Although the groom's parents have a smaller role than that of the mother of the bride and the father of the bride, they are considered co-hosts of the wedding, regardless of whether or not they've contributed financially. This is especially true if they uphold their end of certain responsibilities that are traditionally attributed to the parents of the groom. What do these include? Here are three etiquette guidelines that they should follow:
1. What kind of gift (if any) does the groom's parents give?
Whatever they feel appropriate, whether it's from the registry or not. Possibilities include a family heirloom, china, silver, or crystal, shares of stock, or perhaps a monetary gift to be put toward a car, a home or the honeymoon.
2. What pre-wedding events do they throw?
They should arrange a pre-wedding get-together with the bride's parents, at their home or in a restaurant. Also, they traditionally host the rehearsal dinner. If the parents of the groom are from out of town, the bride's mother may suggest a site or caterer. However, the groom's parents are still invited to the rehearsal dinner even if they do not host it.
3. Which wedding expenses are the groom's parents generally in charge of?
These may include the engagement and wedding rings, marriage license, clergy fees, corsages, boutonnieres, bride's bouquet, usher's gifts, liquor, music and honeymoon.