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What are the Groom’s Ceremony Duties?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

groom ceremony duties

While much of the groom’s wedding planning attention is focused on the rehearsal dinner and honeymoon, he’ll also have a hand in several aspects of the marriage ceremony itself. The bride’s family does historically cover the majority of wedding day costs, however there are several ceremony-related expenses and responsibilities that the groom, his parents or a combination of both are traditionally expected to provide.

Keep in mind that while the line between “his side” and “her side” duties is becoming increasingly blurred, most couples still use a traditional list to begin divvying up planning tasks.  Begin by determining how much, if any, monetary input you’ll be receiving from your parents. Then huddle up with them and go over this list of traditional groom duties and associated costs. For the wedding ceremony, the list isn’t long, but it’s quite important:

One of the groom’s traditional responsibilities is paying for the bride’s bouquet that she’ll carry down the aisle. Some guys will roll their eyes at this, but it’s actually a key ingredient to the bride’s overall look. Take it from a married man: You’ll never forget how you feel when you see her walking toward you, flowers in hand, ready to become your wife.

The groom is responsible for selecting the tuxedoes or suits that he and the wedding party will wear during the ceremony. He’ll need to coordinate local fittings and provide instructions to out-of-towners. It’s also a nice touch to cover any rental fees for both the groom’s own father and the father of the bride.

Marriage License and Clergy Fee
The law states that you must secure a marriage license before you can get married. Tradition states that the groom is the lucky one who gets to pay for it. Before you head down to the courthouse, be sure to check your state’s laws associated with marriage licenses. If you’re getting married in a church, the groom will also be expected to pay for the clergy fee and/or cash tip.

Arranging transportation to and from the ceremony also falls under the groom’s duties. Popular options include trolley cars, stretch limousines/SUVs and classic cars. This is truly an area for the groom to get creative.

Last but not least is something money can’t, or rather shouldn’t, buy: the wedding vows. If the bride and groom decide to pen original vows, it’s a good idea to get started writing them no later than two months before the wedding. If you’re selecting from a list of vows, review it carefully and choose the ones that most closely represent your feelings.

How will you be involved with the ceremony planning? Will you follow the duties listed above or will you be changing things up from tradition? Tell us in the comment section below.

Surprise Your Bride With Rose Petals, It’ll Be Worth It

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Today’s expert advice comes from DeeDee Meininger of


If you are like some grooms, you may want to throw in the element of surprise on your wedding day but not disturb the carefully laid out plans of the wedding.  If that is the case with you, consider using fresh rose petals to surprise your bride.  Rose petals are one of the most romantic items to be used on a wedding day and you have a great opportunity to use them to privately surprise her. Editor’s note: rose petals = huge turn on for the ladies.

Fresh Rose Petals are one of the easiest products to use because they take absolutely no special skill.  All you do is scatter or toss the petals how and where you want them.  Grooms can create a luxurious setting in their wedding suite all by themselves without letting their bride even know what they are up to.  It is easy to order rose petals on line and have them delivered a day or two before your wedding without telling anyone about your secret plans.  They arrive via overnight carrier and can be kept discreetly in the refrigerator.

Sometime before the wedding, it would be fun to sneak away and decorate your suite to your hearts content.  You could also ask a friend to do this for you, if you just can’t find the time to do it yourself.  It is very easy to create a path to something special like a piece of chocolate or some candles and champagne.  It is also very sexy to place the rose petals in the shape of a heart on the center of the bed.  You can choose red for true love or choose a color that matches your wedding theme. Who wouldn’t want to have a bed of roses on their wedding day?

If you are reading this and not yet engaged, following the plan above for your proposal is really great too.  In fact, if you have already used fresh rose petals for a special day like when you proposed or maybe even Valentines Day, using them on your wedding day will be especially romantic for the two of you.  If you lay fresh rose petals in your own romantic way, I think your bride will truly love you forever.

For more info, contact DeeDee Meininger at (866-738-2573) or follow her on Twitter


disclosure: fresh rose petals is a sponsor of the man registry’s groomsadvice blog

OneWed’s Local Flavor: Real Grooms Like Flowers

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Us men are usually very cautious around flowers..

Us men are usually very cautious around flowers..

When people divide up wedding “to-do” tasks, finding and talking to the florist doesn’t usually wind up on the groom’s side of the aisle.

But, there are two big reasons you should at least visit the florist with your fiancée.

1. Allergies – You may not think you’re allergic to anything, but you’ve probably never had a lilly pinned to your chest before. You, and your groomsmen will all be wearing boutonnieres (don’t worry, there’s no spelling test). You need to make sure that you aren’t allergic to any of the flowers going on you, in your bride’s bouquet, or in the middle of the table where you’re trying to eat.

2. Budget- Flowers are usually about 10% of your wedding budget. Because they’re so visual, and each individual flower doesn’t cost very much, it’s very easy to get carried away at the florists. Having two of you there will keep things in line.

That’s our advice. Ignore it at your own floral peril.

In addition to serving as OneWed’s VP of Marketing, Jennifer Napier is a guest contributor to the GroomsAdvice blog offering a little local flavor for the grooms. You can connect with Jennifer on Google+ and Twitter. Joins The Man Registry’s Wedding Expert Team

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Do grooms care about wedding flowers and boutonnieres? Maybe, maybe not. We know it’s not the manliest of wedding planning activities. However, it is one of the more important ones. The wedding flower scheme can really set the mood and tone of the wedding (wow, can’t believe I just typed that).

To help grooms learn the basics and show them ways in which they can get involved with the selection of flowers, The Man Registry has invited KathyIreland Designs by to join their wedding expert team.


As the wedding flower expert adviser, the team at and will answer questions on masculine flowers, where to place the boutonniere and what types of flowers are better suited for outdoor weddings.

Click here fore more wedding flower info

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