Wedding Etiquette for Mother of the Bride

Oct 13, 2015

With mothers playing a crucial role in the bridal party, the bride’s big day can even be as hotly anticipated as the mother’s own. This all-important occasion is a chance to shine on a very special day that you’ll both remember forever. With so much emotional investment, it can be useful for the Mother of the Bride to remember a few things:

1. Go with the flow. A Burning Man festival inspired ceremony might not be what you’d have picked, but respect her decisions are right for her and support her: she will be grateful for both your understanding and your input.

2. It’s her day. And it’s special that you will get to share that together

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3. When she takes you dress shopping – be supportive. Honesty is essential, but know when to step back and let her make decisions. If she has a particular style in mind, maybe do some research ahead of time to make it easier for her

4. Bride-permitting, of course you can be part of the hen do! Let her know if you’re interested and think about joining her and her girls for the big day (and night)

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5. If you plan to offer financial support, let the bride know as early as possible. It is common now for couple’s to pay for their own wedding, but help will always be appreciated. Approaching the couple directly takes the guesswork and awkwardness out of their budgeting.

6. Slip a waterproof mascara and some tissues into your purse – you’ll be thankful you did!

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7. Your outfit is a reflection of you. Don’t be afraid of MOB stereotypes, the rules are relaxed and you should feel comfortable and fabulous head to toe. Whether a sparkling floor sweeping gown or co-ordinated two piece, have fun with it. Talk to the mother of the groom about complementing touches for both of your outfits.

8. Feel comfortable standing out. Match your corsage to the bridal party if you feel it works for you

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9. Remember to have fun. The bride will be swept up in concerns about her day, and knowing that you are happy and enjoying yourself will be paramount to her.

10. The Mother and Daughter photograph. Take some time either while the bride is getting ready or during the ceremony to take a beautiful memento for your both. It will make a touching gift too if you have it framed for her after the wedding.

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Photo by Oh, Darling! Photography

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