How to have a Baby Friendly Wedding
First comes love, then comes baby……and then the wedding! Years ago, there was an “order” to life’s milestones. However, we’ve evolved in the 21st century, accelerated by a pandemic, and realized we don’t need to step in the same footsteps as others. Nina and Thomas did just that and began on a different path than they had in 2019.
The new path was the plus 1 wedding crasher, baby Porter. He just needed to be a ring bearer for his parents at a baby friendly wedding. His siblings, doggies Nash and Atlas, acquiesced begrudgingly. Babies bring a whole new vibe to a wedding day and it’s great to experience the day with them. However, there’s a lot more to consider with a tiny baby at a wedding. I’d like to pass on some advice to clients in similar situations.
Tips, Tricks and Advice
#1 Is to remember if you’re breastfeeding to consider your wedding dress’ ability to undo and redo. In addition, building time in your timeline for feeding or pumping. Remember to bring your pump, a handheld option just in case and any storage needs for aftercare nannies or family that’s helping watch them during the day.
#2 Is to hire a trusted nanny for the day. If possible, have them watch a few days before the wedding to alleviate any stranger danger fears for your babe. Of course, family can step in on the day as well but you want them to be present and in the moment for big moments and not changing a diaper.
#3 Pack a bag for junior with plenty of diapers, clothes, loveys, formula, baby squeezables, carrier, toys, bottles and any other special items several days before.
#4 Don’t be afraid to have some alone time with your babe or hold them during the ceremony. By this time as a new mom or dad you know that they may fuss or be jabbering but it’s moment you’ll remember always.
#5 If your baby is super fresh, be sure to bring your own care items as you’re still healing.
#6 Consider a floral hoop or a smaller bouquet for the day. You may be holding a 15 lb baby and a 6 lb bouquet otherwise for all the photos.
#7 If possible, have your own honeymoon, even if it’s a year later. It gets harder to take a vacation just you and your partner and now is the best time.
If you are expecting a bundle of joy before your day of joy, take note of these tips to make your wedding day even more enjoyable and carefree. And may the baby attitude odds be ever in your favor.
For their day, Mountain View ranch located in Pine, CO was their dream venue with water features, Mountain View’s and rustic lodge reception area. Managed by Wedgewood Weddings, they take care of the lion’s share of the planning and even have accommodation connections on site. Originally, these two were going to have their celebration in September of 2020, but still got lovely weather and fall vibes in October of 2021. Their day took place at the venue’s larger lodge Willows, however, they also have a lovely smaller venue, Creekside, for smaller occasions.
Check out Thomas + Nina’s engagement photos before they became a family of 5.
Venue: Wedgewood Weddings (Mountain View Ranch)
Photographer: Katie Corinne Photography
Videographer: Storybook Weddings by Jeremiah England
Dress: The Bridal Collection
Dress Designer: Justin Alexander
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
HMUA: WedLocks Bridal Hair & Makeup
Florist: Amore Fiori Flowers & Gifts
Rentals: Denver Wedding Rental Co.