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Getting Married? Don"t Forget to Eat

You may have seen it happen. You're attending a wedding and the happy couple is at the front, perhaps listening to the minister, priest, or justice speaking about the sanctity of marriage and getting ready to say their vows. Just at that moment, either the bride or the groom begins to sway, and before anyone can react they are on the floor. Naturally, insanity ensues, with the other party immediately saying (perhaps yelling) the unconscious person's name while the wedding party mills about and someone yells for water.

The bride or groom passing out during the ceremony is actually not that uncommon an occurrence, and believe it or not it is the groom more often than the bride that succumbs to gravity's pull. A combination of heat, nerves, and warm clothes are often to blame, but there is another common cause: the person who passed out hadn't eaten all day!

What might cause someone to forget to eat? Many people do not realize, or forget how crowded the days leading up to the wedding are for the couple. There are lots of last minute preparations that need to be handled, with lots of running around. In addition, wedding butterflies may cause people to feel like if they eat, they will get sick. This is normal, but it is also something that must be overcome in order to prevent disaster.

Holes in the stomach created by holes in the eating schedule! A lot of people don't realize that most of a very busy day can pass without remembering to eat. Many people will have their rehearsal dinner the day before the wedding, but after that, the couple might not have eaten for a full 24 hours. Eating after the dinner is unlikely, as the couple is usually already full and besides, who wants to do anything before the big day? The night is for sleeping. And when the big day arrives, many people feel too nervous to eat. The bride will also be frantically busy on the morning of her wedding, and forgetting to eat is extremely easy. With pictures right after the ceremony, it is improbable that either the bride or the groom will have time to grab some nourishment until the reception dinner!

Plan ahead. In order to avoid passing out or suffering one of hunger's many other symptoms on your wedding day, make sure that you have a plan so that you remember to get something to eat. Grooms are not as busy the morning of the wedding as brides, and it might be a good idea to take out your groomsmen, best man, and your father and father-in-law for breakfast. This can be great time for "the guys" as well.

Brides have a more difficult time, because of the lengthy preparations on that busy morning. Still, you should make time to grab a muffin and some juice to get you started for the day.

Couples might also want to think about having a fruit tray or meats and cheeses available for them and their bridal party at the reception hall. Try to avoid anything that is juicy or may leave any kind of stains on the wedding apparel for the pictures, and bring a toothbrush as well!

Having butterflies in the days approaching your wedding is natural, but don't let them trick you into not eating. The wedding day is very tiring in many ways, and the both of you will need al the fuel you can get to keep the day going and keep it special. Take some time out and make sure to eat!

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