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Navigating relationships with your in-laws is never a simple task. Between attempting to communicate your commitment to your fiancé without stepping on any toes and learning what it means to be part of the family, there are a number of potential pitfalls — especially if your fiancé has a bunch of stepsisters hoping to be included in the wedding. But is it really necessary for a bride to include her fiancé's step-family in the wedding if there isn't room in the bridal party (and you're already including his two sisters)? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the tricky issue of in-laws in the bridal party.
Finding subtle ways of creating a strong friendship with your partner's family may be a more difficult feat than it initially seems, and taking the chance to build the bond by including his stepsisters in the wedding party may be the perfect opportunity. If you are seeking a way to ingratiate yourself to your fiancé's family and foster a deeper bond with your in-laws, including your hubby-to-be's stepsisters in the wedding would be a thoughtful gesture. Adding one or two extra bridesmaids to your entourage will likely not disrupt the balance, and the act will offer you the occasion to familiarize yourself with them on a more intimate level. Furthermore, including more of your hubby-to-be's family in the bridal party will likely serve to nurture your relationship with your fiancé.
However, if your wedding party is already at an unwieldy number, consider involving your fiancé's stepsisters in the celebration in some other significant manner. Think about inviting your fiancé's stepsisters to your bridal gown appointments, planning sessions, and your bachelorette bash as guests of honor. In addition, you can place your stepsisters-in-law in charge of the guest book or place them in the front row of your wedding ceremony. Whatever solution you decide upon, remember to ensure the resolution satisfies both you and your in-laws simultaneously.