There’s no question that all eyes are on the bride on her wedding day. But we think the MOB (mother of the bride) should get a little love too! She often has a lot to do with the planning of the wedding and every mother deserves to be comfortable and beautiful as she watches her little girl, now all grown up, walk down the aisle.
When it comes time to look for the mother of the bride dresses, it’s important to think about fabrics, necklines and sleeve preferences. As the Mother of the Bride, it’s important to find a dress you feel great in for your daughter’s wedding day! Keep reading to learn some key things to keep in mind while looking for the ultimate mother of the bride dresses.
What Does the Mother of the Bride Wear?
Gone are the days frumpy skirt and jacket combos in bland colors. Today’s mothers of the bride have plenty of styles and colors to choose from. Unless otherwise specified, stay away from colors reserved for the bride; i.e., white, ivory, cream and sometimes blush or champagne. Traditionally, black and red are also avoided, but we’ve seen plenty of mothers of the bride look outstanding and tasteful in either one of these colors.
Ultimately, the bride and her mother should keep an open line of communication going in regards to what she wears day-of. It’s really up to the bride to decide on color and/or print preference and sometimes even style. She might want you to match the color scheme or the bridesmaids. Be sure to share pictures with her of dresses you’re interested in so she can approve them (and remind you how beautiful you look!). You can also take cues from the venue type, theme and season to decide the dress.
When you’re seeking inspiration for mother of the bride outfit ideas, it’s best to start your search by browsing online at styles you like. Pinterest is a great place to get style ideas that match season, venue type or a specific color. You’ll be able to see a nice combination of product and real wedding imagery! Check out Brideside on Pinterest to get started with some ideas!
Beautiful Mother of the Bride Dress Materials
Whether more of a sleek, fitted stye and an a-line gown, you’ll definitely want something you feel most comfortable in; you’ll be moving around a lot. It’s a long, busy day, so breathable dresses are nice — especially for warm-weather weddings. We recommend a soft, lightweight fabric like chiffon, which you can find in both the Brideside and Aura collections. Chiffons are flowy and drape beautifully. You’ll look just as lovely next to your daughter at the ceremony as you will lighting up the dance floor with your vintage dance moves.
If you want something similar with a slight sheen (trust us, it subtle enough that you’ll still look good in photos!) opt for a luxe crepe. It adds just a touch of shine without being too over-the-top. Get the go-ahead for a little more sparkle? Beaded or sequined gowns are a fun option. Brideside has plenty of sequined and textured styles to choose from! If you’re focused on fabulous fabrics, check out:
- Chiffon: Brideside Miranda Dress in ‘Midnight’ (first, below)
- Lux Crepe: Aura by Brideside Elara Dress in ‘Lapis’ (second, below)
- Beaded: Adrianna Papell Short-Sleeve Beaded Blouson Gown in ‘Navy Beading’ (third, below)
Mother of the Bride Dress Styles
Don’t forget about the neckline and other design elements of a potential mother of the bride dress. You’ll likely feel far more comfortable and confident in a certain dress design, and it’s important that you find something that makes you feel good inside and out. There are a variety of neckline types can do that for you: V-neckline, boatneck, sweetheart, illusion or high-neck, just to name a few!
You can find a great selection of pretty and flattering necklines for many different body types in the Brideside and Amsale bridesmaid dress collections, ranging from timelessly classic to draped and architectural. The v-neckline is always popular, but a straight neckline with straps is another solid choice for any mother of the bride. Sweetheart necklines look excellent as well, and you can always add sleeves or straps if you wish. Consider the environment of the wedding location and the ambiance of the event as you make your final choice. This way, you’ll have a mother of the bride dress that goes perfectly with the bridal party and the venue. Consider these fabulous necklines:
- Amsale Sian in ‘Black Sequin’ (first, below)
- Amsale Emerson in ‘Dusk’ (second, below)
- Brideside Rachel in ‘Pinot’ (second, below)
Dresses with Sleeves and Special Touches
Some of the most stunning mother of the bride dresses have eye-catching details with marvelously modern twists. If you’re looking for more covered-up or bra-friendly styles, you’re in luck! Brideside carries a ton of modest styles that don’t sleep on beautiful, elegant details.
A wedding is an ultra-romantic occasion, and it’s important that your dress represents that. Soft, flowy fabrics are complemented by fluttery sleeves, buttons, ruffles and other design aspects that can add a unique touch without distracting from the bride on her big day. Get some inspiration from some of our favorite styles
- Jenny Yoo Tatum in ‘Serenity Blue’ (first, below)
- Aura Zoe Dress in ‘Mauve’ (second, below)
- Amsale Cal Dress in ‘Graphite’ (third, below)
If you’re looking for inspiration for fabrics, necklines, and sleeves for a mother of the bride dress, visit Brideside for a wide selection of the most beautiful dresses!