QUESTION: How should I seat divorced parents (either mine or my fiance’s) at the wedding ceremony, if they don’t have a great relationship?
Kaella's Answer: In the case that they don’t have a good relationship and need to be seated separately, the mother and her family should be seated in the first row, while the father and his family should be in the second. You can even reserve specific seats for each of them if you want to create a buffer of seating between them in addition to the separate rows.
To execute this seamlessly, it would be especially useful to have ushers to take them to their reserved seats. If the bride’s father is walking her down the aisle, you may want to seat him on the aisle side of the second row and the mother a few seats in on the first row, creating a few degrees (or seats) of separation. Be sure to reserve these seats, so they do not get taken when guests and other family members take their seats for the ceremony.
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About our Kaella: Kaella Wilson is the founder of Kaella Lynn Events, a wedding planning and design boutique based in San Francisco. She believes the difference is in the details. Whether you’re planning a grand event or an intimate celebration, Kaella combines artistic design with meticulous planning and management to produce a memorable event that represents your style. Follow her on twitter @Kaellalynn.
Photo via Birds and Honey.
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