(Closed) Stepdad/Father Battle

posted 10 years ago in Family
Post # 3
4590 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think you are allowing your bio dad too much. I don’t know your whole relatioship, but he obviously hasn’t set his gf straight, so its his fault you don’t have the relationship you should. I think what you have planned is good, and if your bio dad says anything, then tell him this is what you are comfortable with given the amount of contact you guys have, and leave it at that

Post # 4
30391 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

1. Please stop making excuses for your Dad or blaming your Dad’s girlfriend for him not seeing you. He is an adult and makes his own decisions.

2. In your place I would be involving him less, and step-dad more. I would have my Bio Dad start me down the aisle, have my step-dad  take over 1/2 way down the aisle  ( Dad can wait until you get to the front then make his way to his seat)and my mom, dad and stepdad all say” We do” when the officient asks….

3. I would do something similar for the dance- start with my Dad, have him hand me over to my stepdad 1/2 way through the song. These dances are emotional and sweet, but 2 would risk being boring for your guets.

4. They can both make a toast.

Post # 5
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It sort of sounds like you WANT your dad to be playing daddy and doing all these things for you. If that’s what you want go for it. I think your step-father deserves the honors of being a parent since he the one who actually bothers to be your parent, but I know that is my own bias, since my family situation is similar to yours except my father chose to drop completely out of the picture, not just the annual get together.

Post # 6
3605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

why are you allowing your bio dad to dictate what he wants so much?  i think you rethink and do what you want and i also feel that you should give more consideration to your step dad.  remember being a father is more than providing the sperm and it sounds like your stepdad has always been there for you

Post # 7
977 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a similar situation.  My father has been a drug addict my entire life but became clean about 3 years ago.  My stepfather, on the other hand, has raised me since I was 2.   My father is really trying to mend our relationship and is really excited about the wedding.  Like your stepdad, mine is ridiculously understanding and is willing to step back and let my biological father do all the “father” things at the wedding.  However, this does not feel right to me.  So to compromise, I am splitting the duties.  I am going to have my biological father walk me down the aisle but am going to do my first dance with my stepfather.

Is it going to hurt my father’s feelings a bit?  Sure.  However, I am not going to leave out that one man who supported me emotionally and financially for my entire life simply because someone else served as sperm donor.  I know it sounds harsh but my biological was never there for me through the hard times so I am not going to cater to him during the happy ones.

Post # 8
734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ta826: I think you should do what you feel is right. I personally would say if your step father has been the man in your life that has been consistant, he should be the one to give you away and dance with you. Your father has to learn that he can not just pop in and out of your life as he pleases and get the merrit on a day that does not belong to him. If he is upset by it, o well. He should take that as a learnign experience and move forward.

I hope it all works out for you.

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