How NOT to Faint at the Altar
By Kathy Boyd-McLaughlin
Many brides and some grooms fear that they
will faint once they are at the altar. Here are a few tips
to keep in mind, just in case you feel you are going to "keel"
- The night before the wedding, pack smelling salts and
give them to your Officiant, maid of honor or best man.
Make sure they will be close in case you need them.
- The day of the wedding, avoid eating heavy meals but
rather try eating lightly throughout the day. DO MAKE SURE
YOU EAT THOUGH.
- Eat chicken or fish, cold salads, cheese and crackers,
toast, scrambled eggs, bagels, and lightly seasoned pasta
dishes (avoiding spicy tomato sauces and try for pasta in
light olive oil
- Avoid gas-producing foods such as beans, cauliflower
- This may sound crazy, but eating salty foods like popcorn,
potato chips and salty pretzels an hour before your wedding,
will help you to retain water, eliminating the urge to have
to go to the bathroom.
- When standing, never lock your knees and stand with your
legs apart even with your shoulders, knees relaxed.
- Request chairs or a place to sit at the altar be provided
so that if you do feel overcome with dizziness, you will
be able to sit.
- Take advantage of the prayers. Bend your head and breath
slowly and deeply inhaling and exhaling to a slow, mental
count of 7.
- Lean on your fiancé if you must.
- Dress for the season. If you are marrying in the colder
months, do not wear a summer gown. You should feel comfortable.
If you are marrying in the warmer months, avoid heavy under
clothes such as crinolines and petticoats.
- Your dress should fit you comfortably, not too tight.
- Choose a gown with short or no sleeves (if your Officiant
allows). If you must choose a gown with sleeves, make sure
they are loosely fitted, lacy or illusion material. Make
sure your dress lets you "breath".
- Choose shoes that will let you stand comfortably and
do make sure they are broken in. If you must, take them
to a shoemaker and have them stretched so that they aren't
binding on your wedding day.
- Avoid heavy scents and perfumes, which are overly sweet
smelling. They can overcome your senses and make you feel
nauseous if you are dizzy.
- Have water available and close by.
- If you do feel that none of this is helping, simply whisper
to your Officiant that you feel faint and have him/her seat
you and your bridal party.
- Ask to bring in fans if air circulation or air conditioning
is a problem.
- Relaxing is most important. Before walking down the aisle,
you may find that a short "loosening up" is in
order. Shake your arms and legs and do a few head and neck
rolls. You may look funny, but it does help.
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