What Exactly is Expected of a Mother of the Bride?

Traditionally the bride’s mother organises the reception. Her duties include compiling the guest list, sending out invitations, organising the flowers, ordering or making the cake, booking the photographer and arranging accommodation for the guests. Nowadays, the bride or bridal couple assume many of these duties themselves. On the big day, the bride’s mother usually helps dress the bride, supervises young bridesmaids, is present at the signing of the register and may participate in the processional and recessional.