Life doesn’t always happen the way we plan it out to be – but even then, we are indebted to make the most of it. For instance, your wedding day should be a truly happy event for everyone involved – and your parents make no exception from the rule.
What happens when they are divorced? How do you sail smoothly through the intricacies of a split couple at your wedding – and even more so when they are your own mom and dad?
We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.
- The walk down the aisle. If you have a stepparent you feel close to and would like to invite him to walk you down the aisle, keep in mind that this might hurt your father’s feelings. One way to go about this is to ask both of them to walk you down the aisle – either concomitantly (one on each side) or consecutively (your stepfather can walk you down the aisle for the first half, and then your father can pick you up).
- The seating at the ceremony. If your divorced parents don’t get along very well, you want to make sure you don’t seat them next to each other (or even on the same row), as you would traditionally. In these circumstances, it is usually customary to seat the parent who is closest to you in the front row and the other one (and their spouse, if they have remarried) a bit farther back (the third row, for example).
- The special dances. You shouldn’t feel obliged to have a father daughter dance if you think this might create an awkward situation. Likewise, you can always dance with both your father and your stepfather if you are close to both. Even if your future spouse will have a dance with his mom, you are still not obliged to have a special father daughter dance.
- The photos. If you think it would be uncomfortable to bring your parents together in a photo, do make sure you discuss this with your photographer. This way, you will easily avoid awkward situations during the actual wedding.
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