Mother of the bride can be an exhilarating yet somewhat thankless role: Mom helps foot the bill and plan the event, then stands back on the big day in her bland mother-of-the-bride dress. Even Dad gets a first dance with the bride.

In It's Her Wedding But I'll Cry If I Want To Washingtonian lifestyle editor Leslie Milk puts moms of the betrothed front and center. Milk offers sage advice on a variety of likely hurdles a mother of the bride will face. She also includes several hilarious lists, including five reasons why your daughter doesn't want to wear your wedding dress (reason no. 5: "She thinks it makes her look just like you.") Milk writes in an authoritative, been-there-done-that tone that is both informative and fun. And about that mother-of-the-bride dress: she even includes a chapter on how to pull off a stylish yet tasteful look.

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