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

6 secrets to getting along with your ex-husband for your son’s wedding

6 secrets to getting along with your ex-husband for your son’s wedding

The chances that a mother of the groom will deal with an ex-husband in regards to her son’s wedding are, sadly, about one in two. Officially, it is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that tracks these statistics in the United States. According to the CDC, in 2011, 6.8 Continue reading

How I practiced (not) for the groom and mother dance

How I practiced (not) for the groom and mother dance

I can't say that the groom and mother dance was the first thing that came to mind when I heard my son was engaged to his dream girl. The rehearsal dinner and what I would wear were more immediate concerns. I thought about it soon though. And often. And my daughter-in-law brought it Continue reading

4 secrets to wedding budgeting for the mother of the groom

4 secrets to wedding budgeting for the mother of the groom

The ever moving target of who pays for what can cause confusion when the mother of the groom approaches wedding budgeting. Occasionally, expenses are shared for in the traditional manner: the bride's parents pay for the wedding and reception and the groom's parents pay for the Continue reading