Everything the Father of the Groom Might Be Responsible for at the Wedding

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Moms get most of the attention when it comes to wedding day roles. Whether they're zipping their daughter into her dress or dancing with their son, they've got a lot to do! Even the father of the bride has a big role (walking his daughter down the aisle!). But what about the groom's dad? We asked our experts about the role of the father of the groom.

The groom's parents often host the rehearsal dinner, which is the groom's father's opportunity to act as host for the evening, helping plan the event in honor of his son.

If the groom and his father are close, he might want to invite his dad to join him as he and his groomsmen get ready the morning of the wedding, whether it's an early round of golf or hanging out and watching football as they put on their tuxedos. He'll be extra handy when it comes time to tie the groom's bowtie!

At the ceremony, the groom's father's biggest role is to walk his wife, the groom's mother, down the aisle. If the groom's parents are divorced and the father is remarried, he should escort his new wife down the aisle and to her seat.

If the bride and groom are having a receiving line, he should participate as well, standing alongside the bride's parents and welcoming guests. Even if the groom's family isn't contributing to the cost of the wedding, the groom's parents should act as co-hosts, welcoming everyone and making sure they're comfortable throughout the evening.

At the reception, the father of the groom should be prepared with a toast if requested by the newlyweds. This toast usually takes place shortly after the father of the bride's toast.

Once dancing starts, the father of the groom should make a point to dance with the bride, as well as the bride's mother. Throughout the evening, he should socialize with his guests as well as with his new in-laws — you're all family now!

See more: How to Honor Your Parents at Your Wedding

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