It’s a proud moment to see your daughter grow up and head off into marriage, but remember it’s a very important day for you too. Whether you’re heavily involved in the planning or not, there are certain responsibilities that traditionally fall to the mother of the bride.
With so much to think about, we’ve put together the ‘Ultimate Mother of the Bride Checklist’ to help you keep on track and enjoy every precious moment of the wedding planning and the bid day.
Although the tradition is for the bride and groom to choose the wedding venue, many brides and grooms prefer the input of family members, and visiting venues with your daughter to plan her wedding is a great bonding experience. We have a great range of stunning venues at www.landedhouses.co.uk, so why not take a peek and see if your daughter would love to get married in a stunning castle or country house.
The Dress Hunt
As mother of the bride, you should lend support for the wedding dress hunt. It can be a tough decision choosing the right dress, so a mother’s honest advice can be crucial. Plus it’s just a wonderful experience for mother and daughter to share together in the lead up to the wedding.
Start doing some research on any family traditions, or hunting out that family heirloom for your daughter to wear on her wedding day. A lot of mother’s pass on jewellery to the bride as part of ‘something old’ to keep family traditions alive.
The Go-To Contact
It’s common to make the mother of the bride the main contact for caterers, the venue, florists etc., to help deal with enquiries, questions etc. This isn’t always the case, but you may find your daughter leans on your for support in this area, so be prepared!
It’s your big day too and you’ll want to be looking and feeling your best. Allow plenty of time to choose your outfit and try to complement the colour scheme of your daughters dress and theme. Don’t forget to coordinate with the mother of the groom and let her know your colours, so she can now buy her outfit too.
Dressing on the Day
It’s your job to help the bride get ready on the morning of the wedding and make sure it all runs on time. Keep the bride calm and relaxed, have safety pins and hair grips at the ready and make sure to allow time for you to get ready too.
Traditionally the mother of the bride is seen as the hostess of the day, so make sure you head up the greeting line when people exit the ceremony and keep the guests well looked after. Be sure to work the room on the day on behalf of your daughter and her new husband.
Make sure you also take some time for yourself on your daughter’s big day – after all, it’s an event you’re going to remember forever.