Wedding etiquette for the groom's father

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Wedding etiquette for the groom's father
The groom's father delivers a pre-wedding toast. (Cin cin image by wally from Fotolia.com)

The father of the groom has a number of duties other than merely showing up for the wedding. He must, however, balance his pre-wedding and wedding roles with the plans of his son and future daughter-in-law.

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Tradition

The father of the groom traditionally hosts the dinner that takes place after the wedding rehearsal, according to Emily Post. He makes the first toast at the dinner, welcomes all guests and speaks about the upcoming nuptials.

Attire

On the wedding day, the father of the groom can signify his importance and dress in the same manner as the male bridal party members, according to YourWedding101. Alternatively, he can wear something of his own choosing. If the father of the groom plays a role in the wedding, such as groomsman, he's obligated to dress the same as the other men in the wedding.

Considerations

The father of the groom should always consult with the couple regarding any rehearsal dinner and wedding plans. Before booking a dinner venue or renting clothing, he should make sure that the location, menu, and mode of dress are acceptable to the couple. If financial help from the father of the groom is required, effective communication is essential so the bride and groom don't overestimate the amount of assistance being provided.

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