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14 Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses That Are Perfect for a Fall Wedding

We've pulled our favorite autumnal options for every type of dress code, from casual to black-tie.
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The bride's wedding dress may be the exclamation point when it comes to big-day fashion, but there are other VIPs who should be dressed to impress, too. First up on that list? The mothers of the bride and groom. And if your daughter or son is tying the knot during fall, we have some good news: There are so many styles, silhouettes, and color palettes to choose from.

Consider sleeved options that fight that turn-of-season chill or rich jewel tones and burnt metallics that speak to the vivid foliage and moodier motifs of autumn. Some of our favorite fall-time shades include deep plum, berry, and navy (they flatter many skin tones!), but don't rule out a timely pattern—florals in deeper colorways can absolutely work for fall.

Whatever dress you choose, Mom, make sure it's a look you love. To help inspire your search, we found 14 dresses for mothers of the bride and groom that are perfectly appropriate for a fall event.

Alex Evenings Embellished Lace A-Line Gown
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Alex Evenings Embellished Lace A-Line Gown

$269, nordstrom.com

We're getting all the autumnal vibes from these soutache rosettes, a delicate sprinkling of sequins, and a rich shade of eggplant. Plus, the short sleeves make it perfect for a black-tie celebration on an early fall evening.

Screen Siren Lace Gown KIYONNA
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Kiyonna Screen Siren Lace Gown in Nocturnal Navy

$198, nordstrom.com

Is it just us or is this silhouette reminiscent of Kate Middleton's iconic wedding gown? We love the lace trimmed V-neck and waist-defining tuxedo detail.

Chiara Boni La Petite Robe “Kacey” Illusion-Sleeve Cape Gown
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Chiara Boni La Petite Robe "Kacey" Illusion-Sleeve Cape Gown

$1,090, neimanmarcus.com

A trumpet shape and delicate draping make this floor-length gown a subtly sophisticated choice for a fancy fall wedding.

Floral Georgette Tie-Neck Maxidress
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Ralph Lauren Floral Georgette Tie-Neck Maxi Dress in 1271 Vintage Daisy Floral

$598, ralphlauren.com

For an afternoon affair, this floral dress with of-the-moment smocking and a darling scalloped hem is an effortlessly chic choice.

Theia Brigitta Capelet Column Gown in Bright Navy
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Theia Brigitta Capelet Column Gown in Bright Navy

$945, saksfifthavenue.com

A sparkling beaded bodice is pretty, yet understated; this gown also features an attached capelet to keep you warm when the air turns chilly. And a single leg slit adds as touch of unexpected (but tasteful) drama.

Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Maxi Dress
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Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Dress in Rose

$295, anthropologie.com

There's no fabric that screams fall more than velvet, and this sumptuous dress with a faux wrap neckline is a classic look for a late-autumn celebration.

Ralph Lauren Deklan Floral-Print Silk Day Dress in Burgundy Multi
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Ralph Lauren Deklan Floral-Print Silk Day Dress in Burgundy Multi

$4,790, ralphlauren.com

We can picture it now: You in this velvet and silk dress (how beautiful is the painterly fall floral?), skimming across the dance floor at your daughter's late-fall vineyard wedding. It's romantic and timeless all at once.

Amsale Pryce Off-the-Shoulder Column Dress in Dark Green
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Amsale Pryce Off-the-Shoulder Column Dress in Dark Green

$495, bhldn.com

Elegant and architectural, this column gown will look striking when paired with oversized statement earrings.

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Molly Goddard Shirred Taffeta Long Sleeve Midi Dress in Navy

$1,240, shopbop.com

This drop-waist midi dress can be dressed up for black-tie with stilettos and bold jewelry, or paired with a demure flat for a daytime celebration.

wine red dress that hits at knee
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Acne Studios Sateen Slit Dress in Wine Red

$700, shopbop.com

This rich wine-red dress can be worn with an open wrap neckline or tied in a darling keyhole at the neck. Imagine it with gold jewelry for a warm autumnal look. Pair it with boots, and you'll wear it after the big day, too.

black lace tiered dress
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Needle & Thread Primrose Gownin Graphite

$689, shopbop.com

Layers of lace and ribbon are a Victorian dream on this gorgeous gown. We'd love to see this accented with a sleek bun or a chic bob for a fall-time big city celebration.

black lace mother-of-the-bride dress
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Tadashi Shoji Nyssa Bishop Sleeve Dress in Navy

$508, tadashishoji.com

Romantic lace, Bishop sleeves, and smocked cuffs are just a few of the details that give this pretty-as-a-picture dress a vintage vibe. 

green dress with sleeves
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Reformation Carletta Dress in Forest

$298, thereformation.com

Hitting just at the ankle, this dress features both structure and flowing details. It's perfectly demure for a mother of the bride or groom, but it has a surprisingly sexy open back.

teal and gold dress
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Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman Asymmetric Twist Jacquard Gown in Peacock Gold

$640, saksfifthavenue.com

Deep peacock turquoise and gold is one of our favorite fall color combinations. Pair that with an off-the-shoulder neckline and a statuesque silhouette, and you have a timeless choice for an autumn wedding.