If you’re are a wedding planner or even a supplier that spends the majority of the wedding on your feet, you’ll know that the ‘wedding hangover’ is a real thing!
Exhaustion from being on your feet and walking half marathons, not having time to eat properly and not drinking enough can result in extreme fatigue that can last for days.
Here are a few amazing top tips I’ve picked up from some of my other fellow planners over the years…
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Easier said than done but try placing a few bottles around the venue so you can have a swig as you’re passing.
Take a few pairs of shoes and change during the day. This stops the one pair rubbing in the same place all day and changes the instep for your feet get a different stretch. I also tape some of my feet / toes up to limit the rubbing. But if you’re doing a 17-hour shift, you’re almost always going to get hot throbbing feet at the end of the night.
Have a substantial, healthy breakfast before you head out! Make an omelette with peppers, potatoes, spinach, bacon, tomatoes and cheese! Great fuel to start the day and gives you energy to keep you going until mid-afternoon!
Try doing some stretches before and after your shift. I completely forgot to try this tip last week but I clocked 15 miles, and for a few days after, my calf muscles were killing me! If I was going to the gym I’d warm up and cool down, so why not a wedding day?
I know this is easier said than done, especially in wedding season when you’re super busy and when you have kids that don’t let you lie in, but try to get some early nights before the big day and a few after as well. And if you can, schedule out a day to relax and recuperate – you are allowed a day off! (Or half a day at least).
Where you can, have an assistant. When you’re on your own, you won’t stop all day but having a side kick can allow you to get more done in a shorter space of time and will enable you to take a break….
And take a break, if not a few! Schedule into your plan, a morning, lunch, afternoon, dinner and evening break. Even if it’s just five minutes for a piece of fruit and a glass of water.
Bananas and coconut water are great for preventing cramps on a long day.
Being active all day and night can mean you lose a lot of fluids. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is fatigue. We all dread that point in the day that we get the onset of feeling exhausted! Using re-hydration salts is a brilliant way of restoring the salts and sugars our body needs to function properly to get us back on track!
Do lots of exercise to build stamina! Preparation is key!
Self-care! I’m the worst at taking my own advice but it really is important to look after yourself. If you burn yourself out, you won’t be able to work! Being self employed is hard because you do what you’ve got to do to get the job done! And as important as your client’s weddings are, I know they wouldn’t want you to make yourself ill. So, treat yourself every now and again, plan out your diary to give yourself a break and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
I think it’s also really important to take time out from screens! It’s so hard now a days to refrain from picking up your phone or laptop, but it’s so important to switch off. Go for a nice long walk, fitness class or do some yoga – all are a form of meditation.
I hope this might help to relieve some of your wedding hangover symptoms!
Photograph by Rebecca Goddard