January 22, 2020
While not everyone follows traditional roles these days…we do often get asked about what which parents traditionally do what? And who traditionally pays for what?
These days, it’s more and more common for the bride and groom to host and pay for their own wedding. Below is a breakdown of some traditional role parents play.
Parents of the Bride–host and pay for the wedding and the reception. Father of the bride walks bride down the aisle and participates in a father-daughter dance with the bride at the reception. The mother of the bride often looks after the gifts at the wedding and takes them home for the couple after the wedding.
Parents of the groom– host and pay for the wedding rehearsal dinner and the engagement party (if applicable). The parents of the groom also generally pay for the honeymoon. The mother of the groom participates in a mother-son dance with the groom at the reception.
Stepparents– their roles will vary depending the relationship and involvement.
Both sets of parents-stand in the receiving line to greet guests (order: mother of the bride, father of the bride, newlyweds, mother of the groom, and the father of the groom). Parents often give speeches at wedding or rehearsal dinner.
In the end, regardless of traditional expectations and historic roles, the role parents play will be more dependent on the couples’ needs and request for help. Whether you follow the traditional roles or adapt them, the most important thing is to make sure everyone involved is on the same page!