How do I handle step-parents with my receiving line?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@chrissyb464:  What if you just did a Bride and Groom receiving line? I think that would be shortest and sweetest and simplest to boot!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

@chrissyb464:  Hmmm, thats tricky! I would be tempted to do it one fo 2 ways:
1. Include your step-mom since you’re close with her, she’s hosting, your step-dad isnt close to you, or help with the wedding and its your wedding so you can do whatever you want
2. talk to your step-mom (or dad if thats more comfortable) and explain the situation and see if she’d be offended if she was left out. She might not mind at all and your stress about it is totally unneccessary.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We just did a bride and groom receiving line and out parents moved around to socialize as they wished… Worked great!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Agree w/just the bride and groom suggestion – we’ll be doing just ourselves. After all, we’re the only two that everyone will know! Most people won’t know my fiance’s parents, and mine have passed away.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I vote to only have the bride and groom in the recieving line! It’s easier for you and so much faster! And honestly, if people want to talk to your parents, they’ll find them during the reception.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We have a sort-of similar issue- my SO’s parents are divorced, they get along but FFIL does not get along with FMIL’s husband. So we are just having a bride and groom receiving line to avoid any difficulties and to make things short and sweet! Just ensure that you remember to thank your father, mother and stepmother in the speeches for their specific input 🙂 there will be plenty of time for them to mingle at the reception! 

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