(Closed) How to handle this delicate situation…suggestions please!!!

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t have a suggestions for you but a comment. Don’t you just love how other people’s drama bullsh*t interferes with your life??? People don’t consider others before they go and do something stupid.

Post # 4
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think you’re right on the money with splitting the two friends tables in half. And then perhaps instead of making those TAble 6 and Table 7 (so they’d be right next to each other), you could make one Table 4 and one Table 7 or something like that?

Or keep the table NUMBERS 6 and 7 but locate them not next to each other in the room? Something like:

1   2  4  7

3   6  5

And if people are like, wtf is with these crazy table numbers? You just laugh and blame the caterers.

Post # 5
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Wow what a freaking mess. Seat them as far apart as you can. Have your Fi explain to S if her husband shows up you will be force to call the police. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. I really feel out of respect for her husband she should have bowed out, being that Best Man is playing an important role in the wedding.

Post # 6
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think the real solution is for your fiance to have a gentle conversation with both Best Man and S, letting them know that you will not appreciate any scandal or drama at the wedding or the reception, and that whatever their past holds, it’s best left at the door for the day. These are grown adults and while it’s understandable that their past could leave them with some pretty strong and negative feelings, they should be able to control themselves for a few hours.  Period. No need to stand on your head to get the table assignments done perfectly— if they’re acting up, they’re going to act up regardless of where you seat them, and if they’re on their best behavior, they should be able to be in close proximity to one another without causing any drama.

While your fiance is well aware of their past, he should not make reference to it during his chats with them. That just stirs up emotion. A simple “Mr Best Man, it’s very important to sianna1301 and me that we have a peaceful and happy day, and I trust that you will do your best to set aside any personal issues, including S, just for the day. What you do on other days doesn’t matter, but we will not allow anyone, including you or S, to create conflict at our wedding.”

Post # 7
777 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@sianna1301:  Wow, your Fiance really dropped the ball on this one. There is no way S should have been invited, and BM’s wife will in all likelihood bear a grudge against you both for a long, long time over this.

Have you already sent out invitations? Part of me thinks you should have your Fiance talk to S and retract the invitation. Just say it’s too awkward, given her history with Bridesmaid or Best Man, and he hopes she understands. Then apologize profusely to BM’s wife and ask her to come to your wedding.

If they do both end up coming, my only advice is to make sure they aren’t facing each other. Separate them as much as you can, but above all, seat them with their backs to each other.

Post # 8
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you’re on the right track to split up both groups of friends. Maybe people will make new friends. You could also mix in some appropriately aged cousins, if you want. AND a conversation that they are expected to behave civilly. Crappy situation but I’m glad to hear that the jealous husband isn’t planning to come and start a fight – because that’s just not good for anyone.

Post # 9
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Sheepshead:  I 2nd this! That way spouses won’t be coming up there to fight and there is no awkwardness in the air.

Post # 11
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am typically always against uninviting someone because it is rude but in this case, do you think you could ask ‘S” nicely that due to the circumstances and her husband not even attending for said reason, that she not attend?

Post # 13
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

OMG tell “S” she is uninvited! What a crazy nutcase! She’ll sit where she’s told to and with whom you want, period! If she doesn’t like it, then she can do you and your fiancé a favor by not coming! Her presence will not be missed!

I can’t believe how ridiculous and rude some people can be!

Post # 14
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

ummm why are you bothering with seating charts with only 50 people?

Would the world crumble if people just sat wherever they wanted to?

Post # 16
1696 posts
Bumble bee

@sianna1301:  You asked for an “etiquette rule that will help this”. There is one, but I am afraid it may upset other plans.

During the wedding ceremony, it is appropriate and traditional for the Bride’s family and the Groom’s family to be seated separately, typically on opposite sides of the church, traditionally with the Bride’s family on the left and the Groom’s on the right. Not necessary, but acceptable. However, at any post-ceremony events the two families should be mingled together. This is symbolic of the idea that your marriage joins the two families; and it is practical in letting members of the two families get to know each other since they can be expected to meet in the future through their continuing relationship with you: as guests in your house perhaps, at grand-children’s birthdays and graduation ceremonies and so on.

It is also a rule of formal etiquette, that married couples are never seated beside one another. The most formal standards extend this rule to close relatives such as sisters, parent and child, and so on. The idea is that these close relatives and couples can converse over the breakfast table and have a strong relationship already; a formal dinner is a chance for them to enjoy fresh conversations and create or strengthen other relationships.

While the world will not crumble “if people just sat whereever they wanted to”, arrange seating so that everyone has congenial dinner partners with whom they will have pleasant conversation without creating opportunity for conflict, is one of the ways a hostess shows care for her guests, and it calls for creativity and skilled insight similar to an artist’s skill and creativity in her art. Doing it well gives a hostess much pleasure and gratification; and creates a more pleasant experience for her guests.

What I would do in your situation (even if there were no “S”) would be to mingle my seven tables each with a balanced mix of Bride’s family, Groom’s family, bride’s friends and groom’s friends. I would choose the mix at each table based on common interests rather than family affiliation. Because most younger couples, and some older ones! are ignorant of the etiquette rule that they are supposed to be able to carry on a conversation with someone other than their spouse (not only to be able to, but obliged to initiate and work at creating the conversation if their dinner partner is shy or gauche) I would seat partners close to one another, but not side-by-side — so that any one-on-one conversation they attempt inherently draws in at least two more people at the table.

And then; because “S” has annoyed me with her gracelessness in not simply declining the invitation immediately once she knew Best Man would be there, and even moreso by interfering with my seating plan (Harrumh! Did Leonardo let La Giaconda tell him where to put his paint brush?!!!) I would seat “S” between Great Aunt Mildred whose only conversation is the shocking immorality of young women in these licentious times, and my teenage cousin Elmer who talks about Dungeons and Dragons. They are always the hardest elements to fit into my artwork anyway, and “S” might as well solve a problem for me given how many she is creating.


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