Post # 1
Here’s the backstory. I’m pretty close with my step-mother; not close at all with my step-father. My father & step-mother are hosting our reception; my mother covered our flowers; my step-father didn’t do jack sh**.
I’m worried about who I should be including in the receiving line. Initially, we were planning on just having my Fiance, myself, my mother & father, and FI’s mother & father (also divorced, but neither remarried), just to keep the line short. As awful as this sounds, I really don’t want my step-father involved, but I don’t know if leaving my step-mother out of the receiving line is rude since she’s also hosting. We’re not including our Maid/Matron of Honor or Bridesmaid or Best Man either, so it’s not like she’d be the only one, plus she’ll be announced at the reception with my dad. Would it be terribly inconsiderate to just stick with our original plan and only include my mother & father and FI’s mother & father?
Post # 3
@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
@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
We just did a bride and groom receiving line and out parents moved around to socialize as they wished… Worked great!
Post # 7
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
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
We have a sort-of similar issue- my SO’s parents are divorced, they get along but Future Father-In-Law 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!