Mother-of-the-Bride Basics

August 21, 2012 at 2:44 am 1 comment

Often, the Mother of the Bride has been dreaming of her daughter’s wedding day longer than the bride. After the initial elation has worn off, the bride’s mother may ask how to help with the wedding planning which can be can be very hectic. Help reduce stress for your daughter by offering an open door with a listening ear and shoulder to cry on and remember a hug at the right time does wonders. Read on for information about the duties of the Mother of the Bride.

Before the Wedding

Volunteer your assistance by communicating to the bride and groom the specific areas of which you can provide aid. Take an honest emotional, financial and physical inventory so that you will not be promising more than what you can deliver or railroad the planning process with your own ideas in lieu of what the bride and groom desire. Items a bride’s mother may want to help with include choosing the bride’s wedding dress, scouting wedding locations or reception sites, unity candle or compiling a guest list. Expect to attend the wedding shower, meet the groom’s parents, attend the rehearsal dinner and give a toast to the couple.

Dress Tips

After the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses are selected, it is time to shop for the Mother of the Bride dress. Before shopping, discuss with the bride any ideas or suggestions regarding style or fashion preferences. Choose a flattering color, staying away from white, ivory, creams or other colors similar in hue to the bride’s gown. Select appropriate shoes and accessories to complete the look. When attire selection is final, the bride’s mother often contacts the groom’s mother regarding the chosen dress color and type. The most essential thing for the Mother of the Bride to wear is her smile.

During the Ceremony

Last to be seated, the Mother of the Bride traditionally sits on the left side in the front row. Sometimes, she escorts the bride down the aisle with or without the father present. The Mother of the Bride might be asked to participate in a unity candle lighting as part of the ceremony. When it is time to depart, the parents of the bride leave after the bridesmaid and groomsmen exit the ceremony. If there is a receiving line, the mother of the bride is typically the first in line to meet and greet guests.

At the Reception

Standing first in line at the reception receiving line and acting as all-around hostess for the festivities is an important role for the Mother of the Bride. The bride’s mother might also be expected to sit at the parent’s table and save a dance for the groom and father of the bride. In addition, the bride’s mother is present for reception traditions such as the toast, the cutting of the cake, the bouquet toss and the newlywed send-off.

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