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It is the role of the mother to support and help her daughter through the chaotic and exciting stages of planning her wedding. It can be a difficult working arrangement as a mother can often have dreamed of the wedding she would like for her daughter and may be disappointed if her dream doesn’t match that of the bride-to-be.

To avoid conflict, it is best to give mother specific tasks which will keep her involved but allows you to still plan the wedding your way. For example, once the venue, caterers, photographers etc have been chosen, it can be her responsibility to confirm all bookings and be a point of contact.

The father of the bride’s true role comes into play on the day of the wedding when he accompanies her to the venue and walks her down the aisle to her future husband. He, along with the mother of the bride, is the host of the wedding reception and his will be the first speech made after the meal. But on the run up to the wedding he can also be delegated tasks to help both the bride and her mother.

The brides family traditionally pay for:

  • The bride's dress and going away outfit
  • Announcements in the local paper
  • Bridesmaid’s dresses and accessories
  • Wedding stationery
  • Flowers in the wedding venue and reception venue
  • Transport for the bridal party to and from the ceremony and to the reception
  • The reception venue
  • Reception entertainment
  • Reception food and drinks (normally Champagne or Bucks Fizz)
  • Photography and videography
  • Wedding cake
  • Wedding favours for guests


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