(Closed) Etiquette with a messy divorce (groom’s parents)

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think you should let your Fiance decide this and not question his decision. His relationship with his father sounds complicated and it’s probably very difficult for him emotionally. In these circumstanes, I think treating his dad like a normal guest is okay if that’s what your Fiance wants.

Post # 4
1438 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know it is easier for us to comment, not being in the situation. But putting them in the back/ignoring them is, in my opinion, worse than just not inviting them. I’d ask your fiance whether or not you should even invite him.


I have a strained relationship with my mother and ended up not inviting her to the reception. 

Post # 5
1699 posts
Bumble bee

@coastalbee88:  As far as what etiquette says, your fiance’s plan is just (about) fine. There is no such thing as second-class guests. The only roles at a social event are *hosts* (that would be either your parents, or you, depending on how you have worked that out), optionally guests of honour (normally the bride and groom if the bride’s parents are hosting, otherwise generally not recognized at a wedding), and “guests”. Not guests, second-class guests, and unwelcome guests. Guests *are* being honoured and cared for by their hosts, and the very fact that the father and step-family are getting an invitation is enough.

You will not, of course go out of your way to segregate or discount them. You won’t “seat them at the back” at the ceremony, because one doesn’t make a seating plan for the ceremony. They will simply sit where-ever they end up based on where ushers are seating groom’s family guests at the time that they arrive. It is quite appropriate for the groom to reserve a seat in a front pew for his mother, but he doesn’t do that for most of his friends and family, even though he respects all of them. If his aunties and frat brothers and so-on do not feel insulted by not getting special treatment, why should anyone else be insulted by being treated with the same care and respect that a host must give to every guest?

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