Wediquette Wednesday: Can divorced parents walk down the aisle and sit together?


Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: My parents have been divorced for many years. They are on good terms, attend family events together every once in a while, joke around about the dating scene for people their age and even still share some of their electronics memberships and passcodes. While both are dating, neither is currently in a committed relationship. My fiancé and I are planning the ceremony and are wondering if they might want to pair up for certain aspects. Can divorced parents walk down the aisle and sit together?

Answer: When it comes to divorced parents and their children’s weddings, everything boils down to the state of their relationship. If they are on good terms and are game for being paired up, go for it. That said, be sure to discuss it with them separately so they can comfortably express concerns, apprehensions or objections. If both are game, you are good to go. In the event that they are not on board, respect their wishes and give them each their own tasks and places of honor during the ceremony and reception.


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