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What are the groom's parents' responsibilties in the wedding?
Traditionally, the groom's parents pay for the rehearsal dinner, boutonnieres
and corsages for immediate family members, and the groom's cake. They
also pay for their own wedding attire, travel and lodgings, and gift to
Today, these traditions are not strictly adhered to as expenses are shared
by those best able to pay. The groom's parents might volunteer to also
pay for cetain aspects of the wedding, such as the flowers or beverages,
or split the cost of the reception.
If the groom's parents guest list grows beyond the budget set by the
couple or bride's parents, splitting reception costs can be a reasonable
In addition to financial support, the groom's parents can assist the
couple by compiling their guest list as early as possible and making clear
what they would like to pay for. It is also a nice gesture for them to
send a card or letter to the bride welcoming her to the family, and one
to her parents as well expressing happiness at the engagement.