Mother of the Bride Gowns

Mother of the Bride & Groom Dresses

Unlike other bridal party apparel, mother of the bride (or groom) gowns are generally easy to select, since selection is usually left up to the mother herself. Mothers of the bride and groom may relish the opportunity to pamper themselves with a new gown for the special event, or they may dread the idea of shopping for formalwear. Either way, the process does not need to be difficult or stressful, with the help of an experienced bridal shop and wide dress selection.

Shopping Tips for Mothers

While the wedding day focuses largely on the bride, it’s also a very special day for the mothers of the bride and groom, and the wedding is a chance for these very special women to shine as well.

For mothers who feel uncomfortable shopping for formal wear for the big day, the most important thing to look for in a dress is a style that makes you feel great, inside and out. It’s rarely necessary to match mother of the bride and groom dress colors with wedding colors, so mothers have much more free reign than other members of the bridal party. While mothers will want to make sure their gown styles are in line with the wedding’s level of formality (or informality), they can most often pick a gown based on their preferences alone.

A few things mothers should keep in mind when dress shopping:

Find a dress that feels comfortable. Weddings can be all day events, and a dress that doesn’t feel comfortable will detract from the day – and from your self-confidence.
Choose a dress that looks good on YOU, not the rack. The mother’s dress should make her look elegant and beautiful, regardless of her dress size. Pick from colors that compliment your complexion, and find styles that make you feel beautiful and confident, not overly exposed.
Take your time! There’s no rush to find the perfect dress, and mother of the bride dresses can often be purchased right from the rack, so there’s plenty of time to find a dress that looks and feels great.

Popular Mother of the Bride & Groom Gown Styles

Gown and Jacket – Probably the most popular choice among mothers, this style places a short or long sleeved jacket over a matching gown. The jacket offers extra coverage, while creating a very elegant, refined look.

Two Piece Gowns – Matching tops are separate from the skirt, creating a bit more comfort and flexibility if one-piece gowns don’t feel right. Tops may be sleeveless or with sleeves, offering as much or little coverage as the mother would like.

Strapless Gowns – An elegant, ball gown style choice for mothers who feel comfortable with a more dramatic look. Can be a wonderful compliment to the bride rest of the bridal party in formal wedding settings.

Sleeved Gowns – Provides extra coverage while remaining very formal and elegant. This style, like the strapless gown, is ideal for formal and more traditional weddings.