Tuesday 26 April 2011 by By Jill Sikkens

I was going to say, you can’t live in the UK at the moment and not be aware of the upcoming royal wedding, but I think I can safely extend that to most corners of the world. While most of the coverage I’ve seen has been focused on “the dress”, or Diana’s role in the wedding, it has been fascinating seeing the ever extending guest list.

We have been invited to two weddings this summer but, in both cases, have been debating whether or not to bring our 2 ½ year old son. Luckily, in both cases he was formally part of the invitations, and our friends have extended how welcome he is, but it still leaves the question, should we bring him?

I think with immediate family it’s a pretty easy decision- yes. When there’s at least one set of grandparents (or even pseudo grandparents) and you know the other children and families it can be great fun to bring your child. I know Kees would have a lot of fun playing with his cousins and taking part in the festivities, but when it comes to friends’ weddings it feels a bit different.

Maybe it’s just me being selfish. Up to now, my husband and I have always chosen to leave Kees home. He has been too young to understand what’s going on and I haven’t wanted to be the one with a screaming baby during the ceremony. Plus, if I’m completely candid, my husband and I always end up having the best time at weddings. We love the atmosphere and are usually the first ones on the dance floor and the last ones to leave.

The right answer is always very subjective and dependent on your child, your friendship and the type of wedding you are attending. I guess that’s just common sense. But, importantly, I think it’s important to remember that the right wedding can be so much fun with your child.

I attended a wedding last year where friends (due to breastfeeding requirements) brought their 6 week old baby and it was wonderful. The baby was young enough to sleep through most of the wedding and our group of friends really enjoyed celebrating the marriage, as well as the latest addition to our circle of friends. So, the choice is yours, but don’t be afraid to say yes. Kids can also be the best part of a wedding.

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