24 Boho Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses You’ll Love

These two dozen looks elevate the ethereal aesthetic.
Three boho mother-of-the-bride dresses
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Updated Jun 06, 2024

Boho mother-of-the-bride dresses sound like an enigma: Your child's wedding is certainly an occasion you want to dress up for, but the aesthetic implies a more casual style. We're here to set it straight: Bohemian weddings are ethereal, earthy and, yes, inherently laid-back—but that doesn't mean they can't be elevated. The same goes for style. Look for fabrications with delicate lace, airy tulle, floral appliques and even fringe for a look that says "boho chic mother of the bride." Note that boho weddings are often held outdoors—in the woodlands or a grassy meadow, on the beach or at a farm—so it makes sense that nods to nature and earthy, natural hues are prevalent in the styles. And as with any other wedding fashion aesthetic, it's all about accessorizing. Skip the high heels in favor of flats or sandals, stack on chunky bangles or weave a hair vine into your mother-of-the-bride updo. The best part? Where more traditional mother-of-the-bride attire is structured or made with heavy fabrics, bohemian mother-of-the-bride dresses are typically airier, looser and more comfortable for dancing the night away.

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Where to Shop for Boho Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses

The short answer? Just about anywhere, because just about any gown can become a boho chic mother-of-the-bride dress with the right styling (or lack of it—go barefoot!). That said, we found ourselves coming back to a few brands and retailers throughout our search for boho dresses for the mother of the bride. Here are four favorites.

  • Anthropologie: Though the brand discontinued its wedding-specific shop, BHLDN, it still carries a stellar selection of bridal and beyond (accessories, veils and more). That includes mother-of-the-bride dresses, and like the retailer's streetwear counterparts, many of the pieces on offer have a boho bent. This is where boho meets black tie, though—you'll find a little of both, and many dresses that could go either way with the right styling.
  • Dress the Population: If you're a fan of florals, check out this label that's sold at department stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Macy's. The dresses are fancier than your typical boho streetwear, but feature elements that bring them down to earth, like floral appliques, billowy sleeves and flowy skirts.
  • Reformation: This label's pieces are made with high-end fabrics but feature airy silhouettes, floral patterns and earth-toned color palettes, and the combination elevates boho fashion into styles that are wedding-ready. As an added bonus, the brand puts sustainability at the forefront, prioritizing recycled fabrics, eco-friendly production practices and more.
  • Rent the Runway: Mothers are often obligated to dress more toward their daughters' style than their own for weddings, to fit into the overall wedding aesthetic. If that's the case—and boho chic mother-of-the-bride dresses simply aren't your style—rent a dress instead of purchasing. The selection at Rent The Runway is vast and includes a handful of bohemian styles (we highlight two in our list below!).

Boho Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses You Can Shop Now

Our roundup runs the gamut from earthy and ethereal to black-tie-ready, but all our selections could be considered bohemian mother-of-the-bride dresses in one way or another. Read through our favorites for styling suggestions to double down on the aesthetic.

Veronica Beard Mick Silk Dress

Veronica Beard paisley silk dress
Photo: Veronica Beard

Pattern is a key element of boho style, and this pretty paisley is a great example. Combined with the light silk chiffon fabric and maxi length, it makes this gown a perfect pick for boho weddings. (We especially love it as an outdoor wedding boho mother-of-the-bride dress for the way it pulls in the rustic colors of nature.) It's a splurge, but one you'll wear again and again.

Size Range: 00-16

Dress the Population Angelina Floral Embroidery Long-Sleeve Gown

Dress the Population floral embroidered mother of the bride boho dress
Photo: Anthropologie

For a boho wedding in a garden, try an earthy take on florals. This floor-length style by Dress the Population can be dressed way up or way down, but either way, the illusion sleeves, lace appliques and pastel palette give it a distinctly wedding-ready air. Three-dimensional floral embellishments add an extra layer of bohemian texture.

Size Range: XXS-XXL

Gigi Sleeveless Long Ruffle Dress in Burgundy

Gigi burgundy boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Pinto Ranch

Western weddings are having a moment, and their woodland or mountain settings and rustic decor cement them firmly into the boho wedding realm. So, what should mom wear? Try a tiered dress like this one—its Italian elastic fabric makes it one-size-fits-all—with raw edges, and pair it with cowboy boots or a Kemo Sabe cowboy hat to emphasize the look.

Size Range: One Size

Hutch Amara Bustier Pleated Tulle Fit & Flare Midi Dress in Rose

Hutch bustier pleated boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Anthropologie

There's no more airy and ethereal fabric than tulle, and this rose-colored boho-chic mother-of-the-bride dress has it in spades. Styling is important here: With heels and fine jewelry, this look can lean toward balletcore, but dress it down for a bohemian vibe. The tea length looks great with sandals, flats or even bare feet.

Size Range: 0-16

Pisarro Nights Beaded Taffeta Gown

Pisarro Nights beaded boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Nordstrom

Boho weddings often lean more casual, but that's not always the case. For fancier weddings, this look is black-tie boho. The earthy color scheme and floral elements keep it vibey and ethereal, while the sheen of the taffeta gives the materials an ultra-luxe feel.

Size Range: 2-18

NicoBlu Delfina Silk Caftan in Sea Nymph Blues

NicoBlu silk caftan boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: NicoBlu

A keyword to aid in your search for mother-of-the-bride boho-chic dresses? Caftan (sometimes spelled kaftan). The tunic style is generally airy and loose, with long cape-like sleeves. Caftans can be worn loose or belted, and dressed up or down; they often come in stunning colors, prints and patterns. This one is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, and we can see it at an oceanside ceremony, fluttering in the breeze.

Size Range: XS-Plus

Azazie Dion Sheath Dress in Sage Green

Azazie sage green boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Azazie

Classic mother-of-the-bride gets a subtle boho twist in this sheath dress by Azazie, which features a floaty tulle cape that drapes across the chest and sleeves. (The cape can be tied behind the back or left down to flutter in the breeze.) There are two dozen shades; for a bohemian wedding, opt for an earthy hue like dusty pink, dusk or sage green.

Size Range: 0-30, custom sizing available

Atsu Sally Bow Midi Dress in Peach

Atsu peach midi mother of the bride boho dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Where many mother-of-the-bride dresses are fitted and structured, this roomy midi leaves room to breathe (and dance). It gives off vintage boho mother-of-the-bride dress vibes in the best way. The pretty peach hue is our pick for a bohemian aesthetic, but it also comes in vibrant teal and a chinoiserie-inspired blue motif.

Size Range: XXS-XL; standard, petite and plus

Needle & Thread Shimmer Wave Gloss One-Shoulder Ballerina Dress in Green

Needle & Thread boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Needle & Thread

One-shoulder ensembles make for some of our favorite boho-style mother-of-the-bride dresses, and this one features a voluminous statement sleeve on the asymmetrical side. It also has nods to nature: The sea-green hue and delicate shimmering sequins are an homage to the sun shining on water. We love it for an outdoor wedding near a lake, pond or ocean.

Size Range: 2-18

Gabriella Hearst Caped Silk Satin Gown

Gabriella Hearst pink silk satin mother of the bride boho dress
Photo: Mytheresa

An uber-luxe, one-of-a-kind designer find, this caped silk satin gown makes a beautifully bohemian mother-of-the-bride dress with the right styling. Opt for flats over heels and pair it with chunky jewelry: bangles with rounded edges that won't snag the fabric, a statement necklace or both.

Size Range: 2-8

Sachin & Babi Monica Dress

Sachin & Babi black boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Sachin & Babi

From afar, this mother-of-the-bride dress could pass for black-tie, but upon closer inspection, it's rife with bohemian detailing. The linen fabric is chic and summery, and an eyelet pattern at the midcalf is a whimsical detail. Pair it with gold or silver jewelry and espadrilles.

Size Range: XS-XL

Jennafer Grace Rose Gold Sequin Caftan Dress

Jennafer Grace rose gold sequin caftan mother of the bride boho dress
Photo: Wolf & Badger

We are obsessed with this single-size sequined caftan, which represents the stylish intersection of bohemian and true glam. It requires little styling, but we suggest adding a vine-inspired headpiece or strappy metallic gladiator sandals.

Size Range: One Size

Eliza J Floral 3D Embroidered Halter Neck Gown

Eliza J floral embroidered boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Bloomingdale's

This ankle-length boho mother-of-the-bride dress is just the right color palette for a bohemian outdoor wedding, and even the three-dimensional floral appliques are on theme: Rather than the typical roses or magnolias, these appear more organic, like free-flowing wildflowers growing up and off the long gown.

Size Range: 0-18

Reformation Petites Veria Silk Dress in Tarragon

Reformation silk floral mother of the bride boho dress
Photo: Reformation

Petite mamas, here's one for you. The crisscross halter is an on-trend style that reads relaxed, and the tarragon-hued floral print is pretty and bohemian. The dress's lightweight silk charmeuse fabric is perfect for an outdoor wedding; while it's fitted through the bust and waist, the skirt is loose and flowy.

Size Range: 0P-12P

Abbey Glass Caroline Gown

Abbey Glass yellow boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Abbey Glass

While they're often earthy and understated, there's no rule saying boho dresses for the mother of the bride can't be vibrantly hued. In fact, this hot yellow style channels nature just as much as any floral frock—you'll just be the ray of sunshine instead. Subtle, monochromatic florals pop off the lightweight cotton, and a statement bow on the asymmetrical shoulder gives the look an air of sophistication.

Size Range: XXS-XL

L'idée Sirene Dress

L'idée pink boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Rent the Runway

Renting is a great option if bohemian mother-of-the-bride dresses aren't exactly your style, or you're not sure you'd wear your wedding look a second time. (Though with a dress this pretty, who wouldn't want to rewear it?). The shiny fabric and column silhouette might initially read as more formal, but with the bubble sleeves, exposed shoulders and a pair of pretty flats or lots of layered necklaces, this style can turn bohemian in an instant. Not sure about sizing? Rent the Runway allows customers to order a backup size in case the first one doesn't fit.

Size Range: 2-12

Mac Duggal Floral Beaded Crew Neck Gown

Mac Duggal floral beaded boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Nordstrom

King of MOB dresses Mac Duggal is known for black-tie gowns, but this style does double duty as a bohemian mother-of-the-bride dress. You'll feel like a garden goddess as the sequined flowers scattered across the bodice, mesh sleeves and full skirt shimmer and shine in the sunlight, then catch the candlelight when the sun goes down. Pair this with wedges for a garden wedding, or go barefoot and frolic down the aisle.

Size Range: 2-24

Orire The Dots Midi Dress

Orire tangerine boho mother of the bride midi dress
Photo: Free People

Bid adieu to structure with this tangerine beauty, an airy and unique mother-of-the-bride style for springtime boho weddings. Plisse fabric and ruffle detailing elevate the style so you feel formal enough for a wedding, all the while feeling comfortable and unbothered. Keep the look monochromatic with a pastel orange flat or low heel, and accessorize with gold jewelry.

Size Range: 2-12

Reformation Maribelle Dress in Rubi

Reformation boho mother of the bride floral dress
Photo: Reformation

Shapeless strapless dresses are a boho must. This one gets a high-style twist with a rich watercolor floral pattern on the flowy georgette fabric, and a wide band at the bust gives it a finished feel. Bonus: If you're in the vicinity of a Reformation brick-and-mortar, hemming and any necessary alterations are complimentary.

Size Range: 0-12

La Double J Jacquard Fans Set

La Double J two-piece mother of the bride boho outfit
Photo: Tuckernuck

Some mother-of-the-bride boho dresses aren't dresses at all, but rather two-piece sets or even pants. La Double J makes some of our favorite sets, rendered in '70s-inspired prints that bring to mind the days of peace and love (which is what a wedding's all about, after all). This one is fun and funky and has a playful twist with feathers sprouting from the A-line top.

Size Range: XS-XL

Eloquii Chiffon Balloon Sleeve Maxi Dress

Eloquii chiffon boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Eloquii

The peasant-top ruching and balloon sleeves give this plus-size mother-of-the-bride dress a casual, bohemian feel, as does the airy chiffon. The pattern, dubbed "latte swirl," has an off-white base color to match but not overpower the bride. Dress it up or down with your glam: a low chignon for something more formal, or easy loose waves for an outdoor boho vibe.

Size Range: 14-32

PatBO Hand-Embroidered 3D Flower Gown

PatBO flower acid yellow boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Free People

Another bold hue with a boho bent, this otherwise ethereal gown is shocking in acid yellow. The easy, effortless silhouette, loose open back and billowing chiffon make it a winner as a mother-of-the-bride look for a laid-back wedding. The 3D flowers at the neck are handmade and feature exquisite beading for an elevated touch.

Size Range: 2-12

Mara Hoffman Enya Dress

Mara Hoffman boho mother of the bride dress
Photo: Rent the Runway

Boho beach weddings call for the colors of sand, sea and sun; this one fits the bill with a tropical-inspired geometric brown print. We love it as a destination guest look or bohemian mother-of-the-bride dress; pair it with a gold arm cuff and raffia shoes and accessories.

Size Range: 0-12

Amsale Sunburst Pleated Gown

Amsale mother of the bride boho dress
Photo: Amsale

This made-to-order stunner could be worn to formal weddings but is rendered beautifully boho in shades of deep reddish brown, like the brand's cayenne, copper or sienna hues. Add ample accessories and flats of mid-height block heels to hit the dance floor.

Size Range: 00-16

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