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The Perils of the Pre-Wedding Party

Wedding planning is hard, which is why when it comes down to the last mile of it -

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you just want to party. Life is hard too, which is why when you’ve finished a long workweek and are headed to a weekend wedding – you just want to party as well.

And party you shall. Unfortunately.

Weddings are a great opportunity to cut loose and reconnect with family and friends. And the excitement of it all can culminate the day before the actual wedding. I’m talking about the night-before impromptu pre-wedding party.

The rehearsal dinner is done. Nanna has gone to bed. It’s the fiancés’s last night as single people. The out-a-state guests have settled down at the hotel or local bar. And there’s a post-party in someone’s room, who has decided to forego their wedding gift of expensive whiskey to the party instead.

Everybody has brought their A-game.

The biggest downside to this epic party event is that, if you’re like me, it’s incredibly hard to bring you’re A-game the next day to the wedding when it matters the most. Maybe it has to do with getting older and not being able to rally like one used to, but it sure is a bummer for both yourself and the newlyweds when the energy level at the main event is somewhere between hung-over and Lindsey Lohan.

So how does one manage to still be the life of the party and not a party pooper while making the most of the weekend? Here’s some strategic advice.

  1. Think of the weekend as a marathon, not a sprint.
  2. Don’t surpass the bride and groom in terms of drinks.
  3. Keep on requesting Whitney Houston songs because you want focus on your awesome dance moves.
  4. Make sure to drink water in between whatever exotic cocktail you order.
  5. Come prepared with whatever hangover cure works well for you.
  6. Eat dinner before the pre-wedding party.
  7. Stick to the lower alcohol drinks.
  8. Busy yourself with games and socializing.
  9. Wear your most comfortable shoes so your feet aren’t sore for the wedding.
  10. Don’t skimp on sleep.

Hopefully, this helps you maintain the same enthusiasm to partying and conviction to dancing to Whitney Houston songs at the wedding, as you gave to the night before. Party on my friends; party on.