Finding the Perfect Mother-of-the-Bride (or Groom) Dress

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I think I had an easier time finding my wedding dress than my mom did in finding her dress for my wedding. Why is the mother-of-the-bride (or groom) dress such a complicated fashion choice?

For starters, there’s pressure knowing that all eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle, and the photographs will capture your look for posterity. Also, this isn’t a decision you get to make on your own—you’ll need to keep the bride’s wishes and the other mother’s choice in mind as well. And finally, finding a dress that’s both flattering and fashionable may seem like an impossible task. Have no fear—that’s why I’m here!

I turned to Macy’s to gather a collection of stylish Mother-of-the-Bride and Mother-of-the-Groom dresses. Macy’s offers a large collection of dresses in Women’s, Petites, and Plus Sizes, plus a vast selection of shoes and accessories to complete your look.

Check out these beauties that will leave you looking like one hot mama on the big day!

You won’t find any stuffy, matronly dresses here—those days are long gone! Nowadays, almost anything goes – from casual to formal, short or long – as long as it matches the style of the wedding, you’re good to go.

Whether you’re the mother of the bride or the groom, there are a few things you want to consider before hitting the stores:

  • Consult the bride and groom. Have a chat with them about their vision for the wedding – how formal it’s going to be, the overall style, and color palette.
  • Start shopping early. You want to make sure you have plenty of time prior to the big day to find something you love. You also might need to factor in time for alterations.
  • Both the mother-of-the-bride and the mother-of-the-groom should get in touch with each other and the bride, to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to style.
  • When buying the dress, get specific advice from the salesperson on which undergarments and hose will go best.
  • And of course… have fun with it! If you can, try to make dress shopping a special occasion. If possible, set aside a day for you and the bride to go shopping together for the dress.


MSK Beaded Ruched Sheath Dress

MSK Beaded Ruched Sheath Dress | Mother of the Bride Dress

Dance the night away in MSK’s festive sheath dress, featuring a beaded yoke and flattering ruching.


Tahari ASL Cowl-Neck Metallic Cap-Sleeve Gown

Metallic Cap-Sleeve Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

A luxe cowl-neck and draped back add style to this regal Tahari ASL gown, illuminated by splashes of metallic luster.


Tahari ASL Floral-Lace A-Line Gown

Floral-Lace A-Line Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

Everyone will remember your walk down in the aisle in this statement dress with sequin flowers and three-quarter illusion sleeves by Tahari ASL.


Tahari ASL Sequined Illusion Column Gown

Sequined Illusion Column Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

It’s your time to shine in Tahari ASL’s glittering column gown of pure elegance.


Tahari ASL Cutout-Back Popover Gown

Popover Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

Look striking from the front and back in this popover gown from Tahari ASL.


Adrianna Papell Beaded Ombré Gown

 Ombré Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

Inspired by the starry nighttime sky, Adrianna Papell’s sweeping gown boasts gradient beads and sequins that create an on-trend ombre effect. This stunner promises to turn heads as you enter the room!


Adrianna Papell Floral-Beaded Mermaid Gown

 Floral-Beaded Mermaid Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

Emulate Hollywood glamour in this enchantingly embellished floor-length gown by Adrianna Papell.


Adrianna Papell Off-The-Shoulder Gown

 Off-The-Shoulder Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

Dazzle all night in this off-the-shoulder gown flaunting a gorgeous floor-sweeping skirt.


Connected Plus Size Angel-Sleeve Sequined Dress

 Plus Size Angel-Sleeve Sequined Dress | Mother of the Bride Dress

Celebrate in style with Connected’s pretty plus size party dress finished with elegant angel sleeves and a lace bodice.


Lauren Ralph Lauren Metallic Cowl-Neck Gown

 Metallic Cowl-Neck Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

Perfect for a milestone event, this elegant gown is made from a shimmering metallic knit. A feminine cowl neckline perfectly frames your favorite necklaces.


Alex Evenings Sequin-Lace Sheath Dress

Sequin-Lace Sheath Dress | Mother of the Bride Dress

Allover sequined lace and flattering elbow-length sleeves make this dazzling shift dress from Alex Evenings the perfect pick for your child’s wedding!


Alex Evenings Petite Lace Column Gown

 Petite Lace Column Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

Looking for a dress that comes in petites? This gorgeous gown is for you! Delicate lace and a column silhouette add timeless glamour to this Alex Evenings gown.


SL Fashions Plus Size Lace Column Gown

 Plus Size Lace Column Gown | Mother of the Bride Dress

Faceted beadwork shines on an SL Fashions plus-size dress layered in swingy, evening-ready chiffon.


J Kara Beaded V-Neck Illusion-Overlay Gown

J Kara Beaded V-Neck Illusion-Overlay Gown

Mix and mingle in this elegant hand-beaded illusion — overlay gown by J Kara — it’ll have you dancing till dawn.


Jessica Howard Portrait Collar A-Line Dress

Jessica Howard Portrait Collar A-Line Dress

Both classic and contemporary, this Jessica Howard silhouette is a vision with its contrasting hues and crisp design details, like folded, buttoned cuffs and a gorgeous portrait collar.


Dress to Impress

While you don’t want to stand out at the ceremony, you do want to dress to impress. Ultimately, what matters most is that you and the bride are happy with the dress. Get prior approval from the bride-to-be to make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Also, make sure that the outfit and shoes you pick will be comfortable for hours of wear.

For more great dress options, check out our Pinterest Board, Dresses for Mother-of-the-Bride and Mother-of-the-Groom.


This blog was originally posted in April 2016.  Some of the dresses we originally fell in love with are no longer available, so we’ve updated our list to include a few new fabulous finds.  

-by Darcy Sullivan and updated by Christina Peterson, both RegistryFinder GiveItblog contributors



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