What to Do if You’re Sick the Week of Your Wedding

A woman sick in bed the week of her wedding.

There’s one thing that ever bride fears on their wedding day: being sick. After all, there’s nothing more inconvenient than sniffling, sneezing, and feeling like garbage on what should be the best day of your life. If you start coming down with an ailment on the week of your wedding, try not to fret. There are many measures you can take to get better quickly and ensure that you can enjoy your big day as much as possible.

Don’t Panic

Although getting sick at this important time of your life can feel like the end of the world, take comfort in knowing that everything will be okay! Don’t panic, as hysterical feelings and an uptick in stress will just make the process of getting better even harder. As long as you take the right measures to get better, you’ll be on the mend by your wedding day.

Visit Urgent Care

As soon as you feel something coming on, you’ll want to visit urgent care or your doctor. Have them help you figure out if you just have a common cold or something more serious. They can prescribe medication as they see fit to help you get better as soon as possible.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

When you’re feeling under the weather, it’s important to stay well hydrated. This helps your body to fight off germs and to get better as quickly as possible. While you should be drinking a full eight cups of water on a daily basis, you should increase that amount if you’re fighting off an illness. Aim for at least 10 cups and cut down on dehydrating beverages, such as coffee.

Tame Your Sweet Tooth

Feasting on sugary treats when you’re sick does nothing but feed the germs causing you to feel like crud. Deprive your body of sweets while you’re sick in order to get over the ailment quicker.

Eat Healthy

A man holding a bowl filled with a healthy salad.

The worse you eat, the worse you’ll feel. This is especially true when you’re sick. At this time, load up on fresh and healthy foods such as fruit, leafy greens, and other vegetables. Raw nuts are another great food to keep you full. While you may not have much of an appetite, it’s important to eat during this time to keep your body strong to aid in the healing process.

Rest as Much as Possible

The best medicine for sickness is rest. Even though you’re probably quite busy the week of your wedding, do your best to get as much sleep as possible, as this is the best way to give your body the strength it needs to fight the sickness. Delegate things that need to get done to your fiancé, loved ones, or your bridal party and kick back, relax, and focus on getting better.

Rely on Remedies

A pair of hands holding an herbal tea against flower petals in the background.

There are tons of natural remedies out there to aid in getting better when you’re plagued with a sickness. Especially when it comes at the most inconvenient time—like the week of your wedding—you’ll want to try anything to get better! Load up on ingredients like lemon juice, garlic, raw honey, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, and raw ginger. All of these have germ-fighting properties in them and are natural, making them safe to ingest in large quantities. You can also take natural supplements like elderberry gummies to speed up the recovery process.

Don’t Spread Your Germs

The last thing you want is for someone else important to the success of your big day to catch whatever you have as your wedding is approaching. Keep your distance from your fiancé and other loved ones while you’re not feeling too hot. Ensure that they’re washing their hands frequently, taking vitamins, and that your living areas are being disinfected frequently to prevent the spread of germs.


If you’re stuck blowing your nose a bunch, you don’t want to end up with a red, flaky nose the day of your wedding. Be sure to moisturize the area and use tissues that have lotion in them to avoid this uncomfortable and unsightly situation.

Practice Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is another way to help you get better (plus, it’s relaxing!). Essential oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint help to break up congestion when you breathe them in, which is helpful.

Fake It ’Til You Make It

If you’re not feeling 100 percent by your wedding day, there won’t be anything left to do but fake it until you make it! Chances are, you’ll be on such an adrenaline high from the day that you’ll soon forget about your illness and will enjoy this special time just the same as if you weren’t sick at all.

Getting sick on the week of your wedding is surely less than ideal, but that doesn’t mean it has to ruin your big moment. Simply follow these steps and you’ll be feeling better in no time.

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