royal baby at the royal wedding

Will the Royal Baby be at the Royal Wedding? Do You Want Babies At Yours?

by Aly Walansky

Will the royal baby be at the royal wedding?

As Prince William and Kate just had baby number three this week, there is every chance there’ll be an infant onboard when they head to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding next month (is there a traditional royal wedding protocol for this, we wonder?). Of course, having an infant along for the ride at a wedding leaves a lot to consider — whether or not that baby is the future king of England.

Recording of the Royal Wedding
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Planning ahead

If you know newborns are coming, you’ll want to set up a private area for the parents who may need a quiet place to feed and change the baby. “In some instances, you could have a nursing mother attend without the child and with that, you’ll need a private room with seating that can be locked and has an outlet,” says Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events, which is based in NOLA. “The mom will need to be able to refrigerate the breast milk and while she could have her own storage system with her, it wouldn’t hurt to have an option ready as well,” says Sullivan. Good thing the royals are investing in the poshest portaloos in the world.

Sullivan says that working in a destination market, she often get requests for nannies on site since parents are flying with infants. “Guests may be coming from all over and simply don’t have anyone in the region they know and trust,” says Sullivan.  If working with a planner, discuss options with them and see if they can make recommendations for a nanny service that they’ve worked with extensively in the past.

Destination wedding considerations

If, like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who are leaving London for Windsor for their wedding, you happen to be planning a destination wedding, be mindful of guests bringing newborns and young children when booking accommodations. “While there are a wealth of children-friendly hotels and resorts available, there are also those that are catered toward adult vacations and nightlife, and it will be important to qualify options before booking,” says Megan Velez of Destination Weddings Travel Group.

With that said, many resorts are now accommodating both, with separate areas for family-friendly lodging like connecting rooms, so be sure to include that in your research prior to booking.  “Between lugging around car seats and interfering with nap times, getting from point A to point B with a newborn can present some extra challenges,” says Velez. If you have a number of guests bringing little ones, consider destinations with short, direct flights and easy, prearranged transfers between the airport and resort.

If you have several young ones coming as guests, consider a morning or early afternoon wedding and reception that won’t impact sleep schedules. “If you prefer something later in the day, see if the resort has a nanny service that can be offered to the parents,” says Velez.

Is a no-kids policy OK? Will the royal baby be at the royal wedding?

Meghan Markle, who really is working hard right now to fit in with the royal family would never ban a new royal prince from the wedding, but some brides may consider a no-kids policy. However, if they do, be prepared to piss a lot of people off.  “Even if you have a strict ‘no kids’ policy, you may want to consider being flexible for parents with newborns, especially if the baby is exclusively nursing,” says Paulette Alkire of Chalet View Lodge.

If you are firm with your decision, then communication is key. As soon as the invitations go out, call guests with young children and let them know personally. “Ideally, you’ll also come to the conversation with solutions- such as a recommended sitter. If you are not backing down on your “no kids” rule, then bear in mind that some parents will choose to RSVP no as a result, and you can’t take that personally,” says Alkire.

A common concern about newborns at weddings is the potential for them to be a disruption during the ceremony. “You can’t control when a baby is going to cry but what you can do is connect with your planner to see if there is a small room close by where a parent can retreat to if needed,” says Alkire.

Connect with the catering staff early and identify parents with newborns who may need some flexibility with the serving time of their meal. “They may get to enjoy the salad but then have to step away for 30-40 minutes to feed the baby. By communicating this early to the staff, they can ensure that the parents can enjoy a hot meal when they have a chance to sit back down,’ says Alkire. Be mindful of where you seat guests with newborn- avoid sitting them near anything particular loud such as speakers, or the DJ or band.

Personally, we can’t wait to see Will and Kate bring the new baby prince to the wedding, but your wedding is your decision. Whatever you choose, stand firm and make it your day!

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