Next time you have a loved one's wedding to attend, be sure to pay tribute to the women who raised them. After all, weddings are a big deal for mothers, too — right up there with giving birth and sending kids off to college for the first time. Marriage means the beginning of new family. They’re welcoming a son or daughter into their life, while also watching their child branch off to start a household of their own.
My mother was a ball of sentimentality around the time my older sister got married. Her best friend gave her a shadow box shortly after the wedding, which I thought was odd. But now, I'm a little bummed I didn't think of it myself! My mom filled the case with mementos from my sister’s and her wife’s special day: the invitation and save the date, a photo from their engagement shoot, a program from the ceremony, and dried flowers from the centerpiece. It now hangs prominently in my parents' house, serving as a reminder of that beautiful day.
That’s just one idea, for all you crafty types out there. If that's not your style, here are my other top gift ideas for mothers of the soon-to-be newlyweds.