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 the couple.

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 solution.

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.

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Groom's Parents' Responsibilities

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