Ways to Lessen Family Drama at Your Wedding


Most brides are excited about their wedding but also a bit hesitant about having ALL of their family in one room. They may have family members who dislike each other, or the bride’s and groom’s sides don’t get along.


The good news is there are a lot of steps the couple can take to minimize the family drama on their wedding day. Your emotions will be running high on your wedding day, and this should be a day you remember for the rest of your life. You want to remember this day for all of the right reasons, not the wrong reasons.


Most of what you can do to limit wedding drama doesn’t start on your big day; it starts months before during the planning and prepping process of hosting a wedding. All of these tips we share with you will help you avoid wedding drama on your wedding day.

Communication Is Key

No matter who you are when you throw a wedding, it means there should be tons of communication during the planning process.


Talking to your family about what you want and need is huge for a wedding. On top of that, you need to talk to your partner’s family to make sure they are feeling okay and happy with how the plans are coming along.


This will also allow you to figure out if you may think you need to do assigned seating for the reception.


Once you have a lot of the planning figured out, you will then need to keep your guests informed as well.

Delegate Tasks

When you’re stressed out, family drama can seem much worse than it actually is. If you try to do everything yourself, you may feel overwhelmed to the point where you blow up. This is not good for any bride.


One of the best things you can do is delegate tasks that you need to be done. This will help allow you to have self-care days and focus on other areas that can help reduce wedding drama on your big day.

Prepare Your Guest List Early On

Preparing a guest list can be tricky but necessary and will limit stress. If you want things to run smoothly, you need to know who is coming and any conflicts with others that they may have.


Knowing who will show up will also allow you to see who may cause potential problems. We all have a friend like that, and it’s okay to place them strategically among the crowd. If you’re unsure about someone or it stresses you out to talk to them, leave them out!

Work Around Divorced Parents

One of the most uncomfortable situations to deal with is dealing with divorced parents. One side may have a new family while the other does not.


Take the time to think about where to put them and talk openly with each side. You can ask them how comfortable they are with sitting at the same table or doing a toast one right after the other.


If one parent has a new partner, ask the other to bring a friend. There are ways to work around a divorced couple without creating too much tension.


These are just a few things to think about before you walk down the aisle at your venue. This is a day to not stress and enjoy your family even if they may be a bit chaotic!