Meet the Parents, Part 4: Navigating the Role of the Father of the Groom

Welcome to our last post in the Meet the Parents series. In our previous articles we talked about the different roles parents can play in making your wedding day a big success. We discussed how the Mother of the Bride and the Father of Bride can help to support in the planning process while our third episode spoke to the role of the Mother of the Groom. In this last part, we will meet the Father of the Groom and the crucial role he can play in your wedding. 

Financial Assistance

Traditionally, financing the wedding has fallen to the bride’s parents but as we know more and more couples are funding their own celebrations.  When it all adds up, weddings are expensive affairs and the financial burden can sometimes feel overwhelming for the couple. Any offer from the father of the groom of financial assistance will help pay some of the costs associated with the wedding. It’s up to the couple as to whether it’s contributing towards venue rental, catering, or other expenses, his support will undoubtedly be welcome. There is also the cost of the rehearsal dinner to consider, which is typically hosted by the groom’s parents.

Meet the Parents, Part 4: Navigating the Role of the Father of the Groom

Wedding Planning

Often, much of the wedding planning stays with the bride and her family, the groom and his family will still play an active role in the process. The Father of the groom can take charge of specific tasks, such as arranging transportation or coordinating accommodation for out-of-town guests. He may also be involved in the fittings for the wedding attire for the groom and groomsmen. 

Hosting Pre-Wedding Events

As mentioned one of the traditional roles of the father of the groom is to host pre-wedding events, such as the rehearsal dinner. This is a wonderful opportunity for the families to come together to celebrate the upcoming nuptials and bond with each other in a more intimate setting. Whether it’s hosting a casual backyard barbecue or an elegant dinner party at a fine dining establishment, it can be a memorable event that sets the stage for the festivities to come.

Meet the Parents, Part 4: Navigating the Role of the Father of the Groom

Providing Transportation

On the day of the wedding, transportation logistics can be a logistical challenge. You can assign this duty to the head of the family to ensure that everyone arrives at the venue on time by arranging transportation for the bridal party, family members, and other VIP guests. Whether it’s hiring a limousine service or coordinating carpools, his attention to detail and organisational skills can help streamline the process and ensure a smooth start to the day’s events.

Escorting Guests

During the wedding ceremony and reception, dads can take on the role of escorting guests and making them feel welcome. From greeting arriving guests and guiding them to their seats to mingling with attendees and ensuring that everyone is having a good time, his warm and friendly demeanour can help set the tone for a joyous celebration and make guests feel appreciated and valued.

Meet the Parents, Part 4: Navigating the Role of the Father of the Groom

Giving a Toast

One of the most memorable moments of any wedding reception is the toasts given by loved ones. As the father of the groom, he can prepare a heartfelt and meaningful toast that celebrates the love and happiness of the newlyweds. Whether it’s sharing anecdotes from the groom’s childhood or offering words of wisdom and advice for the future, his toast can leave a lasting impression and create cherished memories for the couple and their guests.

Dancing with the Bride

Last but certainly not least, he can share a special dance with the bride during the reception. This symbolic gesture represents the bond between the two families and marks the transition of the bride into her new family. Whether it’s a traditional slow dance or a lively choreographed number, this moment is sure to tug at the heartstrings and create a beautiful memory that the couple will treasure for years to come.

Meet the Parents, Part 4: Navigating the Role of the Father of the Groom

Offer Support

Wedding planning can be an emotionally charged journey, filled with excitement, stress, and occasional bouts of anxiety. The groom’s dad can be a pillar of strength and support for both you and your partner during this time. By lending a listening ear, offering words of encouragement, and providing a calming presence, he can help alleviate any pre-wedding jitters and ensure that you both feel supported every step of the way.


In conclusion, the father of the groom plays a crucial role in making the wedding day unforgettable for the happy couple. From offering emotional support and financial assistance to participating in wedding planning and hosting pre-wedding events, his contributions are invaluable in ensuring that the celebration is a resounding success. By embracing his role with enthusiasm and dedication, he can help create cherished memories that will last a lifetime and set the stage for a lifetime of happiness and love. We really hope that you loved our Meet the Parents series and these ideas will help you navigate the different roles they can play for your big day. If you missed out on our other blogs of this series, you can check them out here!

Medhavi Upadhyaya
WeddingDates Contributors
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