Finding the Perfect MOB Dress

Top 5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Dress for Your Child's Wedding

Being the mother of the bride or groom is a momentous occasion filled with joy and pride. Finding that perfect dress for your child's wedding is such an important task!

I know from experience! My husband and I have a blended family filled with love and SIX DAUGHTERS! When we got married 15 years ago, and had six girls ranging in age from 7 to 14, one of the first things our friends and family said was "Just think of all of those weddings!"

Well, here we are. We've had 4 weddings in 4 years. Two this summer! So, not only am I a personal stylist, I'm somewhat of a specialist in the whole Mother of the Bride/Groom dress selection arena. 

So, whether you're the mother of the bride, the groom or a "bonus mom" of either, you are a key figure in the wedding. And, finding the perfect dress to complement the celebration is of utmost importance. It's essential to strike a balance between elegance, style, and comfort while adhering to the overall wedding theme. In this article, I will share five valuable tips that will guide you in finding the ideal mother of the bride/groom dress for this special day.

1. Start Early and Do Your Research

Time is of the essence when it comes to finding the perfect dress. Begin your search well in advance to avoid any last-minute stress. Start by researching different styles, colors, and designs that suit your body type and personal preferences. Online platforms, bridal magazines, and fashion blogs such as this one are excellent resources to gather inspiration and get an idea of the latest trends. Enlist the help of a personal stylist to help you navigate the sometimes confusing landscape of wedding trends and how to dress for your own unique shape and style. 

2. Consider the Wedding Theme

Coordinate your dress with the wedding theme to ensure you blend in seamlessly with the overall ambiance. If the wedding has a specific color palette, try to find a perfect dress that complements those hues. 

Below are some of the top color trends for weddings in 2023/2024:


Champagne is an elegant and sophisticated color that exudes luxury and charm. It's a popular choice for formal weddings and complements a wide range of skin tones.

My dress is from Böhme in the photo to the right.

Click here to see more Champagne Mother's Gown Ideas.

Perfect Dress for Champagne Color Scheme


Perfect Dress Lavender Gown from Anthropologie

Lavender is a soft and romantic hue that adds a touch of femininity to any outfit. It works exceptionally well for spring and summer weddings.

Click here to see this dress from Anthropologie and more Lavender Mother's Gown Ideas.

Dusty Blue

Dusty Blue is a calming and serene color that pairs beautifully with neutral tones. It's an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor weddings.

My perfect dress was a Navy Cocktail Dress for this daytime wedding from Rent the Runway. (See main picture above)

Click here to see more Dusty Blue Mother's Gown Ideas.

Dusty Blue Wedding Party

Dusty Rose

Dusty Rose Gown

Dusty Rose, also known as vintage pink, is a timeless and delicate shade that evokes a sense of nostalgia. It's a lovely option for classic and romantic wedding themes. 

Finding the perfect dress for your child's wedding means it should not match the wedding party colors exactly. Often Mother's Gowns look best if they are a shade or two darker than the wedding party colors, but in the same hue.

This dress is from Baltic Born.

Click here to see more Dusty Rose Mother's Gown Ideas.

Blush Pink

Blush Pink is a universally flattering color that embodies romance and elegance. It's a top choice for modern and traditional weddings alike.

I chose Blush Pink to compliment this daughter's Dusty Rose bridesmaid's gowns. I also had my gown from Dillards shortened to cocktail length as a personal preference.

Click here to see more Blush Pink Mother's Gown Ideas.

Blush Pink Mother's Dress


Yellow Wedding Theme

Yellow is a vibrant and cheerful color that adds a pop of happiness to any ensemble. It's a wonderful option for spring and summer weddings.

I found this charming montage on which is a great resource for more wedding trends if you're on the hunt!

Click here to see  Yellow Mother's Gown Ideas or gowns that will compliment a Yellow themed wedding.


Orange is a bold and energetic color that works well for autumn weddings. It symbolizes warmth and celebration.

Again, your perfect dress for your child's wedding should be a complimentary color based on your conversation with the happy couple if Orange is not your signature color.

Click here to see Orange Mother's Gown Ideas or gowns that will compliment a Orange themed wedding.

Orange Wedding Theme

Earth Tones

Earth Tone Wedding

Earthy hues such as beige, taupe, and olive green have become increasingly popular for rustic and bohemian-themed weddings.

The nice thing about this is that you can choose the color that suits you (with the approval of the bride/groom, of course)!

Click here to see Earth Tones Mother's Gown Ideas or gowns that will compliment a Earth Tone themed wedding.

Navy Blue

Navy Blue is a classic and versatile color that suits a wide range of wedding styles. It's an excellent alternative to black for formal events.

The beauty of Navy Blue is there are a multitude of options. Finding the perfect dress for your child's wedding should be easy with all the things to choose from! I think florals also look nice with a Navy Blue wedding party to break up the look a bit. 

Click here to see Navy Blue Mother's Gown Ideas or gowns that will compliment a Navy Blue themed wedding.

Navy Dress

Emerald Green

Emerald Green Formal Top

Emerald Green is a rich and luxurious color that brings a sense of opulence to any outfit. It's a stunning choice for evening weddings.

And maybe your perfect dress isn't a dress at all! This Alex Evenings top with a skirt or gorgeous pant would be stunning. Jumpsuits and Pantsuits are also in play. Whatever suits you!

Click here to see Emerald Green Mother's Gown Ideas or gowns that will compliment a Emerald Green themed wedding.


Wine, a deep shade of red, is a romantic and sophisticated color that suits fall and winter weddings.

For my eldest daughter's wedding shown here, I chose a pewter cocktail gown to compliment her color scheme.

Click here to see Wine Mother's Gown Ideas or gowns that will compliment a Wine themed wedding.

Wine Wedding

Sage Green

Sage Green Floral Dress

Sage Green is a soft and calming color that complements outdoor and nature-inspired weddings.

I love the contrasting floral on the Sage Green of this gown from Baltic Born.

Click here to see Sage Green Mother's Gown Ideas or gowns that will compliment a Sage Green themed wedding.

Remember to take the wedding theme and color palette into consideration while choosing the perfect dress for your child's wedding.

3. Focus on Comfort and Fit

While looking stunning is essential, feeling comfortable in your dress is equally vital. Opt for a dress that flatters your body shape and accentuates your best features. Don't compromise on the fit; alterations might be necessary to achieve the perfect look. Remember, you'll be spending long hours in the dress, so it should allow you to move and dance with ease.

4. Consult with the Bride/Groom

Communicate with the couple to understand their vision for the wedding and the overall theme. Their input can be invaluable in selecting a dress that complements the bridal party's attire and aligns with the wedding's aesthetics. However, ensure that your choice also reflects your personal style and preferences.

5. Set a Budget

Before diving into the vast array of dresses available, set a clear budget to avoid overspending. Mother of the bride/groom dresses come in various price ranges, so determining a budget will help narrow down your options and make the selection process smoother.

See some of my favorites in our dynamic Mother of the Bride/Groom Catalog here that are in a variety of different price ranges to suit your budget. 

And, remember that if you need more personalized help with your choices, that's what I'm here for! Contact me for your Complimentary Consultation today! Just click the button below.

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