Weddings with a 3 year old

The past few summers (and winters) in my family have all centred around family weddings. Being one of approximately 20 cousins is likely to do that and we have become pretty efficient and expert at planning a wedding really quickly. Little Z is starting to think weddings are a normal kind of outing as they seem to be occurring at least three or more times a year. This weekend was one of those times and we all went about falling into our normal roles of co-ordinating, greeting guests and unsuccessfully manning the sweet table. Throw in an excited 3 year old Little Z trying to turn a large wedding hall into his very own obstacle course and you know you’re in for a pretty interesting evening.

These were the highlights attending a wedding with a 3 year old…

1. The realisation that Little Z was no longer going to fit into any kind of high chair and needs a “proper chair”. Cue fears of him escaping approximately every 2 minutes.

2. Deciding it would be easier to just watch him run around the hall rather than trying to get him to sit in one place for the entire evening. Also mentally concluding his clothes have an expiry date of that same evening as he proceeds to slide about on the floor and do some kind of body surf thing.

3. Realising he needs chasing frequently each time he tried to leg it through the double doors. Also realising running in high heels repeatedly is not that comfy.

4. Shooing him away from the sweet table display whilst his mouth is gradually turning blue from the pinching of blue bon bons. Knowing this means he will now be on turbo charge till the end of the night.

5. Spending ages persuading 3 year old Little Z that the food is really nice and that he can’t only eat cucumber for the entire meal. Giving up fairly quickly with the coaxing and asking the waiter if he’s able to bring more cucumbers out. Then watching the waiter discuss said request with another waiter and have both look at you blankly. Repeat request when asked if in fact I want just a plate of cucumbers. Err yes. Please.

6. Try to persuade Little Z out from under the table as he discovers it is the most fun ever. Ever. Lure him out with cucumbers. With waiters still all looking a bit confused.

7. Get ready for round 2 of chasing him around the hall. Pull silent shouty faces at husband from across the hall which clearly mean “my feet are killing me and I want to eat my dessert”.

8. Switch on a dazzling instant smile for all the family pics. And try to grab a sprinting Z as he runs dangerously close past the bride and grooms very nice outfits.

9. Last about 95% of the wedding before starting the “I’ve already chased him 5 times, it’s your turn” bickering with the hubby.

10. Watch Little Z zonk out from his very fun evening, just before he asks if we can go to a wedding tomorrow too.



Weddings with a 3 year old


Weddings with a 3 year old

Weddings with a 3 year old


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  1. Tim (aka Dotterel) August 12, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    We attended a wedding a couple of weeks ago but the children didn’t! They stayed with grandma – and a good time was had by all. I can recommend it!

  2. suzanne3childrenandit August 13, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Wow, all those sweets! I’m surprised you managed to lure Little Z out with cucumbers, mine wouldn’t come out for anything less than a crisp! Hope you had a good time anyway. Makes you realise that weddings with ‘no children’ are probably the way forward!
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  3. PottyMouthedMummy August 13, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    Grass is always greener ha ha. H has only been invited to one wedding since being born. We’re off to one in France this weekend and he isn’t invited so is a sore point. But trying to look at the positive that the hub and I have a few days together. Those sweets look amazing xx
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  4. Jenny August 13, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    Ahhh bless him and you weddings with kids are tough. Love the photos of him though so cute. I have done it both ways one with them and one wedding without them and I think babysitters are always needed for a wedding. lol But you also don’t want them to be left out so it’s a hard line isn’t it. Love love all the sweets. YUM! That’s my kind of wedding. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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  5. brummymummyof2 August 13, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    THOSE SWEETS! Sigh am on day three of a diet and I am so bored of it already. What a fab wedding and your boy looks adorbs! Me and the hub also do the who is going to get them now thing. But as we have two we always end up having to run after at least one of them! Glad he had a great time though xxx PS thanks for your lovely comment on my blog
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  6. Louisa August 13, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    Little Z looks adorable. I don’t think I have ever been to a wedding where the children didn’t slide across the floor at speed, it’s wedding law I think. #sharewithme
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  7. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely August 13, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    I’d go crazy for a sweet table like that too. Awesome! CK is page boy for my brother next year. I think it might involve excitement levels never experienced before.

  8. Louise @ Birds and Lilies August 14, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    Haha, I’ve done the ‘chasing around after a toddler all day’ at a wedding too, and my partner was the best man so I had to do it all by myself – that was fun! Luckily Grandma picked her up late evening so I could get drunk and make a fool of myself on the dance floor! Great post! x
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  9. Heledd August 14, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    Weddings and kids – it’s a debate that really does divide opinions. The thing is, when they’re little we can’t expect them to sit down quietly for hours on end. They want to be out running in fields and swinging on trees (just setting the scene – but you get what I mean). If they need to be there we all need to give them the opportunity to play, hide under the table and slide on that dance floor, it’s only fair!

    Fab pictures, love his little outfit xx

  10. Debbie August 15, 2014 / 10:36 am

    The sweets look like decorations! If I were you I’d have been fueling on the sugar laden treats just to keep my energy levels up, in face I would probably have been on a sugar high by the end of the evening.

    We have only had one wedding in the family since having children and as they are no longer small there won’t be an issue if we do get invited to a wedding. But I think if I had a three year old in tow I may consider using handcuffs around their ankles to keep them firmly attached to the chair!

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  11. Nortonmum August 15, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    What fab photos, and those sweets! Nothing changes though our 14 year old sits asking is it nearly finished & when can we go home. : )
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  12. Jess @ Along Came Cherry August 15, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    I haven’t actually taken the kids to any weddings yet this year!! Luckily I don’t have any until next year when hopefully they will be better behaved, haha or not 😉 x
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  13. Emma Lander August 15, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    hehe it sounds like a nightmare. The only thing going for it is the blue bon bons which, quite frankly, I would have pinched too. Lovely photos though, Your little boy is gorgeous and I really want that chair!!
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  14. Kerrie McGiveron August 15, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Aww great photos – love the sweeties! I think taking younger kids ANYWHERE can be quite difficult, nevermind a wedding where you want them to just ‘be good’ for a bit! Your boy looks lovely all dressed up 🙂 x
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  15. Honest Mum August 16, 2014 / 10:05 am

    Oh wow loved this, hilarious. Not attended a wedding with the kids yet, all the invites are no children! Reading this maybe that’s been a good thing. How gorgeous does your boy and the wedding look. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts
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  16. Susan Mann August 16, 2014 / 8:14 pm

    Oh Yes I remember those days. Not taken Aria to a wedding yet. I remember wanting hubby to take a turn, but they seem oblivious at times. The kids do have a ball though. xx
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  17. Erica Price August 17, 2014 / 8:30 am

    The sweets look amazing! Great that he likes cucumbers too though, even if it does get some odd looks from the waiters.
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  18. Not a frumpy mum August 18, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    Haha, we must have had the same idea for our share with me posts this week. Weddings and toddlers are anything but relaxing!
    Love the sweet table, I’d be first in the queue xx
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