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18 best mother-of-the-bride dresses for summer weddings that aren't frumpy

From brewery to black tie, these are the best mother of the bride & groom dresses for summer weddings in 2023.

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Best mother-of-the-bride dresses for summer weddings in 2023 (Photos via Anthropologie, Eloquii, Mango & Reformation)

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 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 be turning 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 party 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 18 best mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses for 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

Tie-Belt Satin Dress

brunette model wearing black heels and light green Tie-belt Satin Dress (Photo via H&M)
Tie-belt Satin Dress (Photo via H&M)

This affordable ankle-length dress features a gathered neckline, elbow-length sleeves and a wide tie belt at waist. The softly draped satin dress is available in four colours: Green, black, pink and powder pink.

$36 $45 at H&M

How Much I Care Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress

blonde model wearing navy blue How Much I Care Midnight Blue Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress (Photo via Lulus)
How Much I Care Midnight Blue Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress (Photo via Lulus)

This off-the-shoulder dress makes an elegant yet flirty choice for any mom or mother figure this wedding season. "It fits like a glove" and is "so flattering all around," writes one shopper.

$90 at Lulus

Julia Jordan Tie Maxi Dress

model in black strappy sandals and black Julia Jordan Tie Maxi Dress (Photo via Saks Off Fifth)
Julia Jordan Tie Maxi Dress (Photo via Saks Off Fifth)

This classy maxi dress features a pretty bow detail at the back and comes in sizes two to ten.

$35 $181 at Saks Off Fifth

Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress

plus size model with short hair wearing Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress in black (Photo via Eloquii)
Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress in black (Photo via Eloquii)

This elegant plus-size dress has a figure-flattering design and is available in two colours: Black and white.

$100 at Eloquii

Dreamy Date Night Sleeveless Midi Dress

model in pink heels and pink halter neck dress, Dreamy Date Night Magenta Sleeveless Midi Dress (Photo via Lulus)
Dreamy Date Night Magenta Sleeveless Midi Dress (Photo via Lulus)

A cute pick for a casual set of "I do's," this sleeveless midi has a "flattering fit" and is "great for a casual or dressier event," according to one Lulus fan.

$94 at Lulus

Best mother of the bride & groom dresses under $200

Pleated Halter Neck Dress

blonde model wearing black strappy sandal heels and emerald green halter dress, Pleated halter neck dress (Photo via Mango)
Pleated halter neck dress (Photo via Mango)

Don't walk to get this dress — run! This stunner of a dress is crafted from pleated satin fabric and features a tie-back halter neck design.

$180 at Mango

Black Halo La Reina Off The Shoulder Sheath Dress

La Reina Off The Shoulder Sheath Dress in light pink (Photo via Saks Off Fifth)
La Reina Off The Shoulder Sheath Dress (Photo via Saks Off Fifth)

This elegant off-the-shoulder dress gives big royal wedding energy. A steal at 80 per cent off, you're going to want to take advantage of this deal while you can.

$155 $773 at Saks Off Fifth

Loved By You Pleated Chiffon Maxi Dress

Loved By You Red Orange Floral Print Pleated Chiffon Maxi Dress (Photo via Lulus)
Loved By You Red Orange Floral Print Pleated Chiffon Maxi Dress (Photo via Lulus)

This pretty floral number is a versatile pick for wedding season and beyind. The figure-flattering dress is available in a range of colourways and prints, including black and dark green floral.

$130 at Lulus

Vince Camuto Long-Sleeve Tulip Hem Wrap Gown

model wearing blue long sleeve dress, Vince Camuto Long-Sleeve Tulip Hem Wrap Gown (photo via Saks Off Fifth)
Vince Camuto Long-Sleeve Tulip Hem Wrap Gown (photo via Saks Off Fifth)

This elegant Vince Camuto tulip-hem wrap gown features an eye-catching cascade trim and elegantly highlights your curves.

$155 $264 at Saks Off Fifth

Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress

plus size model wearing hot pink Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress with sleeves  (Photo via Eloquii)
Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress (Photo via Eloquii)

This effortlessly chic maxi dress is crafted from woven flowy satin and features a trumpet A-line skirt.

$120 at Eloquii

Eloquii Knot Front Pleated Skirt Dress

plus size model with long brown hair in navy blue Eloquii Knot Front Pleated Skirt Dress (Photo via Eloquii)
Eloquii Knot Front Pleated Skirt Dress (Photo via Eloquii)

This elegant Kate Middleton-inspired knee-length dress is available in five colours and sizes 14 to 28.

$110 at Eloquii

Best mother of the bride & groom dresses under $600

Mac Duggal Samantha Dress

model wearing navy blue midi mother of the bride dresses with medium-length, elbow-length sleeves, Mac Duggal Samantha Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)
Mac Duggal Samantha Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)

Dazzle your (child's) wedding guests in this elegant midi-length dress from Mac Duggal.

$498 at Anthropologie

The Somerset Maxi Dress: Cutwork Edition

plus size model wearing black chunky sandals and light blue The Somerset Maxi Dress: Cutwork Edition (Photo via Anthropologie)
The Somerset Maxi Dress: Cutwork Edition (Photo via Anthropologie)

This Kate Middleton-inspired dress is a must-have pick for wedding season. The figure-flattering dress is available in a range of colourways and prints, including black and white floral and black.

$220 at Anthropologie

Sachin & Babi Miranda One-Shoulder Bow Crepe Midi Dress

Sachin & Babi Miranda One-Shoulder Bow Crepe Midi Dress in dark purple (Photo via Anthropologie)
Sachin & Babi Miranda One-Shoulder Bow Crepe Midi Dress (Photo via Anthropologie)

You're going to want to keep this one-shoulder dress in rotation far beyond wedding season. The "Miranda" features a dramatic bow embellishment that elegantly drapes down the length of your body.

$475 at Anthropologie

BHLDN Leila Deep-V Flutter-Sleeve Satin A-Line Gown

model wearing red BHLDN Leila Deep-V Flutter-Sleeve Satin A-Line Gown (photo via Anthropologie)
BHLDN Leila Deep-V Flutter-Sleeve Satin A-Line Gown (photo via Anthropologie)

Give the day the pizazz it deserves in this stunning A-line gown. The eye-catching flutter sleeve style is available in 11 colours and sizes zero to 16.

$248 at Anthropologie

Reformation Winslow Dress

plus size model in black, green and yellow floral Winslow Dress in Mademoiselle (photo via Reformation)
Winslow Dress in Mademoiselle (photo via Reformation)

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

Mac Duggal Tiered Halter Gown

model wearing black Mac Duggal Tiered Halter Gown floor length (Photo via Anthropologie)
Mac Duggal Tiered Halter Gown (Photo via Anthropologie)

Make a splash this wedding season in this elegant Mac Duggal halter gown.

$398 at Anthropologie

Blu Silk Dress

model wearing high neck midi dress, Blu Silk Dress (Photo via Reformation)
Blu Silk Dress (Photo via Reformation)

Hello, mama! This slim fit, sleeveless midi dress features a cowl neck and an A-line shaped skirt.

$565 at Reformation

Best wedding attire shops in 2023

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