Mother of the Groom Dresses: Etiquettes and Top Picks


What could be the prouder moment for a mother than the wedding day of her son? She deserves to look great in all respects. And we can really help, by finding her a perfect fit. It should be a dress equally gorgeous as the bride’s mother’s attire. The color and design should show off a sophisticated style. Here we have compiled a comprehensive guide for you to choose best mother of the groom dresses.

Mother of the Groom Dress Etiquette

Mother of the bride is supposed to buy her wedding dress before MOG. Once she has shopped it, she calls MOG, as traditions suggest, and lets MOG know all about her dress. The purpose behind this traditional way of communication is to simply avoid any clashing of colors or over dressing. The MOG dress should be bought about 6 months before the wedding. So you have sufficient time for any necessary alterations. There are certain points to remember that would help you in the selection of a MOG dress.

  • Colors to Wear

    MOG is not a part of the bridal party. So her dress color should not match or clash with anyone in the wedding including bridesmaids, MOB and the bride herself. Pale pink, shades of greens or blue hues are the most common colors for a MOG.

  • Colors Not to Wear

    Traditionally, there are some colors that are strictly prohibited for a MOG on the wedding day. It includes white, ivory, black (symbol of mourning) and red (too bright).

  • Who to Consult

    What color and style should you wear? No one can answer it better than the bride herself. The reason is simple. The bride knows each and every detail of other’s (bridal party) dresses. So she can advise you neutrally and wisely. Her role is only of an adviser. Bride has no authority to pick a dress for her mother in law.

  • Complimentary Style

    Some say that the MOG, after getting all the suggestions and advises, should opt for a complimentary style with MOB. If MOB is opting for a formal look, you can also do the same. A suit might be tried.

  • Length

    Matching the length of the dress with MOB’s dress is yet another option to think about. It’s kind of a traditional practice and it happens quite often. But that is not a compulsion.

  • Comfort First!

    Whatever you choose to wear, it should be comforting and easy to carry. Lastly, the mother of the groom dresses should be a reflection of themselves. Whatever you wear, just be yourself!

Our Top Picks of Mother of the Groom Dresses

Lace and Jersey Pant Suit

It’s an elegant attire, perfect for formal occasions. The lacey accents update the design. For a mother, this dress is flattering from every angle. Sleeved jacket comes with padded shoulders to keep you comfortable. The lace detailing is embellished with sequins.

Two-piece Lace and Chiffon Jacket Dress

Long flouncy silver skirt is gorgeously accented by a silver jacket and top. The sleeved jacket is embellished with lacy accents and sequined detailing. The dress guarantees a solid sense of style and remarkable comfort.

Faux Wrap Chiffon Dress

For a fashion forward MOG, this chic and stylish knee-length dress is a perfect fit. Pleated bodice is beautified with a wrapped style skirt and a floaty ruffle gives the mother an unforgettable appeal.

Lace Yoke Drape Purple Gown

Floor length mother of the groom dresses would look graceful on any mother. The gown has a laced yoke, deep V-back and a draped style gown. The dress is suitable for all body types.

Laced Knee-Length Dress

A mother’s dress is all about elegance and style. The more covered (sleeves) it is, the better a mother looks. This marsala-toned dress is gracefully accented with lace overlay. This knee-length laced dress has queen Ann’s neckline.

R&M Richards Sleeveless Beaded V-Neck Dress and Jacket

This navy blue, T-length, beaded dress just reminds of a starry night. The intricately designed beaded detailing has added a pop of style to an otherwise simple attire. Sleeveless gown with V-neckline has a chic jacket over it.

Sapphire Dress From BLHDN

Embellished bodice with silver threaded lace and sheer sleeves, over a simple tulle flowing skirt is perfect for a mom. It also features a button detailing in front, a deep V back and a slim belt on the waistline.

Sleeveless Iridescent Mermaid Gown

A nude color fully-sequined mermaid gown offers an unsurpassed fit. The glitzy gown from has a chic draped bodice and a surplice neckline that adds more style to it. With a slight train at the back, the gown is sewn to a standard of perfection.

Alex Evenings Long Sleeve Empire Waist Jacket Dress

The dress has an elegant ruched skirt and a chic sequined jacket. The jacket is removable and underneath it, a sequined bodice beautifies the skirt. The eye-catching plumberry hue adds more to its grace. The gown has a hook closure mandarin neckline on the jacket.

Lake Gown

This BHLDN dress is one-of-a-kind of all the mother of the groom dresses. The graphic detailing on the skirt gives it a more stunning look. The floor length gown is fitted on the bodice. White sequins and silver beading on the nude color base give it a classy look.