The Best Mother of the Groom Dresses for 2022 | For Better For Worse (2023)

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Classic Mother Of The Groom Dresses Deyna Stretch Moss Crepe Dress, £250 from Gina Bacconi Marcella Silk Wool Beaded Dress, £269 from Hobbs Puff Sleeve Embroidered Floral Dress, £80 from Coast Lillie Dress, $248 from BHLDN Floral Embroidered Dress, £169 from Phase Eight Blossom Crochet Shift Dress, £119 from Coast Della Jaquard Spot Dress, £159 from Hobbs Unusual Mother Of The Groom Dresses Puff Sleeve Floral Dress, £69 from Debenhams Linda Frill Jumpsuit, £125 from Phase Eight Hariiet Raglan Sleeve Midi Tea Dress, £179 from Ted Baker Victoriana Floral Jumpsuit, £130 from Phase Eight Fashionable Mother Of The Groom Dresses Halter Neck Maxi Dress, £45 from ASOS Mabbel Dotty Peplum Tea Length Dress, £179 from Ted Baker Selma Long Sleeve Maxi Dress from Cefinn by Samantha Cameron Long Blue Dress with Floral Print, £425 from The Kooples Green Bardot Dress, £40 from New Look Designer Mother Of The Groom Outfits 1950s Midi Silk Gazar Dress, £2850 from Suzannah 'Edge Of The Shoulder' Midi Dress, £249 from Bombshell London Dipped Hem Dress and Jacket, £585 from Veni Infantino by Ronald Joyce Style 4000 from The Grosvenor Collection, £975 from Gill Harvey Budget Mother Of The Groom Dresses Matilda Dress, £60 from Mango Florence Embellished Maxi Dress, £170 from Monsoon Metallic Lace Sheer Sleeved Midi Dress, £72 from Chi Chi London Ruched Floral Asymmetric Midi Dress, £108 from Forever Unique Big Day Styling Tips For Mothers Of The Groom FAQs Videos

Published date: 11th December 2021 | Author: Hollie Bond

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It’s likely to be one of the proudest moments of your life – the moment your son says “I do” and becomes a husband. Not only will you want to look incredible for your son, but you’ll also be in a lot of professional pictures at his wedding. So just how to find the perfect outfit worthy of such a momentous day?

There are many brands and boutiques that stock mother of the bride dresses, but what about mothers of grooms? While there might not be dedicated departments, you’ll find hundreds of stylish options for the wedding of your son in high street shops, bridal boutiques, designer brands and department stores.

We’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful mother of the groom dresses and outfits in the shops for 2022 that’ll make you look and feel your best on one of the most exciting days of your life. We’ve included dresses in a range of prices and styles, so there’s something for every mother of the groom and answered your burning styling questions so you can look and feel a million dollars.

Before you fall in love with any of the dresses and outfits below, make sure you’ve done a bit of research before you hit the shops. It’s a good idea to ask the bride and groom what colour the bridesmaids’ dresses are going to be, so you can avoid this colour. If you’re close to the mother of the bride, it also makes sense to ask her what sort of style and colour she has chosen so you don’t look too similar. Finally have a think about the season of the wedding and the sort of venue, so that you can ensure you’re appropriately and practically dressed for the type of occasion.

Classic Mother Of The Groom Dresses

Deyna Stretch Moss Crepe Dress, £250 from Gina Bacconi

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Gina Bacconi is a well-known name in the wedding guest industry because of the beautiful and stylish dresses the brand creates each season. We think this chic shape is the perfect mother of the groom dress, thanks to its elegant cut. Choose the standout orange colour for your moment in the spotlight.

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Marcella Silk Wool Beaded Dress, £269 from Hobbs

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How chic is this dress? The colour paired with a flattering cut and that wow-factor beaded neck mean this is the perfect dress for stylish mothers of the bride or grooms. The silk material gives the dress a really glamorous and high quality look too.

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Puff Sleeve Embroidered Floral Dress, £80 from Coast

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This is a really good value dress that would look perfect at a summer celebration. If you’re not keen on your upper arms, the puff sleeves will detract from this area of your body but you’ll still be able to keep nice and cool if the weather is warm. The black waistband is really slimming too.

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Lillie Dress, $248 from BHLDN

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The botanical embroidery on this elegant dress is really beautiful and it’s a great option if you don’t want to wear anything too colourful, but also want to avoid being too black or white at a wedding. The fit is figure-hugging and the sleeves and hem are just the right length to show some skin, but not too much!

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Floral Embroidered Dress, £169 from Phase Eight

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This dress is a timeless choice that will never look dated. The style will flatter most body shapes and the floral design of the fabric makes it stand out. The neckline is seriously elegant too.

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Blossom Crochet Shift Dress, £119 from Coast

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Lilac is a really great choice for a wedding guest dress. This pencil shaped dress is a really classy look and has the perfect amount of lace to make it just right for a special occasion.

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Della Jaquard Spot Dress, £159 from Hobbs

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This gorgeous powder blue dress from Hobbs is a great option for your son’s wedding! The waist belt on this dress makes it one of the most flattering mother of the groom dresses we’ve come across. Oh and there are matching accessories and blazer on offer, too, so your outfit is complete!

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Unusual Mother Of The Groom Dresses

Puff Sleeve Floral Dress, £69 from Debenhams

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Don’t be afraid to be bold with your choice of fabric at your son’s wedding, after all it’s your chance to share some of the spotlight too. This puff sleev floral dress is the perfect mix between elegant and demure and fun and fabulous. It’s a really smart shape that fits in all the right places and has a pretty puff sleeve details to make it a more fun option.

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Linda Frill Jumpsuit, £125 from Phase Eight

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There’s no rule to say you have to wear a dress to a wedding. In fact, a lot of body shapes actually look even better in a trouser suit and top combo or jumpsuit, especially if it’s as pretty as this one from Phase Eight. The ivory top half gives the outfit a wedding-ready feel to it, while the trousers portion in this antique rose colour are fashionable and striking. Mother of the groom perfection.

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Hariiet Raglan Sleeve Midi Tea Dress, £179 from Ted Baker

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Khaki at a wedding? This might be an unusual choice of colour, but it’s a really stand out choice for mothers of the groom as the colour won’t clash with anyone else. Plus, because it’s a wonderful silky fabric, the usually casual colour becomes seriously smart. We love the wrap waist detail and tea length sleeves, that mean there’s no need for a jacket.

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Victoriana Floral Jumpsuit, £130 from Phase Eight

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Jumpsuits are another brilliant alternative to the classic dress and jacket look that lots of mothers of the bride go for. This Phase Eight jumpsuit is really good for tall or athletic body shapes and the colour is ideal for a wedding day. The ankle grazing trousers will give you a good excuse to splash out on some stunning shoes too.

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Fashionable Mother Of The Groom Dresses

Halter Neck Maxi Dress, £45 from ASOS

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If you want to make sure no one could ever accuse you of looking frumpy at your son’s wedding then you’ll want to cut a fashionable figure at his wedding. Any you’ll certainly do that in this exquisite dress from ASOS. This summer dress would look particularly good at a casual destination wedding. Just imagine how chic you’ll look in pictures with the beach in the background and the sea breeze blowing through the layers of this skirt.

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Mabbel Dotty Peplum Tea Length Dress, £179 from Ted Baker

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A tea length dress will always look fashionable at a summer wedding and we love this one for its mix of ditsy polka dots and really classic cut. The peplum waist detail is stunning and will hide any areas around the tummy that you might be conscious of. Keep it casual with pared-back accessories or really smarten it up with black or metallic details and a huge hat.

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Selma Long Sleeve Maxi Dress from Cefinn by Samantha Cameron

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Cefinn by Samantha Cameron, £350

Sam Cam is certainly a fashionable mum, so you can rely on her range of Cefinn dresses to make you look on trend and effortlessly cool on your son’s big day. There’s a brilliant selection to choose from, but we’re rather taken with this long dress thanks to its punchy colour and the waist cinching belt.

Long Blue Dress with Floral Print, £425 from The Kooples

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This maxi dress would work really well at a destination wedding. It’s casual, yet sophisticated and the pop of blue colour will look divine in a warm sunny setting. It covers you up in all the right places if you’re worried about showing too much skin, but is light weight enough to mean you’ll be the perfect temperature as your son says “I do” under the sun.

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Green Bardot Dress, £40 from New Look

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Other mothers will be green with envy when they spy you in this cool dress. From the gorgeous colour to the stylish structure of the dress, you’ll certainly look like a very fashionable mother of the groom. This dress also comes in a pink tone if that’s more your style. Win win!

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Designer Mother Of The Groom Outfits

1950s Midi Silk Gazar Dress, £2850 from Suzannah

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Looking to splash out with a really special couture outfit? Look no further than Suzannah who makes mother of the bride and groom dresses to die for. The fit and fabric of this midi silk dress is second to none and thanks to the plain design and pattern you can really jazz it up how you see fit with wonderful accessories.

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'Edge Of The Shoulder' Midi Dress, £249 from Bombshell London

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There’s a lot to love about this dress – a flattering edge of shoulder neckline, an eye-catching navy roses pattern, the perfect length sleeves and a really complimentary hem line. As mother of the bride or groom dresses go, this one ticks all the right boxes.

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Dipped Hem Dress and Jacket, £585 from Veni Infantino by Ronald Joyce

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Wow, wow, wow! That’s what your friends and family will say when they see you in this stunner of a dress. It’s a really striking choice thanks to its asymmetric hem line, and those pretty patterned details on the sleeves, waist and neck. Pair it with a statement hat and you’ll be the belle of the ball.

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Style 4000 from The Grosvenor Collection, £975 from Gill Harvey

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Is your son having a summer wedding? Then this could be the designer dress for you thanks to its fabulous floral print. Everything about this dress is designed to flatter and its perfect for mums who love to be in black but want to reflect the mood and season of the wedding all at the some time.

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Budget Mother Of The Groom Dresses

Matilda Dress, £60 from Mango

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All the glamour without the price tag! You’ll be a green goddess if you choose this silky wrap dress for the big day. It’s just the right style and shape for a laid-back affair and is seriously good value for money too.

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Florence Embellished Maxi Dress, £170 from Monsoon

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High street favourites Monsoon always come up trumps when it comes to occasionwear and we think this stylish red dress would be ideal for a glitzy winter wedding. The sleeves and neckline are really demure, but the sequins give it a brilliant touch of bling meaning you’ll sparkle as mother of the groom at the wedding.

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Metallic Lace Sheer Sleeved Midi Dress, £72 from Chi Chi London

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This dress looks a lot more expensive than its £72 price tag. It’s a great choice if you want to wear a short dress that shows off your legs in an elegant way. The bodice detailing is perfect for a winter wedding with its beautiful metallic fabric.

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Ruched Floral Asymmetric Midi Dress, £108 from Forever Unique

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You’ll look every inch the stylish Spanish señorita in this fabulous ruched dress. The design and colours lend themselves best to a spring, summer or overseas wedding. It’s a brilliant option if you can’t decide between sleeves or not, and all at a wonderful budget price.

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Big Day Styling Tips For Mothers Of The Groom

What sort of outfit can a mother of the groom wear?

There are no strict rules about what you can and can’t wear to your son’s wedding, as long as you don’t show up the bride or look inappropriate. An absolute no-no is wearing a wedding dress of course (yes it has been done before!) or wearing something that looks too much like the bridesmaids. You’ll also want to avoid wearing something that looks like you’re going to a funeral. Finally make sure you choose something that works for your figure and that you feel comfortable in – you need to feel your best.

Are there any colours a mother of the groom should avoid?

Try not to go for a full white outfit as otherwise, you might look too bridal. The same goes for a full black outfit – you might look like you don’t approve of the marriage! Try to work with the colours of the bridal party and not clash with them. Remember you’ll be having pictures with the bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen so it’s good to be in a complementary colour rather than standing out too much.

How far in advance should you search for an outfit?

It’s good to get your wedding outfit sorted as soon as possible to allow for alterations and for you to find the right accessories to go with it. However, it’s good to wait on your shopping trip until you have an idea of what others in the bridal party are wearing before you get too carried away if you want to ensure you don’t clash with anyone or look too similar.

Can a mother of the groom wear black to her son’s wedding?

You can wear black to a wedding and it’s much more accepted these days, but try and add a little colour or bling to make it look celebratory rather than like you’re in mourning! Check with your son or daughter-in-law and if they are happy with you in black then you’re fine.

Does the mother of the groom have to wear a hat?

You don’t have to, but your son’s wedding is a brilliant excuse to pull out all the stops and really make a statement with a stunning hat or fascinator. Plus, it marks you out as a key member of the wedding, so we say if you’re comfortable in a hat… go for it!

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FAQs

What color is the mother of the groom supposed to wear? ›

The Best Colors for a Mother of the Groom

"Wear a flattering color that compliments the color palette of the wedding," advises Valiente. For example, jewel tones and earthy hues are perfect for fall nuptials, while formal gowns in navy or silver would be ideal for black-tie weddings.

What color should the mother of the groom not wear? ›

If we were to give you three overall guidelines to remember when choosing your outfit as the mother of the groom, it would be to keep in line with the attire suggestion on the invitation, avoid shades of white, and be yourself! Make sure you pick an outfit you love that you feel great in.

What should I wear to my son's wedding? ›

Moms will look lovely in elegant dresses, lace skirts, and stylish jumpsuits for casual or formal weddings. The mother of the groom's dress should also adhere to the wedding's dress code. For a formal wedding, you'll need an expensive gown or pantsuit, but for a more casual one, you may wear anything you like.

What should the mother of the groom not do? ›

Here are a few things a mother-of-the-groom shouldn't do.
  • Don't overshadow the bride's mother. ...
  • Don't act (or dress) like a bridesmaid. ...
  • Don't get too critical. ...
  • Don't steal the bride's spotlight with your mother-of-the-groom outfit. ...
  • Don't try to invite extra guests. ...
  • Don't skip the pre-wedding events.
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Does mother of groom give bride a gift? ›

Does the mother of the groom give the bride a gift? The mother of the groom traditionally brings a small gift to the bridal shower. When it comes to the wedding itself, the mother of the groom can give the bride a more sentimental gift, like a family heirloom, to officially welcome her into the family.

How much money should the groom's parents give as a wedding gift? ›

Parents of the bride and groom collectively contribute about $19,000 to the wedding, or about two-thirds of the total cost, according to WeddingWire. The bride's parents give an average $12,000, and the groom's, $7,000. Just 1 in 10 couples pays for the wedding entirely on their own, according to TheKnot.com.

What is the mother of the groom responsible for? ›

Traditionally speaking, the mother of the groom is responsible for planning and hosting the rehearsal dinner with the grooms' father (typically) the night before the wedding. This is one of the biggest mother of the groom responsibilities, so make sure you start planning the dinner about six months in advance.

Who walks mother of groom down aisle? ›

As the wedding begins, the groom's mother will be escorted down the aisle, to the first pew, right-hand side, by the head usher or a groomsman who is a family member. A nice touch includes the groom escorting his mother down the aisle. As the groom's mother is escorted to her seat, her husband will follow along behind.

What does the mother of the groom do on wedding day? ›

On your actual wedding day, one of the major responsibilities the mother of the groom can take on is making sure that the people at the wedding they know (family and friends) are taking their seats at the ceremony on time, are all set with transportation to and from the venue, and don't get lost, especially if you're ...

How can I be a good mother of the groom? ›

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  1. Self Care Routine. The first rule is this. ...
  2. Clear Communication from the Start. Communicate well early on. ...
  3. Name the Price. It doesn't matter how much you contribute or how many items you cover. ...
  4. Give Grace. ...
  5. Create your own Wedding Planning To-do List. ...
  6. Be flexible with your Time. ...
  7. Be Thoughtful. ...
  8. Know Love Languages.
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Does mother of groom get ready with bride? ›

She can spend a little time with both the bride and groom.

If that's the case, she may want to start her morning with the bride and her group, then leave once she has her hair and makeup done. After, she can head to the groom's getting-ready area to help him prepare for his walk down the aisle.

Should mother of groom wear same color as mother of bride? ›

Color: Who Coordinates with Whom? Traditionally, the mother of the bride has been the first to choose her dress. The color of the mother of the groom's dress should complement, but not match it. This is easier than it sounds because no two hues are exactly alike.

What is the number one mother son wedding song? ›

Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel. With its gospel music influences and heartfelt lyrics, this song is one of the top mother-son dance songs at weddings, and for good reason.

Do parents of groom give wedding gift? ›

The groom's family provides the flowers involved in a wedding ceremony. That includes the bride's bouquet, the groomsmen and usher boutonnieres, and the corsages and mini bouquets for the both mothers and grandmothers.

Which mother is seated first at a wedding? ›

In Christian ceremonies, the bride's mother is always seated last and the groom's mother is seated just before her. The seating of the bride's mother usually signals the ceremony is about to begin.

What do groom's parents typically pay for? ›

What Does the Groom's Family Pay For, Traditionally? The groom's family is responsible for corsages and boutonnieres for immediate members of both families, the lodging of the groom's attendants (if you have offered to help pay for this expense), and sometimes the costs of the rehearsal dinner.

What does a mother say at her son's wedding? ›

Express your gratitude and share how grateful you are that they were able to celebrate your son's wedding with you. Talk about your son. Katelyn Peterson of Wedding Words, a wedding vow and speech writing service, advises sharing two to three "short and concise" stories about your son that spotlights their personality.

Does the mother of the groom give a speech? ›

The mother of the groom can give a speech or just a toast at the rehearsal dinner, as she is one of the hosts of the event. There are some details that a speech should include, such as special memories, stories about the couple, and of course, the toast.

How much money do I give my son for his wedding? ›

Those thinking about how much money to give at a wedding will likely take their own financial situation into account. An easy rule of thumb is to stay within the average range of $75 to $200, but you can adjust the exact amount based on your personal finances, as well as your relationship with the couple.

Who buys the mother of the groom gift? ›

Some soonlyweds choose to give the mother of the groom a gift as a couple, while others prefer to take care of their own parents' presents. It's also acceptable for the groom's S.O. to buy the mother of the groom a gift, especially if she really went the extra mile in fulfilling her wedding duties.

Who pays for wedding when couple lives together? ›

Whether or not a couple has lived together before they marry has absolutely nothing to do with who pays for the wedding. And there is no rule stating that parents are obligated to pay.

What is the protocol for the mother of the groom? ›

The wedding protocol for the mother of the groom during guest-list planning is to politely ask how many guests she's permitted to invite. According to Swann, it's important that the mother of the groom is allowed a voice in the wedding guest list discussion because a wedding is about two families coming together.

Who seats the mother of the groom at a wedding? ›

5 minutes prior to ceremony: The groom's mother is escorted to her seat by the head usher, a son, or the groom. The groom's father follows and sits next to her.

Does the groom dance with his mother? ›

The mother-son dance is a popular tradition for the groom during wedding reception celebrations. The groom will take his mother out on the dance floor for a special dance together for this tradition. It is a time for the groom to focus on his mother and create a special moment together one-on-one.

Who picks the mother son dance at a wedding? ›

Traditionally, the bride will choose the song for her and her father while the groom will choose the song for him and his mother. This becomes a special tribute to the parents – sort of a gift to the mother and father. Of course, it's perfectly fine for it to be a joint decision!

What is a good song for mother and son to dance to at his wedding? ›

A few songs we love for this include: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts, “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack, “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo'ole, “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, or “I'll Stand By You” by The Pretenders.

Who pays for the groom's cake? ›

Like the actual wedding day, there's a three-course meal served at the pre-wedding dinner. So hence, the Groom's cake and other desserts are also on the menu. In addition to the officiant's fee, and marriage license, and rings, Groom's family pays for the whole arrangements of the event.

What Mom wears to rehearsal dinner? ›

Appropriate rehearsal dinner attire is typically formal. Not black tie formal, but pretty close: dark suits and ties for men; cocktail dresses and gowns for women. For the mother of the bride, the same holds true—think a formal cocktail dress or a long gown, heels and nice jewelry.

Should mother of groom wear same color as mother of bride? ›

Color: Who Coordinates with Whom? Traditionally, the mother of the bride has been the first to choose her dress. The color of the mother of the groom's dress should complement, but not match it. This is easier than it sounds because no two hues are exactly alike.

Who walks mother of groom down aisle? ›

As the wedding begins, the groom's mother will be escorted down the aisle, to the first pew, right-hand side, by the head usher or a groomsman who is a family member. A nice touch includes the groom escorting his mother down the aisle. As the groom's mother is escorted to her seat, her husband will follow along behind.

What does the mother of the groom do on wedding day? ›

On your actual wedding day, one of the major responsibilities the mother of the groom can take on is making sure that the people at the wedding they know (family and friends) are taking their seats at the ceremony on time, are all set with transportation to and from the venue, and don't get lost, especially if you're ...

What does a mother say at her son's wedding? ›

Express your gratitude and share how grateful you are that they were able to celebrate your son's wedding with you. Talk about your son. Katelyn Peterson of Wedding Words, a wedding vow and speech writing service, advises sharing two to three "short and concise" stories about your son that spotlights their personality.

Does mother of groom get ready with bride? ›

She can spend a little time with both the bride and groom.

If that's the case, she may want to start her morning with the bride and her group, then leave once she has her hair and makeup done. After, she can head to the groom's getting-ready area to help him prepare for his walk down the aisle.

How should mother of the groom pose for wedding photos? ›

Posing the Female Mother of the Bride - YouTube

What is groom's parents responsible for in wedding? ›

What Does the Groom's Family Pay For, Traditionally? The groom's family is responsible for corsages and boutonnieres for immediate members of both families, the lodging of the groom's attendants (if you have offered to help pay for this expense), and sometimes the costs of the rehearsal dinner.

What is expected of the mother of the groom? ›

Traditionally speaking, the mother of the groom is responsible for planning and hosting the rehearsal dinner with the grooms' father (typically) the night before the wedding. This is one of the biggest mother of the groom responsibilities, so make sure you start planning the dinner about six months in advance.

Who picks the mother son dance at a wedding? ›

Traditionally, the bride will choose the song for her and her father while the groom will choose the song for him and his mother. This becomes a special tribute to the parents – sort of a gift to the mother and father. Of course, it's perfectly fine for it to be a joint decision!

Which mother walks down the aisle first? ›

The groom's parents precede the bride's mother during the processional. Here's a rundown: After the ushers have seated all of the guests, the grandparents start up the aisle, followed by the groom's parents. Then the bride's mother takes her turn. She is the last to be seated before the bridal party procession begins.

How should the mother of the groom wear her hair? ›

One of the most popular hairstyles for the mother of the groom is a soft updo with curls and nice pins. If your hair is too short, your hairdresser can help you throw some loose curls in it and add jewels to make it a little fancier for the occasion.

What is the number one mother son wedding song? ›

Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel. With its gospel music influences and heartfelt lyrics, this song is one of the top mother-son dance songs at weddings, and for good reason.

Do parents of groom give wedding gift? ›

The groom's family provides the flowers involved in a wedding ceremony. That includes the bride's bouquet, the groomsmen and usher boutonnieres, and the corsages and mini bouquets for the both mothers and grandmothers.

Does the mother of the groom give a speech? ›

The mother of the groom can give a speech or just a toast at the rehearsal dinner, as she is one of the hosts of the event. There are some details that a speech should include, such as special memories, stories about the couple, and of course, the toast.

Does the mother of the groom speak at the wedding? ›

Yes, the mother of the groom can deliver a speech. A short while ago mothers of the bride were relegated to the wedding reception, but today this is perfectly normal.

What should mother of groom say at rehearsal dinner? ›

Mother of the Groom Speech: 6 Parts to Writing the Perfect Toast
  • Introduce Yourself.
  • Thank the Guests.
  • Talk about your Son.
  • Talk about your new Daughter or Son-in-Law.
  • Explain Why Their Marriage Makes You Happy.
  • Close with a Wish for the Couple.
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Introduction: My name is Merrill Bechtelar CPA, I am a clean, agreeable, glorious, magnificent, witty, enchanting, comfortable person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.