I really don’t want this to be me.
Image from the Daily Haha
Laugh if you will, but my birthday was in January and I still felt a little queasy after the celebration we had, two days later. At the average get-together, or when we’re just hanging out at home, a few drinks will put me into happy-fuzzy territory, where I can wake up the next day feeling just fine. But make it a celebration—a birthday, a job promotion, a wedding—and the drinks seem to flow a lot more freely.
Weddings are often quite alcohol soaked. At the rehearsal dinner there are sometimes toasts, there are definitely drinks, and the dinner is usually followed by some sort of get-together with friends that involves more drinking.
On the wedding day, there are those toasts and drinks pre-ceremony to help calm keyed-up brides and grooms, and then there are the “yay, we got married” drinks, and then the mid-dinner toasts, and then the people wanting to have a celebratory drink with the new couple, and on and on it goes until the room is spinning.
We’re going to be having an open bar, sort of—we’re serving wine with dinner, and having beer available from the cocktail hour onward, as well as some hard liquor with mixers. People can pour their own and drink their own, no bartender. I know there are going to be intoxicated people at our wedding and I’m totally fine with that, so long as nobody drives.
But I don’t want to be one of them! A little happy-fuzzy buzz to get me through my nervousness and on to enjoying the day? For sure. But I’m going to have to make a serious point to not allow myself to get swept up in the inebriation of the crowd, for a few reasons:
At the very least, I’m aiming to keep it together till the reception itself is over, then I can let loose if there’s an after party going on. But I hate hangovers more than I love celebrating.
My goal is to drink lots of water between alcoholic drinks, try to get enough sleep the night before that I’m not starting off half-asleep and thus more susceptible to booze, and, when I am drinking, to drink slowly. Seems to me that the dinner toasts are what gets the buzz rolling, so the key word for me is sip, not swill.
I realize this might be a strange thing to worry about, especially so far in advance, but one look through a Google image search of “drunk bride” is enough to put the fear in me.
Did you/will you drink at your wedding?