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Divorce, Stepfamilies and Weddings

While you may not want to think about divorce when you start planning your wedding, it is not uncommon for engaged couples to have to worry about divorced parents or including stepfamily in their celebration. And if a divorce was particularly complicated, bringing both sides together for your wedding can lead to some especially difficult issues and questions. Fortunately, many brides have dealt with these same issues, and they have all turned to The Knot for answers. On this page, you will find common questions and answers dealing with combining divorce and stepfamily with your wedding day. If your parents are divorced, we have advice for including their new mates and how to handle a situation where a divorced couple refuses to be in the same room with each other. We also have suggestions for seating divorced parents at the wedding ceremony, along with the best way to present them at the wedding reception. If you or your fiance has stepparents, we will help you through tricky questions like, "Can I tell my stepmother what to wear to my wedding?" or "Does my biological father have to partake in the wedding?" We even have advice for what to do with stepgrandparents. If you do not see your question answered here, submit it! You just might see your question and answer appear on our site.

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