The Most Perfect Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses for Under $250

The mother of the bride holds a highly esteemed position within the wedding party, and she should look the part. That's why we've assembled the best mother-of-the-bride dresses in prices under $250, and we've included plus size, tea length, long length and evening dresses so that your mom will look elegant on your big day. After all, she'll be the second most noticed woman in the room.

There are many bridal options available to moms as they shop for that moment-defining outfit. We've listed flattering mother-of-the-bride dresses that feature an array of tailored touches. Your mother can choose from dresses that include empire waists, flutter sleeves, draping, A-line skirts and strategically placed ruffles. Her attire can exude any mood, from casual to formal, and these styles can take her to any wedding, from oceanfront ceremonies to ballroom events. Shop our favorite finds below.

Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 BHLDN Lena Dress photo

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BHLDN Lena Dress

This high-neck mother-of-the bride dress from BHLDN features exaggerated flutter sleeves that create an air of elegance. This is a beautifully draped dress that reminds us of Grecian goddesses, complete with a blouson bodice. A slit opening at the back is subtle enough to be appropriate while adding a hint of flirtiness. This dress is cut into a flattering fit that is also slightly stretchy for day-t0-night comfort. It comes in shades of emerald, black and navy and goes to size 26. ($198; bhldn.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 R&M Richards A-Line Dress and Ruffled Jacket photo

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R&M Richards A-Line Dress and Ruffled Jacket

An empire bodice is fitted at the point slightly above the waist; this emphasizes décolletage and camouflages the tummy. But that's just one reason we love R&M Richards' dress and ruffled jacket. The bolero jacket, in a subtle metallic gleam, features an elegant cascade of ruffles and looks gorgeous in either mocha or navy. This mother-of-the-bride dress is sleeveless (Mom might get steamy on the dance floor) and features details designed to flatter, including a scoop neckline, ruched bodice, pleated hem and A-line silhouette. ($119; macys)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 Adrianna Papell V-Neck Ruffle Front Long Gown photo

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Adrianna Papell V-Neck Ruffle Front Long Gown

In a range of sizes from 14 to 24, this isn't simply a plus-size gown: It's an Adrianna Papell gown that absolutely flatters a curvy woman in all kinds of ways. Plus, it's positively gorgeous. The dusty rose color looks beautiful in the stretch tulle fabrication, and the Grecian-style draping is romantic and dramatic. This gown features a V-neckline that is sexy while being modest, and the three-quarter sleeves supply coverage while letting Mom stay cool. ($209; dillards.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 R&M Richards Sequined Lace Belted Gown and Jacket photo

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R&M Richards Sequined Lace Belted Gown and Jacket

This romantic gown by R&M Richards is simply gorgeous. It's perfect for a summer evening with its silvery shade and chiffon fabric. Mom will simply float across a dance floor in this dress. We love that this ensemble includes sequin lace on the coordinating cropped jacket; it adds a bit of elegance. The three-quarter sleeves work for a mom who isn't into showing much skin. The empire waist and draped chiffon at the skirt's front are endlessly flattering. Additional colors include eggplant, lavender, champagne and navy. ($129; macys.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 BHLDN Valdis Dress photo

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BHLDN Valdis Dress

This sophisticated and versatile silhouette from BHLDN reminds us of the styles Jacqueline Kennedy wore in the 1960s. It gives us major mid-century vibes. Other retro touches include three-quarter sleeves and a full tea-length skirt. The elevated waistline flatters, as it hits at the smallest part of the waist and will suit different body types. Meanwhile, the plunging neckline is a sexy, modern accent. Bonus: Pockets. This mother-of-the-bride dress comes in the three classic colors of ivory, dark emerald and black. ($230; bhldn.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 SL Fashions Glitter-Crochet Blouson Dress photo

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SL Fashions Glitter-Crochet Blouson Dress

This is a sophisticated mother-of-the-bride dress from SL Fashions. The shimmery crochet material in a subtle gold is just body-hugging enough without being overly sexy. The swishy fringe creates a Gatsby-era effect on the sleek sheath silhouette, but in a midi length rather than on a mini dress. The blouson top kindly covers up tummy issues. ($129; macys.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 Adrianna Papell Plus Size Flutter Sleeve photo

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Adrianna Papell Plus Size Flutter Sleeve

This sophisticated mother-of-the-bride dress is yet another example of how well Adrianna Papell Plus "gets" plus-size women. This mother-of-the-bride gown defies the idea that plus-size dresses should be less beautiful than smaller sizes; from the sexy V-neckline to the beaded waist, this dress features all of the finishing touches. Due to the flutter style of the elbow-length sleeves, they're perfect for covering up without looking staid. ($219; dillards.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 Avec Les Filles Heart-Appliqué Dress photo

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Avec Les Filles Heart-Appliqué Dress

We love that this dress from Avec Les Filles is created from a classic silhouette that goes beyond the usual. It includes long, blouson sleeves that are completely current. The sparkling appliqués in the fabric are crafted into modernized hearts that are organic and subtle, adding a whimsy to this dress. Also, we love that this dress is made from sheer fabric for multi-season wear. ($158; macys.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 BHLDN Melinda Dress photo

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BHLDN Melinda Dress

This BHLDN dress by Adrianna Papell is perfect for a garden wedding due to its painterly floral pattern in textured crepe with a subtle metallic gleam. We love the pastel tones of the flowers in pink, blue and dove gray on an ivory background. This maxi dress also includes extra details, including cap sleeves and a removable, silver-colored sash. Your mom will love stepping into the golden sunshine while wearing this floor-length mother-of-the-bride dress. ($220; bhldn.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 Adrianna Papell Off-the-Shoulder Lace Gown photo

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Adrianna Papell Off-the-Shoulder Lace Gown

In a cabernet color, this gown wows. We love deep shades for a rustic winery or farm wedding. Available in a diverse range of sizes, from 14 to 22, this plus-size mother-of-the-bride gown features an off-the-shoulder neckline that can be adjusted higher or lower, depending on mom's style (and the shoulders stay put). The allover lace bodice is glamorous while remaining comfortable; this gown fits well, but doesn't cling. ($239; dillards.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 Boden Erin Ponte Midi Dress photo

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Boden Erin Ponte Midi Dress

This colorblock midi dress makes a statement in tones of maroon and red. If you have never experienced Boden's ponte fabric, this dress will show you why it is a favorite: This ponte comes in the perfect weight for providing coverage and structure with enough stretch to totally flatter. This fit-and-flare shape will ensure that your mother looks elegant, while that hint of stretch will skim her curves and provide all-day comfort. It finishes in a calf length for that extra bit of modesty that some moms prefer. ($170; boden.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 Alfred Sung Sateen Gown photo

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Alfred Sung Sateen Gown

Your mom will look as pretty as a princess in this timelessly elegant gown with a full, floor-sweeping skirt. This mother-of-the-bride gown by Alfred Sung comes in luminous sateen twill and includes a fitted halter-neck bodice without sleeves. We think the combination of details on this floor-length mother-of-the-bride dress make it ideal for a beach wedding, and it would be perfectly paired with statement earrings, as it includes no embellishments on its fabric. The style allows for an array of wedding color combos, as it comes in colors of burgundy, hunter green, onyx, larkspur and midnight. ($229; nordstrom)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 XSCAPE Plus Size Illusion-Inset Dress photo

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XSCAPE Plus Size Illusion-Inset Dress

Dark blue tones continue to increase in popularity for weddings, and this navy mother-of-the-bride dress will fit perfectly into a blue scheme. XSCAPE's plus-size style ranges from size 14 to 22 and showcases a flared trumpet hem. The round neckline and knee-length hem are trimmed in alluring illusion details. In a flattering sheath silhouette, this mother-of-the bride dress also features ladylike three-quarter sleeves. ($209; macys)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 Alfred Sung Jersey Bodice A-Line Gown photo

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Alfred Sung Jersey Bodice A-Line Gown

The tailoring on this floor-length gown by Alfred Sung is just one aspect of its beauty. The two halves of the bodice cross diagonally in a much-loved "surplice" style made from comfortable stretch jersey; this dramatic neckline begs for a statement necklace. Timeless and elegant, this gown falls to the floor and features a sash belt that accentuates the smallest part of your mom's waist (we love the dramatic bow at the side). The A-line skirt is yet another detail that flatters. This gown comes in the colors of aubergine, black, blush, burgundy, hunter green, platinum and midnight. ($218; nordstrom.com)

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Mother of the Bride Dresses Under $250 Alex Evenings Long Sleeve Sheath Dress with Portrait Collar photo

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Alex Evenings Long Sleeve Sheath Dress with Portrait Collar

By Alex Evenings for David's Bridal, this sheath dress features a portrait collar with a beaded appliqué that will call all attention to the mother of the bride. We love that the design includes an empire waist to flatter mom's waistline. It's also adorned with ruching at the left side that launches a cascading ruffle from the waist to the floor. This gown comes in a plum color that will imbue any wedding with drama. ($190; davidsbridal.com)

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