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You know how to avoid becoming a bridezilla, and your groom is way too chill to let his groomzilla out on your wedding day. But there's one more person whose emotions will be running high: Your mother. So whether she's been stressed and pushy for weeks or it suddenly comes out the morning of your Big Day, we asked our experts for ways to handle the dreaded Momzilla on your wedding day.
Keeping Mom calm will have all sorts of benefits, from helping you stay on top of your own nerves and allowing your planner to do his or her job without distraction to making sure the person who knows you best is ready to help you down the aisle. And, of course, she'll have way more fun celebrating with you! Here are a few ways to tame the Momzilla if she rears her ugly head.
Take a few moments together. Whether the two of you go for a morning walk before the makeup artist arrives or hide in the bathroom for a few minutes for a heart-to-heart, take some time to talk to her about what she's feeling, what you're feeling, and what the day means to both of you. Chances are her stress is a reaction to her little girl growing up, so remind her that you're not going anywhere!
Remind her that your planner has it all covered. The day before the wedding, go through the timeline with your planner or coordinator so your mom can rest assured that every detail is taken care of. Then, on your wedding day, encourage her to take off her watch, put down her check list, and let the pros handle it.
Ask Dad (or her BFF) to intervene. If your mom is stressing you out or getting in the way of your planner or florist, have someone step in. Your dad can take her out to lunch or her bestie can go with her to the hotel bar for an early afternoon glass of wine — anything to keep her from meddling!