For brides who rely on their mom for everything, they may want her to be involved in every aspect of the wedding. Some brides, on the other hand, may not want Mom to be overly involved. Therefore, the very first role of the mother of the bride should be to sit down with her daughter and set expectations. Mom should express the extent to which she wishes to be involved, and daughter should indicate those areas she needs help. Communicating early on will help to ease stress and make the whole process more fun!
Here are some of the more common areas where Mom can be a huge help.
- Help bride and groom identify the ceremony and reception venues.
- Research wedding vendors and act as the main contact as the planning progresses.
- Be there to help the bride select her wedding gown and accessories
- Assemble names and addresses of family members and friends to be included on the master guest list. Talk to the groom’s family about whom they want to include on the guest list as well.
- Help research family traditions and heirlooms to integrate into the festivities.
- Determine what style of dress the bride wants you to wear, then go shopping! Consult with the groom’s mom to make sure your choices represent similar styles.
- Attend the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner; if asked, be ready to help plan.
- Escort the bride down the aisle if the bride’s father isn’t in attendance.
- If there is a receiving line, the mother of the bride should be at the front of the line. If not, she should greet guests as they enter the reception.
- Dance with the father of the bride (or alternate escort) and the groom during the formal first-dances.
- More than anything, be a mom! Be ready to offer a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen.
Very often, the mother of the bride will work with Zeidler’s Flowers to finalize arrangements, delivery dates and other details regarding bouquets, centerpieces, altar flowers, and boutonnieres. Before you get too far into your wedding planning, stop into our Evansville flower shop to discuss the many floral options available to you. Don’t forget to bring Mom – she’ll be a huge help!