Divorced Parents? How to Introduce Your Stepfamilies to Avoid Awkwardness at the Wedding

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While you probably went to both of your parents' weddings when they got remarried, there's a pretty good chance that your stepmom and stepdad have never met. And your stepsiblings? They might not even know you've got stepsiblings on the other side of the family. So if they're all meeting for the first time the weekend of your wedding, you'll likely want to introduce everyone before you head down the aisle. Here's how our experts think you should approach the situation.

The best way to make an introduction between stepfamilies is to plan a casual pre-wedding get-together in a neutral location. If everyone will be in town a few days before, consider inviting them to your favorite local pizza place. Are they up for a little fun? A night at the bowling alley or mini golf course would be a great way to break the ice, especially if some of your stepsiblings are on the younger side.

If they won't be getting into town until the day before your wedding, ask them to arrive at your ceremony rehearsal or rehearsal dinner a little earlier than the rest of the wedding party so you can all meet and mingle without an audience.

Think about things your families have in common, and let them know when you're making introductions that both of your stepbrothers are star soccer players, or that your stepmom and stepdad love the same Netflix crime dramas. Anything that will take them from strangers to acquaintances faster!

And of course, don't force it. While you can try your hardest to make everyone comfortable, you can't force them all to be the best of friends, especially if your parents had a less-than-amicable divorce. So do your best, then focus on the highlight of the weekend: your wedding!

See more: 6 Ways to Introduce Your Guests to Each Other Before the Wedding

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