Another photo op trend that's all the rage is the bride and groom holding up pictures of their parents' wedding days. It's a fun way to honor the whole family and way better than making your guests sit through a boring slide show.
Ask your Mom, grandma, future-mother-in-law, and any other maternal figure in your life if they'd be willing to lend their dress to be displayed at the reception. It's a beautiful tribute to the family and a fun walk down memory lane.
Weddings are an especially emotional time for the mother of the groom, but this mom knows how to hold it together. Besides, she's not losing a son, she's gaining a daughter! ...and a place to stay when she visits the city.
Even if your Mom can't physically be there, you can still make her presence known. Some brides even like to attach a little locket with their mother's picture on it to their shoes, so that she "walks" her down the aisle.