This shopping guide post will help you find the perfect dress or outfit for a very important member of the family - the grandmothers of the couple. We'll show you some of our favorite styles for grandmothers, with details of where to shop for grandmother-of-the-bride dresses and more pretty special occasion styles!
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Where to Find Grandmother of the Bride Dresses
The grandmother-of-the-bride or grandmother-of-the-groom, is certainly a special role in a wedding! We focus a lot on mother-of-the-bride attire in our styling ideas, but when it comes to grandmothers of the bride, we certainly need to start showing off more dresses! Today, we'll focus our attention on this special member of the wedding party!
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Shop Dresses for the Grandmother of the Bride or Groom
What Should a Grandmother wear to her Granddaughter's or Grandson's Wedding?
So, what should a grandmother wear to her granddaughter's or grandson's wedding? Whatever she likes, really! Many mother-of-the-bride dresses will work just perfectly for a grandmother of the bride, however, sometimes grandmothers prefer a few extra elements in their attire! We get lots of requests for dresses with jackets, sleeves, easy-to-wear styles, and separates - pantsuits or skirts and tops! Choose something that you feel comfortable in, both from the perspective of easy-to-wear and something that suits your personality!
When it comes to dress length and formality, some grandmothers find a shorter dress or petite style is easier to manage than a long gown. Midi-style dresses, cocktail dresses, and formal long gowns are all perfect choices for weddings - just choose the hemline and silhouette that best suits you.
Wedding Attire Guidelines for Grandmothers of the Bride
For a formal or semi-formal wedding, grandmothers may choose a formal gown, a longer style dress, or an elegant suit-like style. For a casual wedding, a dress is still appropriate, as is a pantsuit, or skirt and blouse or dress and jacket combination! When in doubt, check with the couple on the dress code and colors or themes you might want to include in your attire.
Whatever you wear, you'll want to choose something that suits your personal comfort and style as well as the dress code for the occasion! Some of our attire tips for mothers of the bride may help narrow it down! You may also want to choose your colors to be harmonious with the mother of the bride and the wedding party!
Elegant Special Event Dresses and Outfits for Grandmothers
Here are some styles we recommend for grandmothers of the wedding.
Short Dress with Jacket
A short dress with a jacket gives and easy-to wear length with the comfort of having a jacket that can be removed for dancing or in the event of hot weather, or a jacket to provide a little extra coverage for cool weather or church ceremonies.
Special occasion pant suits often come with a matching jacket or flattering top. This comfortable and easy-to-wear style is popular with grandmothers who prefer pants or a suited style. It's also a great look for a more casual venue, although certainly most of these jumpsuits are formal enough for even an evening wedding. Just adjust your accessories to be more casual for a daytime wedding, and more formal for the evening.
Cocktail Length Dress
A great cocktail dress goes everywhere, especially for a grandmother's outfit. Perfect for daytime or casual weddings, all the way to evening a classic cocktail dress can be an excellent pick for a grandmother of the bride to wear.
Formal styles with a bit of a sleeve or cape are a popular choice for grandmothers attending black-tie or formal weddings. We love these styles that have a bit of embellished lace top and a beautiful skirt with clean lines.
Suggested Dresses from Past Seasons
Here are some of the dress finds and ideas we've featured and linked to in the past, that may now be out of stock. We've kept them here for continuity in case you are visiting this page looking for these dresses since sometimes these dresses will come back in stock.
Taupe Midi Dress with Jacket by Alex Evenings. This Midi Dress & Jacket from Nordstrom would be lovely on a grandmother of the bride, or a mother of the bride
A pink lace embellished gown with Jacket Emma Street Lace 2-Piece Jacket Dress from Dillard's
For a black-tie wedding, this elegantly draped gown with long sleeves and an illusion neckline by Alex Evenings comes in navy or a violet color.
This fantastic navy blue lace pantsuit with jacket. Guipure Lace and Chiffon Plus Size Pant Suit from David's Bridal
Midi length embellished and sequined Mesh Gown with long sleeves by Pisarro Nights from Nordstrom
A light blue gown with two Piece Jacket Dress with Sequin Lace Jacket by Emma Street from David's Bridal
A neutral lace mid-length dress with matching jacket Alex Evenings Plus Sequined Lace Tea-Length Jacket Dress from Dillard's
A black gown with Textured Metallic Top and Jacket Plus Size Dress with Jacket | David's Bridal
Designers for Grandmothers' Attire for Special Occasions
Here are a few brands we think have especially great offerings for grandmothers of the bride:
- Komarov - flowy styles in pretty prints and colors with mid-length skirts. Many styles include a coordinating jacket.
- Alex Evenings - great tasteful special occasion styles. Usually have some beautiful lace or beaded detail, often feature a flattering skirt, mid-length styles, sleeves, and jackets
- Anna Street - Dressy dresses for semi-formal and formal weddings and lots of elegant separates
- Pisarro Nights - Beaded and embellished dresses in mid-length styles and shapes that flatter!