10 Mother of the Bride or Groom Dresses and Outfits as Gorgeous as Katie’s

Katie and John

On what’s sure to be one of the happiest days of your life, these ten dresses will make you look as good as you feel.

As anyone who has been following Katie knows, her oldest daughter Ellie just got married! While picking out the bride’s dress is always the main event, who’s to say the mother of the bride (or groom) shouldn’t look her very best too? After all, so many mothers, step-mothers, and mother figures work just as hard as the couple to make sure the whole wedding day comes together perfectly. Katie rocked a beautiful Marchesa dress to Ellie’s wedding — a gorgeous pink floral number. The mother of the groom, Mark’s mom Loretta, also went with an ultra-lovely pastel gown, this one by Frascara.

But this is a big decision! You’ll only be at your child’s wedding once (hopefully). So, of course, you want to get it right. There are a few things to consider when deciding what to wear to your child’s wedding. First, keep it comfortable. If you’ll be dancing all night and wearing this outfit for hours, the last thing you want is something too tight, too itchy, or too heavy. Second, don’t wear white. No matter what the season, the theme, or your personal taste, if the bride is wearing white, it’s probably best to pick another color. And finally, find something timeless. We’ve all looked back at old photos of ourselves and thought, “what was I wearing?” You certainly don’t want to have that thought as you look at photo albums from your kid’s big day for years to come.

Of course, these are just suggestions. In the end, wear something that makes you happy and reminds you of how special this day is.

We want to make sure you look just as magnificent on your child’s big day as Katie and Loretta did, so we rounded up ten of our favorite mother-of-the-bride dresses and outfits that’ll suit any mom’s taste.

Mother of the Bride or Groom Dresses and Suits

BHLDN Odette Dress

BHLDN dress

The BHLDN Odette Dress is a classic “mother of the bride” dress, without the four-figure price tag that so often comes along with anything that even hints at being wedding-related. It’s elegant and regal, but it stands out enough for anyone who sees you to know that you’re a VIP at this wedding. 

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Tibi Eco Poplin One Shoulder Dress

Tibi Dress

Is there anything better than a monochrome, one-shoulder dress? The answer is yes — one with a big bow! The Tibi Eco Poplin One Shoulder Dress is beautiful and special enough for a mother-of-the-bride moment, but it’s also a dress you’ll be able to wear again and again.

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J.Crew Collection Deconstructed Blazer and Pants

J Crew Blazer

If dresses aren’t your thing, you’re in luck — chic pantsuits are still having a moment. We’re head-over-heels in love with the J.Crew Collection deconstructed blazer and matching pants in silk twill. The pale peach looks beautiful on most skin tones, and the texture and flow of the silk will make you feel like you’re wearing pajamas when you’re out on the dance floor!

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Marchesa Notte Floral Sequined Dress


If you loved Katie’s Marchesa dress, then you may love this floral dress from their line as well. It’s listed under the brand’s bridesmaids line, but we think it’s absolutely perfect for a mom as well. Like Katie’s, it’s got a healthy dose of floral in it, and it would be beautiful for a fall wedding.

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Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman Off-The-Shoulder Gown

Off the shoulder gown

Nothing will make you feel sexy-yet-sophisticated like an off-the-shoulder gown. We love this one from Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman — it’s perfect for a formal or black tie wedding, and will have guests talking about how you’re as beautiful as the bride.

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Mac Duggal Beaded & Embroidered Sheath Dress

Sheath Dress

For a less formal wedding, why not show a little leg? This Mac Duggal beaded sheath dress is demure on top, but the knee length makes it a little bit fun and daring.

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Shoshanna Donata Floral Maxi Dress

Shoshanna dress

For the hippie mom in all of us, we love this Shoshanna floral dress. The bow neck detail is absolutely gorgeous, and the colors are perfect for a spring, summer, or fall wedding.

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Mac Duggal One-Shoulder Sequin Gown

One Shoulder gown

If you’re looking for a show-stopping gown, we’ve found the one for you.  This Mac Duggal sequin gown in rose gold is made for the mama who wants to sparkle at her child’s wedding, both inside and out.

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Maxi Wrap Dress im White Watercolor Floral Burnout by Hutch

Modcloth Dress

This tie-waist wrap dress is soft and flowy, so you’ll feel ethereal as you walk around chatting and celebrating. The colors and style will flatter any silhouette, and the dress comes in sizes XS-4X.

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Tadashi Shoji Duru Tie-Sash Tuxedo Jumpsuit

Green Jumpsuit

Who says you can’t wear a jumpsuit to a wedding? Get creative with this emerald green tuxedo jumpsuit from Tadashi Shoji. The plunging neckline is sexy without going overboard, and the tie in the middle flatters every waistline.

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