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4 Reasons Why You Should Invite Your Mother-in-Law to Get Ready with You on Your Wedding Day

Don't forget that it's a big day for her, too.

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Considering not inviting your future mother-in-law to join you on the morning of the wedding? Think again. Maybe she's a little annoying or doesn't really get you, but it doesn't matter anymore. Your wedding is certainly the biggest day of your life, but it's also bound to be one of the biggest days of her life, too. Be the bigger person and invite your MIL to get ready with you and your girls. Professional makeup artists often receive bookings for the bride, her 'maids, and her mom, but when asked if the mother of the groom will have her hair and makeup done, most brides answer, "Oh, I don't know, probably not." Here, we share the four reasons why you should rethink your attitude towards your mother-in-law, and consider introducing her to your wedding-day glam squad.

 

Ways to Bond with Your Future Mother-in-Law

 

It can help you put your differences aside.

Whatever issues you two might have had before this point, asking your mother-in-law to be part of the more personal wedding day festivities is often seen as a peace offering. You can shine as the bigger person by letting her share your spotlight. Plus, it's kind to let her know you want her to look her best, too. After all, she'll be photographed throughout the day.

 

She's a good mother.

You won't appreciate this until you have children, but she is the mother of the person you are marrying. If it weren't for her, this wonderful guy you're marrying would be a total jerk. You have to give her props. She has helped to create the most amazing man on this earth. As a thank-you for raising a good man (which is hard to find these days), let her look her most beautiful. She deserves it.

 

Small gestures will count later.

You may not fully-appreciate this until later, but your mother-in-law might prove to be a lifesaver down the road. Whether she helps you put up blinds in your new house, or babysits your children so that you can have a date night, your husband's mom might just turn out to be your best friend. Start off on the right foot. Even if you're not close yet, this small gesture of inclusion can go a long way. She will remember this special morning with you for a long time, and when you are at the end of your rope with a colicky baby and she offers you a break, you will want to kiss her feet.

 

Everyone can bond over beauty.

There is a universal desire amongst women to look beautiful. No matter her style, chances are your MIL wants to look and feel great on your day. She may open up to you on the morning of your wedding while watching you have your hair and makeup done. And don't forget that seeing a bride (especially your future daughter-in-law) getting dressed for her walk down the aisle is a once-in-a-lifetime moment—it won't kill you to let her be there. It's a great way to start the best day of your life.

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