Groom 101

Father of the Groom Checklist and Duties

Chris Easter

Seeing your son get married is one of the proudest moments in a parent’s life. It’s quite an accomplishment to raise a child from a young boy to a grown man who’s now ready to take his wedding vows. When it comes to the big day, details can become overwhelming. But rest assured – you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a quick reminder of the most typical responsibilities of the father of the groom.


  • Review the financial responsibilities of the groom and your family. If you’ll be financially assisting the groom, you will need to familiarize yourself with this list.)
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner.
  • Share any tips or advice you learned through your marriage with your son.


  • Attend the bachelor party (or at least the parts that are suitable for the fathers).
  • Get fitted for your wedding attire suit or tuxedo (usually a tuxedo or suit).
  • Attend any engagement parties or appropriate couples showers.
  • Pick up your wedding attire one or two days before the wedding.


  • Attend the wedding rehearsal to receive detailed instructions about your duties for the following day.
  • Receive instructions for photos you’ll be in that will be taken on the wedding day.
  • Offer a prayer or welcoming comment to all of the guests at the rehearsal dinner


  • Share some time with your son on the wedding morning.
  • If the wedding party is getting dressed at a central location, make sure to arrive there on time.
  • Enjoy the ceremony! (And try not to shed too many tears.)
  • Share a dance with your new daughter-in-law at the reception.

Enjoy the day! Congratulations!


  • Avatar
    casey sester 7 years ago

    This is my son’s third marriage.
    1 divorce
    1 widower
    What am I responsible as a single/retired father???

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    Mark jacoby 6 years ago

    I have never seen a groom’s father dance with the bride at the reception. The bride’s father yes but not the groom’s. Not going
    to go there.

    • Chris Easter
      Chris Easter 6 years ago

      Every wedding is a little different but this is fairly common. Thanks for reading!


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