In addition to being a civil celebrant, I am a wellness consultant, so why not put my two areas of expertise together? Pleased as I would be to conduct your wedding, I’d like to help ensure that you enjoy wedding day health!
So here are a few useful tips.
Before the Wedding
In the run-up to your wedding, try and get as much rest as possible. I know, there’s often last minute planning, seating arrangements or problems with suppliers to contend with, but you obviously want to avoid stress as much as possible.
At least, manage some early nights – and maybe a bit of pampering (massage etc.). Then you’ll perform much better.
Everybody should drink about 2 litres of water a day (on average) as a given. You certainly should not neglect that. Being hydrated can avoid back pain and can also have a positive effect on your skin.
You may well be focusing on how you are going to look on the day, but don’t neglect regular meals. Ensure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
During the Wedding
The bride, especially, is likely to find that everyone wants to talk and there’s little opportunity to eat anything. So if it’s a buffet, get someone to fetch a plate or two for you. At a sit-down meal, make sure you don’t spend all your time circulating. You should be able to enjoy your meal too. You do need to eat and keep your strength up (if only, to be able to cut the cake!).
There’s likely to be a lot of drink flowing, and why not? However, you might do well to have a glass of water between each glass of alcohol.
See if you can arrange a little quiet time to relax between the day and evening receptions. That will enable you to get through a delightful, but demanding, day comfortably.
After the Wedding
Depending where you are going, beware of too much sun, especially early on. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, if it’s safe (there are portable bottles with filter systems available).
Bring a mini-medical kit with you (we usually take a few magnets, actually!).
Finally – although this could have gone in the “Before Your Wedding” section – ensure you have received any vaccinations you may need.
Wishing you a healthy wedding and honeymoon!
With thanks to Neli Prahova (www.neliprahova.com) for the photo.
Michael Gordon is a civil celebrant based in London.