Groom Guidelines: Traditional wedding responsibilities

by epi on October 18, 2011

Q: Just what is the grooms parents responsibility for the wedding?  I am told it is the rehearsal dinner and the flowers.

A: Traditionally, the groom’s parents and/or the groom pay for:
The Bride’s engagement and wedding rings
The Groom’s present to his bride, if he wishes to give her one
Gifts for the groom’s attendants
Boutonniere for the groom’s attendants
The bride’s bouquet in areas where local custom requires it
The bride’s going-away corsage
Corsages for immediate members of both families unless the bride has included them in her
The Florist’s order
The minister’s or rabbi’s fee or donation
Transportation and lodging expenses for the minister or rabbi if from another town and if invited to officiate by the groom’s family
The marriage license
Transportation for the groom and best man to the ceremony
The expenses of the honeymoon
All costs of the rehearsal dinner, if one is held
bachelor dinner, if he wishes to give one
accommodations for the groom’s attendants, if required
transportation and lodging expenses for groom’s parents

It should be noted that these are traditional expenses — not written in granite. Any number of arrangements can be made, and often the bride and groom cover a great deal of their own
wedding expenses these days.

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