Mother of the bride outfits that dazzle

Mothers of the bride or groom need wedding finery to ensure they dazzle. Here are top choices from some of our favourite occasion specialists


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Elegant cowl-neck dress with a touch of Jackie O from Suzannah

1960s chic

This chic dress with a touch of Jackie O in the styling is from Suzannah’s RTW collection and makes a flattering choice for mother of the bride or guest. It’s shown here in cosmetic pink, and is made of luxurious silk crepe and fully lined in silk satin. Other colour and length options are available made to order.



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Glamorous frills and form-flattering ruching from Nigel Rayment

Fabulous frills

This pleated black and white form-fitting dress has a dramatic rose shrug. An elegant choice for a summer wedding, it is part of the Ian Stuart collection at Nigel Rayment. With dedicated mother of the bride/groom boutiques in both London’s Marble Arch and central Manchester, all outfits in the stores can be matched to one of Nigel’s fabulous millinery designs.


3. Joyce Young Couture. bystorm21.12.11-1649
Perfect for glamorous evening events, this lavish silk gown is made to order by Joyce Young in a variety of colourways

Silken style

This delicious rich chocolate shot taffeta silk gown would be perfect for an evening celebration, and would be easy to accessorise with a luxurious wrap or shrug. Part of the Joyce Young Couture collection available at her London and Glasgow ateliers, it features narrow straps, and a flattering pleat effect down the line of the bodice to the skirt. It can be made to order in a variety of colours.


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This John Charles outfit from Nigel Rayment features a floral dress, plain overjacket and chic side-angled hat

Smooth line

This form-fitting John Charles dress with subtle floral pattern has a plain bolero jacket to match and is accessorised with a chic side-angled hat that repeats the floral theme. The outfit is available from Nigel Rayment London and Manchester boutiques.


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Stunning blue dress and flowing coat with matching fascinator from Joyce Young

Blue note

A classic colour for weddings, this organza jacquard coat has a fashion-forward edge, with feature belt and high turn collar, and is worn over a plain silk dress. Perfect for adding height, the coat is made of organza with panelling and inset godets so it moves as you walk. It’s a made-to-measure design, meaning you can opt for a different length. Other colourways include claret and denim blue.


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Pure glamour, this Ian Stuart sweetheart-neckline gown is available from Nigel Rayment boutiques

Sweetheart style

Super-feminine and sophisticated, this sweetheart-neckline dress and matching jacket is part of the Ian Stuart range at Nigel Rayment. The soft pearlescent grey colourway is both flattering and suitable for all seasons; a matching hat or fascinator is available.


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Flattering and versatile, this dress is part of the Joyce Young mother of the bride collection

Three-way dressing

This elegant longer-line outfit from Joyce Young Couture comprises a dress with thin straps, fashionable three-quarter-length sleeve jacket and a long wrap in the same fabric. With the jacket removed, the dress and wrap are transformed into elegant partywear, making this a great outfit for day-into-evening events, or international weddings where the focus is on keeping your cool.