My wedding planning is in its infancy, but I have a nagging concern that I haven't been able to find any advice on.
My father is remarried (fifth time!), and my ex-stepmother (the woman he was married to between my mother and his current wife) was a huge part of my life for the ten years they were married. I adore this woman and consider her to be a second mother. Whether or not to invite her is not the question- she and half her family will be invited. However, should she be honored in the way a stepmother would? It's particularly tricky because of my father's new bride of six months, who I would also like to have special family treatment, and the fact that she is also remarried to a man I've met maybe twice. I don't mind them all being under one roof- they're the type of people to put aside differences for the sake of civility on our big day- I'm just not sure how to handle seating during the ceremony and any other traditional family role type things.
Does anyone have any suggestions?