In a wedding, a lot of attention is paid to the Mother of the Bride. The Mother of the Groom is an equally important role. She is about to take part in a very important day in her son’s life, so it is important that she have an active part in the festivities and feel a part of the new family that is forming.
Her Role in the Grand Affair
While the Mother of the Bride traditionally takes on many of the pre-wedding planning responsibilities, many modern couples are including the groom’s mother as well. If your son is getting married, it is a good idea to let your daughter-in-law to be know that you are ready to assist in any way she and her mother need. You do have some key traditional roles as well.
Once the engagement is announced, be sure to invite the bride’s parents over for cocktails or out to dinner. This allows you time to meet and get to know each other. If you already know each other, this is a perfect opportunity to congratulate each other and see what the preliminary plans are for the wedding, and what additional assistance you can offer. You should also arrange a dinner to introduce the bride to the rest of your son’s family.
You will attend the Hen Party and bring a gift. You also have your role at the wedding, such as standing in the receiving line with your son and dancing during the mother/son dance. In addition, you have an important role the day before the wedding: the rehearsal dinner. You and your spouse will be responsible for paying and planning the rehearsal dinner, including sending out invitations and managing RSVPs.
If you are unsure about what additional roles to take on and want to be sure that you don’t step on anyone’s toes in wedding planning, offer to the bride and her mother to help them manage the invitation list for your side of the family. This can be especially helpful if they are planning a large wedding. You will know the contact and RSVP habits of your family members better than anyone. Offer to gather addresses and make follow up calls to your family members to ensure everyone gets their reply back in time for wedding planning.
What to Wear for the Big Day
The other important thing for the Mother of the Groom to know is what to wear. The Mother of the Groom’s outfit should complement the wedding and coincide with wedding colors. It should also never clash or overshadow the dress for the Mother of the Bride. Traditionally, the Mother of the Bride will contact you to let you know what dress she has chosen, so that you can match color and style appropriately. If she does not contact you, reach out to her so that you can get the information you need. You can also relay the information about color and style preferences to your family members so that wedding guest dresses do not overshadow the wedding party.
If you are looking for a good way to bond with the Mother of the Bride, consider inviting her for a Mother’s Day Out to shop for dresses and plan hairstyles and make-up. Shopping together means that you both ensure dresses that complement each other and the wedding itself. Getting your hair and make-up done together is a fun and relaxing way to prepare yourself and get to know each other.
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As the Mother of the Groom, you have a very big day ahead of you. Your son is about to begin his life with the woman he loves. Enjoy the day and all of the excitement that leads up to it and congratulations.
Article Author: Daisy Flipper