Moms hold an important place in our lives. They take care of us and help shape us into the people we become. During wedding planning, moms can have as big or small a role as the bride would like. For brides, your mom will most likely become one of the people you look to the most for guidance. If you're not sure what to have your mom do (or you're a mom doing research), we have some tips to help you out.
Serve as the contact for vendors.
The bride will have a lot on her plate, and it may be difficult for her to keep up with all the individual vendors. This will allow all the vendors to coordinate with a single person who will know exactly what is going on, especially if the wedding is taking place in the bride's hometown where she may no longer live.
Help her say "Yes!" to the dress.
Helping your daughter pick out her wedding dress is such a special thing. Just remember she has the final say, and even if the dress she chooses isn't your favorite, tell her how beautiful she is in it anyway!
Get to know the groom's mom.
Traditionally, the bride's mom will choose her dress for the wedding, then coordinate with the groom's mom to make sure you both look fabulous!
Make the guest list.
Make a list of your side of the family and get with the groom's mom to get a list of guests from his side. It's also up to you to help the bride trim the guest list if needed.
Find the bride's "something borrowed" or "something old."
The bride's mom usually finds the bride her "something borrowed" or "something old." Cover both with an old family heirloom for the bride to wear on her wedding day!
Be the hostess with the most.
The reception is considered the mother's party to throw. Make sure to greet the guests at the reception. This can be done during the receiving line or throughout the reception.
Arrange hotels and lodging.
If there are a lot of out of town guests coming to the wedding, the mother of the bride should book hotel blocks or other lodgings for guests.
Help with the wedding registry gifts.
Try to keep track of what gifts the bride and groom have received off of their registry and give guests suggestions if needed. You may also need to store the gifts before the wedding and while the couple is on their honeymoon.
Do whatever the bride needs to be done.
This may sound like a set-up, but trust us, if your daughter is asking for help, do what you can to help her! She may be afraid to ask for help at times, so make sure to let her know you are there.
Just be a mom!
This is probably the most important tip on this list! This is your baby girl. You have watched her struggle. You have watched her thrive. You have picked her up, doctored scraped knees, and now you are helping her move into the next chapter of her life. Don't forget these things during the stress of wedding planning. Just being a shoulder to cry, or laugh, on will mean more to your daughter than you'll ever know!