(Closed) Program Help–Groom’s Father is a Widow and now has a serious girlfriend

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1565 posts
Bumble bee

Tough one…maybe partner?

Post # 4
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

How about significant other

Post # 5
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

How does Future Father-In-Law refer to her?  (or how does she refer to herself?)

Since you guys are close, just ask them at the next brunch how they’d like to be addressed.


Post # 7
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’m assuming you are listing them as they process, correct?

What about putting:  Mr. John Smith, Father of the Groom, accompanied by: Miss Jane Doe.

Or, if that formatting doesn’t work, I’d just list her name – sans title.

I don’t think she needs a title – and, I agree with you, that Girlfriend isn’t the way to go.

You could also give her a title that Fiance would feel comfortable:  Honored Guest, Step-Mother at heart, Honorary Step Mother….

Post # 8
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like oracles ideas a lot! I was about to answer, but I think hers beats what I would have said 🙂

Post # 9
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oooh… I like “accompanied by”.  That’s a good one.  I hadn’t even thought about this, but my fiance’s mom and dad are divorced and not remarried… but BOTH are in serious relationships.  So we are going to have the same wording problem for what to call their dates as well. 

Post # 10
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Will the significant others feel slighted if they are left off the program?

 I ask b/c this is a situation that my SIL ran into when I was planning her wedding. She just mentioned married couples only.

Another thing you can do is just put the significant other’s name in parentheses beside the name of the “main person”

Father of the Bride – John Doe (Mary Jane Doe)

Mother of the Bride – Mama Jane Doe (BF Doe)


Post # 11
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I like the “accompanied by”.

I also suggest asking her. It seems that you have a closer relationship and that way, she knows you are taking her feelings into account!

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