Dear mummy, we’re heading to a wedding this summer and want to make sure we’re ready. After speaking to a lot of friends and family here’s our list of how to survive a wedding with a toddler!
1) Get yourself organised and leave plenty of time to get to the church. It’s awkward being late and frazzled, never mind rushing a toddler out of the door.
2) Try and sit yourself at the end of a pew, so you have a quick getaway in case of a toddler meltdown. Have an exit strategy and suss out where the toilets and breakout areas are.
3) Make sure you’re prepared for all eventualities. Have a change of clothes and nappies/wipes in case of ‘toilet’ accidents.
4) Little snacks are a good way to keep toddlers happy during a service, keeping their little fingers happy and their minds occupied. Opt for light, non messy snacks like popcorn or pom-bears, steer clear of yoghurts, things that melt and cheesy Wotsits – I’m sure you don’t want orange handprints over your dress or others!! eeek
5) If the snack option is a no go, try offering a toddler a sicker book – I love my Frozen sticker book and it will keep me occupied for ages, just make sure you check your clothes after the service for unwanted accessories. Last time my mummy had stickers on her shoulders and bum. Not a good look.
6) Let the toddler revel in the attention from family members, its inevitable that toddlers will be cheeky during a wedding service, whether it is standing on pews, pulling faces and waving at other guests, just let them get on with it. If they make too much noise – extract!
7) Share. Share your toddler around, if other family members or close friends would like to help entertain, carry or calm a toddler – let them. Weddings are a family affair and you always have support. If not, try to take turns to keep a child amused, so the other can enjoy a quick nibble or drinkie-poo at the reception.
8) Take loads of photos and involve your toddler, pointing out the princess in the white dress. Make-believe a fairytale land and get them to observe the guests.
9) Relax and have fun. If your toddler sees you happy it will radiate through to them (well that’s the idea) a toddler knows when an adult is stressed and angry and can feed off that negative energy.
10) If you have to go home, because your toddler isn’t playing ball – then don’t fret. People will understand…they don’t call it the terrible twos for nothing!
Lots of Love Bella and her mummy x
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Great tips. We have LOTS of wedding this year, but M is only coming to 2 of them, one of which she is flower girl. I’m hoping she will behave for that wedding! 🙂 #thelist
Thanks for the tips, perfect timing, we are attending a wedding tomorrow with my 3 yr old and 7mth old…..
Good luck! Have an awesome day! x
Great advice! I’ve been to a few weddings now with the little ones and on the whole have found things much less stressful than I’d imagined. Fully advocate the end of the pew seat too. Hope you have a lovely time at your wedding
We are going to a wedding tomorrow, so glad I found this post. Loving the non greasy cheesy snack idea. Of course it’s so obvious but something I wouldn’t think of until they are already messy. I totally agree on sharing the toddler love. Quite a few of my friends don’t have kids yet so to them ours are ‘adorable’!!
Thanks for the post. Love your banner.
Ahh thanks for popping over! Have a fab time tomorrow! Let us know how you get on x @dear_mummy 🙂
Have a lovely time at the wedding, my girls were bridesmaids at the weddings that they went to as toddlers, now that is very stressful ha! X
Great tips! We’ve taken ours to 2 weddings and have been quite lucky with them being intrigued by the proceedings and being entertained that way. Plus my H never minds leaving the ceremony bit with the baby!
Great tips, Baby has only been to one wedding when she was about 6 weeks old and it was a nightmare! Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x
It is so hard to go to a wedding with kids. People without kids just won’t understand. 😦 Great tips! Will definitely use them if I ever dare go to a wedding with my boys 😀 haha #thelist http://2littlefaces.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/lets-get-social.html