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It's Her Wedding but I'll Cry If I Want To: A Survival Guide for the Mother of the Bride Excerpt from It's Her Wedding but I'll Cry If I Want To: A Survival Guide for the Mother of the Bride

by Leslie Milk

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Reality Check #1
10 Reasons Why Every Bride Needs A Mother Or Surrogate Mother

1. You are the only one willing to work unlimited hours doing such menial jobs as typing lists, licking envelopes, and picking up and delivering for no pay.

2. You are the only other person who really cares whether the swirls on the wedding cake match the embroidery on her dress or if the yellow flowers are more citron than buttercup.

3. You'll negotiate the budget with the father of the bride and take the heat when the bills arrive.

4. You'll come to the rescue when the recalcitrant caterer refuses to make the groom's favorite pigs-in-blankets for the reception.

5. You'll go with her to 54 shoe stores looking for the perfect white wedding shoes even though you know that no one will see them under the wedding dress.

6. You'll go with her to every dress fitting and assure her that she's going to be a beautiful bride even if she doesn't lose the last 5 pounds.

7. You'll get the bridal salon to alter the wedding dress at the last minute when she does lose the last 5 pounds.

8. You'll entertain his mother and all of your relatives.

9. Whenever the bride begins to panic, she'll feel free to yell at you, knowing that you won't hate her in the morning.

10. After the wedding, you are the only one who'll be willing to watch the wedding video 20 times in the first month, marveling with the bride about every delightful detail.

Reprinted from: It's Her Wedding but I'll Cry If I Want To By Leslie Milk   2005 Leslie Milk. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098.