Illawarra Mercury Bridal Expo
THE toddler with a glint in his or her eye lurching towards the five-tier wedding cake will always generate a collective gasp.
And then there are the speeches when bored kids start wailing, or worse, laughing when the bride pays tribute to her departed mother.
Trained nanny and child-care worker Melinda Robertson is restoring harmony for both children and adults at weddings throughout the Illawarra with an on-site nanny service called Daisycare Nanny Agency based at Callala Beach.
“It’s about everybody, including the kids, having a good time at weddings and helping the occasion flow as it should,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter how well-behaved a child is, they can be disruptive when they become bored or tired. Our wedding nannies step in to distract them and ensure things run smoothly.”
She has 25 trained child-care workers who inspect the reception venue before the big day.
At every wedding there is a choice between an activity room or an activity table among the guests. The third option is to have a child-care floater at the wedding to help the parents during the night.
The children are usually re-united with their parents at the end of the night to enjoy the dancing and the festivities.
The very young children are put to bed on mattresses supplied by the service. It also supplies strollers, toys and craft equipment.
“I’ve been a nanny 17 years and I always planned to start a wedding service but I never expected the incredible response we got,” Ms Robertson said.
The agency will be among the 120 exhibitors at the Mercury’s Bridal Expo tomorrow.
The Illawarra Mercury Bridal Expo will be your one-stop shop for all your wedding planning needs including: