Mom's my BFF: Should I have my mom as maid of honor?

My mother is my best friend and I would love for her to be my maid of honour. My dad thinks that it's not appropriate because I "should choose someone my own age" and "the mother of the bride is a role that is demanding enough." What do you guys think? Should I have my mom as maid of honor?

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"The dog ate my dress": 4 ways to get out of being a bridesmaid

Declining to be in a wedding party or worse, backing out after you've already committed, can be a delicate maneuver. Sometimes it's financial, sometimes it's too much of a time commitment, and sometimes there are just personal or emotional reasons that you can't commit. But sometimes it has to be done for logistical reasons or just for your own self-care. Here are four ways to get out of being a bridesmaid if you've found that it's not in the cards for you.