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As my wedding season is coming to an end (only one more to end the season!) and just finished my final double headers (two weddings in a row for the weekend) for this year, I have gotten the question, “How do you do a double header with out feeling like you got hit by a bus?”

Well, today, I am going to give some tips on how to prepare yourself for a double header weekend! 🙂

Everyone has their own way of doing their double header weekends, but these points are what I feel have definitely helped me. After reading them all, I hope they help you at least a little bit! 🙂

Before I get into my list of tips, please keep in mind that I am already a pretty active person and have a balances diet!


  • First in foremost, I definitely think what helps the most is staying hydrated! I typically drink about a gallon a day. If I know I have a wedding the next day and especially if I have a wedding a day after that, I make sure I am keeping my sodium intake low and drinking a little more water than I normally do. The morning of the weddings, I make sure I get at least 30oz in before I leave. During the wedding day, I usually have a water bottle with me and I will have water from the bar at the wedding whenever I get the chance! Then on the way home I am catching up with my water in take and spend the rest of the night making sure I am still drinking water to not only help from the day of, but to prepare myself for the next wedding for the following day!


  • Having a high protein diet and making sure I have my carbs. This helps make sure I stay full and energized through out the day and not feel fatigued!


  • Working out! I do not work out on wedding days, but I do try to work out every other day of the week. With working out and staying active, my body is not in “shock” when I am on my feet for a full wedding day (or two!).



  • I still need to work on this tip, but it doesn’t bother me too much… But comfortable shoes! My current shoes for this season have actually made my feet and lower back hurt, but with the helpful tips above, it doesn’t bother me too much after the night of the wedding.


  • I rarely ever take any pain meds, but if you feel like you need to, do it! If you feel like your body is aching too much and you just can’t seem to prepare yourself for the next wedding the following day, I don’t see a problem with preparing the aches and pains for you to be alert and ready for the next day!


  • I write a lot of things done on my note pad on my iPhone. I write a whole long list of what to do before and after the wedding. This helps me stay organized for one day and helps for the next day!


  • Scheduling everything! Just like the wedding day timeline, I have a timeline for before the wedding and after the wedding. I swear, with this tip and writing the list from the other points, it helps me stay sane!


Again, these tips are what seem to help stay sane, alert, and ready to take on wedding days right after another! Don’t get me wrong, I do get tired, but I no longer have the feeling of “I feel like I just got hit by a bus!” feeling.

Go ahead and try any or all of these and I am sure you will not spending the following day stuck in bed with a “wedding hangover.” Hehe!

I hope they helped in the smallest way! 🙂

Shelby Danielle
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