8 Ways to Honor Your Mom at the Wedding

Discover touching ways to honor your mother during the wedding ceremony.

Generally speaking, mothers help their daughters plan for their wedding, but then when it comes to the big day, the fathers get all the attention. Dads walk the bride down the aisle and help open up the reception with the father-daughter dance. While highlighting a father’s relationship with his daughter is a lovely tradition, it hardly feels fair to the wonderful mothers of the brides who were likely more involved in planning the day!

Therefore, we have come up with a list of different ways to honor your mom on the wedding day. There's everything from private moments with moms who don’t like to be the center of attention, as well as ways to put your mother in the spotlight during the nuptials. Whether you choose to incorporate one or all of these suggestions into your celebration, your mom is sure to appreciate that you thought of her when planning your big day.

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Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

• Wear something of hers for your bridal look. It doesn’t have to be her wedding gown, but a piece of jewelry or hairpiece will be meaningful. If your styles clash, fabric from her own wedding day could hold your bouquet or be included in your chuppah or arbor.  

• After your mom helps you get ready, give her a gift to show how much you appreciate her. 

• Provide her with a corsage to wear throughout the day, preferably with similar flowers to your bridesmaids’ bouquets.

• After walking down the aisle, take a moment with your future spouse to each present your mothers with a rose before exchanging vows. 

• If you plan to light a unity candle, have a sand ceremony, or something similar, your mother and your sweetheart’s mom can take part, perhaps by presenting each of you with the lit candles that light the unity candle. 

• Having your mother give a reading during the ceremony is a touching way to make her a part of the nuptials.

• If you don’t have a father figure available, it’s always lovely to see a mother walking her daughter down the aisle. Even if your dad is around, having both of your parents escort you is a great idea.

• Hopefully you’re already planning to thank your mother in your reception toast, but an additional note in the ceremony program is a thoughtful touch.

For more ideas, learn how to include your future mother-in-law in the planning process, find out how to handle a momzilla, and listen to sweet song ideas for the mother-son dance that aren't too sappy.

Authored by: Emily Lasnier