Today we’re talking about the best mother of the bride dresses of the year! But first of all, after many (many!) emails on the topic, we’re finally addressing this wedding advice question: what should the mother of the bride wear? Today we’re tackling the topic of mother of the bride dresses, so share this page with your mom and she can cross it ‘dress’ off her list!
If your mom is wondering what she is supposed to wear, or she is trying on tons of dresses and she just can’t seem to find the right one, we’re here to help. There aren’t too many rules when it comes to picking the perfect mother of the bride dress, but it helps to know a few of these helpful tips.
Today we’ll tell you what color dress the mother of the bride is supposed to wear, which color she should steer clear of, and what length is best. You’ll also see the best mother of the bride dresses this year in trend-worthy styles. You’ve never seen dresses as impressive as these. Let’s get started!
Best Mother of the Bride Dresses
First of all, let’s talk about what rules apply before you shop for mother of the bride dresses.
Whether you buy your dress online or in-store, be sure to follow these three rules.
Rules for Mother of the Bride Dresses
1. Never upstage the bride.
First of all, the mother of the bride should never (ever, under no circumstances) upstage the bride. It is her day! With so many beautiful best mother of the bride dresses available today in-store and online, there’s really no reason to wear white, or too revealing, or way too short. The mother of the bride shouldn’t wear a dress that rivals the bride’s dress or draws too much attention.
2. Make sure your dress is comfortable.
As the mother of the bride, you’ll be wearing the dress from sun-up to sundown. Make sure the dress you choose is comfortable for sitting, standing, and dancing all night long. With that, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, too! Read: 7 Wedding Shoe Mistakes To Avoid for applicable tips.
3. Have your dress professionally tailored.
There’s no problem buying any beautiful special event dress off the rack. You don’t need to buy a specific garment from a best mother of the bride dresses collection or anything, as long as the dress is appropriate for the tone and theme. However, if you buy a dress off the rack — or, heck, you buy one from a best mother of the bride dresses collection — and it does not fit perfectly, have it professionally tailored before the big day. It is important to get a perfect fit in your dress so you look great and feel great on your daughter’s special day.
In addition to being professionally tailored, you will also want to have proper undergarments. As a rule of thumb, bring your undergarments and shoes to your dress fitting to ensure there are no visible lines from your undergarments. At a fitting a week or two prior to the wedding, try on everything one last time to ensure you don’t need additional accessories such as a pair of nylons, Spanx (gotta love ’em!), a strapless bra, or fashion tape so you don’t have any fashion mishaps.
Oh and it’s a good idea to bring an extra pair of nylons, even if you keep them in the car. Those things ALWAYS seem to run on the most important occasions, am I right? I know you can fix a small run with clear nail polish, but who has time for that?! ;)
Most Common Questions: best mother of the bride dresses
Here are the most commonly asked questions about best mother of the bride dresses, answered!
1. What color dress should the mother of the bride wear?
Traditionally, it seems like the best mother of the bride dresses tend to be silver, burgundy, and blue. This year, grey is another popular choice. However, some best mother of the bride dresses also follow suit with bridesmaids to “match” or at least coordinate with the color. There’s no hard rule here; she should shop for best mother of the bride dresses in a color that looks best on her and suits the occasion.
2. Can the mother of the bride wear black?
Yes! Black used to be a no for wedding guests and best mother of the bride dresses, but that was years ago. While it is more common for the mother of the bride to wear one of the shades aforementioned, black is now totally OK to wear if it suits her (and if the tone is formal).
3. Do best mother of the bride dresses have to be long length?
No. The mother of the bride dress can be long or short, depending on the time of year, theme of the wedding, formality, and frankly, any length she prefers. :)
And in case you missed it earlier…
4. Can the mother of the bride wear white?
No! Do not wear white, off-white, or similar neutral shade that matches the bride’s dress.
5. Where can I buy best mother of the bride dresses on sale?
The best collection of best mother of the bride dresses is at BHLDN. I’ve seen many (many!) best mother of the bride dresses elsewhere and few are as beautifully handcrafted and tailored like these. Short lengths, long lengths, sequins, rose gold, scalloped hems, and lace sleeves are just a few of the trend-worthy and feminine details available in this collection.
THE LIST: 12 Best Mother of the Bride Dresses 2018
Now that you know what to look for when shopping for best mother of the bride dresses, here’s our top dresses the mother of the bride (or groom) will love to wear on your big day.
1. Francia rose gold dress
And check out the beautiful cowl back!
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2. Whitney dress
This dress is so beautiful! It is a modern twist on traditional long-length best mother of the bride dresses, as it hits right at the knee. I adore the all-over graphic lace, lace sleeves, and scalloped hem. Buy here.
This dress is available in two colors: sky, a soft grayish blue, and a mauve-y peach.
Here is the dress in peach.
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I have to say, the Riesling is my favorite dress. I adore this shade (“blue mist”) and the cut seems like it is ultra flattering. The long length and flutter sleeves — and those beautiful sparkly embellishments — finish this dress beautifully.
4. Presley dress
This color of red really pops! And you have to admit, these bow-backed velvet heels are pretty amazing, too. Dress is shown below in raspberry and features an all-over geo applique for texture, depth, and a trending below-the-knee length. I really like the illusion neckline on this dress.
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Here’s the heels! In addition to red, these heels are also available in black and rose.
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Since this is one of my favorite mother of the bride dresses, I really want to show you how beautiful it also looks in blue and champagne.
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This is a stunning mother of the bride dress in a port wine color. This dress features feminine detailing like a blouson bodice, exaggerated flutter sleeves, and a high neckline. Also available in blush, emerald, and navy.
Check out the dramatic back of this dress!
The Eliza is one of the prettiest chiffon mother of the bride dresses I’ve ever seen. It features a high-neck illusion bodice with embellishments along the top in floral beading, which extends into the skirt. The back of this dress features a stylish keyhole design.
This dress is also available in morning mist, a soft greyish blue.
The Amada is one of the most intricate mother of the bride dresses. It features hand-sewn beading in floral and geometric motifs, along with a blouson style, keyhole back, and airy tulle skirt.
This dress is available in lilac and bordeaux, shown below, as well as peony, morning mist, and sandstone (you can see them all here.
And here is the dress in bordeaux.
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This slim sheath silhouette dress has metallic soutache applique for texture and shine. The cap-sleeves and v-back finish this dress beautifully.
Here’s the back:
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This shimmering knee-length dress is dance-ready! This is perhaps the most glamorous of the mother of the bride dresses. The bateau neckline, flutter sleeves, and allover beading make this dress one-of-a-kind.
And you have to see the back!
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This dress is beautiful! Although I’m not a huge fan of the high leg-slit (it just seems a big high to me, but to each her own!), this dress is positively stunning. It features art deco inspired beading, a sheer blouson bodice, and open shoulders. I love the navy color, too! Perfection.
And here is a photo of the back.
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This subtle crepe dress features subtle sparkle and a floral embroidered bodice. The illusion neckline exudes elegance.
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This classic lace column dress features cap sleeves, a scalloped hem, and illusion neckline.
Now perhaps THIS is best dress yet. I can’t make up my mind — there are so many beautiful options!
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Where to Buy Mother of the Bride Dresses
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Tell us: which of these mother of the bride dresses is your favorite? What style is your mom planning to wear? Tell us in the comment box below! And as always, feel free to email us with any questions and we’ll swoop in to help. That’s what we’re here for!
<3 Happy Planning! P.S. And Happy Dress Shopping! :) xo Emma