The day of a big event is very exciting – adrenaline will keep you running for most of it but be kind to your body and make sure you eat (good food) and drink plenty of water and maybe some lightly sugared drinks like cordial or juice to keep up your strength and energy. Go easy on the caffeine, soft drink and alcohol as they will dehydrate you and make you need the toilet more!
Weddings are especially long days in most cases and can be incredibly exhausting. The last thing you want to do is to pass out at the end of the day!! On the other hand, you don’t want to feel bloated in that stunning dress, or worse, like you can’t breathe because you’re too full. Wedding dresses are made to fit – this means that they won’t normally give when you eat, so here’s some ideas to help:
Be kind to your tummy the night before – for example if you’re not used to spice or, like me, you love spice but don’t react all that well to it later, don’t go all out with your local hot and spicy Indian restaurant for dinner! Avoid late-night eating or over-eating so you feel fresh the next morning and watch out for those drinks – no wedding day hangovers!!
Once you get that dress on you’re likely to be all butterflies and won’t feel like eating, so be sure to nibble in the time before you put on your beautiful dress – fruit and light foods, not things that will make you feel full and sickly. Avoid dairy if you can or have as little as possible – yes girls that means minimal chocolate. One of my favourite go-to snack is croissants but go easy on those too seeing they’re not exactly healthy, or you can go lovely little sandwich triangles of various fillings.
If you and your bridal party have little a break between photos they will thank you (and so will you) to have a little something organised to nibble on like some sugary drinks, fruit, sandwiches and even chocolates (just go easy so you don’t feel sick), to help tide you all over. Picnic baskets to go in the bridal car/s are just the thing and help when the smiles are getting tired.
During the reception you are unlikely to eat much but try to eat a little if you can – I know, you go all out to find wonderful food for the event and you probably end up eating 3 mouthfuls of it with all the meeting and greeting and dancing you have to do! Make sure you eat something, especially if you’re getting into the booze, but don’t force yourself to eat the whole lot if you don’t feel like it.
Try to organise a little snack basket for afterwards too. If you’re like me you may not eat much at the reception and you will likely be starving when you finally get that beautiful dress off. Make a romantic little picnic of strawberries and dipping chocolate (kissing chocolate?!) or something you and your new hubby both enjoy, to help replenish your energy after your big day. Sugar is a go for this one!