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Wedding ceremony seating might be an afterthought, especially when your reception seating chart is making you feel like a diplomat instead of a bride, but making sure that your VIPs are seated front-and-center for the main event is pretty important. While putting Mom and Dad in the front row (or Mom and Stepdad in front, and Dad and Stepmom in the second row) might be common knowledge, where should you seat your step-siblings? Here's what our experts think you should do.
The first few rows on either side of the aisle are reserved for the immediate families of the bride and groom (parents, siblings, and grandparents), so begin by assigning seating for your family members.
If your parents are separated but still close, seat them both in the front row (along with their new spouses or significant others), and seat your biological siblings beside them. If there's still room, this is where your grandparents should be seated, too. If your divorced parents aren't as close, seat Mom in the front row and Dad immediately behind her in the second row, with both of them seated along the aisle, then fill in family next to them, with your mom's parents in the front row and your dad's parents in the second row.
If you have step-siblings from your mom's new marriage and there are available seats in the first row after your siblings and grandparents are seated, your step-siblings should be seated in the front row. If you have step-siblings from your dad's new marriage and there are seats available, they should be seated by your dad and stepmom in the second row, most likely behind your siblings.
However, you definitely want to prioritize the seats in the front two rows for your immediate family (parents, siblings, and grandparents). If the group is large enough to fill those rows, seat your step-siblings in the first available row (usually the third row), with your extended family and any other members of your stepparents' families.