Post # 1
I’m sure this has been answered before, but I can’t quite find the answer I am looking for under my exact circumstance, so here goes.
My fiancé’s parents are divorced. His mother is remarried with a 5 year-old son. Her son is… well, he’s a complete momma’s boy – if he gets separated from her, he gets mad. I am legitimately concerned that he will put up a big fuss if he has to sit with his dad separate from his mom.
I have no idea how to seat them most appropriately. I can put the stepfather and stepbrother in the second row, but I don’t want to have to deal with a squealing, angry kid in the middle of my ceremony, and he won’t like it. Would it be weird if I had the mother and father sitting together and the stepfather in the second row, but let the stepbrother sit with his mother? Fiancé’s dad is not a big fan of the new husband, but they are capable of being civil with each other… that said, I’ve also considered putting the stepfather in the front row, too, but I think it’d be awkward, so I don’t know. Help me, bees!
Post # 3
I’m not a seating expert, but I’d probably seat them like this: FI father, FI mother, son, FI stepfather
Post # 4
Oh and according to martha stewart: “Divorced parents may sit together in the front row. If they are remarried or not on good terms, the father and his wife should sit in the third or fourth row”
So, I guess if they can’t all be int he front row the mom and her husband and kid should be in front and the dad should be moved.
Post # 6
Agree with MrsWBS: —> THIS
MOG and MOB sit in the front pews no matter what.
In your situation, the person of Honour is ALWAYS the Mother (be it MOB or MOG) not the Dad… and they are the last people to be seated… MOG first, then MOB, before the Processional
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
I would do FI mother, FI stepbrother, FI stepfather, FI father all in the same row.
If this doesn’t work for FI’s father, I would put him in the second row.
Post # 8
We don’t have a traditional seating arrangement (just four rows with no aisle), but I really don’t want my mother sitting in the front row. She is NOT a person of honor or involved in the wedding in any fashion except to show up. We might have reserved seating in the front row, but none of the families are involved in the ceremony or will be seated specially from the other guests.
Post # 9
First row: MOG, step son, stepfather
Second row is considered the “buffer row” between the divorced parents.
Third row: FOG, his wife/SO whatever.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Sevyn: I agree with the suggestion of FI Father, FI Mother, Child, then FI Stepfather. This is how I seated my parents with the addition of my stepmother on the opposite side of my father. I didn’t have any issues with sitting near each other during the ceremony but I did hear about drama occurring between the parents/stepparents because I sat them at the same table together at the reception.