32 Timeless Dresses for the Grandmother of the Bride

Shop gorgeous options for the G-MOB.
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Updated Jun 22, 2022
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Attire is an important part of the big day for everyone involved, including the grandmother of the bride. As cherished family members and guests, grandparents are considered wedding VIPs, which means a special outfit for Grandma is a must.

The best grandmother-of-the-bride dresses are festive, comfortable and express the wearer's unique personality. As you're shopping, consider the wedding dress code, the venue and the weather. A dress with a matching cover-up, like a shawl, will help account for temperature shifts from day to night. You might also want to look for an outfit that complements the wedding color scheme. This will help guests recognize the family matriarch; plus, the coordination will look great in pictures. And remember, a wedding is a celebration. Sparkly details and bright colors are fun choices for this joyous occasion.

You may be wondering where to buy an appropriate grandmother-of-the-bride dress. Well, we're here to help. We've rounded up the chicest styles from our favorite formalwear retailers so you can start shopping right now. From long evening gowns to cocktail dresses with jackets, these are the best grandmother dresses for the wedding.

1. Pisarro Nights Beaded Cold-Shoulder Ankle-Length Plus-Size Dress in Mauve

Sequin plus size grandmother of the bride dress in mauve

Show everyone that Grandma is the life of the party. This mauve grandmother-of-the-bride dress is covered with glittery beading. The blouson bodice and flutter sleeves are decorated with a bedazzled crosshatch pattern, while beaded lines run down the sheath skirt. It's meant to float just above the ground—perfect for showing off glamorous shoes.

2. BHLDN Leila Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress in Forest

BHLDN green satin full length grandmother of the bride gown plus size

If you want a dress with no bells and whistles, this simple full-length grandmother-of-the-bride dress is a beautiful option. It comes in a dozen different colors, but we're partial to the forest green. The satin fabric, draped cowl sleeves and a flowy maxi skirt create a dress as elegant and timeless as Grandma.

3. Adrianna Papell Floral-Print Hand-Beaded Chiffon Long Gown in Peri Multi

Periwinkle floral floor length dress for grandmother of the bride

Shopping for a spring or summer wedding? A floral-print dress is a festive choice for your grandmother-of-the-bride outfit. We love the brightly colored pattern on this periwinkle chiffon occasion gown, which boasts a stylish keyhole cutout along the neckline, short flutter sleeves and a gathered self-tie waistline. It comes in regular and plus sizes.

4. Pisarro Nights Beaded Mesh Mock Two-Piece Gown in Carbon

Navy tea length grandmother of the bride dress with beaded bodice

Although this looks like a shirt and skirt, it's actually a dress. The navy A-line gown is layered with an intricately beaded three-quarter-sleeve top for a glamorous two-piece look. Beneath the silver and gold embellishments, the dress is made from rayon chiffon for a stretchy and comfortable fit.

5. Oleg Cassini Illusion-Sleeve Soutache Tea-Length Dress in Steel Blue

Navy blue lace grandmother of the bride dress with ribbon belt

Don't feel limited to floor-length dresses for the grandmother of the bride. This beautiful blue-gray dress with an illusion neckline falls just below the knees. It's covered with floral embroidery and sequins, then fitted at the waist with a glossy ribbon belt. It's also available in plus sizes.

6. Adrianna Papell Short Sequin Cocktail Dress With Long Sleeves in Midnight

Short black dress for grandmother of the bride with bead embellishments

Black can be an appropriate dress color for the grandmother of the bride—especially if it's covered in sparkles. This beaded form-fitting cocktail dress is a sophisticated option for a cool-weather wedding. It has sheer long sleeves, a short knee-length skirt and allover botanical embellishments.

7. Talbots Embroidered Linen Shift Dress in Purple

Purple linen dress with white embroidery for grandmother of the bride

It's important to pick a fabric that's comfortable for the season. Linen is a lightweight material perfect for hot-weather weddings. This bright purple linen-blend shift dress is embroidered along the neckline for a summer grandmother-of-the-bride dress. Find it in standard, petite and plus sizes.

8. Alex Evenings Petite Cap-Sleeve Sequined Lace Sheath Dress in Champagne Ivory

Champagne lace petite grandmother of the bride dress with sequins

Shopping for a petite grandmother-of-the-bride dress? A short sheath dress is an excellent option. This champagne lace dress, adorned with sparkling sequins, has chic cap sleeves with a rounded neckline that dips into a V-shape in the back.

9. Kiyonna Whimsy Wrap Dress in Navy Blue

Navy blue wrap grandmother of the bride dress plus size

Kiyonna has many wedding-appropriate dress options in sizes 10 to 32. This navy midi wrap dress is adjustable for customized coverage. The flounce hemline and tied waistline add fun texture.

10. La Femme Surplice Off-the-Shoulder Column Gown in Pewter

Silver full length grandmother of the bride dress with short off the shoulder sleeves

This silver satin dress is simple, structured and stylish. The shrugged-off neckline, pleated bodice and gathered skirt create an elegant silhouette. Plus, the lustrous pewter color is perfect for a special occasion.

11. Oleg Cassini Long-Sleeve Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress With Slit in Rose

Pink and orange floral long sleeve grandmother of the bride dress

Don't be afraid of bright colors and bold patterns when shopping for a dress for the grandmother of the bride. This long-sleeve maxi dress boasts pink and orange flowers that are appropriately cheerful for such a happy day. It has a flattering V-neckline, tied wrap waistline and flowy slit skirt for a timeless silhouette.

12. Alex Evenings Sequined A-Line Midi Dress and Jacket in Pewter

Sparkly beaded grandmother of the bride dress with jacket in pewter

You can't go wrong with a neutral-toned grandmother-of-the-bride dress. This pewter tea-length dress is ready for a party. The sleeveless A-line dress has a festive embellished bodice and pleated chiffon skirt for movement on the dance floor. It pairs with a fitted jacket covered in sequins and closed with a single jeweled button.

13. Adrianna Papell Embroidered Illusion Short Sheath Dress With Bell Sleeves in Opal

Light blue embroidered cocktail dress for grandmother of the bride

This pale blue cocktail dress for the grandmother of the bride will look great at any wedding this year. It's gently fitted and features ribbon embroidery in a whimsical paisley pattern. We especially love the intricate elbow sleeves with bell cuffs and scalloped edges.

14. Phase Eight Nessa Embroidered Dress in Pine/Pearl

Green floral lace short grandmother of the bride dress with jacket

Styling your grandmother-of-the-bride dress with a jacket will help ensure warmth on the wedding day. This deep green dress with ivory floral embroidery pairs perfectly with the coordinating cropped jacket. The mixed shapes and textures look effortlessly fashionable together.

15. ASOS Design Beaded Faux Wrap Dress in Light Pink

Pink beaded midi dress for grandma of the bride with cape sleeves

We're obsessed with this '20s-inspired grandmother-of-the-bride dress. It's covered in bejeweled and beaded stripes for a sparkling, glamorous look. The elbow-length cape sleeves are an extra-elegant touch, yet still comfortable thanks to the back slit, which allows for ease of movement.

16. Adrianna Papell Short-Sleeve Beaded Blouson Gown in Rose Gold

Rose gold beaded grandmother of the bride gown with short sleeves

This is a truly timeless grandmother-of-the-bride dress. The short-sleeve bodice and floor-length skirt are embellished with beads in a scalloped pattern. It comes in many colors to easily fit the wedding color scheme, as well as petite and plus sizes.

17. Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon 3D Embellished Lace High-Low Tulle Dress in Blush

3D floral pink designer grandmother of the bride dress

If you're looking for a designer grandmother-of-the-bride dress, check out this blush pink pick from Teri Jon. The A-line silhouette—complete with elbow sleeves and a high-low skirt—is decorated with dreamy 3D lace. It's a unique and luxurious option for a spring or summer wedding.

18. Alex Evenings Cold-Shoulder Ruffle Glitter Gown in Black

Sparkly black floor length grandmother of the bride dress with cold shoulders

Keep it simple yet shimmery with this floor-length grandma-of-the-bride dress. It has sleek cold shoulders and asymmetrical ruching at the waist for a stylish silhouette. The sparkly black fabric goes with plenty of shawls for an added layer of warmth. Plus, this dress comes in petite sizes.

19. R&M Richards Plus-Size Lace Dress and Ruffled Jacket in Silver

Silver lace grandmother of the bride dress plus size with jacket

Metallics are classic celebratory colors. This plus-size grandmother-of-the-bride dress and jacket combo is made from shiny silver lace and sequins for a wedding-worthy outfit. The sleeveless straight long dress is layered with a matching jacket decorated with ruffled sleeves.

20. Boden Full Skirt Jersey Midi Dress in Highland Green

Green tea length grandmother of the bride dress petite

If the wedding dress code is on the casual side, try this sophisticated fit-and-flare green dress. It has a modest crew neck and blouson sleeves with a full skirt that falls to just above the ankles. Not only does this grandmother-of-the-bride dress come in petite sizes, but long sizes too.

21. Adrianna Papell Hand-Beaded Short-Sleeve Floral Godet Gown in Taupe Pink

Nude gown with floral beads for grandmother of the bride

If you're looking for a black-tie dress for the grandmother of the bride, this hand-beaded floral gown is an exquisite option. The tulle godets on the skirt will add elegant movement to every step. The streamlined short-sleeve silhouette comes in a range of colors and extended sizes.

22. Oleg Cassini Floral-Embroidered Chiffon Gown With Shawl in Dusty Sage

Sage green gown with cap sleeves and floral embroidery grandmother of the bride dress

This sage green chiffon gown is a classic grandmother-of-the-bride dress. It has a column silhouette with a boat neckline and cap sleeves. Meanwhile, the bodice is embroidered with florals and vines for a bit of a whimsical look. Better yet, it comes with a matching shawl for extra coverage.

23. Tadashi Shoji Crepe Gown in Ocean Blue

Bright blue full length grandmother of the bride dress with skirt slit

Love color? This bright blue gown is sure to please. Perfect for a formal wedding, this full-length grandmother-of-the-bride dress features cap sleeves, a modest V-neck and flattering pleats. Best of all, it's made from soft and stretchy fabric for all-day comfort. You can also find it in classic black.

24. SL Fashions Plus-Size Tiered Chiffon Dress With Embellishment in Blush/Multi

Pink floral plus size grandmother of the bride dress with chiffon tiers

Here's another gorgeous plus-size dress for grandmothers of the bride. This knee-length floral dress has elegantly draped chiffon tiers that'll look so fun shimmied on the dance floor. Bonus: The blush pink frock comes with a light capelet that fastens with a small rhinestone bow.

25. R&M Richards Sleeveless Beaded V-Neck Dress and Jacket in Eggplant

Deep purple Macy's grandmother of the bride dress with jacket and beading

Dresses with jackets are go-to grandmother-of-the-bride outfits. This set pairs a deep purple tea-length dress with a matching sheer jacket. Both pieces are embellished with beads stitched to match the starry night sky. And we love the floaty fabric.

26. ELOQUII Knot-Front Pleated Skirt Dress in Blue

Navy blue long sleeve grandmother of the bride dress in plus sizes

Depending on the weather, a long-sleeve dress can keep you warm without a jacket. This deep blue dress is beautifully fashioned with long bishop sleeves, a twisted waistline and a sweeping pleated skirt that falls below the knee. Sizes range from 14 to 32.

27. Tadashi Shoji Odette Sequin Dress in Ginseng

Gold full length grandmother of the bride dress with ornate sequined lace

How about a gilded gown for the G-MOB? This formal grandmother-of-the-bride dress is oh-so glamorous with its gold sequin-studded lace. The bateau-neck cap sleeves and slightly flared skirt are the icing on the cake.

28. Phase Eight Mariposa Floral Lace Bodice Dress in Antique Rose

Pink grandmother of the bride dress with floral lace bodice and matching jacket

This versatile grandmother-of-the-bride dress comes with a removable floral lace bodice, which adds elegant texture to the simple sheath silhouette. The pastel pink dress pairs with a coordinating cropped jacket or a matching lace coat.

29. R&M Richards Sequined Lace Chiffon Dress and Jacket in Mocha

Taupe chiffon grandmother of the bride dress with jacket

This taupe grandmother-of-the-bride party dress features a sequin and lace bodice with a scalloped hemline and matching jacket. The bottom is a flowy chiffon skirt. Talk about timeless.

30. AW Bridal Romula Dress in Raw Sienna

Rust colored grandma of the bride dress with short sleeves and sash

If you're looking for a grandma-of-the-bride dress that'll match the wedding party colors, check out AW Bridal. This simple satin tea-length dress with elbow-length bell sleeves and a belted waist comes in every color of the rainbow. In other words, you can easily find a dress that'll complement the rest of your bridal party. Sizes range from 0 to 30, or you can order a custom size.

31. ELOQUII Maya Satin Maxi Dress in Sage Green

Mint green tea length grandmother of the bride dress plus size

This plus-size flowy satin dress in soft mint boasts ruched shoulders and long blouson sleeves for a spring or fall wedding outfit. The silhouette is a simple self-tie wrap dress with a short slit. It pairs well with any color metallic accessories, making this one of our favorite versatile dresses for a wedding.

32. M.M.LaFleur The Kelsey Dress in Sharkskin Mink

Asymmetrical skirt belted waist grandmother of the bride dress

Here's another casual grandmother-of-the-bride dress option. We love the sophisticated V-neck and trendy asymmetrical skirt. It can be worn with the belt for a fit-and-flare style or without for a relaxed drop-waist look.

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