Bridal Party & Guests

20 fabulous mother of the bride (or groom!) outfits for a summer wedding

...and where to buy them

For the mother of the bride, or indeed the groom, summer weddings are all about fresh modern looks, lashing of lace, subtle, sophisticated floral prints and fabulous photo-friendly neutrals.

Short and sweet

There's something so fresh about lace at a summer wedding, and for the mother of the bride to adapt the trend, the best way to do it is in a shorter style. There are lots of options on the high street at the moment for those looking for a short and elegant lace gúna, and some gorgeous three-quarter length jackets to finish the look off perfectly.


Left-right: High neck lace short dress from Dunnes Stores, Adrianna Papell below-the-knee dress from House of Fraser, Izabella dress with matching jacket from McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Adrianna Papell lace embellished dress from House of Fraser

Formal Floral Print

A 'formal floral print' might seem a bit odd, but to create a more timeless and sophisticated look for the mother of the bride, it's smart to go for a muted, dark palette on and overall lighter main colour (a light grey, white or off-white is ideal) With these dresses, jewellery should be kept to an absolute minimum - tiny earrings and a watch is more than enough to accessorise with. A hat can be worn with this look, just pick any colour from the print's palette and match it to the shoes and bag!

Left: Lipsy floral dress with sleeves from Dorothy Perkins | Right: Phase Eight Corabella dress from Debenhams

Subtle Neutrals

Although some Irish brides and their mothers don't like the idea of the MOTB in white, off white or any other 'neutral' tone, it looks amazing in photos - as nearly every MOTB pic on Pinterest will attest to! A long silver or cream gown will look amazing at a more formal affair, and works particularly well if bridesmaids are in a strong colour such as a jewel tone.

Left-right: Biba dress from House of Fraser, Jenny Packham dress from Debenhams, Episode print jacket from House of Fraser

Little Red Dress

Miriam O'Callaghan went with a floor-skimming red dress for her little girl's big day and the colour looked amazing on her. Red can be a difficult one to photograph well but is a great colour for giving skin a glow and making the MOTB really stand out. Obviously the shade is all down to what the bridesmaids are in, and if they're in a shade of pink, red or orange be meticulous about checking how the outfits look together! Red goes well with cream for a summer wedding - again check the shade of the wedding dress if you're going to be donning a jacket in family photos. If cream is out, try going for silver for jewellery and accessories.

Left-right: Ivy and Oak lace cocktail dress from House of Fraser, Dorothy Perkins pencil wrap dress from House of Fraser, Paper Dolls dress from Dorothy Perkins

Where to shop for stylish mother of the bride wear in Ireland



  • Louise Kennedy [above]
  • Fran & Jane
  • Caroline Kilkenny [above]
  • Aideen Bodkin [above]

Department Stores/Boutiques

  • Debenhams
  • House of Fraser
  • McElhinneys - Stocks Aideen Bodkin, above
  • Dundrum Town Centre
  • Arnotts [Stock Caroline Kilkenny, above]
  • Powerscourt Centre, Dublin
  • Kildare Village
  • Vanity Fair Boutique [Stockist John Charles, above]

High Street

  • Karen Millen
  • Coast [above]
  • Ted Baker

Dunnes Stores - [Lennon Courtney, above]

TK Maxx