The time has come for you to see your daughter take the next big step in her life - marriage. Leading up to that moment, there is going to be a good deal of stress brought on by planning and budgeting for the wedding (as you probably remember from your wedding day). As the mother-of-the-bride, there are duties that you should be spearheading, and others where your daughter may prefer you take the back seat. When it comes to the wedding planning process, follow these tips to stay on top of things and be the ultimate support system for her special day.
1) Let her know how you can help financially.
Times have changed. Couples are getting married later in life when they’re financially independent and can fund their own wedding. While the burden is no longer all on you for funds, let your daughter know what you’re willing to contribute. An adult child asking a parent for money is uncomfortable. Letting her know beforehand what you’re willing to contribute is a nice gesture and makes the bride’s life a little less stressful. One of the best ways you can help is by offering to pay for the things they may not justify in their budget. Extra add-ons like special lighting effects, upgrading the bar, or getting a photobooth could make the wedding experience that much better.
2) Offer your ideas, but don’t go overboard.
Her special day is just that - hers. While she might ask for your opinion on certain things, you certainly should not be taking over her plans for the perfect day. Offer your best expertise, but take a step back to let her vision for the wedding flourish. Our best tips for keeping an open mind and being supportive: listen to what she has to say, help her weigh her options, and remember that this is her big moment.
3) Say yes to her dress.
Wedding dress shopping is one of the most special wedding planning moments between a bride and her mother. It is the moment you both can actually envision what she will look like on her wedding day. Whether she wants an extravagant show-stopper or something simple - say yes to her dress. She’s the only one who will have to wear it, and it should reflect her personal style rather than what “tradition” dictates. The best thing you can do is show your support and tell her she looks beautiful.
4) Help out whenever she asks.
Your involvement in the wedding planning process should be dependent on the bride. Rather than jumping in and taking over to get things done, the smartest thing you can do is to stay on the sidelines until you’re called into the game. When you’re called, be a source of positivity and inspiration. Show your support and help out where you can. Whether she asks you to call vendors or handle mailing out invitations, listen to what she has to say and find ways to collaborate with her on decisions to make special memories. This way, she’ll be able to look back and value the time you two spent together during the planning process.
While she might not need your help with everything, it’s the small extra details that can make all the difference. As mother-of-the-bride, taking care of the little details is important and appreciated. Klock Entertainment takes those little details into consideration and delivers. From lighting and special effects to DJs that get the whole room on their feet, you can be sure you’re getting the best for her special day. Learn more about Klock Entertainment.