Going into our day, I in no way wanted to be remembered as “that” bride by our families and friends. Making a fool of myself in front of my new in-laws and relatives would have been entirely mortifying, not to mention very out of character. Plus, after pouring so much time and money into the wedding, I planned to be as “in the moment” as possible, clearly remembering and taking in everything that was going on without feeling dazed or tired.
In other words, there was no way I was going to let alcohol spoil my good time or anyone else’s. And so, there was no champagne flowing during the “getting ready” phase of our day, and I’d also been very careful to limit myself during the rehearsal dinner the night before. During the reception, I enjoyed a few sips each of wine, sangria and champagne, mostly because my stomach just wasn’t in the mood, but also because I had already decided I’d keep it to no more than two glasses total, which is a comfortable limit for me.
Looking back, our wedding was the most fun and memorable day of my life, and I’m so glad I didn’t ruin it by getting carried away. Drunkenness, by me or anyone else, had no place at our celebration.
LESSON LEARNED: If there’s ever a time to know and respect your limits, it’s during your wedding. Yes, you’re not driving, and yes, you’re having the time of your life. But do you really want the big story everyone most remembers from the day to be that of the inebriated bride? Do you really want your new relatives' earliest memories of you to involve drunkenness? Don’t embarrass yourself, your husband, your parents and grandparents, or anyone else. Enjoy one or two drinks, or however many you know you can easily handle, and then save the rest for the honeymoon. I guarantee you won’t regret it.
What are your thoughts about drinking at a wedding? Do you plan to limit how much you have?
(Photo Credits: Personal Library & Alex Neumann Photography)