When a woman gets married, her mother is often one of the most important people in her life. It’s no wonder, then, that mothers play such a big role in wedding planning. From helping to choose the dress to being an emotional support for the bride, a mother has a lot of duties leading up to their daughter’s big day. Here are four traditional mother-of-the-bride duties you can expect.
Helping To Choose the Dress
It’s a time-honored tradition for the mother of the bride to take on the responsibility of helping choose her daughter’s wedding dress. From scheduling fitting appointments to offering opinions and support, it can be one of the most exciting tasks leading up to the big day. But let’s face it—with so many gorgeous options out there, it can also be a daunting task! The key is finding a balance between honoring your daughter’s preferences and giving your opinions and advice. And remember, at the end of the day, it’s all about ensuring the bride feels comfortable and confident as she walks down the aisle.
Giving Advice on the Bridal Party
Though the bride and groom typically select their bridal party, your daughter may come to you for advice. If she does, you can help her select or pair members of the bridal party. It’s important to listen to the bride’s preferences and honor her relationships, but it can be fun to find perfect combinations of bridesmaids and groomsmen. After all, who doesn’t love playing matchmaker, even if only for a day? As the mother of the bride, helping assemble an amazing bridal party is just one small way you could contribute to creating a beautiful wedding celebration.
Helping To Plan the Shower
Before the big day, it’s important to have a shower full of love and gifts for the happy couple. Traditionally, the mother of the bride didn’t plan the bridal shower, but these days, things are a little different. As the mother of the bride, you may be tasked with helping to plan this special event. But don’t let the pressure overwhelm you—with a little organization, you can pull off a lovely shower that celebrates the bride and her exciting new chapter in life.
Start by creating a guest list with input from the bride (and groom if he’s involved). Then, decide on a theme or color scheme and send out invitations. Next, divide up any necessary tasks with family members or friends who are helping to plan. Tasks could include setting up decorations, selecting treats or brunch items, coordinating games or activities, and handling any vendor contracts. Don’t forget to collect RSVPs and give guests access to the couple’s registry if they have one. With enough preparation, your shower will be a joyous celebration for all involved! Just remember to relax and have fun while planning—after all, it’s just one of many memorable moments leading up to the wedding day.
Being an Emotional Support for the Bride
The role of the mother of the bride goes far beyond dress shopping and helping plan the shower. Many brides look to their moms for emotional support and guidance throughout the wedding planning process and on the big day itself. As a mom to the bride, it’s important to listen without judgment and offer encouragement and reassurance. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun along the way! Reminiscing about old family weddings or sharing funny anecdotes can lighten any stressful moments. Just remember to always be there for your daughter with open arms and a listening ear as she embarks on this exciting new chapter in her life. Being there for her emotionally will make you an invaluable member of the wedding planning team and an even more cherished mother.
The mother of the bride is a very important person in the wedding. She helps to choose the dress, select the bridal party, and plan the shower, and she’s an emotional support for her daughter. It can be a lot of work, but it’s also a great opportunity to celebrate the bride’s special time with her.