25 Summer Mother-Of-The-Bride Dresses That Are Seasonally-Appropriate and Stylish

Let's just say, the sun won't be the only thing looking hot this season.
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
  • Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
Updated Mar 10, 2024
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Your daughter's summer wedding is just around the corner, and as the ever-stylish mom that you are, shopping for the summer mother-of-the-bride dresses is likely at the top of your to-do list. The bright side of shopping for mother-of-the-bride summer outfits? The endless amount of options! It's the season of fun prints, breezy fabrics and vibrant colors, which means there are more than plenty to choose from. Whether you're looking for mother-of-the-bride summer dresses for a beachside wedding or a black-tie affair, there are dresses available at every price point, and I've rounded up the most seasonally appropriate yet equally stylish summer mother-of-the-bride outfits you can buy online right now.

In this article:

What Color Should the Mother-of-the-Bride Wear for a Summer Wedding?

So, what colors are best to wear to a summer wedding? Of course, your summer mother-of-the-bride dress is up to your personal taste and style, but it's always a good idea to discuss your outfit with the couple to ensure you're both on the same page. (I recommend checking out our comprehensive mother-of-the-bride attire etiquette guide, which details everything you need to know.) Let's start with what not to wear. Unless it is otherwise advised by the couple, it's best to avoid white hues like ivory or champagne.

When it comes to choosing the perfect color for your mother-of-the-bride dress, it's about finding a balance between your personal style, the wedding theme and the dress code. The color trends for summer 2024 are vibrant and diverse, from soft pastels to bold jewel tones, allowing you to embrace a range of shades that will make you stand out. "Bright hues like poppy pink, yellow and sapphire are safe bets, plus they photograph well," says The Knot's Executive Editor, Lauren Kay. "Prints are fair game too. You don't want to upstage the bride—if you're considering a flashy color like red or an eye-catching style, run it past your daughter first."

The Best Summer Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses for 2024

Picking summer dresses for the mother-of-the-bride can be stressful. naturally feel a bit stressful. This isn't a dress for just any other wedding after all; you are a part of the bridal party after all, so you want to pick an outfit that's extra special. So, where do you even begin? Below, I've curated my list of editor-approved summer mother-of-the-bride dresses that are perfect for every venue and location, from indoor to outdoor, from garden to beach mother-of-the-bride dresses. Browse our picks alongside the bride to find a look you'll both love.

Sachin & Babi Jenny Gown

Summer mother of the bride dress from Sachin & Babi.
Photo: Sachin & Babi

Made from chiffon fabric and featuring a center leg slit, this lightweight gown is sure to keep you cool as you head down the aisle and onto the dance floor. Go on then, Mom, show them your moves.

Dress code: Semi-Formal | Size range: 0–22W

ELOQUII Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress

ELOQUII kimono dress for mother of the bride
Photo: ELOQUII

Destination wedding on the calendar? You'll need a stylish linen dress to get you in the vacation mindset. We love that this option features a flattering hot pink hue and comfortable kimono sleeves.

Dress code: Casual | Size range: 14 - 28

Adrianna Papell Leaf Print Chiffon Shirred Gown with Halter Neckline

Leaf print maxi dress for mother of the bride from Adrianna Papell
Photo: Adrianna Papell

What's not to love about this darling summer mother-of-the-bride dress? It's tropical leaf print was practically made for summer, while its halter neckline adds a unique touch to the flowy silhouette.

Dress code: Cocktail, Semi-Formal | Size range: 0–20

Quince 100% Washable Silk Square Neck Midi Dress

 Quince 100% Washable Silk Square Neck Midi Dress for mother of the bride
Photo: Quince

Yes, you can wear a little black dress to a summer wedding. You just want to make sure its breathable in warmer temperatures, and this elegant mother-of-the-bride summer dress is as comfortable as it gets. With detachable shoulder bows and a breezy silhouette, it's an all-around win. Pair it with open-toed heels to give your look a distinct summer touch.

Dress code: Cocktail | Size range: XS-XL

Lane Bryant Lena V-Neck High-Low Midi Dress

Lane Bryant Yellow Mother of the Bride dress
Photo: Lane Bryant

How about a vibrant yellow mother-of-the-bride dress to match the summer sun? This smocked midi dress is so bright, you might just need a stylish pair of sunnies to match. Not to worry, we've got plenty of those for you too.

Dress code: Casual; Semi-Formal | Size range: 12-28

Sachin & Babi Beau Gown in Garden Club

Sachin & Babi Floral Mother of the Bride Gown
Photo: Sachin & Babi

No matter where you're heading this wedding season, you can channel an 'Italian summer' vibe in this blue floral dress. Its distinctive pattern is sure to make a statement against a glistening coastal or garden backdrop.

Dress code: Formal; Black-Tie | Size range: 0–14

Azazie A-Line V-Neck Lace Chiffon Floor-Length Dress in Agave

Azazie Sage A-Line V-Neck Lace Chiffon Floor-Length Dress
Photo: Azazie

You certainly won't be getting the cold shoulder in this short-sleeve summer mother-of-the-bride outfit. Its lace v-neckline and flowy chiffon skirt make it totally summer-approved in our books. Plus, it's available in a wide variety of sizes and colors.

Dress code: Formal | Size range: 0–30; Custom sizes available

Mac Duggal Embellished Cap-Sleeve Tulle Gown

Mac Duggal Light blue mother of the bride dress
Photo: Nordstrom

Need a formal summer mother-of-the-bride dress? Then you need to check out Mac Duggal. A whimsical light blue hue and intricate beadwork make this short-sleeve wedding gown an ideal pick for a garden wedding.

Dress code: Formal | Size range: 4–24

Adrianna Papell Floral Printed Halter Mermaid Gown with Ruffle Details in Turqouise Multi

Adrianna Papell Summer Mother of the Bride Dress
Photo: Adrianna Papell

Expect to catch a few adoring stares when you wear this number. Of course, its colors are oh-so gorgeous, but on top of that, its breezy silhouette makes it a dream for warmer weather.

Dress code: Formal; Cocktail | Size range: 0–18

Lane Bryant Lena V-Neck Level-Hem Midi Dress

Lane Bryant Midi Mother of the Bride Dress
Photo: Lane Bryant

You can be your daughter's something blue while rocking this navy mother-of-the-bride dress. With a classic V-neckline and an elegantly patterned skirt, the midi dress will certainly have you set to walk down the aisle in style.

Dress code: Semi-Formal; Cocktail | Size range: 12–28

Azazie Lucila Sheath Lace Knee-Length Dress in Dusty Rose

Short pink summer mother of the bride dress from Azazie
Photo: Azazie

Don't fret about the forecast. Instead, beat the heat in this breezy look. The dusty rose color is perfect for summer (though it's pink hue is also perfect for a spring affair too).

Dress code: Semi-Formal | Size range: 0–30; Custom sizes available

Lane Bryant Flutter-Sleeve V-Neck Midi Dress

Lane Bryant Flutter-Sleeve V-Neck Midi Dress for mother of the bride
Photo: Lane Bryant

Helping plan a wedding is certainly not effortless, but your attire can be. This flowy floral mother-of-the-bride dress is ideal for capturing that laid back vibe we know all you moms are searching for.

Dress code: Casual; Semi-Formal | Size range: 10–40

Tuckernuck Viridian Stamped Bouquets Gabrielle Dress

Green puff sleeve mother of the bride dress
Photo: Tuckernuck

We love this mother-of-the-bride summer dress for a classy backyard wedding, and we think that you will too. Between its charming puff sleeves, flattering square neck and adorable print, it checks off all our boxes when it comes to summer mother-of-the-bride outfits.

Dress code: Semi-Formal, Cocktail | Size range: XXS-XXL

Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress

Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Hey Mom: This is Anthropologie's best-selling and best-reviewed dress ever, so you can rest assured knowing you made the right pick. It's available in a variety of fun designs, and we think you just might want to snag one of each.

Dress code: Casual | Size range: XXSP–3XL

Sachin & Babi Blair Dress in Ice Blue Garden

Sachin & Babi Blue Mother of the Bride Gown
Photo: Sachin & Babi

Who says moms can't hop on the floral trend too? We totally approve of it. This pastel blue gown features a tie waist, a high neckline bodice and a timeless silhouette. One word: Swoon.

Dress code: Casual | Size range: 0-14

Oliphant Blue Odisha One Shoulder Maxi Dress

Oliphant Blue Odisha One Shoulder Maxi Dress
Photo: Tuckernuck

Hello resort wear, meet chic. We can guarantee you'll love this casual midi dress long after the wedding. Pair it with your favorite sandals and a rattan bag for a seaside soireé.

Dress code: Casual; Semi-formal | Size range: XS–XL

Sachin & Babi Belladonna Gown

Pink mother of the bride dress with cape.
Photo: Sachin & Babi

We're positively *blushing* over this fashion-forward pick. Chiffon cape sleeves make it ideal for transitioning from warm days to cool nights in the summer.

Dress code: Formal | Size range: 0–22W

BHLDN Sophia Square-Neck Satin Maxi Dress

BHLDN Sophia Square-Neck Satin Maxi Dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Show off your summer tan in this stylish satin mother-of-the-bride dress for summer weddings. Available in a wide range of colors and sizes, it offers a little something for everyone to love.

Dress code: Formal | Size range: XS-3X

Alex Evenings Embroidered Mock Jacket Cocktail Dress

Alex Evenings Mother of the Bride Dress
Photo: Alex Evenings

It's no mystery why our love for this summer mothe-of-the-bride cocktail dress is *blooming*. Hand-stitched floral embroidery beautifully adorns a mock embroidered-mesh jacket, while metallic threading adds an additional eye-catching element.

Dress code: Cocktail | Size range: 6-18

Tadashi Shoji Setta Pleated Cascading Ruffle Gown

Tadashi Shoji Setta Pleated Cascading Ruffle Gown
Photo: Tadashi Shoji

This ocean-inspired gown is guaranteed to make a big splash this summer (pun intended). Its unique ruffle detailing is reminiscent of waves in the loveliest way possible.

Dress code: Formal | Size range: 0–20

Sachin & Babi Carina Dress in Mazzolino Rosa

Sachin & Babi Carina Dress in Mazzolino Rosa
Photo: Sachin & Babi

Here's a pick you're sure to love for a summer wedding from Sachin & Babi. It's made from breathable stretch cotton and features a matching raffia-accented belt, making it ideal for keeping cool while having your arms covered.

Dress code: Formal | Size range: 0–22W

Mac Duggal Bow V-Neck A-Line Gown

Mac Duggal  Bow V-Neck A-Line Gown
Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue

This summer mother-of-the-bride dress's bright pink color is just one of its many eye-catching elements. Coupled with a V-neckline and a stylish bow, it's bound to turn heads for all the right reasons.

Dress code: Formal | Size range: 0–16

ELOQUII Flare Sleeve Wrap Dress

ELOQUII Flare Sleeve Wrap Dress
Photo: ELOQUII

Royals are known to wear bright solid colors so they can be spotted in a crowd, and one thing's for sure: you'll look absolutely stunning in this multi-colored dress from ELOQUII. Not only is its color great for any season, but it also compliments every skin tone (especially in photos).

Dress code: Semi-Formal | Size range: 14-28

Charina Sarte Green Botanica Long Dress

Charina Sarte Green Botanica Long Dress
Photo: Tuckernuck

This summer pick is as stylish as it is versatile, which is good news if you're heading to a destination wedding and want to pack light. Rock the one-shoulder dress with woven espadrilles for the wedding, then with sneakers for everyday wear.

Dress code: Casual, Semi-Formal | Size range: XS - XL

Azazie Palana A-Line Lace Chiffon Asymmetrical Dress

Azazie Palana A-Line Lace Chiffon Asymmetrical Dress
Photo: Azazie

You'll be looking stylish in dusty blue when you step out in this elegant summer mother-of-the-bride dress. Given its lace details and flutter sleeves, it transitions perfectly from day to night.

Dress code: Cocktail | Size range: 0–30; Custom sizes available

What to Look for in a Summer Mother-of-the-Bride Dress

Before you hit 'add to cart', there are a few important factors you want to look for when finding your perfect summer mother-of-the-bride dress. For instance, mother-of-the-bride dresses for a summer outdoor wedding should be able to keep you comfortable throughout the warmer temperatures. This way, you can enjoy the celebration without feeling overheated. More than anything, though, shopping for the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress for a summer wedding should be an enjoyable and exciting experience. You want to keep in mind the importance of finding a dress that complements your style and makes you feel beautiful, but here are a few other key details to consider:

Bright Colors

Not only are bright, vibrant colors synonymous with summer, they're also more practical. Lighter shades can help you stay cool throughout a long day spent in the sun. Of course, the color you wear will likely depend on the overall theme of the event, but when possible, we recommend avoiding light-absorbing colors like black. You'll thank us later.

Lightweight Fabrics

This probably goes without saying, but lightweight fabrics will be your best friend during a summer wedding, especially if the event is taking place outdoors (hello, humidity). Our cheat sheet? Linen, chiffon and georgette = in; velvet and crepe = out.

Breathable Silhouettes

Breathable silhouettes are key to keeping cool and being able to dance. In our books, that's a win-win. When in doubt, opt for an A-line look—they're totally timeless, i.e., you won't look back at the wedding photos with regrets.

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