How to Include Your StepFamily in Your Wedding? | Le Jardin


If you’re planning a traditional wedding, but some of your family is of the step variety, it can be tough to figure out how to include everyone. To avoid any awkwardness, make decisions beforehand and let every family member know what role you’d like them to play. Here are a few tips on how to include your stepfamily at your wedding.

How to Include Your StepFamily in Your Wedding? | Le Jardin

When the Parents are Single or Divorced…

If you are the bride and you want to have your father walk you down the aisle, then it’s completely fine to make it a moment between you and your dad. In this case, you can let your mother choose who escorts her whether it’s your brother, another family member or a groomsman.

If your soon-to-be husband’s parents are divorced, then make sure that you know some of the details regarding their relationship. For instance, if they get along, then ask them if they’d like to walk down the aisle together. Another option is to have them walk their son down the aisle with him in the middle. You can do the same thing with your mom and dad.

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When Your Parents are Divorced and in a New Relationship…

Ask your parents to walk down the aisle with their current partners. This is best if you and your fiancé are close to your stepparents and they have been in your life for a bit. If you have a stepfather who helped raise you, then feel free to have both of your fathers walk you down the aisle or ask one to play another significant role like officiating.

If you don’t know your parents’ new partners very well or don’t get along with them, then it’s okay to keep them out of your wedding party. In this case, take advantage of assigned seating. Ask the stepparent –or parents—to sit with the other guests but have a spot reserved for them.

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When Your Parents Are Divorced and One is in a New Relationship…

If you have a young ring bearer or flower girl participating in your wedding, consider asking your single parent to walk down the aisle with one of them. That way, your parent will still feel included. Single parents can also walk down the aisle solo or with another member of the wedding party. Another option is to have both sets of parents just take a seat instead of walking down the aisle.

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How to Include Your StepFamily in Your Wedding?

There are many ways to include your stepfamily at your wedding. Consider the options and go with the one that will work best for you and your future spouse. If you’re still looking for a wedding venue, come visit us at Le Jardin. We can help you host the wedding that you’ve always wanted.

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