The Role of the Mother of the Bride
The role of the mother of the bride, as well as the mother of the groom, is traditionally to organise various aspects of the wedding, such as the reception, flowers, stationery and guest list, but how much is this relevant for today?
Couples nowadays are quite happy to organise their own weddings, either keeping control over all aspects or delegating certain roles to family members or the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The best way to look at your duty as a mother of the bride or groom is to provide a supporting role for your child throughout their wedding planning process.
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Willingly offer your assistance should they need; this means helping with things they may ask you to do, offering advice should they need it – it’s just important to remember to let the couple plan their wedding their way. This may mean sitting down with the couple in the early stages of planning to find out what they want. Do they need assistance with the guest list? Are you going to the help them find THE dress? Will you be offering any monetary contributions towards the wedding? It’s important to discuss these things early on to avoid confusion later on in the wedding planning stages.
Make sure you are calm and optimistic for the couple to calm their nerves and ensure the smooth running of the wedding day. You are the support system that they will need, especially on the day when emotions are running high.
But most importantly of all, enjoy the day itself. Giving away your son or daughter and celebrating their marriage is a day you’ll never forget, so make the most of every moment.