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Jessica
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Mother of the bride dress

Jessica, on July 3, 2020 at 2:49 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 27
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My mom was looking for a dress before the shut down, and now she’s stressing (even though I assure her she has plenty of time). She says “all mother of the bride dresses are either frumpy or look like [she’s] trying to pick up the best man.” I know she has some body/confidence issues, always has, but she’s starting to feel like it’s impossible to find something that fits our sunrise mountain wedding. I tried to suggest opening up her search to pantsuits or skirt/blouse combos, but she’s not keen on those suggestions. She’s also on a pretty tight budget, and I would totally buy her a dress if it was perfect, but I don’t have the money either and she would never let me.


Does anyone have suggestions for where to find affordable (preferably under $100) MOB dresses? Or pictures of what the MOB/MOG wore to your wedding (or plans to wear) for inspiration? I think she’s also having a hard time because so many of the models shes seeing are more like my age than hers and it’s hard to imagine what it will look like on her. I know she’s probably just going to have to try a bunch of things, but she really hates shopping for clothes, so hopefully I can make the process easier for her 🤞🏻.

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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle Online ·
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    Azazie has nice options Smiley smile they have a category for moms and there is custom sizing available. They have options under $100
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    Master July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    I agree with Azazie. My mom looked on Amazon as they have Prime Wardrobe, but she ended up getting her from Macy's. My mother-in-law got hers from Nordstrom Rack which is their discounted store. To give you an idea of ages for our moms, my mom is in her forties and my mother-in-law is in her sixties. My mom is the one next to me and his mom is the one next to him.

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  • Jana
    Rockstar June 2022
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    Pick a dress she loves. It doesn't have to be labeled as a mother's dress if she doesn't like those styles.
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  • Elmarose04
    Devoted July 2021
    Elmarose04 ·
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    I agree! A dress that your mother loves but also feels comfortable in it ☺️ https://www.moncheribridals.com/montage
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  • B
    Expert July 2017
    Becky ·
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    My mom and I just looked at the dress department at regular stores. I think she actually bought her dress at Belk. She *may* have paid $70 for it, but I don't think she did, because she bought two options.

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  • Jessica
    VIP September 2020
    Jessica ·
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    I’ll have to send her there to look and check their return policy incase she tries it on and hates it. My dress was easier than this!
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  • Jessica
    VIP September 2020
    Jessica ·
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    Thanks for sharing! I’ll have her check Azazie and keep my fingers crossed she’ll find something she likes.
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  • Jessica
    VIP September 2020
    Jessica ·
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    Really it comes down to that she just hates dresses, she’s much more comfortable in jeans. That’s why I thought a pantsuit might be better, but she’s worried about pictures. I think we’re just going to have to find a day that works and go shopping, maybe I can recruit my cousin to help.
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  • Jessica
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    Jessica ·
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    Thanks! I hope that’s not too tall of an order, we may have to settle for “is okay with” and feels comfortable in.
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  • Jessica
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    Jessica ·
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    That’s what we intended to do before everything shut down, and now everyone’s schedules have been crazy. We’re just going to have to find some time to go try stuff.
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  • Jill
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    I am the MOB (also for a morning wedding) and I ordered online and returned 12 dresses before I found one I liked. Macy's and Dilliard's were my go to stores and they had great/easy/free shipping returns. I did finally settle on one from Davids Bridal.
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  • Jana
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    That's common and normal to not like dresses. A nice dressy top and pants would look awesome. It doesn't have to be a women's suit to match the men. She should be comfortable wearing whatever she chooses.

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  • Mrs. S
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    Mrs. S ·
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    My mom got her dress on amazon. My stepmom and fmil got them at dept stores idk which ones. Mother of the bride dress 2
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  • Jessica
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    Jessica ·
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    I’m totally more comfortable in jeans and a tee too, so I get it. Maybe she thought I meant a women’s suit, when I was thinking a flowy chiffon pant suit because I thought she might be more comfortable. I definitely don’t want her to be uncomfortable the whole time.
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    Leslie ·
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    Try Macy’s and don’t look for MOB. Look for formal. Their less frumpy.

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  • Jessica
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    Jessica ·
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    Thank you for sharing! I’ve sent my mom several from amazon that I thought would look good on her, but nothing she’s liked so far 🤷‍♀️.
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  • Jana
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  • Elmarose04
    Devoted July 2021
    Elmarose04 ·
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    😂 I’m sure it’ll work out well ! Your welcome ✨
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  • C
    Just Said Yes March 2021
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    I’m a MOB for next spring. For inspiration I looked on Ebay! There are several depending on size and very affordable.
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  • Camilla
    Dedicated June 2021
    Camilla ·
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    Following.. Still searching for the right dress for my mom, step mom and MIL

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