The Rules for Modern Weddings

What to do if the guests have to include Dad, an ex-stepdad and Mom's new boyfriend

Many a bride and groom have decided to elope rather than put their feuding relatives or their families' latest love interests in the same room. A wedding lasts an average of six hours but seems longer when Mom has locked herself in the ladies' room and won't come out "as long as that tramp your father married is here."

The typical 21st century wedding can now feature a supporting cast of stepparents, half-siblings, Dad's new girlfriend and her kids, the bride's first stepfather and his new wife, and sometimes even the bride and groom's ex-spouses. The old rules of wedding etiquette...

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