Q. My question is in reference to a wedding rehearsal dinner. What should be the seating
arrangement at the head table for the groom’s mother, stepfather, biological father and guest, bride’s mother and father? Is there any certain order that we should sit? We will be at the long square type table and is it suitable for the mother of the groom to do a speech and toast at the dinner instead of the groom’s father?
A. Former spouses should not be seated next to each other. At a long rectangular table, it would be best to seat the groom’s mother and stepfather at one end and his biological father and guest at the other end.
Yes, it is suitable for the mother of the groom to give the first toast instead of the groom’s father, if the groom approves.