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With the divorce rate being so high, many homes consist of blended families.
The bride's mother might be married and plans to bring her new husband and
the father is divorced and bringing his new wife. With a regular wedding,
the seating can get complicated as it is, but then try to figure out
appropriate seating when there are several marriages involved, and things
can become overwhelming. Just as there are dos and don'ts for the bride and
groom, in relation to the family, you will find specific guidelines as well.
When it is time for the wedding, if the bride's mother and father are
divorced and do not have an amicable relationship, the bride should seat
whichever parent she is the closest with in the front row along with her
husband. If that person is the mother, which is usually the case, the
father would then be seated two rows back, located directly behind the
maternal grandparents or other direct members of the mother's family.
If the bride's parents are divorced but have a healthy relationship, both
parents could sit together in the front row along with their significant
others. However, if there is tension between the parents and one or both
of the new spouses, the stepparent can choose to sit toward the back or off
to the side of the church alone or with a friend. If the parent's are
divorced, but one or both are unmarried and not dating, the best option is
to seat the mother in the front row next to a close friend or family member.
Another factor that can be confusing is who walks the bride down the aisle.
This decision is solely up to the bride. She may choose her father,
stepfather, or a close friend or family member. However, if the bride has
a good relationship with both, which can be the situation in cases when the
mother remarried when the bride was still young, therefore, being equally
raised by both the father and stepfather, it might be best to choose a neutral
party. In fact, it is perfectly acceptable for the mother to give the bride
away. The other option is for the bride to stay with the tradition and have
the father do the honor. When at the reception, each set of blended parents
should sit at their own table.
The tricky part comes in conveying the decisions. Obviously, neither bride
nor groom wants to offend anyone. More than likely, requests or opinions
will be heard from each person. Both bride and groom should be polite,
listen, and then lovingly express their decisions. In most cases, all parents
will honor their request in support of this special day. After all, all
parents really want is to see their children happy.