Child Attending Parent’s Second Marriage

My parents are divorced and my father is remarrying in the near future. It will be a very small ceremony, and I was told that the children of the first marriage should not attend. Is that true?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

There is no source I am familiar with which states children may not attend the second marriage of one of their parents. It is, however, a widespread custom. Perhaps the reason is out of respect for the memory or feelings of the other parent. Regardless, many who do follow this practice only absent themselves from the wedding ceremony itself. They do attend the meal.

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