Q: His mother is perpetually late. How can I make sure that she'll be on time for the wedding?

A: The best thing to do is give Tardy Mom a chaperone, or minder, of sorts—someone who can nudge her along so she doesn't linger over coffee when she should be blow-drying her hair. Think about who you could enlist: Does your groom have a sister or aunt who would be willing to take on the job? Without being dictatorial or demeaning, this "keeper" could make sure your FMIL sticks to a schedule that you and she devise ahead of time (hair and makeup from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., get dressed from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., etc.). This should guarantee that the only grand entrance on the wedding day is yours.

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