Choosing your mother of the bride outfit can almost be as difficult as choosing a wedding dress; while all eyes are of course on the bride, you’ll be her right-hand woman, at the front of the pews and in lots of all-important photos, so finding an outfit you feel comfortable in is essential.
If you don’t know where to start when it comes for shopping for your mother of the bride outfit, ask your daughter for some tips. She might have a colour she’d like you to wear (ie. the same shade as her bridesmaids and maid of honour), or be able to shed some light on the vibe of her wedding. If she’s having a boho theme, you might look a little out of place in a formal dress with a matching hat and jacket.
It’s also worth asking the mother of the groom what she plans to wear, to avoid clashing, or even worse, turning up in the same outfit! Ideally your outfits will complement each other, without looking matchy-matchy.
Your daughter’s choice of venue will also be able to help you along the way to choosing your mother of the bride outfit. If she’s getting hitched in a stately home venue you know you’ll want something rather dressy, while if she’s having an outdoor or woodland wedding, a floatier, floral dress could be a good choice.
It may seem obvious advice, but the season of the wedding is something to keep in mind too, especially if you’re buying your outfit months in advance. If your daughter is having a summer wedding, the summer outfits won’t be available on the high street if you’re shopping in the winter!
Pastel mother of the bride outfits are among the most popular choices, but that’s not to say you have to go down the traditional route; if bright and colourful wedding outfits are more your style, by all means rocks a bold hue.
Who pays for the mother of the bride outfit?
The mother of the bride tends to pay for her own wedding outfit. If you both love retail therapy you could go looking for it together, and maybe treat her to lunch during the trip as a kind gesture. Or if your budget is really tight, a glass of prosecco would go down a treat, we’re sure!
Scroll down for our favourite mother of the bride outfits for all seasons.
Mother of the bride outfits for spring weddings
Spring is possibly the easiest season for mother of the bride dressing; it calls for pretty pastel hues, midi-dresses and matching jackets, and fancy hats – all the usual elements included in mother of the bride outfits!
Cornflower blue and white mother of the bride outfit with sleeves, John Charles.
Long-sleeved rose pring mother of the bride dress, Hobbs.
Floral yellow mother of the bride dress with bow belt, Gina Bacconi.
Pink striped mother of the bride outfit, Condici.
Floral mother of the bride dress with pale yellow jacket, Condici.
Summer mother of the bride outfit ideas
Summer weddings call for bright and breezy outfits that will keep you cool under the hot sun.
Turquoise floral mother of the bride outfit, Gina Bacconi.
Pink floral wrap dress for mother of the bride, Condici.
Pink and purple mother of the bride outfit, Ispirato.
Long-sleeved floral print mother of the bride dress, Hobbs.
Autumn mother of the bride outfit inspiration
Autumn weddings are often associated with ruch burgundy dresses and navy blue ensembles, but purple, cream and blue look just as fabulous.
Lace sleeved mother of the bride outfit idea, Ian Stuart.
Cream polka dot mother of the bride outfit, Condici.
Dark blue mother of the bride wrap dress with floaty sleeves, Hobbs.
Two tone blue mother of the bride outfit, Condici.
Winter mother of the bride outfit ideas
Winter wedding outfits can be tricky, as you need to find a coat the flatters the ensemble too. Thicker materials and matching jackets are the perfect way to keep warm and still look stylish.
Mother of the bride outfit with matching coat, Ian Stuart.
Long sleeved mother of the bride dress with rose print, Hobbs.
Floral mother of the bride outfit, Gina Bacconi.
Long pink mother of the bride dress, Veni Infantino, a Ronald Joyce range.