Q: Who should initate the get-together between our parents?

A: Traditionally, the groom's parents have invited the parents of the bride over for a meet-and-greet, but in today's world, a lot of etiquette rules have gone the way of the eight-track tape. Since no one's picking up the phone, why not ask your parents to extend the invitation? It doesn't have to be a four-course seated dinner; brunch, cocktails, or a barbecue would work just as well. Another option is for you and your fiancé to invite both sets of parents over to your place. Don't worry too much about following the proper etiquette—it's the result that counts.

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