Thursday, April 28, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

*Includes FREE photo online! mywcn.com/lostandfound
Found: 2 female dogs, 1 black and white Terrier mix and 1 Lab mix puppy, Floresville. 812-632-8164.
Lost: Border Collie, black and white male, one eye, microchipped, C.R. 319/F.M. 775 area. 210-382-2167.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Floresville ISD is accepting applications for the position of Painter, must have painting knowledge and willing to work with other trades, minimum of 5 years’ experience. Applications must be submitted on line at www.FISD.us.
Full-time bartender needed at Olmos Country Corner Store, 9071 FM 467. Call Rick at 210-687-0108.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
RE/MAX homeRichardson Chevrolet homeTNMC
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Special Section


Bridal Guide: The parental dilemma




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
April 9, 2014 | 1,788 views | Post a comment

Blended families are not uncommon these days. A bride and groom may have more than two sets of parents to accommodate in their wedding. If the parents do not know each other, as is the case with most in-laws, or are uncomfortable with each other, as is sometimes the case with adoptions and remarriages, accommodating everyone can be difficult. Here are some tips for brides and grooms dealing with multiple sets of parents, adoptive, biological, step or whatever the case may be.

All parents should be invited to participate in the wedding, but only those who are willing should be expected to take part. The bride and groom should sit down with each parent on their home turf and find out who wants to participate in their wedding. Some people are more comfortable sitting on the sidelines. The groom’s stepmother, for example, might want nothing more than to have a dance with him at the reception. The bride and groom should arrange for that and leave it be.

When possible, the bride and groom should play to the parents’ skills. If the groom’s stepfather is a great singer, then by all means he should sing at the wedding. If the bride’s mother is a great cook, then by all means she should attend the catering tastings. The bride and groom just need to make sure everyone is aware of who is doing what. That way, should the green-eyed monster come calling, they can deal with it right then and there, long before their big day.

Traditionally, adoptive and/or biological parents’ wishes supersede stepparents’ wishes. However, that does not have to be the case, particularly if the bride or groom is close to a stepparent. The bride’s stepfather may have raised her from an infant and feel he has earned the right to walk her down the aisle. The bride might agree, but before extending the offer, she should discuss it with her biological father first. She should express her feelings on the matter and be prepared to make a compromise. Perhaps her father could escort her into the church while her stepfather walks her down the aisle. Or, perhaps they could both accompany her down the aisle. What bride wouldn’t feel extra special with a father on each side.

The bride and groom should do their best to accommodate their parents’ wishes. However, it is not their duty to ensure that all 10 parents get exactly what they want. Parental demands can get out of control, and when they do, the bride and groom need not acquiesce. It is their wedding after all, not their parents’.

No matter what the nature of the relationship or how demanding parents may be, the bride and groom should always respect them. Wedding planning is stressful enough without adding familial tensions. The bride and groom should try to keep tension at bay by listening to what the parents have to say and being respectful of their feelings. That’s right. Parents have feelings. While they might all love the bride and groom, they might not all love each other. The bride and groom should understand that and establish boundaries where necessary. If the adoptive mother and biological mother do not get along, there is no reason to insist they host the couples shower together. Each of them could host a shower, or one could host the shower and the other the post-wedding brunch.



Dealing with two sets of parents soon to be in-laws is hard enough without adding adoptive parents and stepparents to the mix. Brides and grooms in the situation should relax, follow the tips above and respect their parents’ wishes within reason.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Special Section Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: DIY wedding decor (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Finances for your surviving spouse (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Guidelines to buying your first home (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Photo Contest winner — Cover (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Photo Contest winner — Special Moments (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Photo Contest winner — Unique (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Photo Contest winner — Vintage (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Picking the best for your bridesmaids (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Putting together a great wedding on a budget (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Shopping at Sisters — a family tradition (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Wedding e-vites, really? (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bridal Guide: Wedding Planning Checklist (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Glenn L. McCarty — China Grove Mayor (April 27, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Aaron Ermis — Falls City ISD board, Trustee at-large (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Deborah McInerney — St. Hedwig City Council, Place 4 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Frank S. Ramirez — Floresville City Council, Place 5 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Gail Beaver — China Grove City Council, Alderman at-large (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Gloria Morales Cantu — Floresville City Council, Place 5 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Joyce Stinson — Floresville City Council, Place 4 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Kathy Palmer — St. Hedwig City Council, Place 4 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Manuel Decena Jr. — Elmendorf Mayor (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Michael Gonzales — Elmendorf Mayor (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Nick Nissen — Floresville City Council, Place 5 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Candidates Forum: Walter Wyrwich — St. Hedwig City Council, Place 4 (April 20, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Presenting our candidates' forum (April 20, 2016)
CASA
OSO Construction
RS Gate & Supply
Sherwood Surveying
WCN Citizens Forum 5/28/15
Drama Kids
WCN web hosting
Custom Construction LLC
Abrego Lake
John D. Foster home
Hoelschers home
Pat Brown Realtors, Inc. home
Caraway Ford
Heavenly Touch homeEast Central Driving SchoolAllstate & McBride RealtyTriple R DC ExpertsVoncille Bielefeld home

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.