Dry January: Alternatives to Drinking On Your Wedding Morning
The morning of your wedding day is full of excitement, anticipation, and nerves. You’re about to say “I do” to your significant other, so it’s completely normal to experience a range of feelings. However, instead of waiting around and letting your emotions get the best of you - or drinking them away - we’re here to provide a few alternatives.
So, in the spirit of Dry January, here are a few activities you can participate in on the morning of your wedding day, instead of lining up the mimosas!
Golfing with the Guys
Scheduling an early morning (brief!) round of golf with the groomsmen always helps to get out any pre-wedding jitters. As corny as it may sound, it’s a great way to spend some extra time with friends and family before the groom makes that trip to the altar.
If there’s a big enough group of you, you can enhance the outing by pitting the bride’s relatives against the groom’s relatives. A little friendly competition never hurt nobody! If you’re from the New England area, here are a few of our favorites…
Black Rock Country Club in Hingham, MA
Wyndhurst Golf & Club in Lenox, MA
Country Club of Pittsfield in Pittsfield, MA
Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, MA
Morning Yoga for the Ladies/Men
Booking a yoga session will appeal to all fitness levels and accommodate a large group of your wedding party. Not to mention, the emphasis on breath work and mind-body connection will alleviate pre-wedding jitters and ground you in the present moment.
Taking care of your body is incredibly important, of course, but this can be easy to forget when you’re in the home stretch leading up to your wedding. By starting your wedding day off with fitness, you’ll kick start your metabolism and release endorphins, creating a happier (and more fit!) you for your big day.
If yoga on the morning of your wedding day is a must, reach out to our very own Jessica Drake of The Point East Boston at email@example.com.
Wanting some one-on-one time with your partner to ease the nerves? Then taking a stroll is a great option for you. Share an intimate moment together by walking around the grounds of your venue. Some of our favorite walking areas include…
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston, MA
Charles River Esplanade in Boston, MA
Mt. Wilcox Trail in Great Barrington, MA
For those of you who want to spend their morning socializing with a larger group, organize a hike with your wedding party at a trail nearby.
We feel like nobody really talks about how much energy you need for your wedding day. With a jam-packed day of activities, you’re going to need a nourishing meal to fuel you! Some of our local faves include…
Haven in Lenox, MA
Tatte Bakery and Cafe in Boston, MA
Before your whirlwind of a day ensues, enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch with your bridal party. Order a mix of dishes to the room, organize a big buffet, or even hire some food trucks! Not only will you feel energized from the sustenance, but you’ll also feel invigorated after spending quality time with your bridesmaids.
Carve Out Some Alone Time
Even though your wedding morning is a time to bond with your bridal party, giving yourself a moment alone is just as important! During those hours before your walk down the aisle, take a few deep breaths and release any anxiety you may be feeling.
Meditating, practicing gratitude, and journaling are all practices that can help center you, so you’ll feel mentally and physically prepared to say “I do” to the love of your life. Remember that this is YOUR day - so enjoy it!
The KE Team
Photos taken by Love Photo & Video, Jessica Drake, Rachel Leiner Photography, Rebecca Love Photography, and Kataram Studios
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