Does anyone desperately need some crisis management? Because I know it's likely on every bride's mind leading up to the big day, it's time to talk: weddings & periods.
Maybe you're counting out the days on your calendar. Or perhaps you use one of those handy apps that let you know when your mensies might come? Either way, I'm sure there's been a point in the wedding planning process where you've suddenly exclaimed, “Shit, what if I'm on my period at our wedding?!” Then there are also the gals with irregular menstrual cycles who have no clue when it might happen…
Factor in wedding planning stress. Add a possible change in wellness regimen that might include new workouts and different diets. Don't forget stress-eating and stress-not-eating! Weddings can seriously screw with your cycle from “Yes!” to “I do!” So, no matter how sure you are about whether or not you'll be on your period on your wedding day, it's good to be prepared.
Thankfully, our friends at Be Inspired PR have gathered their team of wedding experts for some crisis management help. Cramps, bloating, hormonal acne, mood swings & leaks begone!
What to do if you have your period on your wedding day…
Warm the senses for cramp relief.
“Feeling comfortable and confident on your wedding day should go hand in hand (well, aside from those heels you chose –lookin' at you, Louboutin). While the stars may have aligned to deliver your monthly gift on THE day of all days, don't fret! If NSAIDs aren't an option for your cramps, try sitting with a heating pad, having some herbal tea, or if you've got time, take a warm bath (pre-hair and makeup, of course) to try and get them under control.” – Ashley Lachney, Owner of Alston Mayger Events
Avoid high-sugar content and caffeine.
“Stay away from high-sugar content, as it can stir up an inflammatory response in the body. Bloat does not have a seat at the table today. Also, since emotions may already be running high, consider cutting back caffeine to one drink vs several.” -Ashley Lachney, Owner of Alston Mayger Events
Try to eat healthy leading up to your wedding day.
“Wearing white on your period is already a risky game, but on your wedding day?! Between bloating, hormonal breakouts, and of course the worry of bleeding through your wedding dress, your period isn’t the most desirable wedding gift. If Aunt Flow RSVP’d no but still showed up for the big day, don’t panic! Here are a few helpful tips to avoid letting your period ruin the main event.
For starters, watch what you eat in the days leading up to your wedding! Indulging in junk food and stress eating sweets can increase bloating and hormonal breakouts – both of which you probably want to avoid in wedding photos.” – Suzy Holman, Founder of Jovi
Keep active and exercise before the big day.
“While research has yet to prove such notion, it is believed that exercise can sometimes delay your period. Regardless if this is true, keeping active & exercising at a healthy rate in the days leading up to your wedding will do a variety of positive things!
One, it can boost your self-esteem. If you're like me, my period has the tendency to make me feel rather low, so any mental boost is appreciated. Two, we know breathing deep can help relieve cramps, and exercising encourages great oxygen intake. So, cramps begone! Finally, exercising gives us a boost of energy. If your period drains you of all the party-ready pizazz you need for your wedding, regular activity can replenish you of that energy you need for the dance floor.” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
Tell your bridesmaids.
“Before the wedding, communicate! Tell your tribe so they can make sure to have period products on hand when you need them. Task a bridesmaid or two to be on the lookout for any potential leaks. And designate a bathroom buddy to retreat with you to the restroom if you need an extra hand with your dress if and when an emergency strikes.” -Suzy Holman, Founder, Jovi
Tell your photographer.
“If you're feeling a little insecure thanks to some period bloat, tell your photographer! Chances are they'll have encouraging things to say (like letting you know you look absolutely stunning) and you can feel confident that they're capturing your best self. Plus, they'll be watching you all day long, so they can hop in and let you know if there are any leaks whatsoever.” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
Consider period-proof underwear
“You might want to consider adding period-proof underwear to save you from constantly checking your dress for leaks. There are a number of brands to choose from these days with a variety of styles. So yes, you can still feel sexy in your period-proof panties!
I wear Thinx myself – normally the full-coverage style on their own for day to day. But, if I'm going out dancing in a slinky slip dress on my period I might use a tampon AND a light coverage thong for any emergency leaks. That way my undies are still discreet but my dress is safe from leaks.” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
Try alternative cramp relief methods
“Whatever you do, don’t let cramps keep you from enjoying your day! For relief from menstrual cramps, skip popping pills and stick a Jovi patch on! Jovi is a new remedy in alternative medicine that uses nanocapacitor technology to ease discomfort from period problems. The 4.5” circle patch is as thin as a piece of cardstock –super simple to hide under whatever you’re wearing on the big day! Consider it your own secret weapon to combat cramps! (We know they say not to keep secrets in your marriage, but some rules were made to be broken)” -Suzy Holman, Founder of Jovi
“Ladies, ladies, ladies, I don't know how many times I can beg you to drink more water on your wedding day. Yes, I want you to enjoy your signature cocktails! Yes, I want you to do a keg stand in your wedding dress if you wish. But complement that bevvy with the perfect pairing: water.
Not only will you be able to party harder into the night & survive the after-wedding brunch the next day (and stay out of the hospital the night of) but if you're on your period it is crucial you stay well hydrated. Here we've shared plenty of tips on how to stay hydrated on your wedding day, because yes, I understand you're likely to forget!” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
Add PMS vitamins to your daily supplements.
“This method will need months of trial. But, in the booming age of natural supplements, there are plenty of vitamins available to help squash the effects of PMS.
One highly rated option is Flo, a daily supplement made of Vitamin B6, chasteberry, dong quai and lemon balm. Flo attempts to cure a whole number of things from hormonal acne, period cramps, bloating and more. Having used it myself, I can tell you it takes a few months to see any effects. After three months, my persistent hormonal acne did seem to disappear. That being said, you should absolutely consult your doctor anytime you start taking supplements or notice any negative side effects or changes.” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
What not to do if you have your period on your wedding day…
“I've had brides in utter turmoil over getting their period on their wedding day. And while, yes, it's frustrating, it's not the end of the world! Let yourself be wrapped up in all the love and celebration of the day and forget about your monthly flow. So long as you've done one or two steps above, you're going to be fine!” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
Try new period products on your wedding day cycle.
“If you plan to buy period-proof underwear, try alternative cramp relief methods or any new period products like menstrual cups or the like, don't wait until your wedding day to do it. The last thing you want on your wedding day is the ‘I think it's stuck' nightmare. Or, worry whether your leak-proof methods are going to work. If you intend to employ any new methods, our suggestion is to try them out for a number of cycles before your wedding day. That way, you'll know if it works and how to use it.” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
Assume your bloating makes you look pregnant.
“If you feel bloated, we almost guarantee you're the only one who sees it. Yes, you should tell your photographer so they know you're currently self-conscience about your tummy area. But the truth is, bloating doesn't actually visibly appear the way we feel it inside. Well-made dresses won't show such a slight chance in stature, so get that negative thought out of your mind. If you feel good, you'll look good. So, focus more on how you feel (ie. relieve those cramps, eat healthily and drink loads of water) versus how you think you look.” – Claire Eliza, Editor-in-Chief of Bridal Musings
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These tips were gathered with help from Be Inspired PR, a PR + Social Media Agency for wedding, wellness & lifestyle clients. With over 10+ years of experience, we’re here to take our clients to the next level! Find oodles of stylish wedding inspiration on their Instagram & Pinterest.