Monday, August 10, 2009

24-Hour Wedding Countdown from Beauty Eats

During my Daily Yahoo visit, I stumbled upon this really great post from Beauty Eats. I definitely thought it was worth sharing, so here it is:

Posted Mon, Jul 13, 2009, 4:36 pm PDT
It's wedding season, and here come the brides -- 44,230 of them a weekend! Whether it's you, your best friend, or an adored daughter who's counting down to The Big Day, here are five easy steps to ensure looking and feeling your best during those final 24 hours -- from the first toast until the final flurry of rose petals.

1. Bloat-proof your belly. Don't spoil the perfect fit of your dress! Avoid anything salty -- from pickles and fast food to Chinese takeout -- for at least 24 hours before saying "I do." Limit carbonated beverages too, which can be salty and gassy. You don't want to be bloated and burping!

2. Get lots of sleep. Forget all-night gabfests with your bridesmaids the night before. Instead, have a nice warm bath and, if possible, a gentle massage. Kinda hungry? Have some chamomile tea (mildly sedating) with a drizzle of honey (makes you less alert) and a banana (two sleep inducers and a muscle relaxant).

3. Create a caffeine-free zone. If you need wake-up coffee in the morning, fine. But then stop. Stock up on iced herbal teas, fruit juices, and bottled water. If you've got jitters, caffeine will make them worse, plus it's a diuretic so it'll make you pee a lot (no easy feat in a wedding dress) and could lead to dehydration -- a serious energy sapper.

4. Space out the alcohol. Weddings often mean a nonstop flow of celebratory champagne, wine, and cocktails. But you need to be dazzling, not dim (and definitely not dehydrated, sleepless, or hung over -- all risks of an open bar). So...

  • The night before: Give yourself a two-drink limit. Or stick with wine spritzers (ask for more club soda than wine).
  • The wedding breakfast: Skip the mimosas and sparkle up your OJ with seltzer.
  • The reception toasts: Sip your champagne, don't empty the glass. Pace yourself through to the cake cutting and bouquet tossing.

5. Eat something! There may be tons of food, but it's easy for busy brides not to get a bite. To keep your energy up, hunger down, and tummy flat, go for the fish, chicken, and salads -- but have a plan B: Ask your maid of honor to stash an energy bar or some Brazil nuts in her purse. Just six nuts give you four grams of protein and some healthy fat, a combo that will keep you going far longer than you'd think. Not for your whole life, of course, but that's what the rest of the day is about!

Curious about just how many years you and your Real Love could spend together? Start by finding out your RealAge -- with luck, you're younger than you think!"

What Great Advice!! Click on over to Beauty Eats for similar goodness!

Happy Monday!


  1. Ok I've been going through your posts below and i really like this blog!!!
    I'm not a girly person. But I'm the type that always wants to know about everything....ok now back to reading your stuff

  2. Great tips and advice...I am always reading up on what to eat on the wedding day. One thought: for me, I am prone to fainting spells (have had 6 of them in my 37 years). The worst was just 9 months before my big day when I passed out at the beach and smacked my head onto the concrete. I shattered my sunglasses which gave me a nice big black eye and 6 stitches right under my eyebrow! Now I have a wonderful scar to reflect the moment and which will hopefully not show much in my wedding pics. I say all this to inform people that I found out I have low blood pressure and a tendency to be lightheaded and weak. My biggest fear is I will pass out on my wedding day (God forbid on the altar)! But my cardiologist indicated the best way to treat low blood pressure is to increase your salt intake. You mentioned cutting out salt on the wedding day. I agree it's important to cut out things like soda, caffeine, spicy stuff...things that will leave you bloated, gassy, lacking energy, jittery, etc. But I also think it's so important to remember that each bride is unique. For me, I MUST be eating salty foods on wedding day to keep my blood pressure up and avoid the nervous anxiety fainting spell :( Thanks for your great advice and comment over on my blog. I am loving it so far :)


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