Daytime/Afternoon weddings or Spring/Summer weddings allow for a more casual
atmosphere to the celebration of marriage. Many Spring/Summer weddings are held outdoors with a garden party atmosphere.
Softer, more romantic styles suit these weddings well. Long curly falls, or partial up-styles look lovely without seeming over-dressed.
The Mother of the Bride:
The Mother of the Bride and the Groom's Mother are usually honored in some special way as a part of
the ceremony. Many brides choose to include two single long-stemmed roses as part of the flowers they carry down the aisle,
and will stop briefly to gift both mother and mother-in-law-to-be with a rose. Aside from this gesture, neither the bride's nor
the groom's mothers have any active part in the ceremony. It is important on this special occasion for the two women to look
their best, but their choices of hairstyle don't need to have any correlation to the Bridal Party's.
Extra Note: Few people realize that many of the traditions in modern wedding ceremonies have long historical significance.
The list of these is far too long to include them all here, but there are a couple that are appropriate to our discussion.
The act of paying homage to the mother-of-the-bride and future mother-in-law comes from the fact that in ages past, the
only time there was a big celebration was at the wedding of noble (if not in fact royal) individuals. These were the only persons whose
families could afford to throw these kinds of lavish celebration.
The bride (princess) would pay honor to her mother (the queen) for raising her, and then to her
mother-in-law (also usually a queen) for becoming her new 'mother'. Not attempting to bring politics into the subject, but women
were little more than property (even princesses) unless they were at the apex of their possible stations (queen). And the bridal
party of today's brides represents the bride's (princess') ladies-in-waiting. These women would have been part of her household and
would have acted as both servants and companions for the princess, since her social interactions and opportunities to make other
friends would have been limited. The senior-most of these women would have served as her maid-of-honor and historically would have
gone with the princess to her new life along with one or more of the other bridesmaids. Modern brides elect to give the maid-of-honor
role to either a sister or cherished friend since not many women today have handmaidens or ladies-in-waiting.
This information is offered to illustrate the historical significance behind the tradition,
and therefore the reason for the hierarchy represented in each detail of the preparations.