It’s finally time for your baby girl to get married and you want everything to be perfect for her. After all, she’s only been dreaming of this day her entire life. Alongside all the excitement preparing for her special day, you’re probably wanting to give her a little something more—advice, stories, or something to remember your fun times together as mother and daughter before you send her off with Prince Charming. I mean, giving your daughter a sentimental wedding gift is one of your many mother of the bride duties, and one you don’t want to forget.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few unique mother of the bride gift ideas that your little girl will treasure forever.
Wedding Prep Scrapbook
You’ll be by your daughter’s side picking out dresses, flowers, food, a venue, and making sure her special details come to life. You’ll share some laughs, some tears, and some tender moments with her as you help her prepare for the biggest day of her life. Have you ever thought she might want to remember these sweet times just as much as her wedding itself? The best way to do that is putting together a Wedding Prep Scrapbook!
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Collect meaningful things when you go out on your wedding prep adventures, such as taking pictures every step of the way or collecting lace from her dress when the alterations are made. Make sure you store all of these things in one designated place like a box or a binder so you can put them together when you have a little more time.
Organize the things you gathered by category: venue, food, dress, flower, invitation, bridal shower, and any other categories you might have.
Find a book you like and start putting in every memory, including stories and picture-perfect moments of your adventures together.
Bonus tip: This is a tender and extraordinary gift, so you don’t want it to get forgotten in the wedding craziness! Save the book to present to your daughter after she comes back from the honeymoon. You can even use the honeymoon time to actually put the book together.
Marriage Advice Scrapbook
You’re extremely happy that your little girl is getting married to the love of her life, and you want it to be the very best for her, but being married is not exactly a walk in the park. It takes work to maintain a happy marriage and it’s so worth it. Maybe you can’t always be there for your daughter but your wisdom and experience can be perpetuated in a scrapbook that she can refer to anytime she needs.
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Gather any quotes, talks or other literature that has helped you in your own marriage. You’ve probably collected a lot throughout the years, so dig it out and re-write or type it.
You’ve learned a fair share just from your own experiences. Your daughter would love to hear what you’ve learned in your own words. Write a list of things you’ve come to understand about creating and maintaining a happy marriage.
Don’t forget to add fun pictures and designs! You can pull these from your own pictures or find some online.
Bonus tip: After adding all the advice you think seems fit, invite other family members or friends to share their two cents about marriage. This could be a fun activity for the bridal shower or a sort of guest book at the reception itself.
Family Tree Book
The day to “Add a Spouse” to your daughter’s name in the family tree is almost here (how did time go by so fast?) so how about giving her a hand with family history? She’ll feel so much more encouraged to continue her genealogy if she already has a rich personalized resource. She may be starting her own family and traditions but her background made her the incredible person she is today, so why not share that with her during this amazing time?
Find a simple pedigree chart of your daughter’s family. This can be the first page in her Family Tree Book.
The next pages can be filled with pictures, stories, birth certificates, and anything else of your daughter’s ancestors. Include those you feel will show her what her family is all about – where they came from, the trials they faced, and what they accomplished.
Finish up the book with a page that contains a picture of your daughter and her soon-to-be husband with a lot of empty space. Here they can start adding to their family tree once they start having little ones of their own.
Bonus tip: Don’t feel like you have to do a complete family history dating all the way back to the beginning of time. This is just a fun highlight for your daughter to give her a little taste of the legacy she’s continuing.
The Mrs. Bracelet
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A girl can never own too much jewelry, and a Mrs. bracelet is the perfect gift she can wear on her wedding day, honeymoon, and years after. Etsy, jewelry stores, and department stores sell dozens of styles you can choose from. If your daughter’s jewelry collection is simple, give her a dainty silver Mrs. chain. If she prefers big and bold, give her a gold hand-stamped band or bangle bracelet set.
FACE IN A CASE
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Wedding days are long. They’re full of pictures, eating, dancing, and greeting family and friends. A useful wedding gift for your daughter—that she can also use every date night after—is the FACE IN A CASE. It’s a cute clutch that can hold her phone, ID, and money, but it also doubles as a small, portable makeup palette with a mirror. With this case, she can quickly touch up her makeup for pictures and check to make sure she’s not talking to hundreds of guests with spinach stuck between her teeth. Coming in a handful of colors, it’s the stylish and handy wedding accessory every bride needs, and your daughter will really appreciate.
Now that your daughter is covered, don’t forget about getting something special for the happy couple! If you need ideas, check out our list of personalized wedding gifts for couples that is sure to have a gift or two your daughter and future son-in-law will love.