It’s quite the honour to be invited to someone’s wedding, as this shows that they not only wish for you to be there, but they hope for you to remember their special day. That can eb quite a lovely gift, even if you’re already close enough to the person to make your invite a no-brainer.
However, it can sometimes be that if we have children this time around, we’re not entirely sure how to best care for them on the day, outside of our usual good parenting habits. We can’t blame children for getting a little bored during those long ceremonial services or being tired out by how many people are around and how little engagement they might have.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to consider how to care for them on the wedding day, so that they can enjoy themselves without causing a scene. Of course, if your children do misbehave a little or become a little vocal during the event, it’s not the end of the world, and not worth worrying overly about. However, it can be nice to think of a few strategies you can use to mediate this if they do get a little out of hand.
With that in mind, let’s consider some tips:
Ask For Provisions Ahead Of Time
It might be that asking for provisions ahead of time can be helpful. For instance, just making sure that the catering has children’s options can help you avoid having them turn their nose up at a meal they might not understand, one a little too complex for a child’s palette. You might ask where you can retire to for nappy changing, or if your child gets a little restless. In some religious buildings, a back area behind the seating arrangement may offer a few toys they can play with. Just asking ahead shows that you care about your effect on proceedings.
Bring Along Snacks, Refreshments, Entertainment
Of course, if your child is hungry, thirsty, or bored, they’re more likely to feel a little restless. It can be good to bring along a toy they can enjoy, a few refreshments such as juice in their portable cup, and a snack to keep them fed before the catered meal comes. In other words, using your parental sensitivities can be very helpful in a somewhat slow wedding service.
Recommend Services Able To Handle Children
If you’re on the wedding planning team, it can be nice to recommend services that are happy to cater to children if necessary. A wedding photographer able to speak to children carefully, a band able to play appropriate songs, and perhaps making sure that the venue owners are happy with children can all make a worthwhile difference going forward. In that way, you don’t have to feel like your children must be apologized for, rather a necessary and included part of the entire event.
With this advice, we hope you can care for your children despite the often quite regimented and intimate nature of a wedding.