16 Aug 2012

5 Considerations for Mother of the Bride's Dress

1: Wear Mom’s Dress or Veils
Isn’t it exciting to wear your mother’s wedding dress with updates and alterations? But if you do not like style, bring your mother to boutiques and count on her for an honest opinion. And if wearing mom’s dress doesn’t work on you, wearing her veil is also a good option. Incorporating part or all of a mother's veil or headpiece into yours creates a special bond between mother and daughter.

2: Dressing Your Mother (and His)
Once the wedding gown and the bridesmaid dresses have been determined, the bride can go ahead for mother’s dresses. Brides could suggest colors and styles that complement the whole wedding theme, but remember to give your mom a say. Only the comfortable dress will satisfy her.

3: Please Be Seated
Today's families don't necessarily always follow tradition. Even if you follow the specific rules your faith dictates for the actual ceremony, you can always bend the rules a bit for the processional. For example, if your ceremony is Christian, you could still ask your mother to join your father in walking you down the aisle.

4: Honor Mothers
It is a long tradition that couples take time to honor mothers. For example, some couples present their mothers with a flower during the ceremony. Others plan a unity ritual to symbolize the blending of the two families. A popular practice is for the bride and groom to light a candle from a candle held by their mothers and then to use the flames to light one central candle. Adding special songs, poems or readings to the service is a touching way to pay homage to a mother.

5: The Reception
After the bride and groom are hitched, it's time to celebrate. The reception includes a few more rituals for the bride and her mother. Traditionally, the bride's parents are the reception hosts, so they head up the receiving line -- meeting, greeting and welcoming guests to the celebration. If the wedding party will be formally announced during the reception, again the bride's parents are first.

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