Wedding Fun and Tips for Healthy Eating at Big Events

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Yesterday was my friends Anders and Carrie’s wedding. It seems like they got engaged just yesterday, but it was actually three years ago to the wedding date! It’s crazy how much has changed in those three years—it made for catching up with old friends especially fun. From the hair & makeup prep with the other bridesmaids to almost crying my eyes out when Carrie walked down the aisle (to the song “For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her,” one of my all-time favorites) to dancing my ass off and taking countless pictures at the reception, I had a great time.

I’m a terrible photographer of people, but here are a few favorite shots from the night.And Anders said he wouldn't do it...

Wedding Favors
Anders wins at cake-cutting
Distracted zombies with lots of hair.

Some people find special occasions intimidating, especially when it comes to food, travel, and other things that come with big events. Here are a few tips for reducing stress and upping the enjoyment factor:

  • If exercising chills you out and energizes you, fit in a quick morning workout. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Eat breakfast. It may be a long time before you eat. Shoot for a mix of complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats. 
  • Pack snacks. A piece of fruit, baby carrots and some nuts or a granola bar are easy to take along. V8 Juice is also great if you’re into that kind of thing like I am.
  • Smile. Laugh. Dance. Don’t worry so much about your hair or makeup.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.

    I changed into black wedges for the reception
  • Drink plenty of water to balance out the caffeine and alcohol.
  • Fill up on veggies.

    Buffets are awesome because you can mix & match. No tofu? No problem...
  • Remember, cake is almost always worth saving room for : )


Depending on how much you drank, the next-day detox is a whole other post unto itself. The short version?

  • water
  • water
  • water
  • fruits, veggies, and other fiber-rich foods
  • water
  • coffee
  • water

This year alone, I have seven weddings on my calendar. One down, six to go. Unless I forgot one…

Hope you had a good weekend!

8 thoughts on “Wedding Fun and Tips for Healthy Eating at Big Events

    Katie said:
    May 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Looks like you had such a fun time! Love all of your tips… the last one is my most important. It’s so easy to forget how much you’ve had to drink, with cocktails at reception, drinks at dinner, after dancing + in the hotel room…

    Jess responded:
    May 16, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Especially when it’s a loooong day with plenty of drinks available. Haha I used to be really bad about drinking too much too soon. Either I’m getting old or I’m just learning what works. Hopefully the latter!

    mealsformiles said:
    May 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

    seven weddings – yeesh! I’m glad I’m not the only one that brings snacks basically everywhere AND always saves room for cake 🙂

      Jess responded:
      May 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      haha yeah—my purse is like a mini convenience store

    Tiff said:
    May 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I’m never one to skip a good breakfast!

    Sade said:
    May 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Hahaha i was scrolling down your morning after detox list, like WHERE is coffee??? until i saw it lol

    love from london town – bisous

    My 7 Links | Keeping It Real Food said:
    July 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

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    Pink Floyd Yoga | Keeping It Real Food said:
    April 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    […] Aside from talking about all the stuff going on right now and coming up, Carrie and I had an awesome time reminiscing about college. It’s crazy to think we’ve known each other for 8 years. Or is it 9? I may not remember the year, but I do remember when my friend Anders told me, “I want you to meet her,” and we had dinner at this Chinese joint near their apartment. A few years later they were married : ) […]

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