There’s no doubt about it, your wedding day will be one of the most fun and chaotic days of your life - you’ve got to primp and prep, head to your ceremony, slay your reception and party until the crack of dawn. While none of this is exactly stressful, you haven’t got much down time to quench your thirst or keep your hunger at bay. So how do you do it? Follow these tips and you can easily avoid hanger.
Here are a few ways to fight being hangry on your wedding day.
Make breakfast a big deal
You’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, if you want to start your wedding off on the right foot, you’re gonna need to eat in the a.m. And before you ask, your stomach being filled with butterflies doesn’t count. If you need to keep your mind off your pre-wedding jitters, schedule a group breakfast with your bridesmaids or groomsmen. You don’t need to go crazy and carbo-load, just try and eat a little something before you start prepping for the day ahead.
Grazing is a good idea
After breakfast you probably won’t have time for another hearty meal, so snacking is where it’s at. Stock your getting ready luggage with energy bars, juices and trail mix to keep your stomach satisfied while you get all dolled up. If you don’t like the prepackaged stuff, ask one of your culinary-inclined wedding party members to prep some eats the night before.
Drinks are especially easy to forget, but your don’t want to say your vows with a hoarse voice. Always keep your water bottle close by and keep a case of extras in your dressing room. You can always set reminders on your phone, too (there are plenty of apps for that!).
Order in lunch
You don’t want your stomach growling while you’re standing at the altar, so don’t skip lunch altogether. No, you shouldn’t take this opportunity to squeeze in a Big Mac - you don’t want to feel bloated or stain your outfit with special sauce! Order in a light lunch, like a salad or wrap to kill your hunger and stock up on napkins to avoid any spills. Note: you’ll want to task one of your wedding party members with ordering, it’s easy to forget and it’ll need to be done in a timely fashion.
Put a wedding party member in charge of snacks
You never know when hunger will strike, so make sure you’re always prepared. Have one of your wedding party members stock their bag with snacks so that you always have access to an energy bar or a few almonds.
Eat after the ceremony
Yes, you’ve probably planned a stellar cocktail hour filled with tasty hors d’oeuvres and dinner isn’t far off, but you’re going to be hungry after you say your “I dos”. Instead of heading out to mix and mingle with your guests right away, sneak away to a private room with your spouse to have some one-on-one time and eat. Ask your caterer to set aside a platter just for your so you can get a little sustenance. Trust me, if you go see your guests right away you probably won’t have time to even touch a mini quiche.
Make sure you’re on the same page with your caterer
Don’t okay just any old menu. Make sure you’ve stocked it with food you’re genuinely excited to eat. It’s easy to get swept up in all the fun of a reception, but if you really want to eat your dinner, you know that photos and congratulations can wait.
Take breaks at your reception
No, you can’t exactly skip your first dance and hit the buffet instead. However, you can take breaks. In between photo ops and conga lines, take a seat and have a quick bite. Yes, you may have to eat in smaller bursts than you’re used to, but hey, it’s better than nothing!
Eat your cake
There’s a good chance you put a lot of time and labouring over the perfect cake/icing combo for your wedding’s grand confection, so you should actually enjoy it. Don’t just take that first bite and shimmy off into the night, sit down and indulge! After months of working on that wedding body, you definitely deserve it.
Take some food to go
There will be leftovers at your wedding, so why not take some home? After your after party you’ll probably need a snack and whatever your caterer has cooked up is definitely a hundred times better than what you’d get at a Burger King drive-thru.