What should the mother of the bride wear?

Everyone wants to feel beautiful on the wedding day!  This applies to not only the bride but the entire bridal party and family of the couple as well.  With so many photos being taken everyone wants to look their best.  What should the mother of the bride wear?  One way to narrow down today’s many choices, and make the bride happy in the process, is to pick your dress based on the overall theme or vision of the wedding.

We’ve rounded up some gorgeous mother of the bride dress choices based on popular 2018 wedding themes:


The minimalist wedding:

This wedding style is becoming increasingly popular.  It’s out with the glitter and statement colors and in with the neutrals and sophisticated décor.  To complement the theme, the mother of the bride should think about wearing a dress in a muted color with soft lines and a natural silhouette.

BHLDN Lena Dress: $100              Dessy Collection Ruched Chiffon Gown: $260


The classic wedding:

Classic doesn’t have to mean boring!   This theme is a good fit for the bride who wants to get married in a church, wear a traditional white wedding dress, and have a very formal wedding and reception.  Mother of the bride dresses to go along with the classic style typically have a flowy silhouette and lace or beaded embellishment. To look age-appropriate but not stuffy, focus on finding a dress that highlights your natural waist, but avoid heavily beaded jackets that can feel out-of-date.

BHLDN Wyatt Dress: $240         Pisarro Nights Embellished Mesh Gown: $208


The bohemian wedding:

This is the wedding style that is relaxed yet chic.  The boho wedding incorporates a lot of handmade, natural elements and usually features a more neutral color scheme with pops of color in the floral arrangements and décor. The mother of the bride dresses that pair well with this style are lighter in color and less formal than uber traditional dresses.

Adrianna Papell Embellished Gown: $260       BHLDN Kane Dress: $140-220


The glitz and glam wedding:

This style is all about the details.  High glamour focuses on dramatic décor, bold colors, and attire that is anything but plain.  More is better with this style!  The mother of the bride can play with heavy embellishments, dramatic silhouettes, and fun colors – so long as they match the overall color scheme of the bride’s vision.

La Femme Embellished A-Line Gown: $598        BHLDN Grant Dress: $295


The two biggest factors when deciding on what to wear as the mother of the bride are picking something you feel confident in and something that compliment’s the bride’s vision. Offer to take the bride out to lunch and take her shopping with you! If you don’t have that luxury because she’s out of town, try on a few styles that you’d be comfortable with, take some photos and let her decide the winner. It’s a fun way to connect with each other in advance of the big day!

Another meaningful way to connect with the bride? Redesign a part of your wedding gown for a unique “something borrowed” she can incorporate on her big day. Shop our Wedding Collection for more ideas.