Parents of the groom* most often have less responsibilities that the parents of the bride, however their contribution if very important to the wedding of their son running smoothly.
Typically expenses are covered by the bride’s family or these days by the bride and groom themselves. If you are able to contribute financially please offer your assistance. Offer to scout out ceremony and/or reception sites as well as recommending caterers, florists and vendors if you live in the same city as the wedding is taking place.
Draw up the guest list for the groom’s family after asking the couple how many guests you are able to invite. Obtain information where the couple is registered and let your side of the family know.
Parents of the Groom:
– Host the rehearsal dinner
– Be available if there is a rehearsal
– Assist out of town guests with accommodations and transportation if you are able
– Be dressed and ready before the ceremony for pictures
– Get your corsage or boutonniere
– Stand in a receiving line if there is one
– Be prepared to speak, to pay tribute to your son and to welcome the bride into your family and toast the happy couple
– Over the course of the celebration, welcome all guests, make sure they are having a good time and thank them for coming
Mother of the Groom:
– Consult with the Bride’s Mother on her outfit and shop accordingly.
– Attend/host a bridal shower
– You will be seated just prior to the Bride’s mother at the ceremony
– Dance with the groom during the Mother/Son dance
Father of the Groom
– Pick out a tux or suit, follow what the groom and groomsman are doing
– Dance with family, the bride’s family and guest during the evening
* if this is a same sex wedding, many of the traditions also apply