This has got to be some of the toughest dress shopping you will ever do. The mother of all dress dilemmas, at least so I’ve observed. Pun intended of course.

Unlike the Bride, or even the Maids, the MOB and the MOG are supposed to be tastefully in the background. No swoon-worthy, statement making, show-stopping for this day, moms.¬†Mothers of the Bride should dress to complement the wedding colors, and Mothers of the Groom are supposed to complement the MOB. It’s customary for the MOB to choose first and the MOG to follow suit. And everyone takes their cues on color, length, formality and style from the bride. Remember, you will be in lots of photos together, and the only person who should stand out is the bride.

(This whole process is fraught with peril. Here’s some useful advice from TheKnot.com on navigating it.)

We asked NEIMAN MARCUS SOUTH PARK and NITSA’S CHARLOTTE for this year’s elegant, beautiful Mother of the Bride & Groom dresses to help ease your shopping stress.

[Fun Fact: I bought my mother her MOB dress at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, and she wore it practically sight unseen. Such is the bride’s purview]

 

Neiman Marcus Suggests:

David Meister Short-Sleeve Sequined & Metallic Column Gown $695.00

David Meister Short-Sleeve Sequined & Metallic Column Gown
$695.00

David Meister Back View

David Meister Back View

Jimmy Choo Louise Glitter Fabric Crisscross Sandal, Gray $750.00

Jimmy Choo
Louise Glitter Fabric Crisscross Sandal, Gray
$750.00

 

 

 Pamella Roland Short-Sleeve Ombre Column Gown, Multi Colors $4,840.00

Pamella Roland
Short-Sleeve Ombre Column Gown, Multi Colors
$4,840.00

Pamela Roland Back View

Pamela Roland Back View

Manolo Blahnik Chaos Pearly Ankle-Wrap Sandal, Champagne $865.00

Manolo Blahnik
Chaos Pearly Ankle-Wrap Sandal, Champagne
$865.00

 

 

 

 Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon 3/4-Sleeve Embellished Ball Gown, Champagne $960.00

Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon
3/4-Sleeve Embellished Ball Gown, Champagne
$960.00

Rickie Freeman Back View

Rickie Freeman Back View

Jimmy Choo Elaine Strappy Glitter Sandal, Light Bronze $595.00

Jimmy Choo
Elaine Strappy Glitter Sandal, Light Bronze
$595.00

 

 

Carmen Marc Valvo Beaded Halter Floral Jacquard Ball Gown $1,295.00

Carmen Marc Valvo
Beaded Halter Floral Jacquard Ball Gown
$1,295.00

Carmen Marc Valvo Back View

Carmen Marc Valvo Back View

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi 105mm Glitter Fabric Pump, Bronze $985.00

Manolo Blahnik
Hangisi 105mm Glitter Fabric Pump, Bronze
$985.00

 

 

 

Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon Half-Sleeve Lace Combo Gown, Navy $695.00

Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon
Half-Sleeve Lace Combo Gown, Navy
$695.00

Rickie Freeman Back View

Rickie Freeman Back View

kate spade new york jackie satin & mesh bow pump, navy $350.00

kate spade new york
jackie satin & mesh bow pump, navy
$350.00

 

 

Carmen Marc Valvo Sleeveless Floral-Print Gown $1,295.00

Carmen Marc Valvo
Sleeveless Floral-Print Gown
$1,295.00

Carmen Marc Valvo Back View

Carmen Marc Valvo Back View

Jimmy Choo Agnes Glittery Pointed-Toe Pump, Light Bronze $625.00

Jimmy Choo
Agnes Glittery Pointed-Toe Pump, Light Bronze
$625.00

 

 

 Badgley Mischka Sleeveless Gathered-Waist Gown, Coral $695.00

Badgley Mischka
Sleeveless Gathered-Waist Gown, Coral
$695.00

 Badgley Mischka Back View

Badgley Mischka
Back View

Jimmy Choo Lang Glittered Strappy Sandal, Light Bronze $850.00

Jimmy Choo
Lang Glittered Strappy Sandal, Light Bronze
$850.00

 

 

Kay Unger New York Sleeveless Ombre Fit-&-Flare Dress, Champagne $660.00

Kay Unger New York
Sleeveless Ombre Fit-&-Flare Dress, Champagne
$660.00

Kay Unger Back

Kay Unger Back

 

 

Marchesa Notte Half-Sleeve Floral-Embroidered Popover Dress $895.00

Marchesa Notte
Half-Sleeve Floral-Embroidered Popover Dress
$895.00

Marchesa Back

Marchesa Back

 

 

La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni Off-the-Shoulder Floral-Print Sheath Dress $695.00

La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni
Off-the-Shoulder Floral-Print Sheath Dress
$695.00

La Petite Robe back

La Petite Robe back

 

 

Nitsa’s Suggests:

La Petite Robe

La Petite Robe

La Petite Robe

La Petite Robe

La Petite Robe - we just got a new shipment of these dresses and they go fast!!

La Petite Robe – we just got a new shipment of these dresses and they go fast!!

Tadashi

Tadashi

Tadashi

Tadashi

La Petite Robe

La Petite Robe

Frascara

Frascara

Carol Peretz

Carol Peretz

 Marisa Baratelli

Marisa Baratelli