During my career as a pole vaulter at Virginia Tech, I had a rock-solid hydration and snack routine in place for competition days. Especially during the outdoor season, competing out in the sun and wind all day could really take a toll on my energy levels if I didn’t plan carefully. Below, I’ve adapted some of my favorite energy and hydration hacks to give you some helpful ideas for your wedding day. Although they’re written with the bride and groom in mind, they can also be useful for bridesmaids and groomsmen, photographers, athletes, and travelers.
1. Hydrate ahead of time, religiously
You want to be hydrated on your wedding day, but it’s miserable to be constantly worried about having to pee, or actually having to pee every few minutes. Use the week leading up to your wedding to hydrate yourself really well, and then dial it back on your wedding day. For me this means: for an eight-hour period during the day, I drink one 16-oz bottle of water each hour. I am not a sipper by nature, so I set a timer and each hour I just go ahead and chug the whole bottle. Do whatever works for you, but I love the 128ouces/8 hours plan, because I can stop drinking a reasonable amount of time before going to bed.
2. Pack your reusable bottle on your wedding day
With a reusable straw, so that your lip color stays perfect and doesn’t smudge on your teeth. Most brands carry a reusable straw made for your specific water bottle--order it a few weeks before your wedding! Keep the reusable bottle full at all times, and it eliminates the need to hunt around for bottled water or a water fountain. Ps--avoid Swell bottles if you can. While they’re awesome for day-to-day, an option that doesn’t require you to constantly unscrew the top is the best choice.
3. Appoint a hydration helper
Looked up cute synonyms for helper and found minion, slave, attendant, serf, and drudge. Call them what you want, but ask someone to take responsibility for your water bottle and other essentials. You might have already asked someone to carry a bag of your things (phone, tampons, makeup etc), so this person would be a great option. Ask them to carry your stash of electrolytes as well (see below).
4. Drink small portions of electrolytes instead of large portions of plain water
To avoid the time-suck and general annoyance of constantly peeing in this nice hydrated state of yours, drink small amounts of electrolyte-rich water. I don’t like gatorade because it’s so sugary and leaves a weird slime feeling on your teeth (although I do love the Glacier Freeze as a post-meet treat), and the electrolyte paste slime kinda packets are really gross and taste salty. Two good alternatives are electrolyte powder and coconut water! I like the Vitalyte Cool Citrus powder, and the Trader Joe’s King Coconut Water. Coconut water has a lot of potassium as well!
5. Include a hydrating cocktail on your signature drink menu
And make it your first drink of the evening. Some easy places to start are with a La Croix or coconut water base. You can spend the first few minutes of your reception getting some last sips of water before the party truly begins! Here are a couple of light colored super pretty ones I found: a Spicy Paloma made with grapefruit La Croix, and a frozen coconut mojito made with coconut water. You can even talk to the bartenders in advance about having one ready for you if you’re hesitant about adding the cocktail to the menu for the entire reception.
6. Keep peppermint essential oil on hand
Not only can you add it to your water to freshen your breath, peppermint oil is a great energy pick-me-up as well. I like to put a drop on my wrists and on the back of my neck to give me a little boost. As a bonus, you can add it to lotion at the end of the night and use it to soothe your tired feet.
PS- If you are one of my future couples...I will send you hydration reminders & have a little bag of tricks with me for you to use on your wedding day. Hydrated couples are the happiest!
I hope you enjoyed these tips, and can find some value in them! If you have other tricks up your sleeve that have worked for you, I'd love to hear them! xx Erinn