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Wondering how to help your son and his future wife plan their
big day? This practical guide—by the author of more than 20
wedding and honeymoon books—is packed with everything you need to
know about being the Mother of the Groom!
 
 
 • Celebrating the announcement in style

   • Sharing the spotlight with the
bride’s mom
   • Budgeting your time
as well as your money
   • Tracking down
the best locations, food, and flowers

   • Dressing for the special day

   • Welcoming the bride into your family

   • And much more!
Filled with
worksheets, checklists, and resources of all kinds, Mother of
the Groom
 is a fully loaded planner providing everything
you’ll need to know to make your son’s big day an occasion
everybody will cherish for years to come.

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Reviews for Mother of the Groom: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy the Best Wedding Ever:

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November 12, 2007

Disappointed
I am so excited about being the Mother of the Groom for the first and only time in my life. I immediately ordered this book in the hopes of doing everything right. We are in different states and I want to be involved as much as possible without interfering. This book mentions the fact that mother and son could be in different states, but gives no useful advice as to how she can be of assistance in that regard. It also seemed that many of the scenarios and suggestions were not necessarily things that the mother of the groom would be responsible for. It seemed that according to this book she is involved in everything. It also made it sound as if every bride is a Bridezilla and that is certainly not the case in our wedding, nor is the mother of the bride disagreeable. I would pass on this one. I am going to try to find something that "hits the mark".
3

April 22, 2008

95% of content is for mothers of the bride
This book is pretty basic and could definitely be a book for mothers of the bride. It is all the typical information that books for mothers of the bride would contain. I haven't read any of the author's other books, but I feel certain that this information was just cut and pasted from a book for brides or mothers of the bride.

There is very little information specifically for mothers of the groom. I especially wanted information on rehearsal dinners (creative ideas, do's and don't's, proper etiquette, etc.), but there was not a whole lot of information on the subject. I should have returned the book but waited too long.
2

September 14, 2015

Missed The Mark For Me
I agree completely with the review by C. J. on April 22, 2008. This is a wedding planning book. If you, as MOG, are planning and executing the wedding yourself, with very little input from the MOB or even the couple -- if you are acting as the wedding coordinator -- it could be useful. I also suspect this is just the author's 'Mother of the Bride' book with "bride" and "daughter" changed to "groom" and "son'. There are at least a couple places, however, where that switch was not even made, so it refers to your daughter (the bride). It also is geared toward a type of wedding that is alien to my world. Although the copyright is nearly 10 years ago, it states that "...the average wedding budget across the country (is) between $25,000 and $50,000", and the author has talked to "...many parents of the bride who say that spending $150,000 on the wedding was worth it just to make their daughter happy." Perhaps that is true, in some other alternate universe, but in my world $150,000 will buy you a very nice, middle class 4-bedroom house, not just a starter home. It is not what you spend on a one-day/weekend event. At the same time, the author suggests cutting costs by bartering your services, such as using your talent at designing web pages to create a site for a caterer in exchange for their product. Right.... If you have talents that can be bartered, want to make that effort, and find willing partners, more power to you; but you probably know how to do that already and do not need to be told in this context. She also gives lip service to the couple, or the MOB, deciding what they want the wedding to look like, and how it is their place to make decisions, but proceeds to tell you how to handle areas that are definitely the others' responsibilities.

The bottom line is that if your marrying children have asked/allowed you to create a lavish, extravagantly expensive wedding for them and you have no clue how to do that, buy this book. It is not that expensive and will fit within your $50,000 budget. If, like me, you are looking for suggestions on modern etiquette and what is expected these days of the groom's family (the standard wedding for my son's friends is nothing like the ones my friends and family, and I, had a generation back), keep looking.
3

March 8, 2007

Just another MOG book
After reading online reviews, I purchased MOG: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy the Best Wedding Ever. A complete reading did not provide the type of information I was expecting. The book appears to be a 'cut & paste' version of a MOB's planning guide.
1

March 20, 2011

Not so helpful
I did not find this book to be very helpful. I was looking for specific information about the etiquette for hosting a rehearsal dinner, my expected contributions for the wedding etc. etc. I did not find it in this book. Consequently, I will head to the library to get the information I need.
2

January 16, 2010

Too Old Fashioned
What a disappointing book! It is too old fashioned and out of date. I was hoping for an updated guide that helped the groom's mother deal with issues in the real world, not the world of the 1950s.
1

January 10, 2010

not all it is cracked up to be
Can't say I learned anything that anyone with any common sense wouldn't know. Not worth spending any money on.
2

March 29, 2009

choose wisely, Weedhopper
This book would be an excellent resource for anyone interested in pursuing a very conventional kind of participation in her son's wedding. I am not, so it has limited information that will be useful to me.
5

February 8, 2016

It is very informative and gives great insight. Aside from the obvious that I already ...
I read this book 5 years ago when my son was getting married. My daughter is engaged, so, I bought it for her to give to her future mother-in-law. It is very informative and gives great insight. Aside from the obvious that I already knew, there are many things I learned from this book.
4

January 5, 2014

Great book!
This is a little book packed with great information for mothers of the groom including everything you need to know, including what the groom's family is traditionally responsible for covering, how to plan the rehearsal dinner, and how to coordinate wedding attire with the mother of the bride. Very helpful.
3

September 27, 2016

Didn't really tell me anything that I didn't already know ...
Didn't really tell me anything that I didn't already know. Most of the book was more about planning the wedding. Did not find it very helpful.
5

December 26, 2017

Five Stars
As described
1

December 6, 2013

Outdated
Outdated and too folksy. Very little helpful, relevant information for 2013. Waste of time and money. Needs rewrite or significant updating.
2

July 27, 2014

Nothing new here if you have read anything at all ...
Nothing new here if you have read anything at all about planning a wedding. Seems to be very similar to mother of the bride books. I returned it.
2

June 12, 2013

DECEPTIVE TITLE
Expremely disappointed in the contents. There is very little information just for the Mother of the Groom. Some of the wedding etiquette information I found incorrect and misinforming.
3

October 21, 2016

but a few good pointers
too old fashioned for today, but a few good pointers
3

November 27, 2013

Way over the top.
Way over the top! It would be a full time job to prepare for the mother of the groom role as described in this book.
3

July 24, 2012

Just OK
I read all of th1s book to help prepare for my son's wedding. I don't think I really learned anything important. To a big extent, this is geared more at people that want a big lavish wedding and don't mind spending big bucks. Second, apparently there really aren't any real rules any more, just go with the flow.
4

August 26, 2013

Helpful
Since it was my first family wedding, I found it to be helpful with little tidbits that I wasn't aware of.
4

December 29, 2012

Very Comprehensive Guide.
I got this book for my mom. She found it very informative, albeit a little over the top at times. I only gave it 4 starts because there are several parts that cater to a more old fashion sense of weddings. (i.e teas with the grooms family, ect.) Overall, its a good book to read, and if you take the over the top sections with a laugh, its also a very amusing read. My mom loved having this guide for my brother's wedding.
4

November 4, 2010

good book for mother of the groom
this is a good resource to have for the mother of the groom. It has etiquette tips and common sense advice that you can use to help get ready for your son's wedding.
4

March 8, 2010

good gift
It is a beautiful book to give the mother of the groom! She has enjoyed looking through it and learning a lot!
5

August 8, 2018

Helpful
Has everything I needed and easy to read and use!
5

July 16, 2016

Good read
Great book! I loved reading it and it will help keep me organized so that I can enjoy the wedding event!
5

March 11, 2016

Helpful Tips for Mother of the Groom
very helpful and informative

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