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Groom Etiquette

The running joke is that men just have to show up and be on time. Rest assured, the groom does have plenty to do between popping the question and saying, “I do”. Here is a traditional list of groom’s duties, with some modern twists:

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  • Choosing his wedding party: from the best man to groomsmen, and any ushers (if needed)

  • Choosing the attire for the groom’s wedding party—in keeping with the style and colors of the wedding, click here for grooms men attire.

  • Selecting thank-you gifts for his wedding party

  • Selecting a gift for the bride

  • Compiling the groom’s part of the guest list, as well as his parent’s guest list

  • Planning the honeymoon— now a days, this is more of a joint venture

  • Choosing wedding bands together

  • Arranging for and purchasing the marriage license

  • If required, make transportation arrangements from the ceremony to the reception site

  • Planning the bachelor party or event (unless your best man is taking care of this:)

  • Giving the ceremony officiant the fee or donation

  • 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 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 honour

  • Cutting the cake with the bride

  • Get help finding vendors for a tuxedo rental or suit rental, and style tips for colourful socks and vintage suspenders. 

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