The Mother of the bride has a very special place in the wedding planning process. The special role is there whether or not she chooses to accept it. For some, it is truly a "Mission Impossible". For others it is the role of a lifetime. But what is important is that she is included.
With families frequently separated by miles, jobs, schools or military service, the parental roles have changed but what has not changed is the importance of including mom in the planning process whenever possible. Remember to include mothers who feel left out of the plans.
What can you do? It's great to involve the groom in the plans but don't forget mom. She can make wonderful suggestions - so ask her opinion and advice. Chances are excellent that she has more experience in dealing with things like receptions, parties, caterers and florists than has the bride.
Most bridal fashion stores would counsel a bride to bring only one person with her to select her gown. That person could/should be mom. Today's tendency to bring the entire wedding party and solicit each of their opinions on THE GOWN, generally is not a productive event. Who knows you and your tastes and dreams better than MOM?
She is also a good person to have along when you choose wedding accessories and gifts for your attendants. After all, she has known you for a long time.
She is the perfect person to take charge of the master guest list. She can eliminate duplicates, help make decisions on the final list and gather the addresses.
Seek advice on, or let her plan the seating arrangements for the reception. She'll be the one who knows who should sit with whom and who shouldn't be at the same table.
Among all your friends, she'll be the best at helping you put things in perspective when you feel overwhelmed by it all. That's what mom's do!