Article by Ceri Wheeldon
Weddings in theory should be a joyous occasion . I helped a friend on her stand at the National Wedding Show a while ago – I was amazed at just what a huge business weddings had become- and the planning and stress associated with the build up to the event. I chatted to one Mother of the Bride who told me that when her daughter had announced that she was getting married they discussed keeping the wedding small- and manageable -and not get caught up in the circus. However once the venue had been booked she said that they had got caught up in the pre-wedding spectacle – attending wedding fairs most weekends for ideas and contacts. Costs were spiralling and she felt her relationship with her daughter was suffering as a result.
Another emotional bride to be confided that she booked her wedding date only for her mother to be told 2 days later that she had terminal cancer . They were bringing the date forward to make it special for her mother – and to make sure that her mother would be there on what was going to be an incredibly emotional day.
Is the wedding the bride’s day or the mother’s?
Two very different scenarios. Do weddings bring the mother and daughter closer together- or further apart? It seems as much effort and discussion goes into the Mother of the Bride looking and feeling good on the day as it does the Bride. Both are under the spotlight. I have been to weddings where it has seemed to be been far more the mother’s day than the bride’s! There can be arguments over choice of bridesmaids, choice of colours for the bridesmaid’s dresses, number of guests, seating plans. Are these topics that both mother and daughter happily agree on – or do emotions run high leading to tears?
I know that in the case of my own (first) wedding the planning was very much a battle of wills between myself and my mother – I may be one of the few brides not to have attended her own evening ‘do’ – mostly because I knew none of the guests invited (and I was limited to inviting only 2 of my own friends) !
My reaction may have been a little extreme, but weddings can bring out the best and worst in people – and mother/daughter relationships can fly or flounder as a result.
I’d love to know more about your own mother/daughter wedding experiences.
Marisota are running a Mother of the Bride a survey on their Facebook page at the moment asking about just that – I’m not sure if my own experience will fit into any of their questions – but for those that participate there is a chance of £100 voucher to spend on their website in a prize draw. I’ve popped in a link to the survey here
Just in case you were wondering 30 years after that wedding- my mother is now speaking to me. All’s well that ends well 🙂