I suspected we would be budgeting for this lovely and happy event within two years. Now we know it will be this year that we will be celebrating our younger son's wedding. No news yet on planning except that it will probably occur sometime this summer and on the other side of the country. All I'm thinking about at this time is what the parents of the groom usually do - in addition to showing up, toasting the happy couple and wearing appropriate clothes of course!
When we married we handled the invitations, rings, judge, marriage license and honeymoon planning. We wore new dressy but not formal clothes which we wore many times afterwards. My in-laws home was the location and one of my husband's cousins catered. So the parents of the groom provided the place, champagne and paid for the food at cost. The parent's of the bride had to travel cross country so that was their contribution. Not the typical responsibilities but then we were wanting a simple ceremony and party.
My research shows that traditionally the parents of the groom host the rehearsal dinner and contribute by doing whatever else the happy couple would like them to!
Not much help right now but I really don't care - this is not about the budget, its about celebrating their life and future together!
Help make this a great celebration of two wonderful people!