While it feels like only yesterday that your child was walking around in diapers, time has played a trick on you, and suddenly, they’re due to walk down the aisle — and you’re the mother of the bride (or groom!).
Unsurprisingly, the wedding of your son or daughter can bring up a lot of emotions. And while the day should revolve around the happy couple, guests will inevitably turn to you as one of the day’s standout figures.
So, with (at least some of) the spotlight headed your way, you’ll want to look and feel your best as you send your child off into their new stage of life.
Luckily, the world is your oyster when it comes to wedding attire. From garden parties to black tie, this season’s roster of mother of the bride and groom dresses is something to behold.
With prices starting at less than $100, scroll down to shop the 16 best mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses for spring and summer weddings in 2023. Or, if you would prefer to browse for yourself, check out our list of the best wedding attire shops at the bottom of the page.
Best mother of the bride & groom dresses under $100
This affordable ankle-length dress features a low-cut neckline, short butterfly sleeves, and a hidden zipper on one side. The softly draped satin dress is available in four colors: Navy, mint, pink and beige.
$75 at H&M
This tea-length dress makes an elegant choice for any mom or mother figure this wedding season. “It has pockets for the tissues you’ll need at a wedding,” wrote one shopper.
$308 at David’s Bridal
This classy maxi dress features a pretty bow detail on the back and comes in sizes two to 16.
$186 at Saks Off Fifth
This elegant plus-size dress has a figure-flattering design and is available in two colors: Black and white.
$100 at Eloquii
Best mother of the bride & groom dresses under $200
“Don’t walk to get this dress — run!” one David’s Bridal reviewer raves. The sweetheart neckline is “lovely, the ribbon hits my waist at its smallest part, and the skirt flows out and hides my lower stomach!”
$469 at David’s Bridal
This seriously elegant satin cape dress from Mango can be styled in multiple ways, with the cape either on display or tastefully draping the back.
$150 at Mango
This Kate Middleton-inspired dress is a must-have pick for the wedding season. The figure-flattering dress is available in a range of colourways and prints, including black and white floral and black.
$168 at Anthropologie
This elegant Vince Camuto tulip-hem wrap gown features an eye-catching cascade trim and elegantly highlights your curves.
$272 at Saks Off Fifth
This effortlessly chic maxi dress is crafted from a recycled polyester blend fabric and features three-quarter sleeves with openings.
$150 at Mango
This sophisticated yet flirty one-shoulder dress has earned near-perfect reviews from Graduate shoppers. It’s “stunning,” wrote one reviewer. “Hugs the body perfectly and [looks] classy.”
$145 at Pass
This elegant Kate Middleton-inspired knee-length dress is available in five colors and sizes 14 to 32.
$110 at Eloquii
Best mother of the bride & groom dresses under $600
You’re going to want to keep this slip dress in rotation far beyond the wedding season. The midi cowl neck is available in two colourways: Black and white floral.
$375 at Ted Baker
Give the day the pizzazz it deserves in this stunning A-line gown. The eye-catching flutter sleeve style is available in 11 colors and sizes zero to 16.
$248 at Anthropologie
For brides, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride, Reformation’s Winslow dress is a functional wrap dress with an adjustable waist tie, so you can wear it tight or loose, depending on your mood. To shop the Winslow in straight sizes, click here.
$495 at Reformation
Make a splash this wedding season in this elegant Oleg Cassini off-the-shoulder gown. The romantic satin ball gown has a sweetheart neckline and delicate side draping on a pleated bodice.
$324 at David’s Bridal
This elegant off-the-shoulder gown evokes elegance while offering easy movement. The style is also available in dark green and champagne.
$495 at Anthropologie
Best wedding attire shops in 2023