I picked up old, vintage, lacy hankies at antique stores and embellished them for the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom.
The tiny blue flowers were crocheted with an ice blue sewing thread. The embroidered initials and year use the same thread in a cross-stitch pattern.
Each was wrapped in delicate, white paper and had the following card attached (with necessary changes to make it for the Mother of the Bride, I didn't feel like typing both of them up
):To the Mother of the Groom:
This handkerchief should be used by the Mother of the Groom, to catch your tears on his wedding day. As he says his vows, know that you are near him even though he joins to another. Wipe away the tears, wetting the tiny, blue flowers and notice those same tiny, blue flowers worn in your future daughter's hair. She walks down the aisle toward her own future, a son you raised to become a loving, intelligent and honorable man. You are not just gaining a daughter, you are gaining an entire family.
Someday their own son or daughter will walk down the aisle. Angela and Alan will need a handkerchief on that day to catch their own tears. Please pass it on with any additions you care to make.
(it's hard to see some of the embroidery with the flash)!!Mother of the Groom's HankieMother of the Bride's Hankie
It took me FOREVER to think up just those two little paragraphs. Probably because I was sniffling
the whole time! Anyway, just wanted to post it so someone else can use the idea too. Oh, and my sis (the bride) wore the same tiny, blue flowers that were made by me in her hair, so that's why I wrote about the flowers.
And just so you know, both moms used theirs and cried a lot, my mom had her's stuffed in her cleavage during the entire ceremony and reception for easy access.