Can the mother of the groom host a bridal shower? Yes!

Can the mother of the groom host a bridal shower? Yes!

Traditionally, it has been considered poor form for family members of either the bride or the groom to host a shower since, as one mother of the bride friend points out, it is essentially asking for gifts. Even more traditionally, “back in the day,” there was only one shower, Continue reading

9 inexpensive rehearsal dinner ideas and ways to find more

9 inexpensive rehearsal dinner ideas and ways to find more

I asked a few experienced friends for inexpensive rehearsal dinner ideas. Most of these are suggestions from real-life rehearsal dinners, second receptions or similar events. Most are best-suited for casual get-togethers. Since the number one rule of the rehearsal dinner is that it Continue reading

Begin the best daughter-in-law relationship during the engagement

Begin the best daughter-in-law relationship during the engagement

Between the excitement of the engagement announcement and the serious sleeves-rolled-up wedding planning, the mother of the groom has a one-of-a-kind, but narrow, window in which to strengthen the relationship with the bride and her family.  This is a great time to get to know Continue reading

Engagement party may be hosted by the groom’s parents

Engagement party may be hosted by the groom’s parents

An engagement party provides a lovely opportunity for families and friends to become better acquainted while also celebrating the future of the bride and groom. Although this event is traditionally hosted by the bride's parents, as with nearly all other wedding customs, the rules are Continue reading