I'm EXHAUSTED! Can We Leave Our Reception Early?

Etiquette, Wellness

We hear you. Planning a wedding is hard! And after months of planning, stressing, deciding, changing your mind, and finalizing all the details, you'll probably be pretty worn out by the time your wedding date rolls around. So what if, even with a few days off pre-wedding to relax and unwind, you're totally beat halfway through your reception — can you leave early? Here's what our experts have to say.

While no one in their right mind would tell you that you're not allowed to call it a night if you can barely keep your eyes open, it's your wedding day! After all the work and anticipation you've put in, you really won't want to miss a minute — and there's a good chance the adrenaline will keep you going (before you totally crash the second your head hits the pillow!).

Do your best to fend this off in advance. Get to sleep at a reasonable hour for a few nights leading up to your wedding so that your body is extra-rested going into your big day. Make sure you're eating (get your protein and veggies!) and staying hydrated in between those celebratory glasses of champagne, too!

If you're worried about getting sleepy before the fun is over, ask your wedding planner to stash your favorite energy drink behind the bar, or to grab you an iced coffee along with your slice of cake for a little jolt of caffeine. Take a moment to rest your feet if you're feeling really beat (and change into flats if your heels are killing you!), but don't stray too far from the dance floor so you can still feel the love and energy.

30 minutes to go before the last song and you really have hit the wall? You're the bride, so don't feel badly if you decide to cut the party a little short. Let your planner, coordinator or DJ know you'll be heading out, and they can bump up the sparkler send-off and last song. Then grab your brand-new spouse, hug your parents and in-laws, and head off to the honeymoon suite!

See More: How to Sleep Better, Together

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