How to keep h'anger at bay, on your wedding day.
My boyfriend used to wish he had one of those portable flashing lights for the top of the car, for two situations: when I had my period, and when I was hungry. Though there are limited options for wedding day menstruation (hmm, definitely a potential article there), when it comes to avoiding the "hangry" wedding day, your options are many!
This article contains two simple tips, and one wedding day to-do list of what to pack to stay fresh all day:
Even for the chillest couples, the wedding is a big day. When was the last time you invited all your people to come and look and talk to you all at once? It's wedding-day-hangry just waiting to happen! Besides the emotional/spiritual/life milestone taking place, you’ve got a lot to think about and that takes energy.
Drink water to keep your energy up!
Many brides are afraid they’ll have to pee and avoid drinking water on the wedding day. Don’t do that!
Staying hydrated will help you keep your energy up. I know, from the experience of shooting weddings, water gives you a boost and keeps your endurance up so you can smile allllllllllll day long (and still party into the night).
Also, it’ll make you smell better: you might get nervous and sweat a lot, but if you stay hydrated your body and your breath will thank you! (A quick googling of dehydration and body odour/bad breath can tell you why.)
Have snacks on hand!
Nothing brings on irritability, anxiety, and exhaustion like low blood sugar. Don’t leave it to chance when it comes to staying in a good mood on your wedding day!
Keep snacks on hand for yourself and houseguests, i.e. bridesmaids getting ready at your place. Besides brunch, make sure there are snacks you can force yourself to eat if you get too nervous or stressed out for a full meal.
Things to consider / pack:
- Straws for sipping, to protect lipstick
- Lipstick touch-up colour from makeup artist, for after she’s left.
- Smoothie or liquid meal that you can sip (alternate with water if you get a dry mouth)
- Small bites of fruit & some sort of bib – no blackberry juice on the wedding dress!
- Granola bars (soft as opposed to hard and crumbly)
- Halloween-sized chocolate bars or small cookies in a zip-lock
- Yoghurt drinks (get that probiotic in while you're at it ;))
- Juice boxes
- Wet wipes for hands
- Someone you trust, who’s as obsessive as you are, to check that there’s no food in your teeth. None of this “you’re fine you’re fine” when they haven’t even looked!
Basically, you need food and drink that takes minimum effort to open, and can be carried with you. And possibly a case of water bottles for your bridal party/family, if you are traveling together in a limo or having a big photo session somewhere away from immediate access to water… Especially in the summer, guys!!! Please! I know plastic water bottles are terrible for the environment, but this is one of those times you might forget your S’well.
You got this!!
Between morning coffee with your BFFs, and a champagne toast (or three) you need to keep your wits about you. You don’t want to get drunk or shaky, right before you say “I do”. Take care your body with water and snacks, and no portable flashing lights will be needed!
Look beautiful, no food in teeth, laughing head off... Check!