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

15 ways to take care of yourself for your son’s wedding

15 ways to take care of yourself for your son’s wedding

A mother of the groom wrote to me about her upcoming son's wedding and an intimidating list of obstacles and issues riding along with the event. I could hear the oncoming train wreck miles and months away. When considering how to help her walk through these minefields, I realized that Continue reading

3 simple steps to form (and fine-tune) the rehearsal dinner guest list

3 simple steps to form (and fine-tune) the rehearsal dinner guest list

Who is invited to the rehearsal dinner? This may be one of the first questions of the mother of the groom who often, but not always, plans this event. If you and your son's father are hosting the rehearsal dinner, working closely with the bride to develop the rehearsal dinner guest 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