Q: We are getting married in a different state from where my family is. Very few members of my family will be there. How should I deal with the seating in the church?
A: When the number of family and friends of one is significantly smaller than the other -- you should simply have the ushers seat guests not by side but in the best possible seat (i.e., closest and best) on either side. That way, neither family will feel strange and everybody will be able to see better.
Q: My father has requested that a close friend of his attend my wedding. I am not on good terms with this person (he's rude and boorish), but have consented to invite him. How do you politely ignore someone you don't (and don't care to) talk to?
A: The entire point of a receiving line is to greet your guests and there's no way to ignore someone. If you're really averse to speaking to this person, you'd better hope that he or she chooses not to go through the receiving line because the thought of talking to you is equally as awful! But if the person does come through the line, just keep it simple. Shake hands and say, "Thank you for coming." Smile pleasantly. Move on to the next guest.
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