We're going to a wedding in a couple of weeks and I'm worried about how to keep DS1 (nearly 3) still, and more importantly, quiet, during the ceremony. I'm really worried he's going to make a scene! He's your typical loud, active toddler and does not stop talking. I plan on sitting at the back, and have DH on standby to whisk him away if he gets restless.
Just wondering if anyone has any clever tips on keeping him occupied for the 1/2 hour or so? The other option is to have DH take him for a walk during the ceremony (it's on the beach) so we don't have to worry about him causing any interruptions.
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02-10-2013 07:04 #1
Toddler at wedding ceremony - tips needed pls!
02-10-2013 07:13 #2Senior Member
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We have the same dilemma this weekend - outdoor wedding with almost 3 yo and 4 month old. And then our youngest is getting baptised next weekend so that's an hour in church. Freaking out! We'll probably resort to the iphone on mute with some games on there.
02-10-2013 07:13 #3
Could you set him up with a DVD player/iPad with headphones and his favourite show?
02-10-2013 07:16 #4
No tips but we had lots of very active kids at ours earlier this year and didn't hear a peep from any of them. We had
2x 1 year olds
1x 18 month old
1x 3 year old
3x 4 year old
Actually just thought...if it's on the beach, maybe take a little spade and bucket to play in the sand with :-)
02-10-2013 07:20 #5
Thanks everyone . He is going to be 1 of only 2 toddlers going, so I'm worried any less than perfect behaviour is going to stand out! I thought about iPhone or portable DVD, but thought that might be considered rude?! (Possibly not as rude as a yelling toddler when you're say 'I do' though lol).
02-10-2013 07:36 #6
I don't think an iPad/DVD is rude - anything that will keep him busy is good! I am sure others won't mind, and the bride and groom probably won't even notice anyway. I like the bucket and spade idea too.
02-10-2013 07:37 #7
Also, maybe a time consuming snack like sultanas might buy you a bit of time?
03-10-2013 05:49 #8Senior Member
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At my dad's wedding we used food. It worked a treat. Waited until the ceremony started then started feeding her food.
03-10-2013 05:57 #9
Jasper was at a wedding at the same age and was a total monkey, and we in the bridal party, so it was inescapable. I'll see if I can rustle up the photo of me about to drop him over my shoulder as be flung himself around.
Otherwise... Bubbles were a good distraction - it was an outdoor wedding though.
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03-10-2013 06:48 #10Senior Member
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I wouldnt over think it tbh. I was bridesmaid in a wedding in april and the brides nephew aged 3 in the middle of the ceremony said is it done yet? The whole church was is in stitches so was the priest who politely said 'almost little fella, hang in there' I know its not ideal or what you want his parents were mortified but most people understand the age and realise its impossible to keep them under control and quiet the whole time. Playing a game on your phone might be the go.
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