A Great Way to Honor the Mothers of the Bride and Groom: Fabulous Wedding Dresses

A great way to honor the mothers of the bride and groom on this Mother’s Day is by helping them to choose fabulous dresses to wear at the wedding.

While in the past it was traditional for the mothers of both the bride and groom to look matronly, these days, virtually anything goes—formal gown, short or long dress, skirt-and-jacket ensemble—so long as it matches the style of the wedding and stays within the limits of good taste.

A  great place to get wedding-style inspiration for the moms is from the gowns worn by the moms and more mature actresses at the  Oscars earlier this year.

Another idea comes from the wedding dress worn by Tracy, the Mother in the heartfelt series finale of the How I Met Your Mother television show.

The wedding took place in the future so at the time of the wedding Tracy, played by actress Cristin Milioti, was older.  So the designer selected a simple but elegant vintage wedding dress for Tracy to wear.  We have added 5 equally beautiful dresses with timeless style  for you to consider.

First, here are some of the beautiful gowns worn by a few of the more mature actresses, as well as the mothers of some of the celebrities at the Oscars:

Meryl Streep


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The Hollywood legend received her 18th (!) Oscar nomination this year, for Best Actress in August: Osage County. And while she went home empty-handed, her cream and black long-sleeved Lanvin gown (above), with a jeweled waist belt and matching bracelet, was a winner. We can always count on Streep to look refined and elegant, and her two-toned dress would be ideal for a modern winter wedding.

Glenn Close 


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The veteran actress slipped into this sophisticated Zac Posen fit and flare mermaid dress with a half jacket to present at this year’s Oscars. A closer look reveals an intricately textured fabric that we love, while the skirt reminds us of Sofia Vergara’s Golden Globe dress, another Posen home run. We can totally picture this elegant gown being worn for an opulent ballroom wedding in Paris or New York City.

Jared Leto’s Mother 


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The Dallas Buyers Club co-star collected a Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role, but not before stepping out on the red carpet with his beautiful mother, Constance, and his brother, Shannon. Constance grabbed our attention immediately with her flowing gray hair and bold red lip, but it’s her dress—a stunning black gown with a sheer neckline and sleeves—that we really loved. The pattern of black leaves and silk waist ribbon were sophisticated and flattering, a dream style for an Oscars dress or a black tie wedding.

Sally Field


Field, a nominee for Best Supporting Actress for Lincoln last year, presented this year in this short-sleeved, sequined Randi Rahm gown. And we must say, we liked it. We really, really liked it! The dress itself is pure black-tie perfection, with its flowery detailing and nude underlay.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Mother 


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DiCaprio is a known ladies’ man, but he has been particularly loyal to one for as long as we can remember—his mother, Irmelin! She dazzles us with her flattering, age-appropriate gowns at every event, and this ensemble is no exception. Her ruched knee-length gold dress, smartly paired with a gold pendant necklace, is made for a formal daytime wedding in a historic landmark. If her son ever ties the knot, she should go for a look exactly like this one!

Jonah Hill’s Mother 


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Two-time nominee Hill made a smart move bringing his mother, Sharon, as his date. She looked like a movie star in her own right, in her navy blue strapless dress. This look is so gorgeous that some brides may hesitate if their mothers go for it—the bridal silhouette is a dramatic one, but it is ideal for a black-tie affair.

Matthew McConaughey’s Mother 


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Best Actor winner McConaughey brought both his wife, Camila, and his mother, Mary Kay, to his golden Oscars night—and both got heart-warming shout outs during the acceptance speech he gave for his winning role in Dallas Buyers Club. Both of his lucky ladies looked radiant on the red carpet: While Camila was regal in her long-sleeved, pale pink gown, Mary Kay was the picture of youthful glamour! We love how her daring keyhole silver and white knee-length dress with strappy silver sandals defy her years. Her entire look is perfect for a young-at-heart mom at a SoCal wedding!

Here is The Mother From The TV Show “How I Met Your Mother” and a similar style.


Here are the Dresses Similar To The One Worn By Tracy


Dress by Alyne

Floral Embroidery


Dress by Anne Barge

Sheer Romance


Dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

Silk Glamour


Dress by Johanna Johnson

Corseted Elegance


Dress by Hayley Paige