1. Assist with the wedding budget and planning.
The mother of the bride should be involved in helping determine and manage the overall wedding budget. This includes researching vendors and services to ensure that the couple gets the best for their money. She should also help plan the day’s timeline, including ceremony start times, cake cutting and other important moments.
2. Keep in touch with other family members.
The bride’s mother should keep in touch with the groom’s parents, as well as any other family members who may be involved or attending the wedding. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page and all expectations are met.
3. Help coordinate transportation for guests, bridal party, and any out-of-town family members.
The mother of the bride should help coordinate rides to and from the ceremony and reception site(s). This can include booking limos or shuttles for any out-of-town guests or arranging carpools of friends and family if necessary.
4. Attend vendor appointments such as florists or bakers for a taste testing of cake and floral arrangements.
The mother of the bride should be present at any vendor appointments, especially those related to flowers or food. She will have valuable insight into what type of arrangements work best in different venues and can provide helpful advice on flavors and colors that will fit within the overall wedding theme.
5. Guide the bride through dress fittings and help decide what type of accessories will work best for her gown.
The mother of the bride should assist with dress fittings by taking measurements and helping decide which pieces look best together. She can also provide guidance on matching jewelry, hairstyles and other accessories to complement the bride’s gown.
6. Arrange flowers that can be used throughout the ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner.
The mother of the bride should help select and arrange the floral arrangements for the wedding. This includes choosing bouquets for the bridal party, boutonnieres for the groomsmen, corsages for parents, and centerpieces or other decorations to dress up tables.
7. Advise on decorating ideas from colors to textures that fit into the theme of the day.
The mother of the bride should offer her advice on ways to incorporate color and texture into a wedding’s aesthetic. She will have a great eye for what looks good together and can help curate a look that fits perfectly with each couple’s vision.
8. Choose favors or mementos that guests can take home as a reminder of their special day.
The mother of the bride will have a variety of options to choose from when selecting wedding favors for guests. She should aim to choose items that are unique and meaningful, while also staying within budget.
9. Be present during all stages of wedding preparations like RSVP management and sending out invitations.
The mother of the bride should help manage some of the logistical aspects leading up to the big day such as tracking RSVPs, mailing invitations and making sure that everyone has transportation to the ceremony and reception sites.
10. Take time to talk to each guest at either rehearsal dinner or reception in order to make them feel welcome.
The mother of the bride should make an effort to greet each guest and thank them for attending. This will go a long way in making everyone feel included and appreciated. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family members who may be visiting from out of town.