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A Groom's Traditional Duties

Although one mother-of-the-bride told her future son-in-law, “You only have one job: show up on time,” grooms have a few more duties on their list.

  • WP_groomstraditional_WOSelect the engagement ring – although now-a-days brides may also be involved in choosing the engagement ring.
  • Choosing his wedding party: best man, groomsmen and ushers
  • Choosing the attire for the groom’s wedding party – in keeping with the style of the wedding 
  • Selecting thank-you gifts for his wedding party
  • Arranging – and paying for – lodging for his wedding party 
  • Selecting a gift for the bride 
  • Compiling the groom’s part of the guest list and making sure that his parents provide their guest list. 
  • Planning the honeymoon – Today, this is more of a joint venture 
  • Choosing wedding bands together
  • Arranging for and purchasing the marriage license 
  • Making arrangements for transportation from the ceremony to the reception site, if necessary 
  • Planning the bachelor party or event (if applicable) 
  • Giving the ceremony officiant the fee or donation, or arranging for the best man to present such fees 
  • Standing in the receiving line, if there is one, or  - with the bride – being sure to greet all the guests at the reception 
  • Making toasts and responding to toasts at the rehearsal dinner and the reception 
  • Dancing the first dance with the bride, dancing with the couple’s respective mothers and the maid/matron of honor 
  • Cutting the cake with the bride


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