The groom (bridegroom) is the man about to be married or who has just been married. His partner is the bride – the bride is the center of all glory during the wedding ceremony, but without the groom, there would not be a ceremony in the first place.
The groom must first establish who will pay for the wedding. Traditionally, the wedding is hosted and paid for by the parents of the bride. Today, more couples opt to pay for their own wedding, allowing them to freely choose the kind of ceremony they want without putting the parents at a financial strain. Still, there are bride's fathers who have prepared for their daughter's marriage, and are all too happy to exercise this privilege.
If the couple chooses to be responsible, the groom must plan the budget with the bride. Once the organizers and the budget had been taken care of, the groom would be able to choose the marriage and reception venues for the style and type of the wedding the couple desires – whether it be a civil or church wedding, or large or small, or intimate, and so on) – and to choose the wedding date.
Choosing a wedding date is not a walk in the park – the groom must take into consideration the preferred venue, after all. The more popular the venue, the earlier and faster it gets booked. When working on a budget, it is important to note that it is less expensive to get married on a weekday or out of season – wedding service providers are all too pleased to have income during these times. Venues that have vacant dates in the very near future also charge less simply to fill the slot.
The groom must also be 100% aware of the guest list. Since weddings are family occasions, it typically follows that the couple's immediate families and relatives are included. Close friends and work collections can also be invited. Keep in mind that the perfect wedding guest list must show a balanced picture of the lives of the bride, the groom, and their families.
Legal requirements are ensured by the groom traditionally, along with paying the church or registrar's fee. Legal preliminaries different depending on how the couple chooses to marry and where. The groom also organizes the wedding insurance.
Choosing the best man and groomsmen naturally falls to the groom. The best man can be the closest male relative of the groom – if there's none, the groom's best friend would also be perfect. Some opt for the latter as an initial preference anyway. The groom will need the best man's help not only on the day itself but also during preparations. Of course, the groom must make sure that the bride finds his best man acceptable. The groomsmen are usually the close friends of the groom.
Organizing the wedding rehearsal falls to the groom – this needs careful consideration and planning because any last minute hits can be identified and sorted out.