckline guarantees style points and the small slit at the back of the skirt is a pretty finishing touch.
If the gorgeous botanical print has caught your eye, you might be onto a winner!
Hobbs Moira Dress
Up next is another beautiful dress by Hobbs, but this time the striking and statement Moira dress.
The neutral floral print contrasts nicely against a lime green backdrop. The dress is crafted in Ottoman fabric, where considered darting at the waist accentuates your frame.
One thing’s for sure – if you choose this dress, you won’t fade into the background in the photographs!
John Charles Style 26570
Although it’s acceptable to wear some white if you’re mother of the bride (and your daughter permits it), it’s best to make sure it’s broken up in a print with other colours.
For that reason, this monochrome dress by John Charles is an elegant and perfect choice which boasts a fitted silhouette and a striking, bejewelled neckline.
Keep the look fuss-free with a black or white cropped jacket and matching fascinator.
John Charles Style 26488
Pastels are always a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, particularly when splashed across a dress as beautiful as this. Can we talk about that lilac hue?
The metallic beading on the arms and bodice of this dress is certainly the centrepiece, and a fully beaded belt highlights the waist perfectly.
If you’re on the hunt for an elegant yet totally contemporary dress for your daughter’s summer wedding, this just might be it.
Claire Mischevani Forest Crepe Coat Dress
Forest green is endlessly chic and would be the perfect choice for your daughter’s winter wedding.
We love the shade of this dress almost as much as we love the length and the simplicity of the design. Ramp up your accessories if this is the dress you go for – you have permission to go all out on that hat you’ve been dreaming of!
Hobbs Louise Dress
You can always rely on Hobbs for elegant and timeless occasion wear, and this monochrome design is no exception.
You’ll have to check with your daughter that wearing white is allowed, but if it is, you’ll feel a million dollars in the classic shift silhouette.
The sleeveless design makes this dress ideal for the warmer months and the striking floral appliqué trim highlights the waist wonderfully. Pair with black or nude accessories for a timeless look.
Karen Millen Ruffled Hem Midi Dress
Karen Millen never fails to disappoint on the mother of the bride dress front, and this ruffled hem midi dress has got to be one of our favourite designs to date.
Not only is the coral shade utterly show stopping, but the all-over lace and ruffled hem are two totally on-trend features which will have you looking like the most stylish mother of the bride there ever was!
Keep your accessories simple if this is your dress of choice – the colour is bold enough.
Hobbs Fiona Dress
Perfect for your daughter’s sunshine-filled garden party wedding, the Fiona dress by Hobbs is not only affordable but elegantly tailored. It looks endlessly more expensive than it actually is!
We love the contrast of the purple against yellow, and think this dress would look beautiful styled with gold jewellery and a pair of nude heels.
The Fold Camelot Dress Blush Pink Tweed
The Fold deliver the highest quality, impeccably finished collections time and time again, and one of their latest designs, the Camelot dress in Blush Pink Tweed will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe.
Not only will the textured blush shade perfectly compliment burgundy or blush bridesmaid dresses, but it will suit a whole host of skin tones.
A contoured waistline defines this dress, which is beautifully tailored and finishes at the knee. We’re huge fans.
Hobbs Rhoda Dress
Designed with elegant events in mind, the Rhoda dress is the perfect marriage of florals and luxury lace.
Don’t let the darker colour palette deceive you – this dress would be equally as beautiful at a summer wedding as it would be in the winter.
It is cut in a feminine silhouette and features elegant embroidery plus contrasting lace trims on the waist, hem and short sleeves. We’re rather taken by it.
Paper Dolls Jubilee Coral Colour Block Dress
If you’re on the hunt for a mother of the bride outfit which won’t break the bank, Paper Dolls should be your brand of choice.
We love this colour block dress which would be perfect for a modern city wedding. It features a D-ring belt and asymmetric hem skirt, plus a sleeveless bodice and a classic crew neckline. At just £52, it’s a bit of a no-brainer.
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Hobbs Hydrageana Shirt Dress
Calling all fashion-forward mothers of the bride! A shirt dress would be a unique and contemporary choice for your daughter’s wedding, particularly if she’s having a more relaxed affair.
This piece forms part of the brand’s Palace collection, and was inspired by Queen Victoria’s love for nature. It showcases a hand-painted print of one of her favourite flowers – the hydrangea – and boasts decorative border cuffs and a self-tie belt.
This piece is suitably regal for your day as a wedding celeb.
Roman Originals Red Cold Shoulder Shift Dress
Red and white is a colour combo which will never go out of fashion, and it is for that reason that we’re huge fans of this Roman Originals dress.
The skirt skims just above the ankles and the all-over abstract print is totally eye-catching. Pair with a red hat or fascinator and you’ll be the talk of the wedding.
Karen Millen Frilly Fitted Pencil Dress
What a total dream this frilly fitted pencil dress is! There is just so much to love.
It is made from a stretchy coral fabric and cut in a fit and flare shape (ideal if you’re planning a few trips to the dessert table).
The ruffle sleeves and asymmetric hem ensure this dress it totally on-trend already, but if you really want to up the style stakes, pair with metallic accessories. Destination wedding, here you come!
Lalage Beaumont Bobbi Dress
Well hello, sleeveless shift Bobbi dress! How beautiful are you?
This is the perfect dress to take you from daytime ceremony to night time reception, and would look great underneath a coordinating cropped jacket. It is made from the most luxurious of silk sateen and paired with silver jewellery, would make for a seriously show stopping look.
Karen Millen Snakeskin Floral Lace Dress
This gorgeous snakeskin floral dress by Karen Millen has got us all hot under the collar. Floral embroidery is layered over a snakeskin-effect lace which will leave you feeling glamorous every time you wear it.
It will be perfect for weddings in every season and look great with a yellow fascinator to match the petals.
Dorothy Perkins Green Wrap Lace Bodycon Dress
We really love a forest green dress, so this piece by Dorothy Perkins really caught our eye.
It might be slightly shorter than the classic mother of the bride cut, but the longer sleeves compliment the knee-scraping length nicely. We love the wrap detailing too!
Ted Baker Ellame Wrap Full Sleeve Bodycon Dress
Ted Baker’s Ellame dress is getting top style points from us. Feminine and flattering, this dark orange dress shows off a bodycon silhouette and is finished with cascading flutter sleeves.
Your mother of the bride look is set to be taken to sophisticated new heights.
Roman Originals Red Poppy Satin Skater Dress
You can’t go far wrong with a statement poppy print; you’ll stand out instantly if this occasion dress is your outfit of choice.
Part of the Roman Originals range, this scuba dress features a frill-trimmed cold shoulder and knee-length skirt. And at under £50? How can you say no?
Lalage Beaumont Freya Dress
Granted, this dress might be on the more expensive side of things, but that’s for good reason. If you’ve got a slightly larger mother of the bride outfit budget, treat yourself to the Freya dress by Lalage Beaumont.
Fresh and elegant, it boasts a flattering double waistband with fine cord edging plus a cord edging to the neck, cuffs and front tabs. The shade of blue is beautiful, and if you fancied a coat to match, the brand has one ready designed.
Lalage Beaumont Angie Dress
A classic mother of the bride outfit, the Angie dress by Lalage Beaumont is made from a gorgeous tweed fabric in a beautiful mint green hue.
Perfect for a spring wedding, it is simple and elegant and would look fabulous with a cropped jacket and nude heels.
Closet London Tie V Back Pencil Dress
Steal the show in Emerald green and feel your best on your daughter’s wedding day thanks to the high neck and wrap skirt of this design.
We love the tie side detail – but the colour has got to be the star of the show. Style with black accessories for a chic outfit.
Lipsy Alana Print Soft Structured Bodycon Dress
If it’s a printed mother of the bride dress you’re after, this design by Lipsy could be the answer to your prayers.
It’s a bodycon style dress featuring a graphic print, short sleeves and a folded V-neck. Oh, and it’s only £68! You’re onto a winner.
Ted Baker Karolyn Fantasia V Neck Midi Dress
Make a statement as mother of the bride in Ted Baker’s Karolyn dress.
The bright florals of the brand’s signature Fantasia print adorn this bright and bold piece, which comes finished with a pleated skirt, flattering V neck and long, cuffed sleeves.
Lalage Beaumont Amanda Dress
The Amanda dress in Jade is a seriously unique and chic choice. Hitched HQ are obsessing over that colour!
With short sleeves, a flattering fit and knee-skimming length, this would be a gorgeous choice for a wedding in any season.
Chi Chi Mindy Dress
We love a good old winter floral print, and the blooms which are splashed across the Mindy dress are totally suited to a winter wedding.
This dress will take you from day to night and look beautiful in your daughter’s wedding photographs – all you need now is a subtle fascinator to complement the print.
Wallis Ochre Lace Shift Dress
Mustard yellow is an on-trend choice this season, and we love how complementary the nude lace is to the vibrant hue on this gorgeous shift dress by Wallis.
This piece is set to make you feel glamorous with its pretty lace detail and scalloped hemline. It’d look great with strappy heeled sandals and a nude hat or fascinator.
Lipsy Petite Two Tone Lace Flippy Midi Dress
Lipsy’s two-tone flippy dress has got us all of a flutter here at Hitched HQ – but whether that’s because of the all-over lace or the gorgeous lilac colour, we’re not sure.
This is the perfect mother of the bride outfit, particularly for summer weddings, and would look great with nude accessories. We can’t get enough.
Ted Baker Kalinaa Wonderland Knitted Dress
If your daughter is getting married in the winter, Ted Baker’s eye-catching Kalinaa dress will have you making a statement.
It features a knitted high neck top with delicate bow details at the sleeves and a full, printed skirt.
Wallis Yellow V-Neck Dress
We might have already shown you this dress in nude, but when we noticed that it was also available in this gorgeous yellow shade, we knew we had to include it. It’ll really liven up your wardrobe and put you in an instantly sunny mood!
All-over lace brings elegance to the knee-length design, so pair it with equally as elegant heels and you’ll be ready to head out in sophisticated style to your daughter’s wedding.
Long Mother of the Bride Dresses
John Charles Style 66461
There’s nothing to stop you wearing a demure maxi dress on your daughter’s wedding day, and this divinely pleated tulle gown by John Charles would be the perfect choice.
The skirt is full and floaty allowing for spectacular movement, while the beaded bodice comes complete with cap sleeves for a feminine finish. The entire look is pulled together with an elegantly beaded belt, and paired with a dainty fascinator, this dress would look stunning.
Claire Mischevani Blush Multi Floral Dress
There are so many details to fall in love with on this beautiful blush floral dress by Claire Mischevani.
From the abstract floral print to the cuffed sleeves, asymmetric hem and high neckline, it is on-trend and then some.
There is something so elegant about this dress – we think you’ll love it.
Phase Eight Collection 7 Tapework Maxi Dress
Invest in glamour and elegance by treating yourself to Phase Eight’s gorgeous peppermint lace maxi dress.
It is from the brand’s Collection 8, an edit of premium pieces made from the most luxurious of fabrics. This gown is cut to a svelte silhouette with a flared hem and boasts beautiful embroidery all over.
Phase Eight Isabella Asymmetric Dress
Would you look at the colour of this Isabella Asymmetric Dress by Phase Eight? It is seriously stunning.
An asymmetric hem adds a contemporary touch to this otherwise timeless silhouette. Created in a jacquard fabric and enhanced with a matching and flattering waist-tie, it would be the perfect choice if your daughter has opted for a more relaxed wedding.
Monsoon Celeste Jersey Embellished Maxi Dress
The elegant Celeste dress by Monsoon would look beautiful at your daughter’s wedding.
Thanks to the slinky jersey fabric it has been cut in, it drapes beautifully and gathers flatteringly at the waist. The waistband is encrusted with gems and bead work and the skirt features a split hem.
Coast Ariella Maxi Dress
In the most stunning shade of blue, the Ariella Maxi Dress by Coast is a welcome addition to any wardrobe.
If you love to show off your figure, then this dress will be perfect, because it is made to hug your curves. It features an elegant halterneck and cut-out back detail, both of which we love.
Adrianna Papell Jersey Maxi Dress
Designed in a stylish wrap silhouette, enhanced by tulle insert detailing and trimmed with clear crystal bands, this gown by Adrianna Papell offers sleek feminity in an elegant cut and would be perfect for your day as the mother of the bride.
It is made from a slinky matte jersey fabric which makes it both flattering and comfortable. We’re pretty sure you’ll feel your best ever if this is the dress you choose.
Phase Eight Constansie Maxi Dress
If the colour wasn’t enough to have you falling head over heels in love with this dress, then we’re pretty sure that striking ruffle detailing will be.
This vibrant maxi dress features a flattering wrap-style bodice to enhance the silhouette and fastens with a concealed centre back zip.
Mother of the Bride Dresses with Jackets
Ispirato Aura Dress
The Aura dress by Ispirato comes in a lovely shade of dusty blue and complete with a matching jacket.
Fashion forward mothers of the bride will love the all-over pleating, beaded belt and abstract contrast print. You’re sure to turn heads for all the right reasons!
Keep your accessories simple – the print does all the talking.
John Charles Style 26336
We adore this pink and blue dress and jacket combination from John Charles, the patterned detail on the dress adds a unique style and we love how this is brought into the jacket.
Let this statement dress take focus and keep your shoes and jewellery simple to complete this look.
Lalage Beaumont Angie Dress in Candy
Look pretty in pink at your daughter’s wedding with this glorious embroidered dress by Lalage Beaumont. Not only is the candy colour seriously cute, but the geometric diamond embroidery is a unique and modern touch.
This design is pulled nicely together with a thin, piped belt and would look perfect paired with the matching jacket. It’s a yes from us.
Claire Mischevani Lemon Duchess Dress Coat
Claire Mischevani has long been branded “one to watch” by the likes of Vogue and Tatler, since she is known for her impeccable attention to detail and beautiful, unique designs.
We’re cheating a bit with this one – it’s more of a dress/jacket hybrid – but if you hadn’t considered wearing a regal dress coat to your daughter’s wedding, then perhaps this gorgeous lemon number will change your mind.
It is both feminine and endlessly sophisticated, adorned in embroidery and complete with a full collar and padded shoulders. Pair this with pastel accessories for a really pretty look.
Lalage Beaumont Aude Dress
Up next is another beautiful design by Lalage Beaumont, this time in the form of the Aude gown and jacket.
The bright blue colour of this set lends itself perfectly to a seaside wedding – as does the gorgeous wave-like detailing which runs across the belt on the dress.
This piece is knee-length with a pencil-style skirt and flattering boat neck. We love it!
Plus Size Mother of the Bride Dresses
Evans Boutique Navy Ombre Midi Dress
Perfect for plus size ladies who are in the mood for something a bit glamorous, this dress by Evans Boutique would make a lovely mother of the bride dress choice.
It has been finished with a slinky overlay which skims over the body, plus a sparkly embellished neckline.
Not only does the semi-sheer outer layer flatter, it brings a statement cape finish to the dress that you’re going to want to show off.
Studio 8 Rachel Wrap Dress
You can’t go far wrong with a wrap dress, and this mother of the bride dress by Studio 8 is guaranteed to turn heads.
From the gorgeous emerald colour to the ruffle detailing around the neckline and the luxurious fabric, there is so much to love about this piece. It is available in sizes 16-26.
Make sure you hurry – we predict a sell out!
Evans Boutique Pink Floral Print Overlay Dress
Say hello to the pink overlay dress by Evans Boutique – a gorgeous and bright midi dress with capped sleeves and a hanky hem.
The bright print will have you feeling spring-fresh and fabulous in time for your daughter’s wedding – now all you need is a pair of black or white strappy heeled sandals to finish the look perfectly!
Studio 8 Nola Jacquard Dress
The magenta shade of this gorgeous Studio 8 occasion dress has got us all hot under the collar! It is perfect for all seasons and complementary to a whole host of colour schemes, so to say we’re obsessed would be an understatement.
Designed in a flattering wrap silhouette, this dress boasts romantic angel sleeves and an asymmetric frilled hem. Pair with metallic heels for a show stopping look.
Sheezo Floral Print Flared Dress
This elegant dress has a lined stretch bodice that accentuates the female form. It is available in up to size 32 and has a full skirt which will look great as you take to the dance floor.
On top of all of that, this gorgeous dress has a matching cropped jacket which you can pair it with – consider you look complete!