There’s a myriad of articles around on how to prevent arguments with mums and prospective mother-in-laws as everyone gives their ten pence worth on everything from the dress, to the cake to the speeches, but for mum and daughter, a wedding, whatever its size is a bonding experience. So rather than letting it get lost in a haze of frantic organisation, don’t forget to leave a little time to reflect and revel in it all as well.
Conde Nast Brides magazine is an endless resource for advice on ways to turn lots of little decisions into special occasions you can share with your mum when it comes to wedding planning.
Personal favourites include something as simple as regular phone calls to discuss or update her on plans, to giving her control of select tasks that play to her strengths. That might be tracking RSVPs and organising gift bags, asking for her opinion on final design decisions or simply being a pillar of emotional support when someone inevitably has their nose put out of joint (they will, someone always does – mum will know what to do).
You know your relationship with your mum best, so you will know what she will enjoy and where you will both gain the most pleasure out of the partnership.
Try as you might to make every wedding dress fitting a joyous occasion, time does run away and there’s usually the odd bump in the road. While hen parties provide quality time with friends, an afternoon, a day or even a weekend away just with mum is likely to become a treasured memory.
In a magical, fairytale country house hotel, Luton Hoo has all the credentials for making you and your mum feel utterly spoiled. This is not an opportunity to spend worrying about calories – have a glass of bubbly, tuck into afternoon tea and snuggle up in a robe and slippers.
Surrounded by 350 acres of grounds, Ramside Hall Hotel is a country house hotel with a contemporary spa. The adult-only escape is a really peaceful and grown up experience, surrounded by beautiful gardens.
At Inglewood House, surrounded by 25 acres of beautiful Scottish countryside, you can luxuriate in the outdoor hot tub and indulge in beautiful treatments, but the property itself is a spectacular Jacobean country house – newly restored and idyllic.
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