As you rush between all the millions of things to do on your wedding day, you might forget about one of your most important tasks: eating.
Research shows that what you eat has a huge effect on how you feel, both physically and emotionally. Forgetting to eat or eating the wrong foods can amplify your stress on your special day. Plus, eating the wrong foods can cause damaging spills on your wedding dress.
Avoid food-related problems by taking note of these important tips about eating on your wedding day.
1. Plan for Meals and Snacks Ahead of Time
From getting your hair and makeup done to heading off to your honeymoon, your wedding day is packed from dawn to dusk. If you don't plan when you're going to eat, you're not going to have time for eating at all. When it's finally time for your wedding dinner, you might feel dehydrated, stressed, and even "hangry."
As you create a schedule of what you'll be doing throughout the day, make sure you block out time for eating. For example, if your ceremony is in the morning and your reception isn't until the evening, you should plan to eat something immediately after your ceremony.
On your wedding day, start out eating a filling breakfast in the morning. Eggs, fruit smoothies, and oatmeal contain protein and nutrients that keep you full for hours. On the other hand, cereal and pastries might give you an initial burst of energy, but that energy won't last long.
It's also important to pack filling snacks such as veggies, nuts, and protein bars. You can eat these snacks as needed throughout the day. Bring a water bottle and drink plenty of water as well to avoid dehydration.
2. Choose a Familiar Wedding Menu
We already talked about the importance of choosing a nutritious wedding menu. It's also important to choose food that you like and that you're familiar with. You might be tempted to select exotic foods, but you don't know if these foods will agree with you. Your wedding day is not the ideal time to get sick.
Also, avoid eating too many foods that could cause bloating and make you feel uncomfortable in your wedding dress. Beans, bread, and dairy products are more likely to cause bloating than meat and vegetables. Meet with your caterer ahead of time to sample potential menu options that will work best for you.
In the months leading up to your wedding, pay attention to what you eat and how those foods make you feel physically and emotionally. Eat foods that sit well with you so that when your wedding day arrives, you'll feel at your best.
3. Preserve Your Clothes While You Eat
One spill during dinner can do a lot of damage to your wedding dress. You can avoid damage to your dress by wearing a bib or covering over your dress. Avoid foods that are more likely to spill, such as dressings and dips. Drinking with a straw can also help you avoid drink spills.
Make sure to bring a stain remover pen or spray, just in case. Before you remove a stain, test the stain remover on the inside of your hem first to make sure it doesn't damage or discolor your dress. On a later day, you can use more extensive cleaning and stain removing methods.
Follow these tips to make sure your eating habits support a successful wedding day. To plan a filling and healthy wedding menu, turn to the professionals at McHale's Events and Catering. We offer both five-star seated dinners and four-star buffet-style dinners with a menu that's customized to your needs. Call us today and let us help you choose the right menu.