Planning a wedding is a lot of fun but can be quite overwhelming. You might be able to handle most of it without breaking a sweat: Botched invitations, feuding in-laws and a collapsed cake can largely be dealt with in the moment. But no matter how organized, well-adjusted and calm you might be, one factor could send you over the edge: a meddling mom.
Whether she's well-meaning or malicious, the meddling mom (or stepmom or future mother-in-law) can take garden-variety wedding anxiety and send it into the stratosphere. Even the closest mother-daughter bond might be strained by the stress of planning The Most Perfect Day Ever, and already tense relationships can be pushed to the breaking point. Things can be even more precarious if your mom is holding the purse strings for the ceremony, reception or honeymoon.
So, how do you deal with an interfering mother of the bride (or groom) without fighting, hurting feelings or causing permanent damage to your relationship? Here are five tips on how to keep her (and yourself!) happy -- while maintaining everyone's sanity.