1. Go to the rehearsal. We didn't attend the rehearsal. It was an hours drive from our house, and took place during naptime for our little one. However, in retrospect, it was really stressful on me not to know what she was supposed to do, and where she was supposed to be. I also think it would have been a touch easier on her, though, honestly, she did wonderfully.
2. Do snack first, then get dressed. This is pretty basic, but a good rule of thumb to remember. Most kids this age get a kick out of nakie time anyways, so it's nice to give them that time. Then, it's easier to get them into the dress you need them to be in, since they've been hanging out eating for a bit. Also, don't be afraid of hairspray and make-up. Yup, there is Make-up on my non-quite-two-year-old. She ran right into her crib side chasing after her cousin that morning, and a HUGE bruise wouldn't have gone well with the outfit.... oh well, she didn't mind the 'lotion.'
3. Lots of Running around before ceremony/serious time. Again, seems obvious, but sometimes its' hard to let them have that time. Both EG and her cousin J enjoyed running, tag, and just hanging out before they needed to get lined up and ready. We waited as long as possible to make them get serious and get organized.
EG loves to play hide and seek now. She says that we can't find her... Who's that?
3. If possible, have other kids they know as part of the wedding party. There were two other kids in the wedding party, but EG didn't know dear Lily until the day of the wedding. While it would have been nice to have them meet at the rehearsal, it worked out okay because she had Cousin J to play with and be comfortable with through the whole day.
4. Give them something to hold/hang on to. This is really up to the bride/groom, but I really recommend giving them something to have in their hands. It worked well to have EG hold onto Lily's hand as she walked down to the aisle, and the basket for the rest of the way. Cousin J had a great sign (which was a tad bit large for a tiny two-year-old) but it gave him something to concentrate on.
|Lily led the way down the aisle- worked brilliantly!|
She got to the end of the aisle, and dumped all her flowers and her basket upside down. It was actually quite adorable. And instead of coming to Mommy or Daddy, she ran straight back over to Lily to walk away. I couldn't have planned it better even with a rehearsal!
5. Remember to still enjoy the affair! It can be really stressful to be trying to make sure that your kid does the right thing, and doesn't ruin the wedding. That feels like A LOT of pressure. But remember, kids are kids. They do unpredictable things, and as long as the couple gets married, the goal of the day is completed. It's not often that everyone gets dressed-up fancy, there's a chance to dance a boogie and have a little fun, so try to get in some smiles!
Photo taking at the wedding, since we all looked so fancy as it was. Cousin J wasn't being the easiest during these moments, but ironically he's totally much cuter than poor EG, who was just so, so so tired. I'm glad we got this family shot though, it's not often my sister and I get together!
Pregnant belly bumps- we are both due in July, only a week apart from each other. What fun it was to see each other, and get the chance for some sister shots too!