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Grandmother of the Bride Dresses: 21 Picks for Grans of the Bride or Groom

Find an elegant and stylish outfit for your grandchild's special day in our edit of grandmother of the bride or groom dresses

Model wearing a light pink lace layered grandmother of the bride dress

Being a part of your grandchild's wedding will be a really special day so you'll want to feel and look your very best. When shopping for grandmother of the bride dresses, there are a few factors you'll need to consider.

The wedding dress code, venue and season are some of the most important elements that will decipher your grandmother of the bride outfit. If it's a formal celebration, a tailored dress is a great choice - our edit includes lots of lovely grandmother of the bride dresses with jackets that will account for any temperature dips too. Is the event a more casual affair? Look for relaxed silhouettes and pretty tea dresses.  

As a very important member of the family, don't be afraid to opt for an outfit that'll stand out from the crowd. Sparkles, bright colours and prints are not out of the question! Ahead, you'll find 21 elegant and chic grandmother of the bride dresses, covering sleek sets, comfortable jumpsuits and picture-perfect gowns. 

21 Elegant Grandmother of the Bride Outfits

Grandmother of the Bride Dresses 

1. Metallic Floral Jacquard Dress - £194.63, Adrianna Papell 

Model wearing  floral jacquard grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: US0-20

Jacquard is a big trend this coming season so it'll be very impressive if you show up in Adrianna Papell's gorgeous gown. The striking fabric has been entwined with metallic threading for added shine that'll look heavenly in the wedding photos

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2. Lariah Chiffon Cape Dress - £260, Gina Bacconi 

Model wearing a coral grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 8-26

Attending a summer wedding? Coral is a lovely colour to go for that'll suit all skin tones. The Lariah dress by Gina Bacconi is fully lined for added protection and crafted from lightweight chiffon that'll keep you cool. 

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3. Adeline Double Layer Lace Dress - £170, Phase Eight

Model wearing a pale pink lace grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 6-20

The Adeline dress is perfect for a wedding! The lace layer is detachable should you wish for a more simple look, but we love how elegant it is. Phase Eight's occasion dresses are often available with matching accessories so you can complete your grandmother of the bride or groom outfit with these shoes and bag

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4. Tuxedo Tie Waist Midi Dress - £199, Coast

Model wearing a blue tuxedo tie waist midi dress

Sizing: 8-18

Blazer dresses are ideal if you want to stay comfortable all day, but the dress code calls for formal attire. Coast's tuxedo midi dress comes in eight different colour so you can choose which one suits you best. 

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5. Deanna Dress - £189, Hobbs

Model wearing a pleated floral navy grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 6-18

Pleats are universally flattering and look particularly great on petite frames as they draw the eye down. The Deanna dress features sheer balloon sleeves for a contemporary touch and a super pretty floral print. Lighten the look up with pearl accessories - we have our eyes on these beauties

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6. Montana Botanical Silk Tea Dress - £329, LK Bennett

Model wearing a yellow tea dress with red floral pattern

Sizing: 6-18

You can wear the Montana dress from LK Bennett to a wedding and then keep re-wearing it for summer celebrations for years to come. Wear with red accessories like this model has done and finish the look off with some rouge lipstick. Our edit of the best wedding lipsticks is great for guests too. 

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7. Lace Scalloped Hem Dress - £79, Oasis 

Model wearing a green lace scalloped hem dress

Sizing: XS-XL

Beautifully crafted using gorgeous green lace, if your grandchild is opting for lace bridesmaid dresses and you want to coordinate, this Oasis number is a great choice. Style with rattan accessories for a trendy finish. 

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8. Lace Jersey Jumpsuit - £85, Wallis

Model wearing a black trouser and lace top jumpsuit

Sizing: 8-20

A wedding guest jumpsuit is a fail-safe and comfortable pick. This monochrome one from Wallis is totally wedding-appropriate thanks to the tailored trousers and lace top. The wide-leg tailoring keeps the look on-trend. 

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9. Colour Block Soft Tie Waist Dress - £179, Karen Millen

Model wearing a yellow, black and white colour block midi dress

Sizing: 6-16

Don't be afraid to stand out from the crowd - you are a VIP member of the wedding party after all! Karen Millen's colour block midi dress is stylish and oh-so floaty making it an effortless choice for balmy summer celebrations. 

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10. Print Wrap Dress - £59.99, Mango

Model wearing a red printed wrap dress

Sizing: 4-16

This printed dress from Mango is spectacular - it's a versatile wrap style so you can be as modest as you like. For less than £60 it's a real bargain high street wedding guest dress that'll look and feel like luxury. 

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11. Serenity Star Maxi Dress - £170, Monsoon 

Model wearing a black and gold star print grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 8-24

Whether you're invited to a celestial themed wedding day, or one during the festive season, the Serenity dress from Monsoon is out of this world. Dotted with golden stars that'll shimmer and shine, the floaty silhouette creates real wow-factor. 

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12. Diamond Midi Dress - £179, Whistles

Model wearing a diamond print grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 4-18

Another fabulous printed grandmother of the bride dress, this time from Whistles. Modern elegance are two words that come to mind with this gown and we can picture it being worn to a sophisticated country house wedding

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13. Mono Spot Pleated Maxi Dress - £79, Debenhams

Model wearing a halter polka dot monochrome grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 8-20

Make your look monochrome with this pleated halter maxi dress from Debenhams. It'll stand out from the crowd without taking any attention away from the happy couple and keep you looking sensational all day. 

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14. Jillia Dress - £225, Ted Baker

Model wearing a navy grandmother of the bride dress with puff sleeves

Sizing: 6-16

Looking for a designer grandmother of the bride dress? Pair Ted Baker's Jillia dress with metallic accessories and you'll be the best dressed wedding guest around. The puff sleeves are a really trendy feature that aren't going out of style. 

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15. Long Gown with Bell Sleeves - £184.92, Adrianna Papell

Model wearing an ice blue long grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: US14-30

Adrianna Papell creates gorgeous plus size wedding guest dresses for all kinds of celebrations. One of our favourites is this ice blue frock - the top half is really unique and we love how the ruffles contrast again the sleek maxi skirt. 

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16. Alayna Floral Midi Dress - £149, Phase Eight

Model wearing a full skirted navy floral grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 6-20

The silhouette of the Alayna dress from Phase Eight is breath-taking. Featuring a large floral print and cowl neckline, the dress makes a big statement on its own so we suggest you keep your accessories simple. 

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17. Lemoni Crepe Fit & Flare Dress - £259, LK Bennett

Model wearing a light blue simple grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 6-18

If you aren't a fan of fussy designs consider LK Bennett's Lemoni dress. It's perfect for minimalistic and chic grandmothers who want to look effortlessly elegant. Part of the brand's concious collection, it is crafted from recycled fabric making it sustainable as well as stylish. 

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18. Floral Printed Lace Dress - £45, Debenhams 

Model wearing a floral black grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 10-22

Wondering if you can wear black to a wedding? You absolutely can but we recommend adding a splash of colour with a print. This dress from Debenhams has done exactly that with fabulous florals  it'll fit for a celebration no matter what time of the year. 

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19. Bow Sheath Dress - £108.84, Adrianna Papell

Model wearing a watermelon pink bow grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: US0-20

It was the vibrant watermelon pink colour of this dress by Adrianna Papell that first drew our eyes to it. We reckon you'll receive a fair few compliments from other guests if you dress in this flattering beauty. It's available in canary, rose, blush and mist too. 

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Grandmother of the Bride Dresses with Jackets

20. Emeline Jacquard Dress & Jacket - £350, Gina Bacconi

Model wearing a blue jacquard grandmother of the bride dress

Sizing: 8-20

Coordinate your whole look by going for a grandmother of the bride dress with jacket from Gina Bacconi. It's a sophisticated set that is made from luxury floral jacquard material - the light colour will stop it from feeling frumpy. 

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21. Christie Silk Blend Dress & Jacket - £299 & £199, Hobbs

Model wearing a jewel green grandmother of the bride dress and jacket

Sizing: 6-18

Jewel toned dresses are amazing if you are attending a winter wedding - they're just so festive! We adore the combination of the Christie dress and jacket from Hobbs and if you really want to finish the look off, ensure you get the matching shoes, clutch bag and fascinator too. 

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Where to Buy Grandmother of the Bride Dresses?

There are lots of comfortable and stylish grandmother of the bride dresses ready to buy on the high street. Brands such as Oasis, Coast, Hobbs and Wallis are a few of our favourites. 

If you have a little extra to spend on this special outfit, consider Gina Bacconi and Adrianna Papell - their designs are wedding-appropriate as well as being on trend. 

Now you've got your outfit sorted, you'll want to come armed with a thoughtful present. You'll find tons of wedding gift ideas here!