Wedding Reception Etiquette: Should the Parents Sit Together?


Is it better to seat the parents of the bride and groom at the same reception table or at different tables?


A very good and not-often-asked question. Traditionally, the bride and groom's parents sit at the same reception table, sometimes with the officiant and his or her spouse (if they attend the reception) or with your grandparents. But some couples arrange for two parent reception tables, so that each set of parents can sit with more of their honored friends and relatives. You might also choose separate parent tables if your parents don't get along especially well, or if they've never met before and you don't want them to feel awkward (of course, depending on your parents, sitting together at your wedding might be a great introduction). If either of your parents is divorced, you'll probably want to have each parent and his or her spouse host their own table.

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