Arrange Childcare. If the wedding is out of town (and in a hometown of the bride or groom or a city where they currently reside), ask for names of trusted babysitters in the area that have experience with kids, and can stay in the hotel room, so you can enjoy the reception.
Research the Venue. Find out if there is a quiet place children can rest once they get tired, such as an indoor balcony above the ballroom or a small private area/room. Come prepared with a Pack n’ Play, blanket, pajamas and books. Note: make sure it’s a secure place where you can frequently check on your child.
Plan a Schedule for the Weekend. Be aware of the timing of all of the events throughout the wedding weekend. You may need to change the normal “routine”, including adjusting naptime, if needed, and avoiding any energy consuming activities. Rest and relax until it’s time for the festivities to begin so you will not be dealing with an “over tired” child.
Bring Snacks. Be careful to make sure they are the right type of snacks. Since they are crunchy, avoid things such as crackers, chips, or cereal. Instead bring a napkin to cover their attire and opt for grapes, soft cereal bars, juice, water boxes and bananas.
Seating Location. During the ceremony, sit in the back or close to a door, this way if you find yourself on the verge of a tantrum you can exit before it’s in full swing.
Follow these recommendations and bringing your child(ren) to a wedding will be less stressful. Hey, you might even have FUN!