Including Mom In Your Wedding

by | May 13, 2012


The mothers of the couple play special roles in the wedding. They may help with a financial contribution, have particular ideas on the plans, act as hosts for events leading up to and including the wedding, have ceremonial roles and support their children through it all. So how do you thank mom for all that she has done? Look for ways to honor her in your celebration, of course!


  1. Help her with her wedding attire. The mother of the bride and groom often select attire that is in keeping with the color scheme or theme of the wedding party. Help her to select a flattering dress that she feels comfortable wearing.
  2. Arrange parent transportation. If your budget allows, consider hiring a car and driver for your parents. They’ll appreciate the star treatment.
  3. Acknowledge them in your program. A note from you thanking them for their support will mean a lot to your parents.
  4. Schedule her beauty appointment. This is a big day for your parent’s too. They will be greeting guests on your behalf, involved in the ceremony and in several pictures too. Help mom look her best with professional hair and makeup services.
  5. Include pictures of mom. If you will have a slideshow as part of reception entertainment, include pictures of your family through the years. You can also display your parents wedding pictures at your cake table or welcome table.
  6. Honor moms with a dance. Invite all moms in attendance to dance with their children as you dance with yours. Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” is a perfect choice for the song.
  7. Ask mom to escort you. Many brides ask their mom to escort them down the aisle with their fathers.
  8. Write her a letter. Your mom will cherish a hand written letter from you on your wedding day. Thank your mom for her support through the years and let her know the advice you have taken to heart.
  9. Give a gift from the heart. A special token of your appreciation can go along way. Consider giving a piece of jewelry, a spa certificate or something that she will appreciate.
  10. Have a thank you brunch. The day after your wedding is the perfect time to spend a few hours with your parents. A morning after brunch is a great time to thank them for their help at your wedding and relive those moments again.
  11. Incorporate a piece of her dress. Many brides use a piece of their mother’s dress as a handkerchief, bouquet wrap or sew a piece into their dress.
  12. Ask her for your something borrowed. If you are continuing the tradition of something old, new, borrowed and blue, ask both moms if they would like to contribute an article.
  13. Allow your parents a special dance. Ask your wedding DJ, to play the songs from your parents wedding and invite everyone to celebrate them as examples of loving couples.

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