Struggling to find mother of the bride outfit ideas for your big day? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured our best-dressed guests from real weddings to find the best-dressed mothers-of-the-bride – and groom – to bring you, and her, some much-needed inspiration.

14 Best-dressed Mothers of the Bride From Real Weddings!
James Grist Photography – Natalie & Mario’s wedding Issue 171

14 Best-dressed Mothers of the Bride From Real Weddings!

You might be planning a spring or summer wedding but the evening will bring a chill, so remember to wear something with extra coverage. Pashminas work well but we prefer stylish jackets that are nipped in at the waist. Three quarter length sleeves make the whole look less bulky, too.

“Think of the venue while selecting your outfit, especially if some of the celebrations are taking place outdoors. If you are taking your jacket off in the evening, you might want to consider having a lace bolero or a shrug, which will give you two looks in one, while still giving you arm coverage,” Ian Stuart, award-winning British bridal wear brand, suggests.

14 Best-dressed Mothers of the Bride From Real Weddings!
June Joubert Photography Jaime + Blake Issue 169 – Vicky & Robert Issue 176

Should you wear a hat or fascinator as mother of the bride or groom?

We say, absolutely! Not only does it help set you apart from the other guests, it’s also one of the only formal occasions in our lives that requires a hat, so why not go all out? Some of our real mums are sporting fabulous hats and fascinators below. Which is your favourite? (Just make sure you check out the 12 Rules of Wedding Hat Etiquette!)

Amy & Mark 173


Sara Reeve Photography Joselyn & Joe Issue 172
Katie Ingram Photography Sarah & Tom Issue 170
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Don’t discount outfits on the hanger, either. “While browsing in your local boutique, don’t dismiss shapes and silhouettes that you ‘think’ may not suit you,” continues Ian. “Quite often shapes can flatter you in places that you didn’t think were possible.”

Sara Reeve Photography Joselyn & Joe Issue 172

Think outside the box when it comes to materials. “Most people go for simple silk when looking for a Mother of the Bride outfit but often a chic wool crepe, exquisite lace or silk jacquard can be a glamorous alternative,” suggests designer Susie Stone.

Consider your fabrics carefully and choose one that will see you through from day to night.

And the most important thing? “Don’t get swept up too much by what a Mother of the Bride should look like and remember your own style,” adds Susie.

“We encourage our clients to try and look like themselves but on a really fabulous day! Being comfortable on the wedding day is crucial too, so as long as you feel happy you will look fabulous!” Annie & James wedding 175
June-Joubert-Photography-494 Jaime Blake 169
June Joubert Photography-Jaime & Blake Issue 169 – Grace & James Issue 170

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