If you ask us, picking a dress for your daughter’s—or son’s—wedding is one of the more pleasant and fun tasks for the mother-of-the-bride! If you’re shopping for plus-size gowns, you’ll be shocked at the sheer number of elegant, curve-loving options.
Whether you want to go flirty and summery or all-out-glamorous, use the occasion to find a dress that makes you feel fabulous!
You’ll still want to take your cues from the bride, trying to abide by her color palette and level of formality. As you are a part of the wedding party, choosing something that complements their attire can help photos and the ceremony look more cohesive.
Thankfully, there is no reason not to let your personality shine when selecting a dress. It’s a special day for you, too, and you deserve to feel like a million bucks.
We’ve saved the princess ball gowns for the bride and rounded up a selection of dresses that are fit for a queen. Hopefully, our inspirational list will make your choice a breeze. Not only saving you stress but leaving you with ample time to help your daughter and son-and-law with the party planning!
- Retro Modest Adina Dress
- Sequined ¾-Sleeve Simone Dress
- Floral Three-Quarter Sleeve Maxi Dress
- Ellis Velvet Open Back Dress
- Wildflower Embroidered Dress
- Lace ¾-Sleeve Messi Dress
- Lace and Chiffon Hayek Dress
- Sleeveless Knee-Length Sally Dress
- Gala Glam Evening Gown
- Lara Evette Lace Gown
- Pryce Off-the-Shoulder Column Dress
- Velvet Floor-Length Lynn Dress
- V-Neck Embroidered Elegance Gown
- Floral Vienna Plus Size Maxi Dress
- Jewel Neckline Kay Dress
- Ruched-Waist Margarita Dress
- Belted-Waist Madge Dress
- Velvet Sleeveless Colleen Dress
- Modest Xenia Dress with Pockets
- Charisma Crepe Wrap Jumpsuit
20 Plus-Size Elegant Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses
We’ve lined up a gorgeous selection of plus-size gowns, from two-piece separates to ultra-formal floor-length dresses. But before that, real quick, check out our guide on mother-of-the-bride wedding attire, where we talk about colors, dress code formality, and where to buy the perfect dress.
Back to the dresses!
We adore how this figure-flattering dress complements curves without being overly tight or constricting. In fact, we think it is gorgeously demure. A full-length skirt allows easy movement while looking formal and elegant.
The upper portion of the dress is covered by draped fabric that beautifully hangs to the middle of the arm. It's light and breezy while still providing a little modesty for the chest and upper arms. Alternatively, you can remove it and have a stunning sleeveless gown.Why I like it:
- Removable tippet provides coverage
- Chiffon allows for movement
- Long A-line cut accentuates curves
Oh-la-la! We think this dress would look breathtaking at an upscale wedding, such as in a city loft or a National museum. It's ideal for the Mother-of-the-bride who wants to go bold, straying away from the traditional ho-hum beige.
Shimmering sequins adorn this gown, from the bateau neckline and three-quarter length sleeves to the floor-length skirt. Slightly fitted through the bust and tapered at the waist creates a beautiful silhouette. Chic and trendy, there will be no wondering who the MOB is when you arrive in this gown.Why I like it:
- Standout shimmering sequin fabric
- Slightly fitted but comfortable
- Neutral colors suit many palettes
For a casual fall wedding, this dress would be ideal. Who knew it was possible to combine a comfortable fabric with such elegant details? You'll feel and look amazing, which is paramount on a long day of celebration.
Jersey fabric offers incredible stretch, a breathable feel, and supreme softness while flattening the figure. Charming details like a ruched waistline, knee-high slit, and scoop neck keep it from feeling too casual. Not to mention the gorgeous flower pattern.Why I like it:
- Ultra-comfortable fit
- Deeper tones, smooth figure
- Elegant details
We're head over heels for this luxurious dress that is the epitome of glamour. Designed entirely from velvet, it has both a lux feel and appearance. The full-length skirt nips in nicely at the waist above the column of rich fabric.
We love how all the details are saved for the top, including a sultry V-neck and flirty, fluttery sleeves. But the most dramatic touch was saved for last, a stunning open back with a delicate tie at the top. This dress kisses boring mother-of-the-bride muumuu goodbye!Why I like it:
- Luxurious fabric
- Stunning open back
- Floor skimming length
Floral and flirty, the bride won't be the only one turning heads on the wedding day. Stride down the outdoor aisle with confidence in this charming dress. It's ideal for warm-weather weddings thanks to its shorter length and sheer fabric.
The fluttering skirt and flounced yet fitted sleeves will catch the breeze in the most romantic way. Sweet velvet trim creates the perfect accents amongst the flowery pattern. It's positively enchanting!Why I like it:
- Short length is perfect for warm weather
- Breathable, breezy fabric
- Flirty floral design
This dress certainly fits the bill if your daughter is having a sophisticated and refined affair. Every ounce of this design works together to give off an air of regalness. Floor-skimming glitter mesh forms an ethereal skirt that's perfect for dancing.
We adore how the dress appears to have a strapless design but is elegantly covered with a sequined mesh ¾ sleeve top. This romantic gown perfectly combines classic and modern elements for a polished yet trendy look.Why I like it:
- Perfect for formal events
- Sequined mesh adds a modern element
- An A-line skirt allows lots of movement
Chiffon and lace marry in a harmony of textures to create the most charming mother-of-the-bride dress. A billowing skirt is ideal for when it's your turn on the dance floor. Namely, because chiffon is light and provides graceful movement.
The dress's bodice is equally breathtaking, featuring dainty lace in a floral pattern. It’s not really suitable for winter fairytale weddings, but it’s an excellent choice for a spring or summer outdoor wedding.
Despite the ¾ length sleeves, it's still fit for a spring or summer garden affair. We also appreciate how the padding suits figures of all sizes while the skirt was designed with extra length to suit ladies of varying heights.Why I like it:
- Effortless to dance in
- Lace and chiffon are excellent for warm weather
- Skirt designed with adjustable length
Modern mommies of the bride, rejoice! This posh dress will have you looking picture-perfect in a snap. Simple but stylish, it has a fantastic structure with just the right amount of well-placed details. Plus, with its knee length, you can show off a little skin and stay cool in warm weather.
The chiffon fabric drapes beautifully, especially coming off the ruffled waist. The sleeveless top looks smart and polished, and we're smitten with the rhinestone and crystal embellishment. It's a streamlined look that's effortless to wear, so for once, you can breathe a sigh of relief on the big day!Why I like it:
- Modern length
- Just enough embellishment
- Well suited to warm weather
We're getting serious Old Hollywood romance vibes from this glorious dress. It may not have many embellishments, but it certainly will make a statement when you walk down the aisle. Ruching details at the side waist and hip allow it to beautifully hug your curves and flatter your figure.
On the upper half, a bold surplice neckline is complemented by the elegantly draped cold shoulder sleeves. Are you walking down the red carpet or the ceremony aisle? In this dress, you'll be glamorous enough to do either!Why I like it:
- Ruching flatters curves
- Statement making
- Unique details like cold-shoulder sleeves
This breathtaking lace gown brings all the drama! Statement features like the scattered crystals and sweep train make this gown incredibly mesmerizing. It will positively sparkle as you make your way down the aisle.
An illusion neckline and sleeves are studded with more floral embellishments that continue onto the sheer overlay of the A-line skirt. If you're a mother-of-the-bride looking for a head-turning gown, this is it.Why I like it:
- Lots of beautiful beadwork
- Modest but alluring
- Fit for formal weddings
Trends that may have once been considered unconventional for a MOB are now back in style, and we're here for it! Like this darling off-the-shoulder column dress. It's relatively understated, but that doesn't have to mean boring.
Combine silky material and an off-the-shoulder drape, and you have a breathtaking ensemble! The tucked waist nicely flatters your curves, while the column skirt isn't overly form-fitting. Evoke simple and refined elegance in this demure gown.Why I like it:
- Trendy off-the-shoulder design
- Enchanting and luxurious silk
- Beautiful draping isn't too form-fitting
Modest meets stylish in this gorgeous velvet gown. In a rich and elegant color, this luxurious mermaid fit accentuates your figure without being overly tight. It's soft, graceful, and demure, thanks to a glamorous bateau neckline that dips in the back.
Velvet can be a touch heavy, but the ¾ sleeves help this gown to feel airy and light. We adore this budget find and think it's an option the mother-of-the-bride could wear to future occasions after the big day.Why I like it:
- Amazing luxury for the price
- Modest but flattering
- It could be worn to future formal events
Have you ever seen a pattern so captivating? Dress this gown up or down; either way, you'll have an attractive outfit for a stylish mother-of-the-bride. Bespoke embroidered florals in vibrant teals and oranges pop off the black background.
Fluttery sleeves and a flowing skirt work amazingly well with the airy mesh construction of this dress. A wrap top offers a comfortable fit for ladies with a larger bust. In this mesmerizing ensemble, you'll stand out like a rose in a garden full of wildflowersWhy I like it:
- Versatile enough to be casual or formal
- The wrap top offers adjustable comfort
- The unique floral color palette stands out
Did your daughter, and her betrothed choose a tropical escape? We're smitten with this dress that is ideal for a destination wedding. It's a fresh and modern take on fun florals thanks to its rich colors and regal-looking print.
Small details like a modest skirt slit and dolman sleeves help elevate it from a sundress to an elegant MOB gown. Full-figured ladies will appreciate the empire waist, complete with ruching, that helps to smooth the figure while giving an ethereal look.Why I like it:
- A fresh take on typical resort florals
- A hint of sexiness with a V-neck and skirt slit
- Comfortable jersey knit fabric
It's an eye-catching ensemble fit for a winter wonderland. Lux velvet feels elegant and looks just as glamorous. A floor-skimming silhouette is perfect for upscale formal affairs.
We adore how understated the details of this gown are. A sultry V-neck created by a wrapped bodice hugs your curves and offers lovely ruching. It then drapes elegantly down the hip for a bit of flair. And for a final touch of sparkle, a rhinestone and silver threaded embellishment shines at the side of the dress.Why I like it:
- Simply chic
- Velvet's perfect for autumn or winter weddings
- Figure-flattering wrap-style top
We know mother-of-the-bride dresses are all about the wedding, but you can't blame a girl for thinking about the after-party! Transition beautifully from ceremony to reception with this fresh and modern frock. A traditional mermaid silhouette is shortened to a knee-length hemline for a chic and fun look.
Angelic butterfly sleeves complement the shimmering beaded belt at the waistline. And constructed completely from velvet, the entire dress has a bit of an ethereal shine. Dazzling but totally dance-ready? Yes, please!Why I like it:
- Comfortable for all-day wear
- A shorter length is excellent for movement
- Unique butterfly sleeves add a fresh twist
Fairy Godmother, is that you? You'll feel like it in this magical mother-of-the-bride gown! Velvet and sequins combine for the most romantic dress that's the epitome of elegance.
A mermaid fit that flows into a column skirt keeps your silhouette looking long but curvaceous. The dramatic flair of the top, courtesy of the asymmetrical sequin pattern, is just the right amount of pizzazz. Plus, it's sleeveless, so you can look and feel like a million bucks, even while waltzing the night away!Why I like it:
- Mermaid fit flaunts your curves
- The sequin pattern adds intrigue and sparkle
- A modest neckline contrasts with a sleeveless design
Charming and chic, two compliments a mother-of-the-bride will gladly accept, thanks to this petite dress! Crepe is so effortless to where and when fashioned into this gown with a modest V-neck, flowy skirt, and ¾ length sleeves, the experience becomes even more carefree.
Ideal for any time of the year and any color palette, there's no reason why this dress can't be "the one." Plenty of pleats add feminine movement and let you cool off during the hustle and bustle of the big day. We're betting this dress will forever be a go-to for any formal event long after the wedding is over.Why I like it:
- Ideal for all seasons
- Pleats add graceful movement
- Crepe material is a cinch to wear
Yes, mama! You can rock a jumpsuit at your daughter's wedding and look very glamorous while doing so. A modern mother-of-the-bride will adore this fresh take on formal style. It's a breeze to wear and instantly adds a trendy twist to your style.
Hip-hugging pants with a comfortable amount of flair seamlessly meet the bodice with a surplice neckline and flutter sleeves. You can use the cute tie belt to cinch in your waist or go without it for a pared-down look. Pleats at the front and the back of the pants add instant form-fitting tailoring.Why I like it:
- Modern mother-of-the-bride ensemble
- Details offer a custom fit and tailored look
Move Over, Matronly Mother; it’s Time for Chic Elegance!
We’re all for traditional, but that doesn’t have to mean boring! These fresh and charming mother-of-the-bride dresses are sophisticated, stylish, and comfortable. They’re made to accentuate all your best features while offering subtle touches and smoothing ruching right where you want it.
No matter which season your daughter chose for her big day, you can be confident you’ll enjoy it in style with one of these lovely options. Sometimes, the bride gets her mother a dress for the wedding day as a thank-you gift. If that’s the case, coordinate colors and styles in advance.
Now mom, after you picked a gorgeous gown for your daughter’s big day, it’s time to practice your speech! If you need help with writing it, we have a helping guide on mother-of-the-bride speech with tips and examples.