Looking for ways to honor the woman who made you who you are? Here are our favorite ways to include your mom in your wedding, inspired by real Northern Virginia weddings.
ASK HER FOR SOMETHING BORROWED
Carry a piece of your mom with you on your wedding day. Ask her for something borrowed to incorporate into your wedding day outfit. Or take inspiration from Anna, who had a piece of a wedding dress that had been worn by several family members into the lining of her dress.
HAVE SOME ONE-ON-ONE TIME
The getting ready suite can be a bit chaotic on the morning of your wedding. Invite your mom to stay with you while you get ready, then consider asking everyone else to leave for a bit so you can have some one-on-one time. You can use this time to soak up your mom’s wisdom, ask to hear stories, and honor her role in your life.
GIFT HER SOMETHING SPECIAL
Consider getting your mom something special to remember your wedding day. We particularly love this funny handkerchief that Brandi sewed for her mom, but your gift doesn’t have to be handmade. When in doubt, go with a piece of sentimental jewelry.
INCLUDE HER IN YOUR FIRST LOOK
Many brides do a first look with their dad, so we love that Sarah chose to include her mom in this special moment as well. After all, why should dads have all the fun?
WALK DOWN THE AISLE WITH BOTH PARENTS
We no longer follow the literal tradition of your father “giving you away” to your groom, yet most brides still walk down the aisle with their dads. Consider this your permission slip to mix things up a bit! Walking down the aisle with both of your parents is a visible and meaningful way to include your mom in your wedding day.
ASSIGN HER A SPECIAL ROLE IN THE CEREMONY
Na Eun and Jae Won’s mothers wore traditional hanbok and walked down the aisle together for the ceremony. You might consider having your mom do a reading or play a role in whatever traditions you choose to include in your ceremony.
INCLUDE A SPECIAL TRIBUTE
Is there a way you can include something that belongs to your mom in your wedding day decor? For instance, Amanda incorporated her mom’s wedding veil into the ceremony backdrop as a sweet (and beautiful) tribute!
HAND HER THE MIC
If your mom is comfortable speaking in public, ask her to give a toast or a blessing, or emcee part of the evening, like introducing the special dances. Sarah’s mom was a fabulous emcee for their joint mother-son father-daughter choreographed dance.
HAVE A MOTHER DAUGHTER DANCE
Whether your mom is your only parent or you share a special bond, consider a mother daughter dance. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house for Linda’s emotional dance with her mom!
We hope this list helped you find the perfect way to include your mom in your wedding! If you found this useful, check out our list of groom gift ideas from real weddings.
Photos by Bakerture, Stefanie Kamerman Photography, Photography by Marirosa, Stefanie Kamerman Photography, Bakerture, Justin Kunimoto Photography, Hoffer Photography, Ashley Paige Photography, Roma Vista Photography
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