Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses That Wowed at Weddings

Mother of the Bride Dress with Scoop Neckline
Photo: Michael Radford

We've always heard that mother knows best, and if these mothers of the bride—and mothers of the groom!—are any indication, that adage rings true, especially when it comes to their own wedding style.

Whether the celebration is black-tie formal or beachy cool, these sophisticated, polished dresses are proof that the mother of the bride knows how to pull together a pretty incredible look for their daughter's nuptials. Plus, with all the time she's likely invested in the big day (and so many other days leading up to it!), she certainly deserves to look and feel her absolute best.

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Blue Hue

bride walking down the flower covered aisle
Allen Tsai

This mom sported a navy dress with floral-like embellishments as she escorted her daughter down the aisle.

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Think Green

bride and mother portrait in front of forest
Meiwen Wang Photography

After creating her daughter's mermaid silhouette wedding dress, complete with ivory tulle, floral applique, beading, and an off-the-shoulder tulle overlay, the bride's mother donned a green, floor-length gown with delicate beading.

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Floral Details

bride with mother
Rebecca Yale

Stunning pops of pink and purple florals covered the bottom of the mother-of-the-bride's gown. The flower details also accented the dress in more muted hues towards the top of it.

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Floor-Length Sequins

mother of the bride hugging bride during wedding reception
Jessi Nichols Photography

The bride's mom donned a black sequin gown for the big day, including a matching cover-up and clutch.

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Champagne-Colored Flowers

father and mother of bride walk bride down the wedding aisle
Bonnie Sen

This bride's mom escorted her down the aisle in a floor-length golden gown with a floral overlay.

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All About Illusion Necklines

jen alan wedding family photo
Laura Gordon

Both the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom chose striking gowns with embellishment and illusion necklines for this outdoor celebration.

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Color-Coordinated Choker

bride with parents at ceremony
Greg Finck

A matching white choker topped off this mother-of-the-bride's look, which was also complemented by a chic low bun.

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Lacey Sari

wedding processional
Meg Smith

This proud mother wore a traditional and ornate lace sari and accessorized with bright statement jewelry.

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Short and Sweet

parents giving speech at outdoor rehearsal dinner
Dear Lovers Photography

This mom's knee-length patterned dress perfectly matched the mood of her child's outdoor wedding venue.

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A Traditional Look

Mother of the Bride Dress
Greg Finck

A patterned magenta "gele," a traditional Nigerian head tie, and matching sash ensured that this mother of the bride stood out beside her daughter.

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Stylish Jumpsuit

bride and mother laughing and preparing to walk down the aisle
Rachel May Photography

For the mom who likes to look put together and modern, a jumpsuit in slate gray is sure to wow.

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Delicate Details

thuy kahn wedding bride and mother getting ready
Meiwen Wang

This mother of the bride donned a beautiful light gray gown with an illusion neckline brimming with beautiful beaded detailing.

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Shades of Blue

lindsey william wedding dc mother aunt
Abby Jiu Photography

For her daughter's art-filled Washington, D.C., wedding, this mother of the bride (left), donned a quirky, multi-patterned Oscar de la Renta gown. The bride's aunt was just as fashionable in a Reem Acra number with lace and sheer ruffles.

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bride with bridesmaids and mother getting ready
Ashley Brown

The champagne colored ankle-length wrap dress looks stunning on this mother of the bride.

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Beautifully Traditional

ronita ryan wedding bride in gown
Laura Gordon

This bride's mother donned a gorgeous sari for her daughter's wedding. The entire look was the perfect match for the couple's tradition-filled day.

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Mother of the Bride in Blue

meaghan and david bride with mother and son
Abby Jiu Photography

This mom chose a royal blue gown with an illusion neckline and a floral overlay for a striking big-day look.

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Wrapped Lace

wedding dancing
Patrick Moyer

This mom also wore Nigerian attire, and paired her lace wrap dress with a chartreuse gele.

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Wildflower Embroidery

Mother of the Bride Embroidered Dress
Brian Hatton Photography

Pink anemones and blue and yellow wildflower buds accented this pretty black dress worn by the mother of the bride.

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Blushing Beauties

Jose Villa

One mom's blush attire looked beautiful against these two brides' romantic wedding dresses.

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Subtle Sparkle

Mother of the Bride Bun Hairstyle
Melissa Jill Photography

The beaded metallic tassels on this glimmering gown really came into play when this mom took the dance floor.

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Pink Bow

Mother of the Bride Dress with Pink Bow at Back
Sarah Kate Photography

A voluminous looped bow brought major drama to a structured magenta number worn by the mother of the bride.

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Blue Buds

Blue Mother of the Bride Dress
Sarah Kate Photography

In a cerulean gown with 3D florettes, this beaming mom was her daughter's something blue.

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Floral Hanbok

Mother of the Bride Dress
Carmen Santorelli Photography

This mom wore a traditional hanbok with floral and geometric embroidery to her daughter's California ranch wedding.

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Slate Gray

Mother of the Bride Braided Updo Hairstyle
Veronica Varos

From the trumpet cut to the swirled-lace embroidery and the sheer bow at the back, this mom's slate gown was all about the details.

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Green Trumpet

A Mother and Daughter Holding Hands
Gayle Brooker

We loved how this mom's green satin gown subtly matched the shape of her daughter's lace wedding dress.

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Scoop Neckline

Mother of the Bride Dress with Scoop Neckline
Michael Radford

A dainty necklace prettily mimicked the scoop neckline on her blush pink dress.

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Powder Blue

caroline kyle wedding parents
Kate Headley

With cap sleeves and an illusion neckline, this fitted blue beauty was perfect for this D.C. wedding's hostess.

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Peachy Sari

Mother of the Bride Ponytail Hairstyle
Lacie Hansen Photography

Peach, crimson, and gold brought punchy color to a traditional Indian sari.

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Jade Lace

stefanie drew wedding mom
Julie Livingston Photography

With palm leaf décor and lots of vines, green was a main theme throughout this charming and colorful South Carolina celebration. The bride's mother clearly had the color palette in mind when she chose this jade lace dress.

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Strapless and Pink

Strapless Blush Mother of the Bride Dress
KT Merry

Her strapless and blush pink gown, with textured floral details and an embellished belt, had this mom smiling from ear to ear.

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Illusion Beading

Katie Mitchell Photography

For blogger Jenny Bernheim's fancy rehearsal dinner, her mother wore a Carmen Marc Valvo dress, complete with a beaded illusion cut-out.

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Pink Print

wedding mom
Katherine O'Brien Photography

The best part of this punchy gown wasn't the colorful rose print—it was the pockets!

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Embellished Cream

jessica and kris bryant mother of bride
J. Anne Photography

Sweet beading and a subtle side slit brought intrigue to this neutral number.

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Whimsical in White

bride and mother processing for wedding in brick courtyard
Mo Davis Photography

This mother of the bride wore a white tunic and skirt for a boho-chic ensemble.

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meg nick wedding mom
Elisa Bricker

A navy cut-out overlay added a cool geometric pattern to a blush pink skirt.

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Vintage Embroidery

madelyn jon wedding parents portrait
Patricia Lyons Photography

The mother of the bride's Oscar de la Renta gown was such a hit, it actually inspired the bridesmaids' bouquets. "Not by accident," added bride Madelyn.

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Punchy Red Lace

bride with mom
Kristen Kilpatrick

A red lace Erdem dress, embroidered with pink and crimson blooms, paired perfectly with this fashionable mom's half-up, half-down hairstyle.

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Black Tie Fashion

The mother of the groom and father of the groom walking down the aisle
Heather Waraksa

Isn't a smile the best accessory? This glammed up mother of the bride looked absolutely amazing in a black gown with a V-neckline and knee-high slit as she headed down the aisle before the bride's processional.

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Heavenly Halter

bride mother wedding day outdoor walk
Jenny Quicksall

This mother of the bride escorted her daughter down the aisle in a light blue stunning halter dress.

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Sophisticated Style

mother of bride
Aaron Delesie

How sweet is this stolen mother-daughter moment? This mom's gown featured a striped off-the-shoulder neckline that was a beautiful complement to the bride's own wedding dress.

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Golden Girl

Roey Yohai Photography

A gold and cream gown (paired with statement-making gold earrings) looked great on this mother of the groom as she and her son swayed to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

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Aqua and Gold Sari

Blue and Gold Sari
Sea Light Studios

An aquamarine sari, embroidered with gold florals, looked lovely with a lei.

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Neutral Chic

Judy Pak Photography

The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom both looked extra lovely on the big day, beaming together in their neutral dresses.

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erinn andrew parents
Mike Cassimatis

A folded off-the-shoulder bodice floor-length gown is a luxe choice for a black-tie affair.

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

Tec Petaja

For the formal Southern garden wedding of Susan Sarandon's oldest child, Eva Amurri, the actress turned to designer Lela Rose to make a knee-length charcoal dress that complemented the bride's with a similar lace neckline.

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Role-Model Mom

KT Merry

"When it comes to fashion," the bride Annie said, "I look up to my mom," who wore a traditional hanbok to the black-tie garden party at Beverly Hills's Greystone Mansion.

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Dashing Duo

Odalys Mendez

The best-dressed couple at this easygoing outdoor celebration in Athens, Georgia, was the bride and groom. But this pair also earned the distinction. The groom's dad donned a Jos. A. Bank suit, and his mother chose a floral dress in a complementary color.

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Beautiful in Brocade

Tanja Lippert Photography

This mother-of-the-groom's shimmery brocade sleeveless dress with a draped neckline suited every part of this Pebble Beach fête, including the mother-son dance to Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up."

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Midas Touch

Edyta Szyszlo

The bridesmaids at this at-home Kentucky wedding sparkled in gold-sequined mini dresses. "I wanted my girls to have fun," the bride said of the choice. The other woman who also had fun? Her mom, who similarly sparkled in a gold silk dupioni floor-length skirt suit.

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Something Borrowed

Rylee Hitchner

Carrie Crowell had come across the silk dress that her mom, country singer Rosanne Cash, wore at her 1995 wedding to Carrie's stepfather. "I said right then I would wear it one day," she recalled. "I love the tradition of generations of women in the same wedding gown." She adorned the back of the gown and the headpiece with fabric flowers for her big day—similar ones embellished the waistline of Rosanne's own long ensemble.

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Winning Number

Leila Brewster Photography

For this romantic wedding at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel, the bride's mother selected a short-sleeved, full-length teal dress. "She bought it on a whim and ended up winning," the bride said.

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Dream Date

Elizabeth Messina Photography

A dream dress doesn't have to be for the bride alone. To make hers, mom JoJo Cohen turned to her close friend, the late designer L'Wren Scott. Her mother, Rita, opted for this champagne-hued gown that was equally as ethereal.

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Fit for a Queen

Corbin Gurkin

"We wanted to whisk away our guests into a fairy tale," this bride said about her intimate destination wedding at an 18th-century palace on the cliffs of Positano. For her, that included a couture Karen Sabag ball gown fit for a princess. For her mother, it involved a beaded silver dress fit for a queen.

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