Q: How can I seat remarried parents so that everyone feels equally important?

A: During the ceremony, whichever parent raised you is seated in the front row or pew, on the aisle, along with his or her spouse. The second row serves as a buffer area, usually reserved for grandparents and siblings. The parent who did not raise you sits with his or her spouse in the third row. (If your parents are on excellent terms, they can all sit together in the front row—your mother directly on the aisle—with their spouses, or they can sit in the first and second rows, without a buffer zone.) The same order applies on the groom's side. At the reception, divorced parents can each host their own table of family and friends. Or you can seat the parent who raised you with the parent who raised the groom, and the other parents with the officiant and honored guests.

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