Rachel Parry from top blog, Brides Up North, tells us why the mother of the bride’s role is so important and how to involve her in your wedding planning…
When it comes to assisting you in the run up to the big day, honesty will usually be one of your mum’s top qualities. This is the person that quite possibly knows you better than you know yourself. You’ll be able to tell if you’ve found ‘the dress’ from your mum’s facial expressions alone. If the bridesmaid dresses just aren’t working, mum will be there to keep you calm and get you through any problems. Here are some tips for getting mum involved, without treading on your toes.
As well as giving their opinions, mums often like to get hands on with the wedding planning, so think about what talents she has and how these can be put to best use. Some ladies may be lucky enough to have star baker and dress maker mothers who can design the wedding cake and bridesmaids’ attire, but for those that don’t, mums can still get involved by helping to make smaller details such as invitations and decorations. Alternatively, there are lots of special jobs your Mum can do on the wedding day itself, such as giving a reading or being a witness when you sign the register.
Just as your mum will no doubt help you to find your dream dress, it’s nice to return the favour and to help her shop for her special outfit. Some bridal shops stock fabulous mother of the bride collections, but alternatively if budgets won’t stretch, the high street offers some stunning options, too. Mother of the bride styles range from short fitted dresses to longer, fluid designs that often have matching jackets and co-ordinating accessories. Pretty lace dresses and those with floral prints are particularly popular at the moment, with designs varying in colour from elegant muted tones to vibrant jewel shades.
Mum Of Honour
When it comes to the big day itself, your mum will be the one to help you get ready and – mostly importantly –
keep you calm. Many mothers of the bride like to play host on the morning of the wedding and enjoy those last moments with their daughter before walking down the aisle. So let your mum be in charge of welcoming the hairdressers and make-up artist, receiving any cards, presents, flowers, and providing you and your maids with a sparkling breakfast. Whether tears of nerves or joy, your mum will always provide a shoulder to cry on.
Many thanks to our wonderful partners at Brides Up North for these great tips and ideas for the mother of the bride. Visit bridesupnorth.co.uk for a double daily dose of real weddings, bridal fashion features, supplier showcases, wedding planning tips, discussion features, giveaways, event news and more today!