5 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Mothers

5 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Mothers | Seattle Wedding Planner

5 Holiday Gifts for Mothers that will be represented on your wedding day, from Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Grandmothers and/or Stepmothers! The women in your life have been so influential in shaping the woman you have become, so why not have a look on a website like WatchShopping for a gift that they will surely adore? It’s so important to let them know how appreciated they have been, so maybe surprise them this holiday season with a beautiful piece of jewelry that can be worn casually, dressed up, or even on the big day!

As we’ve been exploring Lisa Bridge’s exclusive jewelry line with Ben Bridge, here are some lovely ideas from her collection that can be SO versatile for any occasion. Read more about Lisa and her recent engagement story she shared with us last week here!

5 Holiday Gifts for Mothers

14K GOLD & HEMATITE NECKLACE – $499

This double-strand necklace will literally go with everything – its edgy and delicate qualities would make the perfect gift for your MOB.

5 Holiday Gifts for Mothers

CONVERTIBLE ROSE QUARTZ EARRINGS – $199

Give your on-the-go mom something chic and versatile – double them up for a luxe look or remove the detachable dangle to wear as pretty stud earrings. These come in other colors too!

5 Holiday Gifts for Mothers

MALACHITE MARQUISE RING – $169

For moms that are the life of the party, bring an immediate smile to her face with a vibrant malachite ring – set in an east to west position, this bold cocktail ring will capture her spunky personality.

5 Holiday Gifts for Mothers

SPINEL EARRINGS – $399

Dress up any outfit with these darling black earrings in yellow gold. Elegant and classic for any occasion!

5 Holiday Gifts for Mothers

TIGER’S EYE & BLACK SAPPHIRE RING – $299

This cocktail ring is perfect for a mom’s night out. Golden brown Tiger’s Eye with halo framed setting is sure to stand out at any party!

We hope you enjoyed these 5 holiday gifts for mothers from Lisa Bridge’s lovely collection! Any of these items can be purchased exclusively through any Ben Bridge retailer.

Happy Shopping!

Wedding “Management” 101

There are SO many people wanting to have input on your day. Between your bridesmaids to your mothers to even your guests. How on earth do you not turn into a Bridezilla when you already have been planning your day for years (probably since you were between 5-8 years old) and need close friends and family’s support along the way? We will help break down some of the easy solutions for you to “put out fires” or minor disagreements before they could end badly.

Parents

Mothers of the Groom should be responsible for planning the rehearsal dinner (since typically the Groom’s parents pay for this portion for the wedding). The rehearsal dinner tasks include:

  • booking the venue
  • picking out dinner and deserts
  • sending out invitations
  • collecting RSVP’s
  • seating chart

She should be communicating with you on attendees prior to sending out the invitations. Depending on your relationship with her, you might want to offer help shopping for her dress to the wedding and even invite her to tag along to the Wedding Gown Salon as you pick out your gown. If she is hinting at the fact she would like to help out more, you might want to give her a little more. It might be hard, but it will lighten your load. Some other ideas to keep her apart of the planning are:

  • transportation to the venue for groomsmen and bridesmaids
  • transportation after the wedding for the bride and groom
  • taking gifts, flowers, other misc. decorations at the end of the night

Fathers of the Bride will help with the finances usually. Some fathers will assist in venue selection and little tasks like invitation assembly and favors, but primarily the father’s big duty is to help pay for the wedding day itself. And from our experience this is a huge job in itself. Let your father go through the stages of having his little girl turn into a beautiful bride. Sometimes this is plenty for him to focus on during the engagement.

Mothers of the Bride are typically very involved with the entire wedding process. Much, much more so than the Maid of Honor. They love to help pick out your dress, accessories, and traditionally, pick out the wedding night lingerie.

  • Coordinating parties- engagement, bridal shower
  • Help pick out wedding gown, accessories
  • Wedding decor
  • Wedding venue
  • Book hotel accommodations for guests and/or wedding party
  • Put favors together
  • Assemble invites
  • Track and manage RSVPs

Wedding Party

Your wedding party is your fun support. They are there to lift your dress if you need to use the restroom, walk during pictures, and make sure you are staying hydrated and fed throughout the wedding day. These ideas can carry over to the stag do before the wedding, for instance, a friend had their stag do in Prague and searched for the best places to drink in Prague. However, there are plenty of tasks to pass on to them too. Here is a list of what your wedding party, Best Man and Maid of Honor are responsible for.

The Best Man should :

  • Coordinate the Bachelor party, determine location, guests, food/drinks, activities
  • Coordinate with the rest of the groomsmen on getting fitted for their suit/tux
  • Prepare a speech for the wedding reception
  • Gather groomsmen when needed for ceremony, pictures, and other helpful tasks throughout the night (moving tables/chairs and gifts)
  • Gather Grooms items before he leaves

The Maid of Honor should:

  • Help coordinate the Shower
  • Coordinate the Bachelorette party, determine location, guests, food/drinks, activities
  • Rally bridesmaids on getting fitted and pay for bridesmaids dresses
  • Prepare a speech for wedding reception
  • Gather bridesmaids when needed for ceremony, pictures, and other helpful tasks throughout the night (moving decorations, guest book)
  • Gather Bride’s belongings before she leaves

The Wedding Party should:

  • Be ready on time
  • Buy gifts at all parties and wedding
  • Buy their apparel
  • Assist if needed for set up and take down during the wedding
  • Be the bride and groom’s support throughout the engagement and beyond

Guests

It’s likely that you are inviting others to your wedding besides just your parents and wedding party. Although this is your day and you don’t focus on your guests too much in the planning process, they do need to feel comfortable throughout the event. As you are planning your day, be sure they are getting enough food (if needed), plenty of water and beverages, ensure that parking near the venue is easy, that they are able to find the reception venue without a hassle. Having background music during dinner, providing shade or shelter if it is an outdoor wedding. These little things can help keep your guests comfortable.

Sometimes there will be a guest who is unhappy. Either with the menu, seating arrangements, they are too hot, too cold, they don’t like the songs.. whatever it may be, it is usually not worth the fuss. If you have a coordinator at your wedding, they will be able to handle the situation and defuse any tension (if handled correctly). As frustrating as it may be for that guest, they can choose to make an adjustment and remember why they are there celebrating YOUR day. 😉

The biggest take-a-ways from this blog are to really know the people in your family and closest friends that want to be your support system for your entire wedding process. If they are wanting to do too much, ask them to focus on X, Y, Z to help you. On the other hand, if they aren’t doing enough, ask them to focus on X, Y, Z to help you. Either way it is a win- just be sure you are being proactive to keep them from over or under stepping the boundaries. Remember they are not trying to control your wedding day, but provide the greatest amount of help as they can.

Also, if you choose to hire a coordinator for your wedding day or to assist in planning, most of the tasks listed above will be taken off of the plates of your friends and parents and placed into the hands of a professional. It can make it a more enjoyable time for those with less tasks and allow them to focus on your celebration!