What are the mother of the bride's responsibilities?


The Planning Phase
Helping your daughter pick out a dress is a tradition most mothers look forward to.
Helping your daughter pick out a dress is a tradition most mothers look forward to.
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Most of the work happens during the wedding planning phase. Because every little detail costs money, planning can't start until there's a budget. This is a responsibility the mother of the bride traditionally helps out with -- whether you're paying for everything, contributing a set amount, or your daughter and her intended are footing the bills.

Once funds are allocated, you'll:

  • Help make the guest list for the bride and work with the groom's family on its guest list
  • Help your daughter select her dress (and possibly the bridesmaid's dresses)
  • Find your dress as soon as possible
  • Scout out and visit potential event locations with your daughter
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
  • Help document gifts and givers
  • Attend the bridal shower(s) and possibly host one
  • Listen to your daughter's hopes, frustrations, triumphs and disasters
  • Offer praise, congratulations and loving support as needed

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