Where Do the Parents of the Groom Sit at a Wedding?


Quick Answer

At a wedding ceremony, the parents of the groom are seated in the front row. At a wedding reception, the groom's parents traditionally sit at the same table as the bride's parents. However, it is also acceptable to have the bride's parents and groom's parents at separate tables.

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If the parents are divorced, they may be seated together in the front row of the ceremony venue. Alternatively, the parent who was primarily responsible for raising the groom is seated in the first row, while the other parent is seated in the third row. In Christian ceremonies, the groom's parents are seated on the right side of the venue. In Jewish ceremonies, the groom's parents are seated on the left side of the venue. In Orthodox Muslim ceremonies, the venue is divided by gender, not by familial association.

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