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Unveil Your Style: Find Your Dream Dress in The Wedding Shop

Here comes the bride! Oh wait, not yet! There’s still so much to do! You’ve got the love of your life,  your bridesmaid gang and your (highly opinionated) mother, but what about the dress? Whether you’re a future bride-to-be, bridesmaid, or proud Momma, check out The Wedding Shop for contemporary and traditional dresses along with our favorite must-have accessories.
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Contemporary:  Skip the ‘something old’ and find your something new with the MM Couture by Miss Me little lace dress. This dress takes your wedding style to new lengths with an edgy short hem and cutout back. Even though this dress may not be the best choice for cold-weather ceremonies,  this could be the dress if you prefer something trendy for the warmer seasons, as the soon-to-be Mrs. Antcliffe would agree.

 Earrings:  Create dainty demure with the Nadri Pearl Pave drop earrings.  The best part?  These earrings are a versatile choice no matter what role you play for the big day!

Customer Appreciation:  “We gave these as gifts, along with a similar necklace, to the bridesmaids in my daughter’s summer wedding and the girls loved them!” – Debs, TX 

Shoes:  A shorter dress requires the proper shoe soulmate. Our recommendation? Zip into the Gianni Bini Flame cutout sandals— featuring plenty of eye-catching jewel detail.  

Customer Appreciation:  “This shoe is gorgeous on and you can dress them up or down. They are super comfortable and [I] did  not want to take them off at the store. These are going to be perfect for my wedding day. So excited to wear them!” -Bride-to-be,  GA 

Traditional:  If sticking to a belle-of-the-ball dress is more of your thing, the Adrianna Papell gown is an ideal choice for you. Feminine from head-to-toe, you’ll fall in love with this strapless sweetheart neckline and rosette-detailed skirt.  Simple-yet-stunning  styling allows you to customize this dress to your personal tastes.

Earrings:  Like this bridal dress, the Nadri crystal drop earrings offer a hint of glimmer in classic styling. Psst, they also make a great bridesmaid gift for the ladies! Just ask Kristen from Chicago,  Illinois. 

Customer Appreciation:  “I bought these for myself and bridesmaids for my wedding and they were the perfect length and  had just the right amount of sparkle. They were exactly what I was looking for.”  -Kristen , IL 

Shoes: Arriving in gold, black and silver, the Antonio Melani Evette dress sandals offer everything for a classy lady such as yourself— sophistication and shine.

 Customer Appreciation:  “I’m in love with these shoes! Best dressy sandals ever!!” -Tampa, FL

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Contemporary:  Just because it’s the bride’s big day  doesn’t mean a mother of the bride (or groom) should sacrifice her elegance.  This Adrianna Papell dress offers that just-right glamour in a flattering silhouette with illuminating bead coverage. Check out what Sally had to say about this sequined stunner for her daughter’s wedding!

Customer Appreciation:  “Bought this dress from my daughter’s wedding. Love it!”-Sally, MS

Traditional:  Cascading asymmetric tiers create fluid movement while slimming your frame in this Ignite Evenings gown.  The matching wrap provides sheer coverage without looking matronly.   These subtle sequins won’t distract from the natural beauty of the dress. Cheyenne from Tennessee loved wearing this dress at a black tie wedding, but many customers have loved this dress for other formal events as well. Talk about versatile!  

Customer Appreciation:  “I bought this dress for my daughter’s beach wedding in May. The color is perfect for her color scheme.  After trying many dresses this is the first my husband liked on me.” -Lil, VA

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Contemporary:  Beaded art-deco-inspired design and an effortless fit lend modern glam to this Adrianna Papell dress.  As a bridesmaid, finding something that is equally flattering and stylish can be a tricky task.  This blouson bodice offers easier movement without a skin-tight feel. Not to mention this taupe/pink shade is a neutral color any woman would look forward to donning for the wedding.

Customer Appreciation: “I love this dress. I think the designer pulled it from stores. [T]he last store carrying it was Dillard’s and I was so happy to be able to purchase it before it was pulled from their store! Love this dress. Great fabric. Stunning.” -Beth, IN

Traditional: If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, the JS Collections Bridesmaid dress features the right blend of feminine floral in plenty of color crush chiffon options.  The ruched bodice creates a tighter illusion (aka slimming without suffocating), while the rosette shoulder strap draws the eye to a bare neckline and frames the face.  This dress is also the perfect silhouette for side buns! 

Customer Appreciation: “LOVED IT.” – G, TX 

Relax, we’ve got you covered. From wedding bells to wedding night, check out The Wedding Shop here!

Are you a contemporary or traditional bride-to-be when it comes to your wedding style? Let us know in the comments!

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Wedding Wardrobe FAQ

Congratulations, you’ve been invited to a wedding! Your next to-do? Picking what to wear. We’ve tackled frequently asked wedding wardrobe questions to get you there in style.

Q: The reception will be outdoors; any suggestions on shoes?
A: Skip the stilettos and go for wedges, chunky heels or flats. Wedges and chunky heels don’t sink into grass and provide more stability on uneven surfaces. Slip on flat, strappy sandals or peep-toe ballets with a touch of shimmer for a dressy look without the height.
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Shop our picks: Vince Camuto Zimily Bejeweled WedgesGianni Bini Michele Patent Pumps & Vince Camuto Analisa Toe-Ring Sandals

Q: The invitation requests cocktail attire; what does that mean?
A: This is your time to shine! Skip floor-sweeping gowns for shorter dresses in lustrous fabrics with metallic high-heel sandals and dramatic earrings. Make sure to grab your favorite clutch for all your beauty essentials.

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 Shop our Picks: Maggy London Bow-Detail Taffeta DressAntonio Melani Sierra PumpsAnna & Ava Merry Linear Drop Earrings & Kate Landry Social Slouch Metallic Flap Clutch

Q: I’m a bridesmaid and I’m worried about humidity and frizz. What products or tools are my best bet?
A: Try the T3 SinglePass 1” straightening iron. It’s your go-to tool for sleek, straight locks or lasting curls. Other frizz-fighting must-haves? For a summer wedding, try the Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream. Or try this 5-star favorite on Dillards.com, the Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream for softer, easier to manage hair. 

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Q: I’m going to a destination wedding. What are some great portable beauty products?
A: For a flawless look on-the-go, here are a few of our suitcase-ready favorites.

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Q: As mother of the bride, how can I make a good impression without upstaging the bride?
A: That’s easy! First, remember 2 quick don’ts:

  1. Don’t wear white.
  2. Don’t match or clash with the bridal party.

After that, the dos are fun!

  1. Do find a flattering fit (maybe something with pleats or a matching bolero for extra coverage).
  2. Do match the formality (or casual feel) of the event.

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Shop our Picks: Jessica Howard Rhinestone Belted Jacket DressTadashi Sleeveless Lace Blouson Dress & Jkara Floral-Beaded Chiffon Gown

Have other wedding wardrobe quandaries? Ask and we’ll answer!

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Fan Favorites: Our Top Mother of the Bride Dresses

Searching for the perfect dress for your daughter or son’s wedding day? Your fellow MOBs and MOGs are here to help with inside tips on our most stunning silhouettes.

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Marina Beaded Lace Dress

Short yet forgiving, this lace silhouette comes in your choice of versatile shades. Allover kissing tiers gloss over problem spots, while lustrous beading sets the tone for a joyous celebration.

“I purchased this dress for my daughter’s wedding. It’s going to be an outside wedding in South Texas in July and I needed something elegant yet cool. I love this dress! It fits perfectly and looks pretty and fashionable.” – Maria, Texas

“Beautifully made with just the right amount of bling. It also has ‘give’ so it’s comfy to sit in.” – Lenore, Missouri

Tadashi Off-the-Shoulder GownTadashi Off-the-Shoulder Gown

This elegant gown will catch eyes and compliments, without competing with the bride. The combination of off-the-shoulder styling, a banded waist and a long skirt form a flawless figure — it’s no wonder the designer has become a celebrity favorite on the red carpet.  

“Very feminine and sophisticated. The color blended well with the bridesmaids and didn’t overshadow the bride.” – The Bride’s Mother, Texas

“Fabric is lovely, won’t wrinkle and moves with you.” – RAP, New Hampshire

JS Collections Bolero Jacket Dress

JS Collections Bolero Jacket Dress

Shimmery in silver, this gown is frosted with texture and framed by ribbon. The matching bolero jacket adds barely there coverage to your arms and back. We think it would be equally effervescent for a spring or winter wedding.

“I absolutely love this dress. Got it for my daughter’s wedding this year. It’s a very elegant and lovely dress! The material is beautiful. It complements your shape.” – Lisa the Aerobic Instruction, Florida

Shop all mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses here.

Did you find your dress at Dillard’s? Tell us about it in the comments!

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5-Star Favorites: Mother of the Bride Dresses

Alex Evenings Bolero Jacket Dress Night Way Sequin Dress Adrianna Papell Bead-Waist Gown Jkara Chiffon Gown

Deciding what dress to wear to a wedding is a major undertaking. How will it fit me? Will it travel well? Is it comfortable? These are all pertinent questions. With that in mind, we put together a short list of top-rated mother of the bride dresses to help you in your quest.

Alex Evenings Bolero Jacket Dress

Mother of the Bride from Danville, IL comments:

“I bought this dress out of town, carried it in a bag for 5 hours and no wrinkles. Will be perfect for out of town wedding!!”

Night Way Sequin Dress

Artemis from New York, NY writes:

“My friends wanted me to step out of my comfort zone with the dress I would wear at this wedding. It’s taken quite a while to find and I have it in this dress. Fits well . . . was really surprised at how nice it looks . . . I look forward to wearing it soon and the reveal at the wedding in Europe this summer.”

Adrianna Papell Bead-Waist Gown

Lily from Vero Beach, FL says:

“I love the elegance of this dress. It’s clingy and slinky in all the right places, and still forgiving and flattering.”

Jkara Chiffon Gown

Blue from Arizona tells us:

“Worn to my son’s wedding. Sooo many compliments! I bought in purple and it was gorgeous!”

Keep the comments coming! We love to hear from you.

Shop the dresses: Alex Evenings Bolero Jacket Dress, Night Way Sequin Dress, Adrianna Papell Bead-Waist Gown, Jkara Chiffon Gown

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Mother of the Bride: Not Your Mother’s Dress

Adrianna Papell Lace Sequin Dress Nina Women´s Pachita Sandals Cezanne Oval Stones Frontal Necklace BCBGMAXAZRIA Floral-Lace Dress Antonio Melani Pippa Sandals Carolee Topaz Crystal Chandelier Earrings BCBGMAXAZRIA Piper Specchio Envelope Clutch Alex Evenings Bead-Neck Cutout Gown Nina Doriane Glitter Sandals Nina Jewelry Provence Drop Earrings Nina Bridal Angelica Crystal Bracelet Aidan Mattox Floral-Sequin Gown Nadri Rosa Bangle Bracelet Nadri Crystal Drop Earrings BCBGMAXAZRIA Bardot Envelope Clutch

Few moments in your child’s life are as important as their wedding day. You want to look your best without upstaging the bride, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear a dowdy dress.

We’ve put together four mother of the bride or groom looks that are not only special enough for the occasion, but also allow you to express your own style. As a bonus, you can wear these chic looks to future events.


The dress: Rich greens, golds and browns shimmer with this eye-catching look. This short olive green dress from Adrianna Papell glows in lace adorned with tonal sequins. Greens and golds catch the light and glimmer with every step you take.

The rest: Complement this classic spaghetti-strap silhouette with T-strap sandals from Nina in a mix of textures and goldtones. Top off the look with a dazzling brown stone necklace with clear crystal pave accents from Cezanne.

Shop the lookAdrianna Papell lace sequin dressNina Pachita sandals and Cezanne Oval Stones frontal necklace

The dress: This lace dress from BCBGMAXAZRIA channels floral flair in a bold Turkish rose color. The classic A-line skirt and solid piping contour your silhouette for a flattering fit, while punchy pink lace conveys your inner princess.

The rest: An envelope clutch in bronze from BCBGMAXAZRIA adds a metallic luster. Sparkling stones in the metallic Antonio Melani sandals and Carolee chandelier earrings tie the look together.

Shop the lookBCBGMAXAZRIA floral lace dressBCBGMAXAZRIA Piper Specchio envelope clutch in bronzeAntonio Melani Pippa sandals in sand gold and Carolee topaz crystal chandelier earrings

The dress: You can never go wrong with navy for a timeless, elegant look. Glamorous in its own right, navy creates a sophisticated ambiance on this bead-embellished cutout gown from Alex Evenings. The ruched bodice and waist of this flattering A-line silhouette carefully disguise the most common figure flaws.

The rest: Light up your wrist and ears with a sparkling crystal bracelet and drop earrings from Nina. Feet get the royal treatment as well in glitter sandals from Nina.

Shop the look: Alex Evenings gownNina Bridal Angelica crystal braceletNina Provence drop earrings and Nina Doriane glitter sandals

The dress: Wrap yourself in platinum perfection with this floral sequin dress from Aidan Mattox. Silver sequins luminesce against the matte silver fabric.

The rest: Radiant accessories keep your look gleaming well past the cutting of the cake. Inspired by filigree lace and vintage jewelry designs, this bangle bracelet from Nadri sparkles in pave crystal and cubic zirconia. Wear your hair in an elegant updo to show off these captivating Nadri crystal drop earrings.  Metal mesh gleams from this envelope clutch from BCBGMAXAZRIA and mirrors the sleek look of your gown.

Shop the look: Aidan Mattox floral sequin gownNadri Rosa bangleNadri crystal drop earrings and BCBGMAXAZRIA Bardot envelope clutch in antique silver

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What’s your favorite mother of the bride look? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Wedding: Dreamy Day, Dreamy Dresses


Shop with us for your special day: 1.Beautiful dresses  2. Complete the look  3.Outfit the entire bridal party— Bridesmaid Dresses and Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses  4.Dillard’s Wedding Registry  5. Save on the dress, splurge on the rest
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