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After the Bride and Groom, the Mother of the Bride is arguably the most important person at the wedding.Mother of the Bride roles respoonsibilities outfits

The traditional role for the Mother of the Bride was to organise the wedding on behalf of her daughter, and for the Bride’s parents to pick up the bill. But with couples co-habiting before they get married, people getting married older and women being more financially independent from their parents, the Mother of the Bride’s role can differ vastly in today’s modern wedding planning.

The traditional role for the Mother of the Bride was to:
Be the official hostess of the day
Order the stationery (invitations, menus, order of service, place cards)
Send out the invitations and receive replies.
Help the Bride to choose her dress and other outfits. Arrange and book the church and reception.
Hire the cars.
Organise the flowers for the church, reception and the bride’s bouquet.
Book the photographer.
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Be the second to take to the dance floor after the newlyweds have had their first dance

Obviously all this has changed, and many brides prefer to organise their own weddings these days. Nevertheless, most daughters still turn to their mother for help and guidance (financial or otherwise) in the wedding planning. 

An important note to Mother of Brides-to-be from The Chief Bridesmaid - your daughter may have very set ideas about how they want their wedding day to be - and this something that you should respect regardless of how little or involved you are in the wedding planning.

A important note to Brides-Mother of the Bride information from The Chief Bridesmaidto-be from The Chief Bridesmaid - Your wedding day is absolutely your day, and a very special day at that, so you may want to organise it all yourself. But nevertheless, there are ways to get your mother involved, whilst still remaining the chief wedding planner. You might be surprised how much her input can help. Why not invite her along to find your wedding venue, choose your wedding dress and any menu tastings?  Just be clear with her whether it’s her honest input you are after, or simply some friendly company. 

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