(Closed) Drinking at the reception, advice, no judgement!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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UKbee:  I’m a social drinker, rarely turn down a drink if offered.  I didn’t drink at all at my wedding except half a glass of wine at dinner – I had no desire to drink, I was having to much fun.

Post # 17
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Helper bee

I drank too much and ate too little at my wedding πŸ™ I didn’t get so drunk that I did anything embarrassing, but I do wish I remembered more of the second half of the reception. Up until then I was fine and just a little buzzed off of champagne,  but there was a point after dinner when everyone was doing shots and after that…my memory gets a little fuzzy lol. Definitely wish I didn’t take those shots! I wouldn’t totally abstain from drinking…I’d just watch what you drink and make sure you eat enough!

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We have a flight to catch immediately after our wedding. Getting drunk is not in either of our best interests.. I do intend on catching a buzz off complimentary Moet on our flight though!!

I’m not concerned about anyones behavior around alcohol at our wedding. Everyone invited is social, fun, and a great time.. With or without alcohol. If someone gets a little too drunk, I’m confident they won’t become beligerent so I don’t care. No one will be driving, so drink away.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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UKbee: wine spritzers for 1/2 the alcohol of wine. The carbonation also slows consumption. 

Another trick is vodka soda with a twist, hold the vodka. Then everyone thinks you’re drinking but you aren’t. Alternate that with vodka soda with vodka. Helps keep you hydrated and slows consumption. 

You’ll be fine πŸ™‚

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - Canada

It was probably just a weird day, that happened to me once too. I didnt drink any more than I usually do on a night out, and didnt eat much less (I dont think) but I got stupid drunk. Luckily the only embarassing things I did were only around my super-close family, but still… felt like a tool! I would just monitor yourself. If you start to feel drunk, grab a water and sip on that for a while. Make sure you eat lots and drink a ton of water that day. wine spritzers are a great idea! You can even have a test run between now and then, have a few drinks at home and see if you react the same way. I know it took me quite some time to figure out my alcohol tolerance after some weight loss.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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UKbee:  I was worried about drinking too much at my wedding too. As it turned out, in the 13 hours we were at the venue, I only had time for 3 beers. So it was a non issue. Not that I didn’t want more. For me it was go-go-go all day so I just didn’t have the chance to hang out and drink with people.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

I cant’ really offer any advice, but maybe just allow yourself one drink during coctail hour, one drink at dinner and another during the party? 

My stomach was in knots the whole day, I barely ate or drank anything. I didn’t even finish the complementary champagne they gave us πŸ™ It was just too much stress, pressure, lack of food, etc. to even feel like drinking. 

I did drink a ton of water though. Don’t forget about water!

Post # 23
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Helper bee

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MechEBee:  I agree. I worked so hard on prep for the Big Day that I wanted to make sure I clearly remembered every minute!

I’m a social drinker but specifically cut back the day before and the day of- 1 mimosa while getting ready, 1 beer at cocktail hour and a few sips of champagne during the toasts- perfect! I was able to remember every detail without totally skipping alcohol. πŸ™‚ 

I feel like other people’s weddings are for partying, and your own wedding is for clearly remembering- that’s just me though, no judgement! πŸ™‚

 

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

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UKbee:  I didn’t drink at my wedding at all because usually no matter how little I drink I feel like HELL the next day!  Now I’ve lost weight recently and also don’t eat as much so I know just what yu’re talking about!  Everytime I socially drink lately I get DRUNK. FAST.  If I were you I wouldn’t drink at the wedding, do you really not want to remember it?

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

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UKbee:  You’re not going to have enough time to lounge around with a drink in hand, believe me.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee

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UKbee:  If you are worried about getting too drunk here’s what you do. First always eat before you drink (obviously). Also, about two weeks before, start having 1-2 glasses after dinner. It’s just like anything, you can build a tolerance. The kind of thing you experienced usually just happens if you stop drinking for a loooong time, then have a bunch of drinks one night. If you just kind of keep a moderate pace (maybe two drinks one night, none the next, one drink the night after, etc.) you shouldn’t get so wasted. πŸ™‚ 

My wedding is going to be a beach side bash in Cape Cod complete with an old-fashioned New England Clambake. So yeah, lol, I’ll be drinking and so will most of the guests. 

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had a very similar experience: I was on a low-carb diet for about 3-4 months, dropped a good amount of weight, and didn’t have a single drink during that time. Then comes our annual July 4th BBQ, and I’m enjoying a drink…while the food grills…and a second drink…I was so sick in just a couple hours, I had to go lay down in my then-boyfriend’s room. It definitely takes some adjusting. If you want to enjoy alcohol at your wedding without getting smashed, my suggestion would be to actually try to incorporate drinking back into your diet between now and then (just 1 per night, for a few nights per week, maybe try to do a few extra workouts to burn the extra calories) and DEFINITELY EAT!! Good luck and congrats!

Ah, swonderful beat me to it!

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Post # 28
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Blushing bee

I’m not a big drinker and tend to get tipsy very fast, but in my wedding day I drank unusually much, but didn’t get really drunk at all. I was eating enough during the day and reception, tried to drink much water along with champagne, and didn’t switch to cocktails until midnight. Follow your feelings (as soon as feeling little bit tipsy, switch to water or soda), don’t drink because of anxiety and don’t mix the drinks (wine or beer first, hard liquor later, it is supposed to help to feel better next day).

Post # 29
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Bumble bee

 

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UKbee:  I’m a social drinker as well! First time SO and I went dancing I was on my fourth drink over 3 hours, which usually is no problem for me. We decided to find the restrooms, I turned back to SO, said: I don’t feel good and passed right out.  I caused a commotion of course, SO caught me and dragged me up, tried to wake me, I went out again and we were kicked out at the bar. They assumed I was inebriated, I’m not sure if I was drugged, ate something funny or what but that’s how that night ended

 

Fast forward to the first wedding SO and I attend together: It was a cocktail reception so we had dinner first, shared a half litre of wine. We get there and I had anoher drink, then a round of shots is suggested. No sooner do I put the shot glass on the bar and I feel like I’m going to pass out.

So now I am known as the girl who can’t drink among all of SO’s friends even though I’ve been drinking with them, and even out drank some of the men at various parties/events. But almost everytime I pour a drink, someone makes a comment….   sigh.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I can’t get drunk, I’m not saying I have an amazing ability to handle my alcohol, but I feel too sick at tipsy and can’t drink anymore. 

My future hubby however I can only think that I will have a hungover groom and a husband with the’ fosters flop’ (An Australian saying for when a man drinks to much Fosters Beer, um, yes, flopping) he isn’t a big drinker, but in certain settings, like a party or bbq he gets right into it. But I won’t complain, after nearly a decade he is finally marrying me!

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