Saturday February 13th 2016 Andrea and I said YES, I DO. We promised to love and honor each other, to take care of our children in front of our closest friends and relatives. How exciting!
We are one of those privileged couples, used to live together and happy to say that our two girls will be spectators and protagonists of this pleased event. From this comes the need to plan a child-friendly wedding…
And I’m going to tell you that it’s possible!
If you want plan a child-friendly wedding, the first thing to do is find a good, reliable and patient babysitter. Since we have two kids for us is been very good. The babysitter helped us before and during the ceremony, she took care of Adelaide and played with her.
My biggest worry was the reduced autonomy of Ginevra: she doesn’t like be carry by other people, she’s still being breastfed and this is the only thing that let her fall asleep! So without babysitter and sister I wouldn’t have done it!
If you want plan a child-friendly wedding, the ceremony needs to be short. Usually kids get bored very easily and if this happen will be tough noogies! We got married in the City Hall and even if is been a short ceremony the kids started to fidget.
While the Deputy Major was reading the articles of the civil code Adelaide and her friend were running and laughing all around… Then Ginny started to cry and so hell broke loose. Between a cuddle and another we did say YES, I DO 😉
If you want to plan a child-friendly wedding, you need to calculate timing and distance. If you want survive the day of you wedding you need to avoid long time driving between a place and another because if your kid is used to sleep in the car that day, for some strange reason, he/her will not do it!
For don’t get wrong, we got married in Modena City Hall and the after party got place at the Caffè Concerto close to the City Hall. What’s easier than this?!
Always fot a survial reason avoid (if you want and can) the classic and endless banquet with six appetizers, six first courses, six second courses and six sides… Ah, I forgot about the cake cutting, desserts buffet and the sugar almonds… You will find yourself eat just a bit!
If you want to plan a child-friendly wedding, choose a family friendly place for the after party. Avoid too fancy places if they don’t have enough baby-seats or changing table in the restroom. Also the outside space is important: a kid will never stay sit still for a long time, will need time stand up, jump and play.
I recommend you to try the after party place before the wedding and with all your family, maybe during the weekend. Look around: are there families with little kids? Is the staff polite, available and kind in front of every requests? If yes, is the right place for you!
If you want to plan a child-friendly wedding, let you kids being participant with games. Instead throwing rice to the bride and groom, we opted for soap bubbles since my kids love them.
Instead of the classic wedding favors, we chose to donate at Fondazione Theodora Onlus and we received the “smile wedding favors” a cute box 6X6X6 cm with inside a red sponge clown nose from Dottor Sogni. The kids got crazy and among adults started the selfie mania 😉
If you want to plan a child-friendly wedding, choose wisely the wedding dress. Now, I’m going to talk directly to moms and future brides, if you are still breastfeeding choose your wedding dress carefully. Don’t do like me that I fell in love with the dress that I should have worn during the wedding hoping that Ginevra would have stopped breastfeeding.
I found myself doing contortionism for feed her. Well, at the end my dress bought from Boutique Alba in Sassuolo, was appropriate and suitable but is not always so easy. I warned you
I want to thank all the people that made this day one of the best day of our life. Thank you so much to everyone <3
This post is been posted February 26th 2016 on Ninna Nanna Ninna – O blog.
PH credits: by Mauro Bucciarelli © 2016 Once Upon A Dream
Traslated by Alice Perego.