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Father of the Groom Checklist and Duties

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.

Click here to view our printable Father of the Groom Checklist

Enjoy the day! Congratulations!

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