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Breaking Down Wedding Roles and Responsibilities

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It can be complicated determining who does what leading up to a wedding. Elizabeth Gonzalez of After Yes Weddings lends a hand.

Mother of the Groom

 “Traditional items to pay for include the rehearsal dinner, honeymoon, transportation, bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres, and alcohol or bar costs,” Gonzalez  says. “Her role is to work with the groom on above financial items and support the bride and couple’s wishes.” Another tip: Check with the mother of the bride when picking your dress to avoid wearing the same color. “A dark color is typical, but every wedding is unique and it’s always best to ask first and have open communication rather than throw things off with something that may clash,” she adds.

Mother of the Bride

“The bride’s parents typically pay for the majority of the wedding,” Gonzalez says. “Her role is to support the bride and be by her side throughout the planning process.”

Maid of Honor

“Typically, she plans and hosts a bridal shower or bachelorette party. Costs might also include dress, hair, makeup, and gifts,” she says. “She is the bride’s go-to helper for the wedding day and usually gives a toast at the reception.”

Best Man

“Typically, he plans the bachelor party. Costs might include a suit and gift,” she says. “He is the groom’s go-to helper for the wedding day and usually gives a toast at the reception.”

This article originally appeared in the Fall / Winter 2018 issue of D Weddings. Purchase yours online .

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