This season we saw a number of baby mama’s walk down the aisle to their baby Daddy’s.
The kids are cute, but make no mistake, getting married with kids in tow is not always easy.
We asked three of our brides about getting hitched with kids, their advice on including the kids on the day – and how to survive.
First up in PART 1 of this blog is Rebecca Keil, creator of Rocky & Ruby Blog, The Mother Yarns and all round hilarious and awesome human. A year ago she and Jared were married in Taranaki. Rocky was 3 and Ruby 15 months old.
Later in the week we will also speak with Kensie & Jane about their weddings with little ones in tow. There is so much good advice here, so put the kiddies to bed and have a read with a wine.
PART ONE - Rebecca
1. Was it always a given that your kids would be there and involved?
Yes! Well, NO. So we got engaged at my 21st and obviously had no children and weren’t panning them for a while but roll on six months and I was knocked up and Jared was stoked we had to push the wedding out ha. I always wanted a quick turn around from engagement to wedding and Jared wanted longer, my mum jokes he went to great lengths to get his own way! But once we had Rocky we knew both our children would be at the wedding, we had always planned on just having two kids so it was a no brainer to bang out another kid and then get married which we did.
2. Tell us about your family unit, how many children you have and how old were they when you got married?
We are a husband and wife team with two children Rocky (4) and Ruby (2) we are from Taranaki and are somewhat high school sweethearts who live in Christchurch, where Jared is a hot cop and I run The Mother Yarns which is a hub of things for all the mums! We got engaged on my 21st at Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne (so romantic). No, it was super romantic, and then were married last year when we were 25.
3. How did you involve your kids on the lead up to the big day, and the day itself?
Well Ruby was 15 months old and was meant to walk down the aisle but she didn’t, she walked the next day which if you knew Rubes you would know that’s her style to a tee. We had this cute trolley with a cool balloon and all she had to do was push it, but no, she got carried down. Rocky stayed with Jared the night before and my mum had Ruby. They are in our getting ready photos and video which was really important to me, we have pictures of Jared getting Rocky ready and me getting Ruby ready. We didn’t expect much from them they were so young and I’m very relaxed so they just did want they liked, Rocky decided he would be sitting with us at the head table which was super cute so we had to get him a chair and set him a place. They say don’t work with kids or animals and I say remember that on your wedding day.
4. Organising a wedding when you’re a baby mama has got to be hard, do you have any advice for other brides to be in the same position?
Like I said don’t expect too much from them (like walking down the aisle at 15 months old, they won’t do it haha). Kids will be kids go with the flow it’ll all work out!
- Delegate, this is your wedding day! Yes they are your kids but not today, today they are not your problem.
- Bring in a baby sitter so you aren’t relying on a guest to miss things because they are looking after them
- Prep always prep, food, toys and activities
- Put them in your time line, make sure they nap and eat and all that.
5. Your own kids is one thing, but were other peoples children invited to your wedding as well? If not, how did you word this on your invite?
No we had a kid free wedding bar our immediate family and even then they were older kids, but then in saying that I am a mother and I know that babies need their mums so we kind of had a babe’s in arms policy. I think we ended up with a five month old just at the ceremony and a 5 day old there the whole time because my best friend and bridesmaid gave birth on the Tuesday before our wedding! The flip side is as a mum I wouldn’t want to take my kids to a wedding ever so I think it’s fine to ask for kids to not come but be considerate of tiny babies!
6. Was there anything you did on the day itself that was a life saver that you would recommend others do OR something that you wish you hadn’t done?
Baby sitter – Get a baby sitter and just let kids be kids if you choose to have them there and involved!
Photos by Bianca Brons.