Congratulations, you have a reason to celebrate! Your daughter is about to walk down the aisle. Along with all of the excitement and wedding planning, some important sartorial choices need to be made.
A wedding is a life milestone that your whole family will look back upon for many, many years. Wedding photographs will capture the precious event. You’ll want to make sure that you’ll chose an outfit that stands the test of time and looks fashionable on the big day, too.
With that in mind, we’ve selected the best dresses for the mother of the bride to wear on this special occasion. These mother of the bride dress designs are timelessly beautiful, flattering and age-appropriate for the day. They are also formal enough for a wedding.
We’re also including some mother of the bride styling tips and tricks so you’ll look your best no matter what theme or style of wedding.
Plus-Size Mother of the Bride Options
Jovani dresses come in a wide range of sizes. This means you’ll find many dresses that cater to plus-size women. These plus-size options include a vast selection of designs suitable for the mother of the bride.
We have also introduced new body type categories, so you can helpfully shop according to your own figure and needs. The body type section breaks down our collections. That means you can flatter and highlight the best of your shape.
Join the bridal party in style and don’t forget to write a beautiful speech!
Our Favorite Dresses for Mother of the Bride 2020
Grey Beaded Lace Fitted Evening Dress Jovani Style #48121
This one has it all. It’s a classic but still looks modern. It’s elegant, figure-flattering and age-appropriate for the mother of the bride.
If the wedding will be a big formal affair, this bead lace dress option is your best bet. The gorgeous grey floral design is artfully composed of lace and detailed bead-work. A beaded waistline adds contour to the shape.
Its slightly open back shows off some skin in a sophisticated and subtle way. Its full length includes a slight train at the back and is gently flared to make it easy to move. The shape creates a flattering hourglass. Lace is a great choice for any MOB dress. If you like this option, see another similar elegant lace dress here.
As the mother of the bride, you might be on the move during the day and this dress will let you see to your duties in comfort and style. Add a vintage-inspired beaded clutch, nude heels or sandals, and loose wavy hair. A rose or peach lip will add a flash of pretty color.
Midnight Navy Fitted Off the Shoulder Lace Evening Dress Jovani Style #34072
Midnight blue looks gorgeous with every skin tone. This beautiful navy blue dress is mixed with a hint of a nude on this floor-length lace evening gown that is the perfect fit for a wedding. It’s body-skimming in all of the right places.
This elegant, slightly off-the-shoulder style has longer mid-sleeves – a great option if you don’t want to show off your arms. It has a beautiful back which includes a skirt flare. It’s a classic that will forever look gorgeous when you’re looking back on those photos!
This dress hits all of the right notes for the mother of the bride and looks seriously sophisticated too. We suggest pairing this up with a half up-do hairstyle and sparkling chandelier earrings. Add dove grey suede heels with a matching clutch.
Black Sleeveless Dress with White Appliques Jovani Style #41953
Not all weddings call for full-length formal gowns for the mother of the bride. It’s quite usual to opt for a tea-length or mid-length dress instead. That’s especially true if the mood/theme is slightly more relaxed and it’s a summer wedding.
This short and sweet design is still just right for a wedding. It’s covered in gorgeous intricate lace floral appliqués. This black and white dress has a fit that highlights your waist, flaring dramatically from the waistline will layers of sheer fabric.
The front and back also include a sheer insert around the neckline. Add classic black stilettos, loose curls, and a statement bracelet to complete this look. A few layers of mascara and loose sleek hair will make for a natural and elegant beauty look.
Wine Off the Shoulder Dress Jovani Style #28420
This tea-length dress is just right for the mother of the bride. The glossy floral print is in a stunning wine shade. It has some beautiful, figure-complementing features such as a beaded waistline and off-the-shoulder straps.
With a flared skirt half, this dress naturally creates a feminine silhouette and its pretty print makes it quite celebratory. It’s a great look for the mother of the bride at a wedding. Not only is it modest, but it is also very stylish.
This stunning look will get you plenty of attention on the big day too! Team this up with nude strappy sandals, a nude clutch, and natural waves. You can go slightly dramatic with your makeup if you dare: a plum or purple-hued lip will add to the drama of this outfit.
Styling Tips for the Mother of the Bride
- Be prepared: If you’ll be outside for photographs or in between events and you’re not sure how warm it will be, invest in a chiffon wrap scarf or short bolero. You can always throw this on when you’re out of sight or in between shots to warm up and it’ll still look formal enough for the occasion.
- Opt for a mid-heel shoe – one that is comfortable to walk in but still adds a little sophistication. You’ll be on your feet for much of the day and you’ll want footwear that’s both reliable and stylish.
- Request natural, flattering makeup with one key focal point (eyes or lips) if having your makeup done by a professional. You’ll want to look like the best version of yourself and over-done makeup can ruin even the best dress.
- If you have short hair, you can experiment with an embellished hair clip if you feel under-styled.
- Pack a few extra supplies in your bag or stash them at the wedding venue – items such as safety pins, makeup wipes, hair clips, and band-aids. Someone may need them and will be grateful you had them on hand.
Still not sure what to wear? You can also browse our wedding guest section which includes a range of designs that are perfect for those in attendance at any wedding.