We recently went to Mr. Dolphin’s brother’s wedding and we all had a great time. It was so much fun to see the little guys dressed up in bow ties, spend some time with family and, of course, celebrate a new marriage and addition to the family (I finally have a sister!). Because the wedding took place on the West Coast and was an evening wedding, the kids were battling jet lag and their bedtime to stay up for the festivities. In addition, they had not slept well for the several days prior to the wedding and in hindsight, I think Panda was a little overstimulated from all the activity. I was trying to prepare as much as possible to avoid complete meltdowns during the wedding. Luckily, my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law were very thoughtful and had a lot of things covered to make the whole experience go a lot more smoothly! Here are things that helped.
Color coordination between myself and Panda was purely coincidental! Lion was super proud of his bow tie.
1) Toys/distractions during the ceremony.
Lion was one of the ring bearers, but definitely got a little bored just standing at the front. At one point, I went and got him and had him sit in my lap and handed Panda off to Mr. Dolphin’s stepmother. I let Lion play with a paper fan that the bride and groom left on all the seats, which entertained him for a few minutes before he started wanting to return to Mr. Dolphin. I didn’t want him running back and forth during the wedding ceremony, so insisted that he remain where he was at this point. Luckily, Mr. Dolphin’s stepbrother who is great with kids was sitting next to me and played with Lion, showing him how to open and close the fan and pretending to eat Lion’s fan with his own. Panda also got enjoyment out of the fan, happily chewing on the ribbons hanging from it.