Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Weddings  > Mother of the Bride Dress

Mother of the Bride Dress Cost


How Much Does a Mother of the Bride Dress Cost?

 
low costLow: $50-$200average costMedium: $200-$800high costHigh: $1,000-$4,000+
post Post    
  Typical costs:
  • A mother-of-the-bride dress costs, on the lower end, less than $50-$200 for an off-the-rack dress from a department store, online retailer or bridal store. For example, at Amazon[1] , mother-of-the-bride dresses start at $40, and the site offers many dresses in the $100-$200 range.
  • In the mid-range, a mother-of-the-bride dress costs about $200-$800 for a dress with a moderate level of detail from a higher end department store or bridal store. At Nordstrom[2] , mother-of-the-bride dresses range from about $100-$775.
  • And, on the high end, a dress costs about $1,000-$4,000 -- or more, if preferences and budget allow -- for a designer dress with intricate details such as beading and lace from a high-end bridal boutique or retail shop. At NewYorkDress.com[3] , for example, prices reach $4,000.
  • On forums at WeddingBee.com[4] , brides discuss the cost of their mothers' MOB dresses, which range from less than $50 to $3,000.
Related articles: Mother of the Groom Dress, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower Girl Dress, Wedding Dress, Groom's Suit or Tuxedo, Groomsman's Suit or Tuxedo

What should be included:
  • If purchasing a dress off the rack, only the dress will be included. If ordering a dress through a bridal shop or boutique, a staff member will take professional measurements and order the dress in the proper size.
Additional costs:
  • Alterations, if necessary, can range from $20-$100 or more. For example, at Ree's Sewing[5] in Michigan, hem alterations on a formal dress start at $20. Side seam alterations cost $20-$55.
  • Shoes, jewelry and other accessories such as shaping garments can add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to the cost. For example, at NewYorkDress.com[6] , earrings range from $25-$200, necklaces range from $100-$300 and capelets cost about $200. And at Nordstrom[7] , shapers and hosiery cost from about $30-$100.
Discounts:
  • The best way to get a discount is to look for sales at department and bridal stores. For example, dresses on sale at Macy's[8] start at $40. Or, some bridal salons offer discounts on a mother-of-the-bride dress when a bride purchases her dress there.
Shopping for a mother of the bride dress:
  • According to traditional etiquette rules, the mother of the bride should avoid common wedding dress colors such as white, ivory or off-white, as well as black and bright colors, according to TheKnot.com. However, these guidelines are flexible, and the MOB should ask the bride if she has strong opinions about color, style or formality level. However, it's important that the MOB feel comfortable with her choice, too, and even pants can work. TheKnot.com offers an etiquette guide to MOB dresses[9] . And BridalGuide.com offers a guide to mother-of-the-bride dresses[10] that covers colors, styles and trends.
  • In the low to mid-range, Amazon.com and David's Bridal both offer a wide selection of mother-of-the-bride dresses[11] .
  • In the mid-range, higher end department stores such as Nordstrom offer mother-of-the-bride dresses[12] .
  • For higher-end dresses,TheKnot.com offers a shopping tool for mother-of-the-bride dresses[13] that offers the option to shop by designer or type of dress.
  • Traditional etiquette states that the mother of the bride should purchase her dress first, then subtly let the mother of the groom know about the color and style she chose. The mother of the groom can consider this information when choosing her own dress, in order to prevent fashion clashes, according to TheKnot.com.
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


Fix-it Favorites: Duct Tape and WD-40
My mother taught me that all home fixit-projects can be accomplished with either duct tape or WD-40. If something shouldn't move and it does, use duct tape. If something should move and it doesn't, use WD-40. || Posted September 30 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Mother of the Bride Dress
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Brand/Label: Retailer: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st?bbn=1036682&keywords=mother+of+the+bride+dress&qid=1370...
  2.  shop.nordstrom.com/c/mother-of-the-bride-dresses
  3.  www.newyorkdress.com/Mother_of_The_Bride.html#page=34
  4.  boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-much-did-your-moms-mother-of-the-bride-outfit-cost...
  5.  www.reessewing.com/alterations.html
  6.  www.newyorkdress.com/Jewelry.html#page=1
  7.  shop.nordstrom.com/c/spanx
  8.  www1.macys.com/search/results.ognc?sortOption=Sale%20Price%20Ascending&Keyword=mot...
  9.  wedding.theknot.com/bridal-fashion/bridesmaid-dresses/articles/mother-of-the-bride...
  10.  www.bridalguide.com/blogs/fashion-beauty/mother-of-bride-dresses
  11.  www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_Bridal-Party-Mothers-Special-Guests-All-Dresses___lh
  12.  shop.nordstrom.com/c/mother-of-the-bride-dresses?segmentEngine=Default
  13.  wedding.theknot.com/mother-of-the-bride-dresses.aspx
More Weddings Topics
Check Out All Costs for Weddings How Much Does a Boutonniere Cost? How Much Does a Wedding Cake Cost? How Much Does a Wedding Dress Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Low cost baby shower
Paid: 600.00
I spent about $200 on food/snacks/simple decor- where I served Packaged desserts (due to covid) and deli sandwiches, bbq chicken and Bread/cheese/fruit... [more]
-Mommy to be
Baby Shower Cost
TSLIM Insulin Pump
Paid: 1131.20
I have Federal Blue Cross, the most expensive Self Plan. The insurance company paid $5,584.20 for the TSLIM, and I paid $1,131.20 out of pocket. Medtronic Insulin pump was quoted at the same price... [more]
-Read by EOB
Insulin Pump Cost
Prescription Eye Glasses
Paid: 380.00
Eye exam was less than $60. Frames alone were about $118. Extra-wide progrssive lenses an additional $80. Polycarbonate thin lens with blue light filter, UV protection, anti-glare, 1-year warranty on frames & lenses... [more]
-Lady 70
Eyeglasses Cost
About the free dog food
Paid: 100.00
I'm a 70 year old retired senior citizen I have two dogs Lily is Irish Terrier weighs about 15 lb very good dog Jade is a blue nose pitbull and she's 5 months old and weighs about 55 lb cost me $100 or better a month to feed them I like to ... [more]
-Robert moneyhan
Dog Food Cost
DIY Front End
Paid: 965.00
Front: 2xCV axel, 2xball joints, 2x Sway bar end links,sway bar bushings, 2xrotors, 2x brake pads. $500Rear: brake pads. $35New Tools (yay!):3 ton floor jack, 20v impact wrench, 2x Jack stands, tube lock-tite, can of pb blaster. $430.$965... [more]
-Mr. Gillis
Car Suspension Cost
Fujitsu split single unit
Paid: 3400.00
I was charged 3400 which include electrical work. The contractor was referred to me by a neighbor. I asked about a rebate and was informed the cost included any rebate money and he (the contractor) would take care of it... [more]
-A wary lake resident
Ductless Air Conditioner Cost