Divorced Parents: Wedding Presentation Etiquette for Divorced Parents?

Q: How should divorced parents walk into the wedding reception? My mother will be alone, and my fiance's mom doesn't want to walk in with her ex who has been remarried for about 14 years. What can I do?

A: If you feel it's going to be really awkward, there's no reason that your parents have to be presented and walk formally into the reception room. If you want to be announced for the first time as husband and wife, that's fine -- just forgo the wedding-party part of it, and you two can acknowledge your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and parents once the reception is underway. Remember, any time a wedding custom or tradition threatens to make things uncomfortable because of your family situation, it's totally fine to skip it, or modify it so that it works for you. Do what's best for you and everyone else involved.

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