What Should the Grandma of the Bride Wear at the Wedding?

Depending on the formality of the wedding and any personal issues with mobility, the grandmother of the bride may choose to wear a long dress, a shorter dress or a pantsuit to her granddaughter’s wedding. Color is optional, with only a few restrictions.

If the mother of the bride is wearing a long dress, it is acceptable for the grandmother of the bride to follow suit. If, however, the grandmother is afraid of tripping, she may opt for a tea-length or knee-length dress or a dressy pantsuit. If the mother is wearing a short dress, the grandmother should wear a shorter dress or pantsuit. She does not need to go dressier than the mother.

The grandmother may wear any color she feels is flattering to her; however, she should not wear a shade that too closely matches that of the bride or bridesmaids.