As a celebration of love, happiness, family, and life itself, it’s only natural for babies and infants to partake in the whirlwind excitement of a wedding. There’s just one catch: sometimes little ones can’t wait to celebrate until after the ceremony.
Here are some tips to keep children calm and content during the gorgeous wedding ceremonies you attend together this Spring, and happy and engaged during jubilant receptions:
For the Ceremony:
Early Risers – Some morning play time will help put your little one in a calm mood during the ceremony and celebrations. They may even fall asleep!
Have a Snack – Tasty, low-sugar snacks your baby loves are great for the ceremony. A happy belly means a quiet baby!
Quiet Entertainment – Colorful board books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, But Not The Hippopotamus, and Zoom, Zoom Baby! or other activities like soft block toys, stacking rings, playdough, and coloring books are quiet and engaging.
Bring a Babysitter – If you don’t want to risk a disruption, consider having a babysitter or family friend walk your baby around the halls or outside during the ceremony. Check with the wedding planner to make sure this is appropriate.
For the Reception – Ideas for hosts and guests
Check In Beforehand – Call the wedding hosts or location to see what gear, toys, and play area options they may have.
Safe Shade – Many weddings happen during the Spring when weather is nice enough for an outdoor reception. Make sure to have a canopy for your little ones to play under.
Bring the Party – Bring pack ‘n plays, exersaucers, and jumperoos to keep the little ones safely entertained while guests have fun.
Satisfied Stomachs – Bring baby foods and snacks that your baby prefers. It’s unwise to expect the wedding reception to have appropriate food for a baby.
Soft Play Parties – If it’s your wedding, consider teaming with a baby gear rental company to set up a kids zone like a soft play area or quiet room where kids can nap.
Hope you and your baby enjoy many unforgettable Spring weddings!