Being the mother of the bride certainly has its advantages: You get one of the best seats in the house, you get to see the dress even before the groom, and, above all, you get to share in the joy of what is sure to be one of your daughter’s happiest days. But it’s not all kicking back and accepting congratulations (though that's one of the perks). In addition to a whole host of duties that traditionally come with the territory (yes, you may have to get down to get the dance floor moving), with so many eyes on you, you’ll also have to figure out what to wear. The good news? There are plenty who have solved this fashion dilemma in the past—celebrities included.
Whether you’re looking for something simple and elegant, like the gorgeous baby pink gown Gina Rodriguez’s mom wore, or you want to make a statement, à la Kathy Hilton at Paris Hilton’s recent wedding to Carter Reum, you’ll find plenty of ideas in our list of the best celebrity mother of the bride outfits of all time below.
Arguably no mother of the bride made a bigger splash with her style in recent years than Meghan Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland. Having crossed the pond to England for her daughter’s 2018 nuptials to Prince Harry, the businesswoman came dressed to impress in head-to-toe Oscar de la Renta. The brand’s co-creative director, Fernado Garcia, told Hello magazine that Doria hand-selected the light green pistachio hue for her fitted suit dress, along with the matching overcoat covered in white floral embroidery. She topped the look off with a classy round cap.
Carole Middleton has not one, but two, stunning mother of the bride looks under her belt. She's a fan of airy pastel ensembles, wearing pink to Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews in 2017 and sky blue for Kate’s historic nuptials to Prince William in 2011. Catherine Walker was behind the latter outfit, which was impeccably tailored and just the right shade to complement her even tan.
Having already excelled in her mother of the bride duties once (she wore a gorgeous periwinkle gown with white embroidery for daughter Nicky Hilton’s 2015 wedding), Kathy Hilton was a pro by the time Paris’s nuptials rolled around in 2021. Needless to say, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star brought the glam in a stunning black and silver number with a sheer scalloped overlay that was fit for a queen.
Madhu Chopra played more than one important role in Priyanka Chopra’s wedding to Nick Jonas. The mother of the bride walked her daughter down the aisle in place of the actress's father, Ashok Chopra, who passed away in 2013 of cancer. As seen in a wedding video posted by the bride, Madhu’s powdery blue featherweight dress and matching shawl struck exactly the right note for the occasion.
Fergie went for her signature jewel tone at Princess Eugenie’s royal affair in 2018, wearing an emerald wrap dress by Emma Louise. Fergie nodded to her own royal wedding with a contrasting orange Manolo Blahnik clutch, which her mother, Susan Barrantes, wore to the event in 1986. Fergie completed her ensemble with a wide-brim Jess Collett hat with colorful ribbon details.
Serena Williams’s mother, Oracene Price, looked lovely in lace while caring for the newest member of the family. She held Serena’s then 2-month-old daughter, as the tennis star exchanged her vows with husband Alexis Ohanian. Oracene's sheer cream dress featured draped sleeves that were beautifully displayed as she carried the toddler down the aisle.
It was journalist Katie Couric’s turn to make headlines in July thanks to the stunning Marchesa frock she wore to her eldest daughter Ellie Monahan’s summertime ceremony. With a strapless neckline, high-low hem, and floral embroidery across the bodice, the baby pink piece was the perfect mix of sweet and sassy. It even had pockets, as Katie herself revealed on Instagram Stories. "A huge thank you to @GeorginaChapmanMarchesa and her wonderful team for making this dress for me. I <3 it," she caption the shot.
Lea Michele got a hand in the dressing room from her mom, Edith Sarfati, who shared a matching broad smile with the Glee star as she zipped her into her dress. As for her own look, Edith chose a body-hugging, off-the-shoulder black-and-white getup with sparkly earrings.
As a fashion designer in her own right, it’s no surprise that Beyoncé and Solange’s mom Tina would choose something ultra-stylish for her youngest daughter’s wedding to Alan Ferguson in 2014. She looked positively radiant in a fitted long-sleeved white V-neck dress that matched the rest of the singer’s bridal party—Bey included.
The bride had both her parents at her side while walking down the aisle on her big day, but it was mom Magali Rodriguez that we couldn’t take our eyes off of in her sweet pink gown, which boasted a crossover bodice and a cinched waist.
Lisa Morris Tisdale
With their blonde hair, similar poses, and V-neck cream-and-white gowns, bride Ashley Tisdale and her mom Lisa Morris Tisdale had us doing a double-take on the actress's wedding day. The High School Musical alum later gave us an even better glimpse at her mom’s gorgeous getup in a touching birthday tribute. In the photo, Lisa can be seen sitting down in the intricate design with mid-length sleeves and sheer overlay.