May 13th is Mothers’ Day this year! So to kick the month off, I thought it would be fitting to do an article all about MOB ‘s! I decided to interview my mom for this article all about her experiences with being the Mother of the Bride because she’s been lucky enough to do it more than once! Hopefully this article will show you some interesting insights, but it’s also a great thing to share with your mom, especially if she hasn’t been an MOB before! How many times have you been mother of the bride? Do you have any advice for first-time mothers of the bride? I could write a book! First, I would say it’s best to allow your daughter the freedom to design her wedding according to her own taste and preferences. Be there to help, to offer an opinion, but don’t push your preferences on her. She will thank you for it later! I made it a priority to give my girls the same dress budget and let them choose their dream dress without any interference or pushing them toward dresses I preferred. As it turned out, we pretty much knew the right dress at the same moment–it was always the one that made mom tear up! Second, choose your dress early. The mother of the groom is waiting for you to choose a dress so she can use it as a guideline for the length, style and color of her own dress. Be sure to show her a picture as soon as you’ve bought your dress. If you can, meet with the groom’s parents in person so you can get to know them, discuss the wedding plans, establish a budget together (if they are helping to pay for the wedding), and just to enjoy this special time in your children’ lives. It’s not a good idea to rely on your daughter as a go-between to make sure everyone is on the same page. Finally, enjoy every minute of the planning, preparations, ceremony and reception–this moment in your life will be precious!