The Mother of the Bride's
The mother of the bride is a very important
part of the wedding day. In a traditional ceremony and reception
the mother of the bride has certain duties and roles to fulfill.
The bride needs to analyse carefully what her mothers role will
be, according to each person?s wishes. She will act as a hostess
at a formal reception, fulfilling the wishes of her daughter.
The bride and groom may want a traditional wedding,
in which the mother of the bride will carry out these roles. If
this is the plan, however, than there are many things to plan for
and consider. The brides mother will act as the organizer of her
daughters wedding. She will organise the guest list, and be in charge
of the invitations.
Other duties include: helping choose the flowers
for the ceremony and reception, accommodation for guests, acting
between the two families, among other duties. She will want to assist
her daughter with choosing a dress, and other dress plans, and bridesmaid
outfits. She will want to wear a dress or outfit that fits the approval
of the bride, in keeping with the style and specific faith of the
wedding. In following tradition and custom, the mother may wear
and hat and gloves if she so wishes. However it is her choice, as
well as the brides choice for all matters of dress.
For the ceremony, the mother of the bride
will be escorted to her seat on the left side of the aisle. If there
is no adult bridesmaid, the bride will hand her mother the bouquet,
and she will take it with her when the bride and groom sign the
register. During the recessional, she will walk beside the grooms
father down the aisle. This signifies the unification of the two
families. She will than continue on with the day into the reception,
acting as a formal hostess according to her daughters wishes.