Wedding Family Matters: Parents Meeting In Laws?

Q:

My son recently got engaged to a lovely girl, but we don't know her parents. Should we call them up and invite them to dinner, or is it up to them to make the first move? They live about two hours away from us.

A:

The "rule" is that the groom's parents call on the bride's parents after their son tells them about the engagement. So it would be absolutely appropriate, not to mention extremely cool of you, to call up and invite them to dinner. It's a nice touch to also include your son and his brand-new fiance.

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