Top tips for dealing with the relatives on your wedding day

Wedding Ideas magazine, 21 April 2011

You've chosen your wedding dress. Decided on your bridal bouquet. Found a fantastic venue.

And of course you're marrying the man of your dreams. So that's the wedding sorted then. Or is it?

One thing you can't really control on your wedding day is how your relatives behave. Mmm.

So here are some hints and tips.

Tips for a Happy Wedding Day by The Couple Connection.

  1. You can say what you like about your own family, but tread carefully when it comes to your partner's.
  2. Think through your seating plan carefully. Do you really want a much-married uncle on a table full of single girls? Would certain young party-loving guests get together to make the night too raucous? Consider who you'd rather keep apart.
  3. Have autonomy over the day. Ensuring you make the final decisions gives pushy relatives less room for manoeuvre. Instead give relatives specific tasks that will make them feel valued without allowing them to interfere in other areas.
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  5. If you're going to invite the black sheep of the family, take the pressure off yourself and insist your partner invites at least one oddball from their side, too.
  6. Introduce the in-laws beforehand. If you think one side might be frosty, arrange a pre-wedding outing that will help break down barriers.

You might like to also take a look at The Couple Connection's 'Making A Commitment' articles – helping you to anticipate any problems that may occur.

Originally published on the Wedding Ideas magazine website.