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Groom Duties: The Ultimate Guide to Sharing the Wedding Planning Load

Wedding planning is a task meant to be shared by both partners. While some grooms may be eager to be hands-on, many brides find it difficult to let go and delegate tasks. However, it's crucial...

Wedding planning is a task meant to be shared by both partners. While some grooms may be eager to be hands-on, many brides find it difficult to let go and delegate tasks. However, it's crucial for both individuals to be involved from the beginning. This is where our comprehensive list of groom duties comes in!

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Whether you're more interested in practicalities than aesthetics or you simply want to show your partner that you're willing to help, these tasks are perfect for grooms who want to be hands-on. It's important to remember that sharing the wedding planning responsibilities shouldn't be seen as "helping out." Both partners should actively participate to ensure that the day reflects both of their personalities and desires.

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So, whether you're meeting with the florist, booking venue visits, or planning the decor, this list of groom duties will help you get started on your wedding planning journey.

1. Collect Invitation Addresses

In today's digital world, gathering postal addresses can be a challenge. Take the initiative to collect addresses by reaching out to friends and family or using convenient apps like Postable.

2. Book The Honeymoon

The honeymoon is an opportunity for both partners to plan and embark on an unforgettable journey. One of you can take charge of the logistics, or you can surprise your partner with a thoughtfully planned trip. Check out our honeymoon travel guide for inspiration.

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3. Arrange Wedding Transport

Selecting the perfect wedding transportation can add a touch of elegance to your special day. Browse our favorite wedding car options in Ireland for some inspiration and consider recommendations from trusted wedding transport companies.

4. Guest's Accommodation Options

While your wedding venue may offer accommodation, it's thoughtful to provide guests with additional options at different price points. Consult with your venue for suggestions, explore local B&Bs, and consider checking out Airbnb for unique alternatives.

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5. Research & Book Wedding Music

Music sets the tone for your wedding day. Ensure you secure your preferred wedding band by booking them early. Don't forget to consider ceremony music and DJs too. For inspiration, explore our collection of amazing wedding entertainment ideas.

6. Organize the Groomsmen's Suits

Check whether the groomsmen already have suitable suits for the occasion. If not, coordinate suit fittings that work for everyone, including dads and brothers. And remember, don't forget to organize your own wedding day attire!

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7. Organize Wedding Day Cash Payments

Many suppliers require full or partial cash payments on the wedding day. Prepare labeled envelopes with the necessary payments and delegate the task to your groomsmen. Don't forget to set aside cash for tips as well.

8. Research Photographers & Videographers

Choosing the right photographer and videographer is crucial to capturing the memories of your special day. Take the time to explore different styles and browse through real weddings. Our recommended photographers and videographers are a great place to start.

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9. Plan the Bar

Add a personal touch to your wedding by providing alternative options at the bar. Consider ordering wine, craft beers, or creating signature cocktails that reflect your personality and preferences.

10. Buy Groomsmen Gifts

Show your appreciation to your groomsmen by organizing thoughtful gifts that reflect their friendship and support. Check out our groomsmen gift ideas for every budget.

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11. The Speech

Crafting a memorable groom's speech can be a source of stress for many grooms. However, with our handy groom's speech guide, you'll have the support and guidance you need to deliver a heartfelt and memorable speech.

12. Write the Thank-You Cards

While writing thank-you cards may seem like a daunting task, it's an essential part of post-wedding admin. Don't leave this responsibility solely to the bride; start married life by sharing the load and taking care of it yourself.

These groom duties will help ensure a smooth wedding planning process while allowing both partners to actively contribute. For additional wedding planning resources and advice, check out our further reading recommendations below.

Further Reading:

  • Our complete wedding planning checklist
  • List of groomsmen duties
  • How to make a groom's speech
  • Tips for making a best man speech
  • Advice on shopping for suits
  • Style glossary for grooms
  • Why it takes two to plan a wedding
  • How to have a feminist wedding

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