4/2 Mother of the Bride Dresses for Under $200

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I’ve had another reader request (I love these)! This reader is looking for the perfect dress for her mom:

I could use some help finding a Mother of the Bride dress.  I am finding bridesmaid type dresses and ugly old lady dresses with jackets, I want something in the middle. Any suggestions on where to look would be very much appreciated.  Are there any “rules” I should be following for a Evening Fall wedding?

Rules? Well, I think that the most important things are to find a dress that is flattering and comfortable (and that makes your mom feel fabulous) and to make sure that the dress is appropriate to the wedding. For an evening wedding in autumn, I’d suggest darker colors or jewel tones.

Here are some lovely dresses for a stylish, sophisticated mother of the bride. All dresses cost under $200

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Patra from Nordstrom, $138:

Alex Evenings from Nordstrom, $165:

Eliza J from Dillard’s, $95:

Tibi from The Outnet, $200:

Alex Evenings from Nordstrom, $60:

JS Boutique from Nordstrom, $198:

French Connection, $100:

Scala at Dillard’s, $180:

eShakti, $55:

I hope this helps you find an amazing dress for your amazing mother!

What did I miss? If anyone has any suggestions or requests of their own, please post in the comments!

-Dana F.

  • My mother found a terrific long bridesmaid dress by David's Bridal to wear

  • Carrie

    I ordered a dress from that site in china that makes custom fit dresses and I got a Vera Wang knock off for under 200 and it was really good quality. Even had a built in bra. The site is light in the box.

  • Amanda

    I'd love to see your suggestions for a plus-size mother of the bride, for a day-time wedding in October. Thanks!

  • I love these choices!
    There are going to be some stylish looking mams out there!

  • liz

    ah going through this process right now too!! thanks for the help! i HATE those damn jackets too!

  • Nikki

    These are gorgeous! I second the request for some plus sized mama ensembles.

  • Donna

    My mom is plus sized and a petite. We found her dress at dress barn for $40