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The Mother of all Wedding Tributes.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to touch on a subject that is near and dear to my heart: your mama. Planning a wedding for a daughter is a very bittersweet time for most moms, and as a wedding planner, I am honored to offer advice, support, hugs and even a shoulder to cry on through the process. Trust me—it wasn’t until I became a mom myself that I truly understood those “mom” feelings. Happy! Sad! Nervous! Excited! I sometimes feel like one of my biggest roles is just to hold an emotional mom together.


That being said, I wanted to share a few of the beautiful ways some brides honor their mothers at the wedding. Your wedding is a wonderful time to pay tribute to the woman who got you this far, and she will cherish the gesture forever. Here goes:


1.       Many brides these days opt to walk down the aisle with both Dad AND Mom, where both parents play a part in giving their daughter away. It’s a tradition I really love.

2.       Some brides and grooms present their moms with a rose or favorite flower at the beginning of the ceremony. The bride can just tuck those two extra roses into her bouquet, and then pull them out for a sweet moment that will probably make mom (and everyone else) cry.

3.       Honor mom by wearing something special of hers or incorporating it into your wedding outfit. Some brides wear mom’s actual wedding gown. Some borrow her jewelry. There are also lots of creative ways to take her wedding gown fabric and make it into bouquet wraps, sashes, handbags, etc. for the wedding.

4.       Make family cultural traditions part of your wedding. This will mean more to your mom than you know, especially if you are marrying someone who may not share the same cultural background.

5.       Take a mama-daughter photo together. This is kinda non-negotiable.

6.       Leave mom a special note that she can find and keep forever. And she will, trust me.

7.       Probably one of the biggest ways to make mom feel special is to include her in the plans and utilize her special talents if you can. There are a zillion ways to do this, and if you’re not sure what your mom would like to do—ask her!

8.       It kind of goes without saying, but be sure to include a special thank you to mom (and dad) in the reception toast. From the heart, followed by a hug.


So there you go. This is just a short list of ways you can honor your mom at your wedding. If you want to do something truly unique that fits your mom, let’s brainstorm! I have helped brides pull of some pretty cool ideas over the years, and a sweet tribute to mom ranks at the top of my list.


Happy Mother’s Day!

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