Last Saturday was the long awaited day we had been excited about for months; the wedding of my younger Brother and his fiancee. Shortly before they got engaged last year we had just had our little girl, and so I knew we would be taking a near 1 year old or a 1 year old to a wedding. I was pretty nervous at the thought of it, but it was surprisingly easy.
I had read a fair few blog posts offering up various bit and pieces of advice. The main piece of advice was that we ALL needed to enjoy the day (emphasis on ALL), and the best way to do this was to make it as stress free as possible. So here’s my list of hints and tips, which also recap the day too.
- Enjoy some baby-free relaxing time in the morning, as you know that for the rest of the day you’ll be busy looking after a baby. My sister and I treated ourselves to having our hair done and it was so nice to leave the little one with the husband and escape for a bit.
- Make sure that your child sticks to their normal nap routine as much as possible. Our morning nap was successful, but the afternoon nap not so much as she needed it during the service.
- Know where your exits are in case you need to quickly duck out of the service. Fortunately we were sitting near one, and the door at the back of the church had a window which is where my husband watched most of the service.
- Take all the snacks in the world to keep your child happy for as long as possible. We took loads of breadsticks and Organix carrot sticks.
- Use the basket under the buggy as extra storage for you. My bag was tiny so I used the buggy basket for my flip flops and make-up bag, as well as various other essential items. You can also make use of any spare space in the baby changing bag too.
- Pack a spare dress for the baby as you never know what might happen. We were fortunate and didn’t have any accidents. Not only pack a spare dress, pack spare baby-gro socks, bibs etc…..We also took a sleep suit with us, which allowed me to get our little one ready for bed at the venue, so she could go straight to bed when we got to the hotel at 1am!
- If you’re child is regularly car sick (like ours, although she hasn’t been for a while) we avoided placing her in the car seat in her dress. There was a bit of driving involved between church and venue, so between the two we stripped her down to her baby-gro to avoid any accidents.
- During the meal I had enough Ella’s Kitchen pouches for every course which were consumed really quickly, along with bits of my meal, and a portion of mash too.
- Other children, They are an endless source of entertainment. Our little girl really enjoyed crawling around the floor and playing with the other children at the wedding.
- Ear defenders! I cannot recommend these highly enough. They were amazing and allowed our daughter to sleep during the duration of the evening, so my husband and I could have a boogie.
The hangovers the next day were pretty dire, and thankfully my Mum was able to look after our daughter whilst I went back to bed for a cat nap. Eventually we had to check-out, and hang around the hotel for a while keeping my daughter happy with lots of walks to the nearby river, whilst my husband sorted out logistics with cars (why do you always have that after a wedding). I’m so impressed and happy that we managed to stay for the duration, relatively stress free. It was much easier than i thought, and I think a lot of that is down to careful planning.
We all had a wonderful day at the wedding, it was lovely to see my Brother getting married. The service, venue, food, wine, cake and speeches were amazing! Plus dancing to a ceilidh band was interesting too!
Have you taken a baby to a wedding? Or taking a baby to a future wedding? I would love to hear from you.