5 Things Every Mother of the Bride Should Have on Hand for the Wedding Day

Getty Images The mother of the bride is usually a VIP wedding guest, responsible only for enjoying herself and entertaining the guests. However, it’s a good idea for her to be prepared with a few basic supplies on the wedding day, just in case something unexpected goes wrong. The goal is to be so well…


Here’s What to Do If You Really Don’t Want Mom’s Help Planning Your Wedding

Lane Dittoe Fine Art Wedding Photography Most moms assume they will be a part of their daughter’s wedding planning. And that’s natural, especially because back when most of our mothers got married, their parents planned their weddings, without a whole lot of input from the bride or groom. That trend started shifting about 25 years…


This Bride and Her Father Brought Down the House With an Epic Wedding Dance Mashup

When there’s choreographed wedding dance in the mix, it’s usually the bride or groom’s idea. But at Utah bride Mikayla Phillips’ wedding, her dad, Nathan Ellison, was the one to bring up the idea of a choreographed father-daughter dance to do on his daughter’s wedding day. And they ABSOLUTELY killed it. Thanks to his persistence,…


6 Easy Ways to Make the Mother of the Bride Happy

Lauren Fair Photography If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! Yes, we know it’s your big day and it’s all about you, but keep in mind that your wedding is a big moment for mom too. While it’s not your job to appease her, you can keep the peace and get her involved without sacrificing…


What Day-Of Responsibilities Can I Give to My Mom?

Tara Beth Photography Including your mom in the wedding planning process is all about playing to her strengths. If she’s got an eye for style, take her wedding dress shopping. A whiz in the kitchen? Reception menu tasting is the job for her! But what about on your wedding day? Chances are your mom will…


What If I Don’t Like My Mom’s Suggestion for “Something Borrowed”?

Every bride knows the rhyme of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” and many choose to honor it on their wedding day. After all, who wouldn’t want a little extra luck as they head down the aisle? Some (or sometimes all!) of these items are loaned or gifted from a close friend or…


The 9 Types of Difficult Mothers-in-Law (and How to Cope with Each)

Getty Images Dealing with a difficult mother-in-law can literally suck the life right out of you and your marriage! If you’re lucky to have hit the jackpot of all MILs, congrats! But if not, perhaps Tina B. Tessina, PhD (AKA “Dr. Romance”), a psychotherapist and author of How to be Happy Partners: Working it out…


So, Can I Tell My Mom What to Wear to Our Wedding?

Carly Michelle Photography You’ve found your gown, set the dress code and figured out what your bridesmaids are going to wear. Think you’re done figuring out attire for your wedding? Think again. While the dress code is all the guidance you can give to your guests, there are a few VIPs you’ll want to talk…


Can I Tell My Fiancé’s Mom What to Wear to Our Wedding?

Getty Images Wedding dress codes are tricky. No matter how clear you try to be, there will always be a guest or two who misses the memo. But as long as you, your wedding party, and your families are on the Best Dressed list, there’s no need to worry! While it’s easy to make sure…


The Pros and Cons of Letting Your Mom Plan Your ENTIRE Wedding

Photo by Emilie Inc. Occasionally, I’ve been hired by brides who clearly told me from Day One that their mother was planning the entire wedding. Those brides gave their mothers carte blanche to plan the wedding of their dreams — beyond the guest list and the wedding dress, these brides stayed out of the little…