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WEDDINGS Be prepared Buttons and Bows


There are some stunning dresses and mini-kilt outfits available these days that really could upstage the bridal party. Just make sure all kids clothing is comfortable, fits well, doesn’t have labels digging in, is too hot or itchy and that shoes have been broken in properly. Luxury brand, Bare Knees Kilts make kilts to order to fit perfectly and are 100% wool tartan. They are cleverly designed with a buckle and strap to prevent your little one stripping at an inopportune moment!


Clutch bags and sporrans aren’t the most spacious but do try to bring some quiet toys and supplies to keep little ones amused. Crayons, soft toys, non-sugary snacks and small books all do the trick nicely. Don’t forget a sachet of Calpol, plasters, tissues and wipes just in case.


Position yourself


In the church try to sit at the end of the row, or even at the back, so you can make a hasty getaway if needs be. I remember having to quickly remove my just-potty-trained son from a church when he declared at top of his voice he needed to pee-pee. Cue a swift exit for minimal embarrassment.


“ © BLESSINGS & BLOSSOMS Here come the kids…


If your son/daughter is involved in the wedding and they need to make their way up the aisle, make sure you explain to them exactly what they have to do. Try to have a run through in the church if possible, or even just practice slow-walking at home. Use music too so they know what to expect. It’ll be hard to re-create all the eyes on them, so on the day, try to sit somewhere they can see you and follow your lead.


made MAY / JUNE 2014


Try to have a run through in the church if possible, or even just practice slow- walking at home


” Call a nanny


I once attended a wedding where a nanny was available at all times in a special break- out room with toys, DVDs and basic arts & crafts (no paint!). This kept the kids amused whilst the grown-ups sipped Champagne and nibbled canapés. It is unusual for this amount of childcare to be offered but maybe you could consider arranging your own – or join up with another family to split the cost? Or maybe invite a friend or relative along to the church service


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