Post # 1
I would like some advice on seating my side of the family for the ceremony.
My parents are divorced.
My dad will be walking me down the aisle. He has a girlfriend, who he has been with about 3 years. I am not very close with her, but get along.
My mom has a fiance (they will be getting married 5 months after me). I am quite close with him. He will be escorting my mom to her seat during the processional.
All four of them get along well (my dad and soon-to-be-step-dad actually work together), though my dad gets awkward around my mom in social situations.
So, how do I seat them??? It seems to me that my dad should be closest to the aisle because he will be sitting last (since he is walking me), but it seems like his gf should be next to him. However, I’m feeling weird about having dad’s gf closer to the aisle than my mom.
I am going to talk to both my mom and dad to get their opinions, but luckily for me, they’ve been very “it’s your wedding, do what you want” about everything, so I think it will come down to me.
Post # 2
From the aisle out,I would seat your Mom and her FI, then your Dad and his girlfriend. Most pews have enough room that he can easily go by the first two people to get to his seat.
Otherwise seat your Mom and her FI in the front row with your Dad and his GF in the second row.
Post # 3
julies1949: Thank you for the adivce! I am leaning towards the first option that you listed
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
We had a similar issue for our wedding, DH’s Dad is remarried and his Mother still single…I never gave it any thought! LOL. I had to look at a photo to see how they were seated…people pretty much sat wherever they wanted at the ceremony anyway regardless of what I had planned for family in the front row. (Same went for the reception too…hours spent on seating chart – minutes for guests to swaps tables when they arrived). Anyway, we had DH’s mother first in the row, then his Dad, then his Dad’s wife. So sounds like what julies1949 suggested just plus your Mom’s FI. It should work out just fine.
Post # 5
DBS5127: I have a similar situation. I’m seating my mom then brothers then stepmom and my dad. My mom has a lot of anger towards my dad and stepmom which is completely unfounded. So my FI and I decided that we would put my two brothers in between her and them as a buffer because she would most likely cause a scene if she had to sit in a different row.