Our loose guidelines on Mom’s official responsibilities as Mother of the Bride. As to the unofficial? There’s only one: being her mom.) But just for the record:
It’s usually part of your job to help research wedding venues, whether you’re calling friends for recommendations or getting quotes.
Depending on your relationship, you’re officially on duty to help with all things wedding dress-related, including helping make the final dress decision, using your expert eye for tailoring, or just listening and approving, simply because she looks so happy.
You may have a special tradition you want your daughter to participate in during the ceremony. Or you may have ideas about other cultural experiences you want to include. She’ll likely value your suggestions. Just remember, the final decision belongs to her and her partner.
It’s always fun to host one of the events leading up to the wedding, whether it’s an engagement party, a shower or rehearsal dinner. Just remember to include her in the planning, and make sure you’re hosting it the way she’s envisioned.
It’s a big day for you, too. Remember to take care of yourself, since she’ll be needing you more than ever on her wedding day as a source of wisdom, inspiration and love.