Unusual Mother of the bride or groom outfits. No frumpy mother dresses here!


Bridal fashion has grown over the years and there are so many fashion-forward modern dresses available to brides.

And finally, we can see this happening with the mother of the bride and groom outfits also.

Traditionally the mother’s outfits have been frumpy and old fashioned, but now you can find fantastic dresses for moms that not only look great and suit her figure but are modern and fashionable too.

So if you’re looking for something a little bit more unusual and stylish than the traditional mother of bride or groom outfit, then check out some of these fantastic dresses.

You’ll feel amazing and your children will love seeing you in one of these cool outfits!


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Where to buy mother of the bride dresses?


If you are looking for something stylish and modern we say forget about the traditional bridal shops and get looking online.

Look in favorite shops also and see what formal wear they have.

As a special occasion going to your favorite designer is a great way to have a classy mother of the bride or groom outfit.


Best online places for mother of the bride and groom outfits


The best unusual mother of the bride or groom outfits.

1. Urban editor choice – Alexander Macqueen dress

This dress is for the ultra-cool mother looking for a fashion-forward dress.

One that is stylish and modern but with a bit of edge! My go-to wedding style!

2. Most classy mother of the bride or groom dress – Self Portrait

This dress is perfect for a formal wedding, it is in a light blue traditional mother the bride color.

But its modern design, great fit a stunning detail makes it the perfect choice for the elegant modern mother.

3. The best floral dress – Needle and thread

This maxi dress is light and floaty, it would work in all seasons with its long sheer sleeves.

It is perfect for a formal or relaxed outdoor wedding.

4. Best gold mother of the bride or groom dress – Talbot Runhof

This is definitely a showstopper mother of the bride dress. Full-length gold sequin fabric adds drama and luxury to really wow on the big day. 

Gold is an on-trend wedding color for brides also. Head to our gold wedding dress blog to see.

5. Cape mother of the bride dress – Ellie Saab

We love a bridal cape here at the urban wedding company! But why should only the bride or groom have a cape! 

This is the perfect dress, you get the wow of the cape without it being too much that it takes away from the bride or groom. 

6. Best for a black-tie wedding – DVF

This dress is so stylish and elegant.

The perfect non-frumpy dress that is timeless and you know you will still love it 10 years down the line. 

7. Best pantsuit – Paige

 We are in love! If you are wanting to be the most fashionable mother of the bride or groom then this pantsuit is for you! 

Stunning floral pattern all over with a straight line flattering fit. Great for all seasons and with a nice top go from day to night. 


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8. Best winter – Solace London

This deep red full length, long sleeve dress is perfect for a winter or autumn wedding.

It can be hard to find a stylish dress that will also keep you warm. this one is definitely both!

Check out some more winter mother of the bride dresses

9. Best plus size – hope and ivy 

Curvy ladies need a dress that will show off all their beautiful curves. 

We love this pretty dress that flows and fits in all the right places. 


10. Best lace  – Self Portrait


Modern lace, no net curtain look here! 

The cut, the lace and the color of this dress just make it a super stylish dream. 


11. Best maxi dress  – monique Lhuillier

We are in polka dot heaven! This dress is the perfect summer mother of the bride or groom dress.

Modern, lightweight and modest. You will be comfortable and look elegantly stylish all day.


12. Best jumpsuit  – Diane von Furstenberg

This is a darker option but the light bird pattern makes it perfect for any season.

It is light and comfy while still looking stylish and modern.

Check out some more mother of the groom jumpsuits

13. Best Budget  – Asos

 Sometimes spending less means you have to compromise. With this dress there is none! 

Stylish, modern mother of the bride dress. It is simple but still packs a wow and definitely won’t be looking looking frumpy in this one!


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