(Closed) Parents are Divorced: Reception at Dad’s House

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Hmmm…this is a tricky situation. I think not having been through a divorce it’s hard for me to speak to it, but I think it partially depends on the situation. If there is a ton of bad blood between them and your mom is going to feel awkward and be biting her tongue the whole time, I can see how that would interfere with her enjoying such a special day. If what happened is ancient history and it’s more she doesn’t like the idea of you ‘picking’ his place over hers, well, that will soon be forgotten. I assume no matter where it’s held they will both be attending, right? So to that extent even if there is bad blood they will have to deal with one another in some way.




Post # 4
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Well, I can see where your mom is coming from, but your father has graciously offered to host a reception. And obviously you are ok with her as your stepmom since your parents have been divorced for so long.

Is your mom concerned it will just make her look bad in general to have it there? If she can’t pony up a valid reason for her discomfort besides it rubs her the wrong way, I think you should just tell her you respect that, but the obvious savings of having it there is lovely and your Fiance loves it, too. The divorce was a long time ago, and since she initiated it anyways, she should try to just be graceful regarding it and be above the whole thing. She’d have to be in their presence anyways and I’m sure your father and stepmother will be nothing but gracious hosts. There will be other people there, anyways. 

Post # 5
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Personally, I would tell your mom to get over it.  The divorce happened a LONG time ago, and they’ve both moved on.  I can’t stand when people divorce and can’t overcome their differences for the kids. When people have kids and then divorce, they need to realize they are connected for the rest. of. their. lives…  You’re old enough now where they should all be able to play nice 🙂  Have your wedding on the property and post pictures for us to see!

Post # 6
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My parents are divorced and have been for 6 years now. My Dad has remarried and my mom is engaged and living with him.  We had my brother’s rehearsal dinner in my mom and fiance’s backyard.  We did this because we were trying to save money and their backyard could hold a large tent and their yard is beautiful.

My Dad was a little taken back by the idea at first but then when he started to see the huge price tag on the entire wedding that they were helping to pay for he understood the need to try to host the event at home.

I think that if you show her the budget and the prices of the other venues in the area she’ll come around.  If not then ask her to chip in more to cover the cost difference.

Good luck, I know it is hard being stuck in the middle. 

I feel your pain!

Post # 7
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Not sure that I can be much use, but I’ll be getting married on my dad’s farm.  He and my mom just divorced less than a year and a half ago even if it had been coming for years (unbeknownst to everyone else.)  I know it’s going to be hard for her but she’s sucking it up and going along because it’s important to me.  In return I’m making sure she’ll be hosting her own table surrounded by supportive friends and family to help her out if need be.  I suggest telling her she can invite a couple friends if she wasn’t already going to. 

Then again, this was how many years ago?  I would imagine that very few circumstances leave the situation this raw.  Maybe she’s just worried about being overshadowed?  Would putting her in charge of something help?  (My mom’s taking on the flowers.) 

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