Weddings and wellness – these two topics have remained at odds, despite the fact that weddings have long been related to extremes in physical transformation and dieting. But in 2020, the concept of wedding wellness is something Gen Z and millennial couples will increasingly seek as they plan their nuptials in a way that represents them to completion.
Here are some of the essential tips straight from a range of experts that will help young couples achieve their fitness goals.
Basic human functions require rest, which is why it’s of great importance for couples to have the bare minimum percentage of restful, quality sleep each night. This means and includes avoiding the intake of sugar and vitamins that might keep you awake, putting down the phone an hour before bedtime, and being consistent about the time you fall asleep each night.
Numerous apps and tools out there now help track sleep quality, which is a composite stat that includes the number of uninterrupted hours of sleep a person has each night along with positioning and consistency over time, and more.
Set Realistic Fitness Goals
Setting realistic goals is the key to achieving more! The concept of “taking baby steps” is true. Habits are developed with increased practice, so setting lofty expectations without patience can have a negative effect. With each tiny victory, everyone will see themselves move ahead. Couples who strive for well-being are good to set goals that feel genuine rather than overwhelming!
One of the most underestimated needs for anyone looking to be in optimal shape is hydration. The human body is about 60 percent water. So, it is good to stay hydrated! Starting each day with a glass of lukewarm water helps activate the body. Part of integrating this habit includes cutting back on drinks with added sugar.
Diet is an important function of fitness goals and wedding wellness. Intake does affect goal progress, energy levels, and more.
Take a Vacation
If everything seems overwhelming, sometimes hitting the reset button and finding someplace reinvigorating or relaxing is exactly what a wedding wellness plan needs. Whether it comes to planning a micro moon, a solo moon, a honeymoon, or simply a vacation, couples should find a destination that brings them a sense of well-being.
30+ Times Bridesmaid Duties Went a Little Too Far
It’s no secret that weddings are fun yet stressful events, and being a bridesmaid is no walk in the park. Supporting your bestie as they walk down the aisle requires a strong sense of composure, and you will probably have to carry out all kinds of organizational tasks in the run-up to the big day. However, sometimes bridesmaid duties can go way too far, as these 40+ outrageous stories show!
So Much for Daddy Daycare
This is not your average bachelorette party. When asked to plan her friend’s big night out, this bridesmaid had been considering dinner and drinks, or even a relaxing spa day. But, the bride had other ideas.
Instead, the bridal party ended up forming their own impromptu daycare center, taking care of the groom and his groomsmen’s children for the day! They spent the night babysitting 11 kids and ironing table cloths. So much for the bride’s final night of freedom!
It’s Makeover Time
As you keep scrolling through this list, you’ll read about brides asking their bridesmaids to do the most ridiculous things including dyeing their hair before their nuptials, but this story certainly takes the (wedding) cake.
A bridesmaid was not only asked to bleach her hair to a platinum blonde color, but she was also asked to remove all of her piercings and buy a Tiffany bracelet to match the other girls in the bridal party. The bride didn’t even offer to pay for any of this, so her mom was forced to fork out cash.
Wrath of Bridezilla
Everyone is familiar with the ‘bridezilla’ stereotype, but some people assume that it is simply a caricature. There are plenty of movies and TV shows about control freak brides who manage to turn their wedding preparations into a nightmare for all those involved.
But unfortunately, the ‘bridezilla’ phenomenon is based on real life. This bridesmaid can attest to that, as she was forced by her ex-best friend to attend weekly meetings, plan two bridal showers, and organize a bachelorette party!
Asked to Slim Down
Every bride wants their big day to be special, but you have to draw the line somewhere. One woman shared a story about a bride who insisted that she lost weight before the ceremony, as she wanted all of her bridesmaids to be ‘skinny.’
We can only imagine how insulted she felt! Instead of pandering to her offensive demands, the rebellious bridesmaid made it her mission to pile on the pounds before the bride’s big day. That’ll teach her!
Flashing the Wedding Guests
When deciding on their clothing for your bridal party, you must take a range of factors into consideration. What will the color palette be? Is it a relaxed ceremony or a formal affair? Will the bridesmaids be comfortable wearing their gowns all day?
This bride clearly didn’t think her sartorial choices through, as she made her bridesmaids wear incredibly revealing mini dresses! To make matters worse, the wedding party was forced to sit above the guests on an elevated stage!
The Ultimate Nerdy Wedding
People either love or hate themed weddings — especially those planned around popular movies or TV shows. This bridesmaid was on the embarrassed side, as they had to dress up to fit the combined Harry Potter/Doctor Who/video game dress code!
This extreme pop culture wedding probably required a lot of detailed planning in advance. Guests even had to take a sorting quiz to determine their Hogwarts house before attending! Now, that’s what we call dedication to a theme!
Toxic Bride Behavior
We have already shared the story of one demanding ‘bridezilla’ on this list, but we may have found the worst one yet! This bride was furious when her bridesmaid could not attend her second bachelorette party.
Her bridesmaid could not attend as the location of the event was too far away from the hospital that her sick grandmother was staying in. Rather than comforting her poor friend, the toxic bride belittled her by saying, “We’ve all got sick relatives!”
Building the Altar
Planning a wedding will definitely burn a hole in your wallet. So, it’s easy to understand why some people outsource duties to friends and family to keep the costs down.
This bridesmaid was asked to visit the bride’s parents’ house the night before the wedding, to help build the altar. They had to stay up all night attaching flowers to the structure, to have it ready for the ceremony at 9am the next morning. Is this one step too far?
No Mohawks Allowed
All brides want their wedding photos to be picture perfect. But, what lengths should they go to to get their ideal shots? This bride asked her sister, who was the Matron of Honor, to completely change her hairstyle two months before the big day.
She did not want her sister’s colorful mohawk stealing her thunder on her wedding day. Her sister was not happy with the suggestion, and she ended up wearing a wig, instead of dyeing her precious locks.
Silent Tour of San Francisco
Here’s another demanding bride who went to extreme lengths to capture the perfect photos and videos on her big day. She made her wedding party drive around the entire city of San Francisco, to take photographs at every single landmark.
To make matters worse, they traveled in a limo held together by duct tape, and made her guests stay completely silent the entire time. Is this asking too much of her wedding guests? We’ll let you be the judge.
Walking Down the Frozen Aisle
Nobody wants the weather to play havoc on their wedding day, but unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to this unlucky couple. One bridesmaid said that the couple asked her to help them chip several inches of ice off the area where the ceremony was set to take place.
This is not an ideal way to spend the morning of a wedding! Although, we can’t help but think that they should have checked the forecast before sending out their save-the-dates.
Say a Few Words
Having a rehearsal dinner is a great way to prepare for your big day, especially if some of your guests will be giving speeches. However, this bride decided to take things to the next level by asking every single member of her bridal party to prepare their own speech. Bad idea.
Her bridesmaids were so mortified that some of them spluttered out a few quick sentences, or spoke with awkward silences. She even asked them to prepare a dance routine!
Too Much to Ask
The bachelorette party is a tradition for brides in most Western countries, as the lucky lady gets together with her besties to celebrate the end of single life, usually a week or so before the wedding. Some people organize quiet dinner or drink dates, while other brides expect their bridesmaids to put together a big bash!
That’s exactly what happened to this beleaguered bridesmaid. She was expected to take a week off from work to attend a party in California.
Male of Honor
It’s a big deal to be asked to be the Maid of Honor at a wedding. This role requires a huge amount of trust, responsibility, and love — and is usually reserved for the bride-to-be’s best friend. This unconventional bridesmaid story comes from a rather unexpected source…
The bride was let down by her friends at her bachelorette party, and she didn’t feel comfortable giving the coveted title of any of them. So, she asked her best guy friend to be her Maid of Honor!
Brutal Bride Offends Tragic Bridesmaid
This terrible story shows the worst of humanity. You never know what someone is going through, so it’s important to always be kind. This bridesmaid was overjoyed to conceive after experiencing fertility troubles. The bride was furious when she fell pregnant, as she didn’t want her showing her bump in the photographs.
But when the bridesmaid sadly miscarried, she showed no compassion. She invited her back into the bridal party, as the pregnancy was no longer an issue. Horrible behavior.
Dyeing to Be the Only Blond
Bridesmaid duties traditionally involve organizing bridal showers and bachelorette parties. However, sometimes bridesmaids are asked to go to extreme lengths to make the bride-to-be happy on her special day.
This bridesmaid was asked to dye her blond hair brown, as the bride wanted to be the only one with blonde hair in her wedding party. Is this taking things too far, or would you agree to change your look to make someone happy? At least the bride paid for it!
Forced to Wear a Wig
Some brides can be demanding, but often it is the mother-of-the-bride who calls the shots. This story tells of a bridesmaid who was asked to wear hair extensions on her friend’s wedding day. The mother-of-the-bride made the call, as she did not want her daughter’s photos to be “ruined” by someone with short hair.
The bridesmaid in question was actually suffering from Grave’s disease, which caused her hair to fall out in clumps. The mother-of-the-bride showed zero compassion or understanding.
No Stealing the Spotlight
Some couples are obsessed with having all of the attention at their wedding, and they will do anything to stop anyone from stealing their spotlight. In this anecdote, a couple attending a wedding were both members of the wedding party.
The bride and groom tried to stop them from speaking to each other, dancing with each other, and even looking at each other! It’s safe to say that these rules aren’t part of the usual duties for bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Choosing Her Bridesmaid’s Dates
One Reddit user shared a shocking story about their sister’s wedding, in which the bride tried to dictate who accompanied her sister as a plus one. She ignored her sister’s partner of two years and instead addressed the invitation to a male friend, whom her sister had not dated for years.
The reason? She didn’t want a “random guy” in her wedding photos. Well, karma works in mysterious ways and the demanding bride ended up getting a divorce anyway.
Splashing the Cash
It’s a privilege to be asked to be a bridesmaid at a wedding, but this college student quickly regretted accepting a wedding invitation when they saw the price of the bridesmaid dresses! The bride insisted that her bridesmaids wore designer dresses, with a hefty price tag.
The unlucky student even had to sell her guitar in order to afford the dress. She ended up with an expensive designer dress that she would never wear again, no money, and no guitar.
World’s Sweatiest Wedding
There’s nothing worse than a wedding where the hosts have paid no attention to the weather conditions when planning their big day. This bridesmaid was forced to attend the sweatiest wedding of all time.
It was an outdoor event in the height of the Texan summer, with no air conditioning and a packed dance floor. You can practically smell the sweat stains from here. This is a public service announcement — always check the weather forecast when planning a wedding!
It’s Like Rain on Your Wedding Day
So far on this list, we’ve seen extremely sweaty weddings in hot climates and freezing cold weddings in the middle of winter. This nuptials ceremony was ruined by stormy weather conditions. The ceremony was destroyed by pouring rain and wind, as the guests were standing on the banks of Lake Michigan.
There was no contingency plan for adverse weather conditions, so everyone got soaked. To make matters worse, the couple banned umbrellas as they wanted to see their guests’ faces!
DIY Ear Piercing
Wow. No one expects their wedding morning to turn into an impromptu piercing session, but that’s exactly what happened to one bride! She had gifted earrings to all of her bridesmaids on the morning of her special day, but one of her bridesmaids revealed that the holes in her ears had closed up.
Not one to compromise, the bride made another bridesmaid take her into a different room to give her some DIY piercings in her ear lobes. Ouch!
Forced to Drive Alone
Is your best friend really your best friend if they treat you like this? One stressed-out bridesmaid was asked to drive for nine hours alone, while the other bridesmaids rode in a car together. She was asked to travel by herself because the bride apparently needed “extra transportation space,” — whatever that means!
You should never show preferential treatment to members of your wedding party, because people will always end up feeling left out. Solo road trips are no fun.
Bridesmaid Shaves the Day
No one expects shaving the bride’s back to be part of their bridesmaid duties, but you never know what’s going to happen on the morning of a wedding. This bridesmaid couldn’t believe it when her sister burst into tears on the morning of her wedding.
She said that her back hair had grown back, even though she had gone for a full-body wax only a few days prior! So, the bridesmaid saved — or should we say shaved — the day!
Stingy Bride Forces Bridesmaid to Pay
It can be difficult to keep the peace when organizing a wedding, especially when it comes to the financial side of things. One Reddit user shared the story of a bridesmaid who had to pay for the bride’s share of the bachelorette party, alongside her own share, her own dress, and her own make-up supplies.
Then, when the roles were reversed and it was the bridesmaid’s turn to get married, the original bride complained about having to do the same!
Bridesmaid Turned Photographer
When you are a professional wedding photographer, it’s not often that you get the chance to attend a wedding as a guest. This photographer thought they had lucked out when their friend asked them to be a bridesmaid on their big day.
However, disaster struck when the wedding photographer got stuck in traffic. They suddenly had to drop their bridesmaid duties and grab a camera, to capture some precious images of their friend’s special day. The grind truly never stops.
Bridesmaid Turned Babysitter
Now, this is what we call an awkward situation. One bridesmaid was forced to become a babysitter for the duration of their pal’s wedding, including the reception! It all started when they were asked to carry their friend’s baby down the aisle during the ceremony.
They did not expect what happened next! The baby’s grandparents refused to acknowledge the child because it was from their son’s previous relationship. So, the bridesmaid had to take care of the baby all night.
Bridesmaid Turned Gardener
Gardening is not usually one of the traditional duties of any bridesmaid. This Reddit user tells of their experience, as their Maid of Honor duties spiraled out of control the night before their friend’s wedding.
The bride and groom were to be wed in the bride’s parents’ backyard. The bride demanded that the Maid of Honor pulled weeds in the yard the night before the wedding! We can’t help but wonder why they did not hire a professional gardener.
The Vegan Girl Boss
It can be tough to find vegan options at weddings, when you are a guest. If you are planning your own big day, it can be even more difficult to find vegan-friendly caterers to accommodate the needs of you and your guests.
However, this bride took things to the extreme by imposing a vegan diet on her bridal party and guests! There were no alternative menu options, and the entire event was a scheme to make money!
Doing the Most
If you are going to ask your bridal party to help prepare the wedding venue, the least you can do is ask them in advance! This bridesmaid felt like she had been played when the bride asked her to help get the venue ready on the morning of the event.
She had to help prepare the decorations, assemble floral arrangements, and even make the food for all of the guests. Here’s a perfect example of bridesmaid duties going too far.
Bridesmaids Become Chefs and Waitresses
The morning of a wedding is typically full of excitement. Bridesmaids can be found primping and preening, getting their hair and nails done for the ceremony. Meanwhile, the bride-to-be can be found getting ready for her special day, surrounded by her loved ones.
However, this wedding day went south, as the bridesmaids were expected to make food for the reception. Later that night, they even had to serve the food, as the married couple had not booked anyone to help!
How would you react if you found out that you had to steam over 20 full-size table clothes on the morning of your friend’s wedding? This bridesmaid was not impressed! It was a hot July day, and they ended up sweating and ruining their hair before the ceremony.
The couple clearly had not planned the event to prepare for issues such as this one. It’s one thing to ask your bridesmaid for a favor, but this is too far.
The Bride Can’t Go Commando
Duty calls! This bridesmaid had to step in and save the day when the bride realized that she had forgotten to put on her undergarments. Her tulle princess dress was so puffy that she couldn’t reach underneath it to dress herself.
So, the bridesmaid had to crawl under the dress to help save her modesty! She didn’t want the bride to be embarrassed on her big day, so she did what she had to do. That is one loyal friend!
Cleaning Up After Geese
Finally, we complete the list with one of the most random bridesmaid duties that we have ever come across. The bridesmaid in question was asked to shovel goose poop from around the venue on the morning of a wedding.
The animal-loving bride had chosen to have her wedding at a bird sanctuary, but she didn’t realize that there would be excrement all over the site. The dedicated bridesmaid spent hours cleaning up, to make sure that the wedding was perfect.