(Closed) HELP with wording on programs for divorced/remarried/adopted parents?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
584 posts
Busy bee

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raquel.mohr:  Honestly, I think you should avoid the whole listing of family.  It’s really not necessary, and sounds like it would cause more stress than it’s worth and end up offending someone no matter what you choose.  I’d just use the programs as a means to communicate the order of the ceremony.  And maybe add a note thanking your families or something so you mention them indirectly and more generically.

Post # 5
4996 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

You could list them all as “honored family members” or “parents of the bride?” I think the key is not separating and identifying them. 

Post # 6
574 posts
Busy bee

What about brides father “insert name” and brides father “insert name” so put them both as your father and their names. To avoid putting step or having one above the other.

Post # 9
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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raquel.mohr:  I would just do a Parents of the Bride header and list all their names underneath! 


Post # 10
1290 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Tough one.  In the US, for a stepfather to adopt you, your biological father had to give consent.  It is more than the ususal stepfather situation.  Had he and your mom divorced when you were a child, he could have been ordered to provide child support.  

I might not do a program at all, it is not necessary, but how are you doing invitations?

Post # 11
6311 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012


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raquel.mohr:  I would list it as….

Parents of the Bride:

Mom & husband

Stepdad & wife

Bio dad & wife

Parents of the groom:

Mom & Dad (or however many he has)

Post # 13
2059 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

yeah, i would just say “parents of the bride…” that’s what we did for our programs (and we don’t have any step-parents or anything like that to worry about).

Post # 14
101 posts
Blushing bee

Are you close with your bio dad now? I’m guessing you must have a relationship if you mentioned him. I donno if I’d add their spouses…. But, if you like/get along with their new spouses then go for it. I’d do as so,eon said above – “parents of the bride: mom, dad, bio dad’.. I would just be sure to list dad above bio dad

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