What to wear as Grandmother of the Bride

Your granddaughter’s wedding day could be one of the happiest and proudest days of your life - so it’s important to find a fabulous grandmother of the bride outfit that can offer you comfort and style, whilst making you look and feel like a million dollars!

As you take up your typical wedding day duties, chances are you’re likely to be centre stage and acting as one of the bride’s ‘right-hands’ throughout the ceremony, which means there’ll be plenty of snapshot photo opportunities, paired with the attention of doting wedding guests as you take a seat at the top table, so looking your best on this special day of celebration is of the utmost importance.

Keep reading as we offer our style advice and assistance for when it comes to shopping for the perfect wedding ensemble. When you’re dressed in Lily Ella you can relax, sit back and enjoy the happy couple’s ceremony whilst remaining effortlessly stylish and sophisticated. Whether it be a flattering dress, sophisticated dress and jacket combination, or a deceptively simple shrug set, our beautiful wedding ensembles are designed in-house exclusively by our team of designers to make sure you sparkle in every photo.

What do grandmothers wear to weddings?

Whilst you may have been to many wedding ceremonies over the years and worn an assortment of stylish ensembles, there are a few fashionable rules to consider when it comes to picking a winning grandmother of the bride outfit, depending on the type of ceremony your granddaughter has opted for.

As all fellow wedding guests will consider, your wedding ensemble should depend on the time of day and formality of the ceremony. Daytime weddings would require a more lightweight, brighter dress - such as our statement Jessica Dress. Featuring an elegant, floral print in a flattering white and blue, this dazzling frock is an essential for any special occasion this season. Thriving in both style and comfort, this statement dress is crafted from 100% cotton, making it a very lightweight, easy-to-wear piece, perfect for your granddaughter's big day.

Jessica Dress - £89.95

If your granddaughter chooses to opt for a nighttime ceremony, a formal, long length dress would be a winning choice of outfit. Cut to suit all figures and featuring a rich hue of blue, our classic Diedra Dress makes a stunning choice of frock. Made in a statement cobalt blue and complete with a stylish flare, this sensational gown is perfect as a grandmother of the bride outfit. Featuring front and back princess seams, this stretch jersey dress allows you to look the part while feeling comfortable throughout the night. For a showstopping appearance, pair with our gorgeous Crackle Necklace, crafted from graduated blue agate.

Diedra Dress Lily Ella

Diedra Dress - £79.95

What colours should a Grandmother wear to a wedding?

Working colour into your Grandmother of the bride outfit can be a tremendous task and it’s important to keep stunning statement pieces from clashing with the rest of the bridal entourage. Pre-plan your wedding attire here at Lily Ella to avoid any matching mishaps!

If you’re new to colour and looking for ways to work bold, pleasant tones into your wedding guest outfit - try matching colours that will accentuate your best features. For example, if you have a fair complexion, cooler neutral shades could wash out your complexion and make you appear pasty in wedding photographs. Or if you have a darker complexion, consider choosing vivid royal blues to flatter and flaunt your natural undertones.

Dressing for the correct season

If your granddaughter's special day is set to take place during the summer months, the heat is undoubtedly going to influence your wedding attire. Pick lightweight, breathable fabrics such as natural cotton or linen to keep you cool and comfortable. At Lily Ella, our premium range of fabrics across our most popular ensembles feature added viscose and elastane - to provide elasticity whilst helping you stay cool, comfortable and captivating!

To balance warmth and style, if you favour a little something out of the ordinary as opposed to a more conservative wedding look - why not opt for a lightweight, stylish jacket, top and trouser combo from Lily Ella? The fabulously fashionable Jessica Jacket paired with the Linen Cotton Blend Trousers and a matching top is the perfect wedding guest dress alternative, all while maintaining that formal feel.

Featuring a bold, sophisticated print, the Jessica Jacket will be the most eye catching part of your outfit. And, available as a flattering fit, the trousers will make for a versatile outfit piece, meaning they can be worn after wedding celebrations, whether you decide to wear these on a casual summer day paired with a seasonal top, or for another special occasion complete with formal outfit pieces.

Both crafted from a breathable cotton, the jacket and trousers make the perfect lightweight summer wedding guest outfit, and will keep you cool throughout the ceremony and beyond. For an added touch of style, wear this stylish Lily Ella outfit with our exotic Miribel Necklace, featuring mixed shape wood and resin.

Jessica Jacket

Jessica Jacket - £89.95

Grandmother of the bride dresses with jackets

If you’re attending a wedding in colder months, there are several ways to combat the chills whilst remaining effortlessly fashionable regardless of what the weather may hold.

Our sophisticated Jessica Jacket will act as an extra layer of warmth over our flattering Jessica Dress. And for a subtle yet elegant contrast, simply complete this stunning outfit with a dark, thin belt, and add a pair of statement hoop earrings for good measure. Ensuring you look the part while staying warm, this stylish outfit is the perfect wedding guest staple, even during those colder days.

If you’re unsure about introducing bold new colours into your wardrobe - start small. Work in a few simple, coloured accessories, or hold up different coloured garments in the mirror to see which hues compliment you best. The more shades you try - the more colours you will discover that make you look and feel fabulous and help you on your way to finding the perfect wedding attire for your granddaughter's special day.

Jessica Dress and Jacket

Alternatively, pair our Jessica Jacket with our Deidra Dress. Featuring bold, cobalt blue shades, both pieces create the perfect blend, while the white on the statement blazer provides the perfect contrast needed to create an outfit that will leave a lasting impression. Wear this with subtle, light coloured heels to ensure no attention is drawn away from this stunning, grandmother of the bride outfit.

Deidra Dress and Jessica Jacket

Wedding outfits for grandmothers at Lily Ella

Browse our exclusive Lily Ella clothing category, as we carefully select colours and fabrics in-house, to bring our customers everything they need to find the perfect wedding attire in one glorious collection.