Christmas Nugget #4 — Don’t Mix Meds and Booze at Your Caribbean Wedding

Happy Friday!

It’s a gorgeous day here on Vieques Island.  The sky is clear, it’s warm and breezy, and I actually get to get out of my office for a few hours this afternoon to attend Patty and Mike’s wedding rehearsal and beach party!  Yay!  Last night they had a fabulous dinner on the Malecon and then a cocktail welcome party at a bar on the water, but they were looking a bit tired from their first day on the beach.  Hopefully, today they’ll be refreshed and well-rested for their beach party!

Today’s little nugget of wisdom — blogging 4 days in a row, by the way (patting self on back) — has nothing to do with Patty and Mike, nor any other recent wedding couple.  As you know, I never write the nasty stuff about my clients while there’s any chance they’re still reading my blog.  But this is a tip that is worth sharing — do not mix meds and alcohol during your wedding weekend!

At every wedding, there is some well-intentioned member of the wedding party, MoB, wedding guest, etc., who has come armed with a purse full of anti-anxiety medication, just in case the bride needs something to “calm her down.”  This is a time-honored tradition, and I think it’s actually required for most southern belle brides, but it can be a really bad thing if you’re not used to taking this sort of prescription medication.  Unless the bride (or groom) has a regular prescription of this sort of medication (think Valium, Xanax, etc.), it’s generally a really bad idea for her (or him) to experiment with taking these sorts of medications — especially in combo with rum punch — when she or he is likely to be the center of attention all weekend long.

Most importantly, you shouldn’t take medications that aren’t prescribed to you.  God forbid you have some allergic reaction!  If you are prone to anxiety attacks or have a legitimate reason to need something to get you through what is probably the most important weekend of your life thus far, then go see your doctor BEFORE you start packing for your trip and get the medication then.  Experiment with it at home and see how you react to it.

Let’s assume that you get a prescription of something from your doctor and that you have felt the need to take some of that medication during your wedding weekend — now what?  Restrict yourself to one glass of wine and then switch to water.  Even if you think you know you can handle more than that (years of practice, etc.), don’t do it.  Look, your wedding weekend is an emotional time.  It’s a high-stress time for most people, even if they have the best moms and wedding planners in the world.  Mixing medications and alcohol can be bad at the best of times, mixing under destination wedding weekend conditions (add the fact that it’s hot and 40 people want your attention and you’re worried about how your dress is going to look) can be positively deadly.  Even if you don’t get sick, the odds of you making an ass out of yourself go up dramatically with each sip.  You don’t want to remember your Caribbean destination wedding weekend as one big blur… or do you? 🙂

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!


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