bride on the dance floor

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If you’re not the type who parties until the wee hours on a regular basis, you may be a little worried about staying energized (and awake) from your ceremony to your reception to the after-party to the after-after-party…and beyond.


Start working out
If you’re not already on a fitness regime, it’s a good idea to start one in the weeks leading up to your wedding (Booya Fitness has several plans designed just for brides- and grooms-to-be). Working out isn’t just about looking great, it will also help you build up endurance and stamina so you can hit the dance floor all night long!

Get a good night’s sleep the night before
You may be tempted to stay out late post-rehearsal dinner, but it may be a good idea to cut out early and get some shut-eye. You may find it difficult to relax with all of those pre-wedding jitters, but you should at least give yourself as much time as possible to settle down (put your phone and devices away!) and, eventually, fall asleep.

Stay hydrated
We know you’re busy, but take the time to drink your eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day to replenish your body. And don’t make an exception just because it’s your wedding day. Having a wedding party member close by with a bottle of water for you to sip from is a good idea to make sure you don’t dehydrate which can cause all sorts of problems.

Avoid over-imbibing
Throughout your wedding day, you may find that friends and family members are handing you alcoholic beverage after alcoholic beverage. Our advice: keep the imbibing to a minimum. You know what your body can handle, so don’t overdo it or you may find yourself ready to turn in sooner than you’d like.

Delegate responsibilities
Don’t take on too many tasks on the morning of your wedding—you should focus on relaxing, not worrying about setting up your escort card display or hanging garlands. Hire a planner or ask a wedding party member to assist you with any day-of tasks so you can put your mind and body at ease.

Enjoy some pre-wedding quiet time
There’s going to be a lot going on the morning of your wedding—and you’re going to be the center of attention. As difficult as it may be, excuse yourself for a few minutes of alone time pre-wedding, where you can enjoy some peace and quiet, meditate if you like, do a few yoga moves, and just mentally prepare for the day ahead.

Eat
This is a biggie—with all of the pre-wedding hustle, bustle, and jitters, it’s going to be quite easy to skip breakfast or lunch. Don’t do it. Eat light meals (with lots of protein!) and snack throughout the morning to ensure that you’ll have the energy to party. And take some time during your reception to enjoy the delicious food, as well—the reception meal is a good time to regroup with your new spouse, too!

Pace yourself
We know, you’re excited and ready to party, but don’t hit the dance floor at full force right away. You may get exhausted quickly and be ready to turn in before the reception is even over. Mix up your activities throughout the evening—dance, chat with guests, enjoy some one-on-one time with your new spouse—so you don’t totally overdo it.

Take a bathroom break
We know, you don’t want to miss out on one single minute of your wedding day. But if you have to pee for half of your reception, you’re probably not going to enjoy it as much. Even if it’s a hassle to use the restroom in your wedding-day finery, it’s worth it. You can also use your bathroom break to freshen up, and have a moment of quiet time before taking on the rest of the night.

Change clothes
If you’re having an after party, it might be a good idea to change out of your wedding-day attire into something a bit more comfortable so you can really let loose.