bride and mother of the bride

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Your mom has watched you grow up, and the day you get married will probably be just as monumental for her as it will be for you. She was there for all the ups and downs in your life (bad high school breakups, anyone?), and your wedding day is the perfect time to make her feel loved and remembered for everything she’s done to this point.

Take a look at our list of five ways to make the mother-of-the-bride feel special on your wedding day:

Let her help you get ready
Your mom probably helped you get dressed all the time when you were little, but chances are you started handling it on your own a long time ago. Asking your mom to help you get ready on your wedding day will bring back memories for her from when you were a kid, and will create new moments that you can both cherish for years to come. Plus, if you’re wearing a gown, you’ll likely need a bit of assistance putting it on. Mom to the rescue!

Wear something that belongs to her
Whether it’s a piece of jewelry or the same veil that she wore on her wedding day, adding a bit of your mom to your ensemble is sure to make her feel honored as you walk down the aisle. It’s also a sweet gesture that you can choose to carry on one day with your future son or daughter.

Do a first look with her
You’ve likely heard of doing a first look with your spouse-to-be and maybe even with your dad, but a new tradition we love is doing a first look with your mom. Your wedding day will fly by before you know it, and it’s easy to get caught up and unintentionally miss out on time with your loved ones. Setting aside a first look with mom ensures that you have a few minutes for just the two of you! Take that time to let her know how much she means to you.

Have her walk you down the aisle
For brides, it’s tradition to have your dad walk you down the aisle and give you away to your fiancé(e). If for some reason your dad won’t be present at your wedding, consider asking your mom to do the honor in his place. We also love the idea of having both your dad and mom escort you to the altar (which is tradition in some cultures, anyway)!

Dance with her at the reception
You can plan this with her ahead of time, or you can decide to catch her completely off-guard in a surprise move. Choose a song that holds special meaning to you (we think an upbeat tune would be fun!) and ask the DJ or emcee to call your mom onto the dance floor when the time comes — spotlight and all. Not only will the two of you have a blast letting loose, but she’ll feel like a million bucks knowing that you wanted to share part of your big day with her.