22 Elegant Grandmother of the Bride or Groom Dresses

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Of all the dresses involved in a wedding, the bride's gown is obviously the most significant. However, that doesn't mean that everyone else involved in the big day—bridesmaids, guests, parents, flower girls—can be placed on the backburner. No matter how large or small your ceremony is going to be, those in attendance are sure to put their best foot forward when it comes to wardrobe; more specifically, the grandmothers of the bride and groom.

The matriarch of the family (grandma, nonna, abuela, meme, or whatever moniker you might call this sweet, special person in your life) is a true guest of honor for a wedding. Because of this, she deserves to shine and wear something that makes her feel beautiful all day long.

Ahead, discover and shop 22 picture-perfect options including sleek matching sets, formal jumpsuits, and a slew of stylish dresses well-suited for a front seat at the ceremony.

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M.M. LaFleur The Emily Dress

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 Courtesy of M.M. LaFleur

If the ceremony is on the casual side, a simple-yet-sleek dress like this flattering option from M.M. LaFleur is a smart option. Add in a string of pearls and kitten heels for good measure.

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BHLDN Biscayne Ruffle Wrap Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

A bold print in a classic silhouette, this ruffle wrap dress is ultra-flattering. And as an added bonus, the gown comes in three different colors (navy, olive and sedona) to truly match any season!

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Pisarro Nights Beaded Cold Shoulder Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

For the grandmother who desires a glitzy look, this beaded dress set checks off all the boxes for an elegant wedding outfit.

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BHLDN Hannon Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

If the grandmother of the bride has a bohemian flair about her, this sparkling option with billowing sleeves is a top-notch pick. Add in metallic shoes to finish.

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Tadashi Shoji Aiko Jacquard Jumpsuit

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Sometimes a jumpsuit feels more exciting than a dress. Ipso facto, this one-piece is a total winner.

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Kiyonna Parisian Dream Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Kiyonna

The crushed velvet jacquard detailing on this long black dress makes it feel especially striking. The kind of piece you can always rely on for a formal event.

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Azazie Cornish Dress

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Courtesy of Azazie

A neutral-hued matching set with old-world elegance—you can’t go wrong with this classic combination. Plus, a corsage will contrast the versatile color beautifully.

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Alex Evenings Beaded Dress & Jacket

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 Courtesy of Nordstrom

If she wants something that feels subtle but polished, this matching dress and jacket with delicate beading takes the cake.

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Alex Evenings Surplice Stretch Velvet Ruched Tulip Gown

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

If the wedding in question is happening during the cooler months of the year, a long-sleeve velvet dress is ideal. Plus, the draping on this deep blue iteration is to die for.

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RM Richards Plus Size Jersey Dress and Sheer Sleeve Jacket Set

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

You can never go wrong with a coordinating set—especially in this gorgeous shade of mauve. The sheer jacket sleeves add a touch of playfulness while the sparkling trim gives some glamour.

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Tadashi Shoji Beren Tiered Illusion Dress

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Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji  

Lace is a tried-and-true fabric for weddings and this LBD is no exception. A festive dress that would make any grandmother of the bride feel beautiful wearing.

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Lela Rose Floral Embroidered Crepe Full Skirt Dress

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Courtesy of Lela Rose

Did someone say garden wedding? This floral embroidered midi dress is perfect for an outdoor ceremony.

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XSCAPE Satin Plus Size Ball Gown with Portrait Collar

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

For formal occasions, consider this satin ballgown by XSCAPE. The portrait neckline is sophisticated and the deep blue is regal—the perfect combination for a very important wedding guest!

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Ashlyn Corey Lux Jersey Dress

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Ruching is one of those design details that transcends time and trends—it’s always in style and it works for everyone. This gorgeous long-sleeve dress is a perfect pick for a wedding guest, particularly a chic grandma.

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J Kara Beaded-Overlay Gown

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 Courtesy of Macy's

The beaded overlay on this dress elevates the entire aesthetic—add in some sparkling earrings and low heels.

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Alex Evenings Portrait Collar Stretch Velvet Blouse and Metallic Knit Wide Leg Pants

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

Not into a dress? A statement top with wide-leg pants is an equally stylish alternative.

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White House Black Market Floral-Print Smocked Midi Dress

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Just a gorgeous long-sleeve floral dress featuring a petite cutout at the neckline—what’s not to love?

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RM Richards Glitter and Illusion Plus Size Top and Pant Set

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The glitter trim on this matching set elevates the entire aesthetic—add in some sparkling earrings and low heels.

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Kleinfeld Bridal Party Long Three-Quarter-Sleeve Dress

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The ruched and beaded detailing on this long navy dress makes it feel especially striking. The kind of piece you can always rely on for a formal event

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Le Bos Asymmetric Hem Top and Pants

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

For a touch of volume, go with this bold-sleeved set. The pearl detailing finishes off the matching top and pants for a truly wow moment.

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Teri Jon Navy Wrap Dress

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 Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

The lace takes this shirtdress to a whole new level as does the bold sash around the waist. Plus, the versatility of this dress would work well year-round.

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Onyx Glitter Metallic Stripe Open Jacket and Dress Set

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 Courtesy of David's Bridal

For the grandmother who desires a low-key look, this jacket and dress set checks off all the boxes for an elegant wedding outfit.

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