Q: My fiancé's parents went through a bitter divorce and his dad has since remarried. What's the best way to seat them at the ceremony?

A: Have them sit in separate pews—with a buffer row in between—to avoid an uncomfortable situation. The parent who was mostly responsible for raising your fiancé should sit in the front pew with his or her escort.Siblings and grandparents sit in the row behind them. The other parent and his or her escort occupy the third pew along with family and honored guests. You'll want to seat them at separate tables at the reception, too.

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