Pre-Wedding Bonding Activity Ideas for Moms and Brides


Now that your wedding is quickly approaching, you're probably working hard at checking things off your to do list. However, there's one thing you should add to your list: Spending time with your mom (and future mother-in-law!). Your wedding is a major moment for all the mothers involved, too — after all, she's about to watch her little one walk down the aisle and into a new life. So, while your calendar may be full of dress fittings and cake tastings, it's important to squeeze in some quality mother-daughter bonding. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Girls Getaway
If you're both able to sneak away for a couple days, book a spa weekend at a nearby resort — a great idea because you'll be able to balance mother-daughter time with some alone time for yourself during treatments. Plus, being away from home and your mother-daughter routine will help foster deeper, more meaningful conversations that you probably wouldn't have in your normal life.

Cooking Class
Sign up for a class at a local culinary school and spend the day cooking, eating, and drinking in the kitchen. Afterwards, ask her to teach you to make how to make some favorite family recipes — she'll be touched and you'll have another mother-daughter date to look forward to.

See more: Why Your Mom Is Behaving Strangely Now That You're Engaged

Flower-Arranging Class
Another interactive idea: A mother-daughter floral arranging class. Not only will you and your mama bond over beautiful blooms, you may even come up with a few ideas for your own wedding florals.

Start a Project Together
We love the idea of working on a family tree together that celebrates your past and the future; plus, it would make such a meaningful display at the wedding. Another idea: Work on assembling a box of treasured family recipes that your mom can pass down to you.

When you're in the midst of planning your wedding, you may get caught up with the nitty-gritty details and lose sight of the bigger picture and what really matters. For a good dose of reality and perspective, why not spend the day volunteering with your mama somewhere? Doing good will make you both feel good; plus, it will help reduce stress and build a stronger connection to your mom and your community.

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