Gone are the days where parents have just a few designs to choose from for their children's weddings. Flattering mother of the bride dresses for plus size UK mums have had a serious glow up and there are now dozens of designs for you to choose from.
If you find yourself googling plus size mother of the bride dresses that hide belly insecurities - we're here to tell you that you're already wedding ready just the way you are, and you certainly don't need to hide any inch of yourself.
Instead of focusing on what you want to hide, think about what you want to show off. These mother of the bride plus size dresses are flattering, fun and will make you feel so special as you watch your daughter tie the knot.
To save you time scouring the net yourself, we've found 20 sophisticated and stylish plus size mother of the bride dresses and jumpsuits that'll work for all kinds of wedding themes. There are formal dress and jacket combos perfect for black-tie ceremonies, along with mother of the bride cocktail dresses in plus size silhouettes.
20 Flattering Mother of the Bride Dresses for Plus Size UK Mums
Trust us, there'll be no shortage of wedding day outfit options once you start scrolling... And after all, it's a lovely opportunity to get dressed up to celebrate your daughter as they embark on a new chapter in their life. So why not have fun with your look? Our picks also work perfectly as mother of the groom outfits, too.
1. Navy Draped Mother of the Bride Dress - £119, Karen Millen
Karen Millen are known for their exquisite tailoring and dresses with immense structure, so spying this jersey crepe dress in their ICONS VOL V collection was a very welcomed and pleasant surprise.
This particular dress is part of their Tyra Banks edit and just so happens to be one of our favourite plus size mother of the bride dresses.
This navy midi has ruching and draping around the midsection which is really flattering for curvaceous bodies, and it also has a wrap neckline which sits quite high on the chest, making it modest and perfect for those who don't want to show much cleavage.
Sizing: XL - XXXL
Expert Take: Having an asymmetric hem draws the eye down and gives the illusion of a longer legs. If you're shorter and looking for flattering plus size mother of the bride dresses, this could be a real contender.
2. Green Sequin Mother of the Bride Dress in Plus Size - £105, Lovedrobe
Attending a winter wedding and want something flattering and glitzy to wear? If so, look to this green sequin dress from Lovedrobe.
When searching for mother of the bride cocktail dresses, plus size designs like this should be top of the list.
The gorgeous green colour is vibrant and smart in equal measure, and the wrap neckline makes it flattering for those with a larger bust.
Sizing: UK 8 - UK 26
Expert Take: As well as the all over sparkles, there are also sweet details like the velvet waistband and bow at the back of the dress which make it stand out from the crowd.
3. Blue V-Neck Pleated Midaxi Mother of the Bride Dress - £14, Lovedrobe
If you're looking for a dreamy wedding dress for the mother of the bride, plus size gowns like this have to make the shortlist - and it's currently on sale for just £14!
This pastel blue maxi will look fabulous at all kinds of weddings and it's super flattering for a number of reasons.
The tulle fabric on the shoulders give additional arm coverage for what is essentially a sleeveless dress, and the satin belt cinches you in perfectly at the waist. It's actually fastened with a bow at the back so you can have it as tight or loose as you like.
Sizing: UK 18 - UK 30
Expert Take: The pastel blue colour is to die for but note that tulle can catch on jewellery so keep those diamonds at a distance.
4. Purple Flattering Mother of the Bride Wrap Dress - £39.99, Yours
Those shopping for mother of the bride cocktail dresses in plus size will be blown away by this bargain buy from Yours. For less than £40, you get your hands on this beautiful purple pleated wrap dress - how good is that?
The colour is rich and decadent, and makes the dress look much more expensive than it is, but if purple isn't your cup of tea, you'll be pleased to know that this dress is also sold in emerald green, bright pink and royal blue - that's one for the engagement party, hen do and night before drinks too!
Sizing: UK 14 - UK 32
Expert Take: We love a satin moment, but it can be unforgiving when it comes to creases. Give it a good steam before wearing for a picture-perfect look.
5. Ombre Glitter Plus Size Mother of the Bride Dress - £159, Phase Eight
Glamorous, sparkly and elegant, this plus size mother of the bride dress is a real head-turner.
We love Phase Eight's mother of the bride dresses and their plus size collection is no exception. This pleated dress gives you the glamour of evening glitter at the top, and the softness of pastel pink pleats at the bottom - we're here for that kind of contrast.
It's a flattering mother of the bride dress because the pleats make the dress skim your body instead of cling to it, and the ombre pattern draws the eye downwards.
Sizing: UK 8 - UK 26
Expert Take: There's a time and a place for silver heels, and this is it. Pair with silver or pearlescent heels and accessories for a glitzy finish.
6. Plus Size Pastel Blue Mother of the Bride Dress - £88, Chi Chi London
Chi Chi London are another great place to buy mother of the bride plus size dresses, and one of our favourite designs from their collection is this pastel blue puff sleeve dress.
The thick laser-cut lace is made from premium fabric and is fully lined so you get to enjoy all the details without feeling like you're showing too much skin.
A flattering mother of the bride dress, this plus size gown has puffed sleeves which balances out bodies that are bottom-heavy, and the chiffon skirt skims over the bottom half of your body creating a flattering silhouette for whoever wears it.
Sizing: UK 18 - UK 26
Expert Take: The good thing about this cut of dress is that it works for both taller and petite mothers of the bride who want flattering dresses. For taller customers, it'll sit just above the knee, whilst those who are shorter can enjoy more of a midaxi length.
7. Silver Draped Plus Size Midi Dress - £89, Karen Millen
Fancy wearing silver to your daughter's wedding but want something really flattering and comfy? If that's the case, look to styles like this jersey crepe dress from Karen Millen.
The silver colour makes it feel really dressy and wedding-worthy, but the jersey crepe makes it one of the comfiest and most flattering mother of the bride dresses for plus size mums.
The ruching and draping hugs the figure beautifully, while the shoulder pads add a bit of drama.
Sizing: UK 18 - UK 24
Expert Take: We're here for a strong shoulder pad detail, but if you'd prefer a dress that didn't accentuate the shoulders, a seamstress can easily remove these for you.
8. Gold & Black Star Print Plus Size Dress - £95, Lovedrobe
If you're a mother of the bride who likes to be playful with your fashion, star print dresses like this are a great choice.
Flattering mother of the bride dresses for plus size women in the UK rarely look this good - so we'd run to add this Lovedrop dress to our basket if we were you.
The puff sleeves add volume to the outfit, but aren't so big or long that they overpower it. The simple smock silhouette is so flattering and really works with this fun, glamorous print.
Sizing: UK 8 - UK 26
Expert Take: Adding even more fun to this dress is its keyhole back. It's high enough that you can still comfortably wear a bra and it not be visible, but big enough that it gives a backless feel.
Way to surprise everyone as you turn around - just make sure you wear your hair up if you want to show off this detail.
9. Plus Size One Shoulder Crochet Lace Dress - £95, Chi Chi London
The plus size mother of the bride dresses from Chi Chi London are made with plus sizes specifically in mind, using the most flattering fabrics and silhouettes for curvy figures.
One of our top pics from their curve edit is this one shoulder blush pink dress. The large laser cut lace is so unique and has a much more modern feel to it than traditional lace. If you're a mother of the bride who wants to keep things fresh and chic, consider a gown like this.
The lining stops about a foot above the lace hem line, which is particularly flattering for shorter customers.
Sizing: UK 18 - UK 26
Expert Take: Nude shoes and simple jewellery will work really nicely with this dress, but you could also maximise on the pink and go for a bright, bold heels and bag combo. Why not?
10. Plisse Teal Blue Mother of the Bride Dress in Plus Size - £99, Phase Eight
Plisse fabric is a really flattering choice for plus size mother of the bride dresses as it skims the body, and the downward direction of the pleats draws the eye downwards.
The Alix dress from Phase Eight is a particularly flattering mother of the bride dress. It has a really dressy and evening feel to it because of the glittery finish. The sleeves are ever so slightly sheer, contrasting the main body of fabric really nicely.
Anyone looking for fun mother of the bride cocktail dresses in plus size should definitely consider this outfit, and if blue isn't your shade, it's also available in pink, bronze and silver, as well as in petite sizes.
Sizing: UK 6 - UK 26
Expert Take: If comfort is a key factor for you when choosing flattering mother of the bride dresses, this plus size design fits the bill. The dress doesn't have many fit constraints, allowing you to move around freely and comfortably all day (and night!) long.
11. Polka Dot Halterneck Midi Dress in Plus Size - £60, Evans
From plisse to pleats, here we have another of our favourite flattering mother of the bride dresses for plus size mums.
This halterneck dress from Evans has so much to shout about, and a number of flattering details we adore.
The polka dot pattern is adorable and playful, and you just can't beat a navy and white colour palette. The halterneck is designed specifically for plus sizes, with a high neckline and apex that means you can easily wear a strapless bra without any of it showing.
Sizing: UK 16 - UK 26
Expert Take: Dresses with chiffon overlay (especially when it's pleated) have such beautiful movement, so make sure the photographer is nearby when you first step foot on that dance floor to snap some dancing shots.
12. Plus Size Sleeveless Floral Box Dress - £64, Chi Chi London
Chi Chi London has a number of structured gowns available on their site but it was the gorgeous floral print on this one that really caught our eye.
It'll look beautiful at a wedding in any season - be it the height of summer or in the colder months. We also love the sheen on the fabric - so luxe.
Sizing: UK 18 - UK 26
Expert Take: This plus size mother of the bride dress is also available in regular and petite and is made from a comfortable, stretchy fabric. Pleated skirts always look timeless and are really flattering for plus sizes.
13. Off the Shoulder Ombre Mother of the Bride Dress - £74, Chi Chi London
How stunning is the colour of this off the shoulder dress? The berry shade is rich and perfectly pigmented, and the ombre effect which transcends into a super light pastel pink is really unique.
Off the shoulder necklines can sometimes be restrictive, but this one has a thick strap that fully supports those with a bigger bust and sits high enough that you can easily wear a strapless bra underneath.
Imagine how pretty this dress would look as you twirl around during the reception!
Sizing: UK 18 - UK 26
Expert Take: If you like the vintage look, this dress is a great pick. It has that vintage silhouette, but the modern colour and ombre effect makes it perfect for modern celebrations. It's a best of both worlds kind of mother of the bride dress.
14. Animal Print Satin Plus Size Dress - £165, The Hour
The animal print on this The Hour dress is bright and chic and sure to look fabulous in the wedding family photos.
Plus it has pockets so you can keep a few extra necessities in case touch-ups for the bride or anyone else are needed. The elasticated cuffs around the wrists mean you can pull the sleeves up to create a half or 3/4 sleeve look if the sun comes out. We love a versatile plus size mother of the bride dress don't we?
Sizing: UK 14 - 28
Expert Take: This brand offer between sizing so you can get 14-16, 18-20 and so on. This is amazing if you're between those sizes, but if you're somewhat between 16 and 18, 20 and 22 or 24 and 26, you may want to order both options and see which one fits best.
15. Bodycon Printed Ruched Midi Plus Size Dress - £49, River Island
Plus size mother of the bride dresses can have a bodycon silhouette and still be completely age appropriate and totally wedding-worthy, as this mesh midi dress from River Island proves.
The ruching is really flattering and the unique print will ensure your mother of the bride look is one to be remembered.
Sizing: UK 18 - UK 28
Expert Take: The leg slit not only looks great, but also gives extra movement in the skirt. We love it but it may be a little too revealing for some mothers of the bride.
16. Plus Size Slash Neck Peplum Dress - £22, Boohoo
Boohoo has a brilliant selection of flattering mother of the bride dresses in plus size and one of our favourites is this pink peplum style.
If you aren't a fan of this pretty shade there is also black and teal to choose from. The peplum shape is perfect for anyone who feels a little insecure wearing a bodycon dress as it adds volume around your midsection and creates a really chic shape for whoever wears it.
Sizing: UK 16 - UK 28
Expert Take: Known for their speedy delivery times, Boohoo can have any of their gorgeous flattering plus size mother of the bride dresses with you the day after your order. Note that if you do opt for such a light colour, the chances of spillages showing up is considerably higher.
17. Abstract Print V-Neck Flattering Plus Size Dress - £165, The Hour
The Hour creates contemporary, classic pieces from upcycled materials that would normally be discarded in fabric mills. There are so many flattering mother of the bride dresses for plus sizes in the UK and they are eco friendly, too. That's a win-win.
This abstract dress is an ideal option that can be worn from day to night and the best bit? It's versatile, meaning you could wear it again with tights and boots or switch out your black heels for a bold bright colour and wear it to a party.
Sizing: UK 14 - UK 28
Expert Take: The sustainability side to this business means you can enjoy guilt-free fashion and look fabulous doing it. They offer free UK delivery for orders over £250 but this does take up to seven working days so no last minute orders here please.
18. Embroidered Long Sleeve Mother of the Bride Midi Dress - £119, Coast
Available in eight chic colourways, this pleated dress by Coast is so stylish.
The many colour choices mean that it's a perfect plus size mother of the bride dress for a wedding in any season. The fabric also makes this dress really versatile as the long sleeves mean it would keep you warm in winter, but the fact that they are sheer ensures it's not too warm of a dress for a summer or spring do.
Sizing: UK 18 - UK 26
Expert Take: Navy plus size mother of the bride dresses are so easy to accessorise as they will match almost any nude or black shoes or bags. The shade means it's much better suited to a winter or autumn wedding as opposed to one in the height of summer.
19. Flattering Spot Mono Mother of the Bride Jumpsuit in Plus Size - £48, Evans
Available in sizes 14-32, this black and white polka dot jumpsuit can be dressed up or down depending on how relaxed the wedding will be.
If it's a formal event, pair with heels and a statement lip, or for a casual celebration stick to flat sandals and natural makeup. However you wear this plus size mother of the bride jumpsuit, this look is a real winner in our eyes.
Sizing: 14 - 32
Pros & cons: The pockets and removable tie waist make this jumpsuit super practical as well as fashionable. With any jumpsuit, bathroom trips may require a bit more logistical planning than in a mother of the bride dress.
20. Curve Bardot Neck Embroidered Midi Dress – £149, Coast
This bardot neck dress is pretty as a picture, with an eye-catching embroidered skirt and a figure-flattering silhouette. If blush isn't your shade, you can also pick from navy, rose, teal and powder blue, giving you plenty of options for your plus size mother of the bride look.
Sizing: UK 18 - UK 26
Expert Take: The off the shoulder neckline leaves plenty of room to show off some pretty jewellery but you will want a supportive strapless bra to ensure no straps are on show.
Where to Buy Plus Size Mother of the Bride Dresses?
There are plenty of options for plus size mother of the bride dresses online. We'd recommend shopping with retailers such as Coast, Anthropologie, Wallis and ASOS - they all have some great plus size designs perfect for mother of the bride looks.
As well as those, high street retailers such as Dorothy Perkins, New Look and H&M also offer a range of plus size mother of the bride outfits that are really flattering and also easy on the budget if you're looking to spend under £50.