I'm getting married in three weeks. My parents are in the final stage of finalizing their divorce and are polite with one another. In one of the 8 passenger limos to the reception I've placed my groom's parents and his grandparents. And I would like to have my mother and father ride in this same limosine. My father is not bringing a date and my mother is bringing a date. My mother's date is someone she's been in a steady relationship with for 7 1/2 years and they are living together. My mother would rather ride separately with her date than in the limo with my father while her date takes other transportation to the reception. I don't agree with her. What is the correct etiquette in this situation?
-- If your father does not mind, then including your mom's gentleman in the same limo would be polite overall and respectful of your mother's wishes. It isn't like she just met this person and has an unsure relationship with him. For all intent and purposes he is her partner (common law husband?). Consider it this way: It's a tribute to love both old and new. The love you have for your parents and the love they maintain between themselves because of you. With everyone being adults and displaying a maturity that puts aside 'self' in order to make your day "YOUR" day, as long as they are all ok with sharing a limo, let them! With this said, if for any reason you still feel that sharing one limo isn't acceptable, at least understand your mom's loyalty to her companion. Just like you would stand by your man, even if it meant riding on a lawn mower behind the most posh limo ever made, she's simply showing her gentleman her love and devotion. That's to be admired. Right?
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