How To Go To A Wedding with a 1 Year Old

Wedding with a toddler

Wedding with a toddler

As I sit on the sofa knackered from my cousins 4 day wedding week I have been reminiscing about how Baby Z has had a complete ball over the last few days and how I have coped (solo, might I had) looking after him. Here is my guide on how to go to a wedding with a 1 year old.

1. Pack absolutely everything you have ever purchased for toddler. This includes travel cot, portable feeding chair, approximately 250 different types of snacks and about 7 different outfits. Just in case.

2. Carry around a massive changing bag to all the different parties and periodically rub your shoulder to soothe changing bag chafing.

3. Create the “Baby Zone” by placing all sorts of baby nik naks on your table including spare jumper, various snacks, beaker and various toys.

4. Watch toddler toss each item under the table out of reach and make mental note to retrieve it all at some point.

5. Spend some time later on hands and knees under the table trying to look for everything.

6. Try to stop toddler from giving himself a piercing by constantly taking the fork and other bits of cutlery away from him.

7. Try to stop the toddler smashing the plates by moving everything to the centre of the table.

8. Growl at the manager of the venue when he tells you there aren’t any any high chairs available. Wonder why you came to a wedding with a 1 year old.

9. Spend time chasing excited toddler around the massive venue.

10. Try to unsuccessfully stop toddler running into the “Do Not Enter” catering area.

11. Spend time trying to retrieve toddler from under one of the food counters. Use lettuce and bits of salad to try to coax him out.

12. Spend time gripping excited toddler under one arm so that child looks like he is in a superman pose and try to sit him down in your lap.

13. Watch cousins giggling at Baby Z trying to squirm from grip. Shout “Just you wait, it’ll be your turn one day!”.

14. Give up trying to keep toddler in one place and delegate babysitting over to Grandad. Try to wolf down dinner in record time. Realise you missed the starter.

15. Eventually feel sorry for Grandad chasing around the endless bundle of energy and take over baby watching.

16. Try to entertain toddler with array of toys. Watch toys get chucked around. Give toddler expensive camera in attempt to keep him quiet.

17. Greet bride and groom who comment on beautiful toddler. Try to stop toddler from trying to grab hold of shiny tie / brides earrings / bride herself.

18. Breathe a sigh of relief as toddler starts dropping off in your lap. Then realise he’s got a second burst of energy.

19. Ask if it’s time to go home yet.

20. Eventually almost whoop with joy when you realise the wedding party is over. Almost run to car.

21. Look open mouthed as you place toddler in car and watch him fall asleep and start snoring instantly. Wish you could do the same.

22. Make a mental note never ever to go to a wedding with a 1 year old again, especially without the Other Half. Ever.

23. In pondering the above, reverse straight into cousins car in full view of wedding party. Wish ground would swallow you up.

24. Turn even more crimson as your mum bangs on the drivers side window from the outside and watch her tell you off through said closed window. Complete with wagging finger. Again, in full view of wedding party.

25. Laugh hysterically the next day at all of the above whilst recounting above antics.

15 Thoughts on “How To Go To A Wedding with a 1 Year Old

  1. Expat Mammy on April 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm said:

    Ha ha I should have had this list in march, great post babe

  2. lagosmum on April 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm said:

    Lol! I’ve avoided all weddings with V so far. Have a feeling I can’t avoid it any longer, though!

  3. Oops to the car, but you did it. It’s long and tiring. x

  4. Oh dear God, as tiring and manic as it sounds, I bet it was fun?!

    • Notmyyearoff on April 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm said:

      It really was. We have another big wedding next month. I am going to make sure OH is in full view at all times!

  5. I’m a little concerned about no. 22 what if my husband is the best man?! He won’t be able to help as he has duties to do yet he will be there to watch me struggle with 2 of them!!!!

  6. mummydaddyme on April 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm said:

    Your posts are so funny- I do definitely agree with the 250 snacks! My dad got married a couple of weekends ago and we packed enough to feed the whole wedding party. X

  7. Such a funny post. I have a one-day wedding to go to in June and already the fear has kicked in. Think I might print out your list and send it to the bride and groom in advance so they know what they’ve let themselves in for.

  8. helloitsgemma on April 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm said:

    Oh my word am exhausted!
    When my son was about 11 months old a friend got married. She decreed no under 5s. Other parents ranted. Initiallly i thought – oh. I coukd see her point. Must say I had a lovely time – without him :)

  9. Jenny paulin on April 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm said:

    Ruddy hell! That’s so not funny and yet it is becuase I can so sympathise with some of that and you have written it so well! whenever we go away just for a day out its like going off for a week with a lot he stuff you have to take! nightmare! How come you had to go n your own? Bless you for surviving! (hugs) xx

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  12. Oh my goodness! Can’t believe you reversed into the car and your mum told you off. The shame!
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