You have the dress, the gift and are ready to dance the night away. But you also have children... Is there a way to survive a wedding with kids in tow? Parenting blogger Gemma Capocci thinks so
Top tip: 'Bring snacks'
Your best bud’s wedding is coming up and she has been kind enough to invite you and your kids to her big day. You’ve picked the perfect dress, now all you need to do is make sure the children behave impeccably and pack the truck load of baby paraphernalia needed to ensure the weekend runs smoothly. Easy, right?...
Gemma Capocci, shares her top tips on how to survive this wedding season with your kids in tow.
1. Bring a spare outfit.
It may not be your favourite dress but you’ll be thankful to have it when the baby covers you in milk/vomit/food (delete where appropriate). If that’s not an option, why not bring a summer scarf? It would be perfect for hiding a multitude of stains.
2. Sit at the back
You may want to squeeze next to your pals in the front pews during the ceremony, but it’s always best to have a quick escape route. The same rule applies for the speeches. You’ll be happy you did when 'little Billy' starts bellowing for a biscuit just as the groom toasts his new bride.
3. Don’t be afraid to palm your kids off on your pals
If the wedding is filled to the rafters with family and friends, use them. They're a valuable resource and could mean you'll even get to eat at least one of the courses hot and at the same time as everyone else!
4. Bring snacks
If in doubt, get the breadsticks out (or whatever your kid fancies). These will also be invaluable as a bribery tool if your kid starts kicking off, especially if they're not keen on the wedding menu. Just don't make the mistake of dishing out chocolate buttons, that's unless you want sticky chocolate fingers all over your new pastel dress.
As if butter wouldn't melt...
5. Dress your kids in their cutest outfits
If your kids look adorable, fellow guests are far more likely to forgive any unfortunate meltdowns.
6. Treat your kids to a special wedding gift
My friend recently told me she brought her little girl a special wedding-themed sticker book before heading to her brother-in-law’s big day. Not only was her daughter chuffed to receive a present, it also kept her entertained for a bit. Bonus!
7. Don’t stress about nap time
If your kid sleeps during the day then that’s brilliant, but if they don’t, sod it. Enjoy the day as best you can without worrying too much about their usual routine. Just have fun!
8. Give Grandma a call
If you’re desperate for a child free weekend away, politely decline the kids invite, bag a babysitter and get supping at those bubbles. No one will blame you!
Gemma and her son Raffy at a 'pirate-themed' wedding, last year
Gemma writes lifestyle and parenting blog Coffee, Kids & Ice Cream and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.