How to Cope With Wedding Nerves: Alcohol vs Weed

By  Mac Molli
Updated on 12/27/23
How to Cope With Wedding Nerves: Alcohol vs Weed

How to Cope With Wedding Nerves: Alcohol vs Weed

By  Mac Molli
Updated on 12/27/23
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How to Cope With Wedding Nerves: Alcohol vs Weed

By  Mac Molli
Updated on 12/27/23

Your wedding day is the best day of your life. However, with all the excitement and craziness surrounding your wedding day it’s natural to be a little (or a lot) nervous. That’s normal and bound to happen. Just because you’re nervous doesn’t mean that you’re nervous to marry the love of your life, but it’s nerve-wracking to finally be at the day you’ve been planning for years, worrying about everything that might go wrong, and seeing every person important in your life.   

There are many ways that you can combat these nerves before your wedding day even starts. Planning your day to the best of your ability will really help you feel more comfortable during the actual day of your event. The more organized you can be before the wedding day, the more organized you’ll feel on your actual day.  Here are some tips and tricks to help you feel organized for your wedding day

  • Create a detailed schedule that details who needs to be where and when. Share this schedule with all of your vendors so they also know exactly what’s going on. This will eliminate the number of people asking you questions on your wedding day. 
  • Talk to family members before the wedding. If you have a stressful family situation, it can help to talk to family members before the day to set expectations with them. 
  • Spend quality time with your partner. This might sound silly, but in the midst of the craziness of wedding planning, it can be easy to get lost. Spend some quality time with your partner so you can just celebrate the two of you and remind each other why this day is so important.
  • Hire a wedding planner. Wedding planners will do all of the day-of coordination for you so you can just focus on getting married rather than actually organizing things the day-of. 
  • SLEEP! It will be tempting to go out and party the day before your wedding. But resist it as much as you can. Going out until 3am the night before your wedding might not only give you the biggest hangover on your wedding day, but you’ll also just be exhausted. Your wedding day is already going to be long. Don’t make it any harder on yourself. 
  • Eat! Going off of the last one, make sure you eat during your wedding day. Your stomach could be in knots (we’ll talk later about how to help with that), but try your hardest to stay nourished and hydrated. The last thing you want is to faint at the altar. 

Once you actually make it to your wedding day, there are many ways to cope with your wedding nerves. Two of the most popular ways that help calm people down are alcohol and weed. 

Is there a better option to calm your nerves? Let’s take a look at both the pros and cons of both alcohol and marijuana so you can decide which one you might lean towards on your wedding day. 
Pros and Cons

Using alcohol to reduce stress

The first way you can help combat stress on your wedding day is with the help of a little alcohol. There are reasons why alcohol is a great way to reduce stress and reasons why maybe you should try weed instead: 

Pros of using alcohol 

Of course, it’s not the best idea to turn to alcohol every time you’re nervous (you don’t want to make it a habit), but your wedding day could be an exception to enjoy a buzz.   

Alcohol is a depressant so it can help you calm down while also cheering up your mood. 

Having a drink or two before the ceremony, like enjoying a beer or mimosa while getting dressed can help lift your mood.

Cons of using alcohol 

If you use alcohol to reduce your stress, make sure you’re limiting your intake, especially at the beginning of the day. Try to limit yourself to 1-3 drinks before the ceremony because you don’t want to be drunk during your ceremony.  During the reception though? You do you. 

You should also keep in mind that if you tend to experience anxiety on a regular basis, alcohol may affect you differently. On your wedding day, you’re going to want something to lift your mood, but if you have anxiety, alcohol might actually bring your mood down because it’s a depressant. 
Pros and Cons

Using marijuana to reduce stress

Another way you can help bring your stress levels down on your wedding day is through marijuana. Not only are more couples using marijuana to help destress on their big day, it’s becoming more and more popular for couples to have weed actually integrated into their wedding day. Here are some weed trends that have been growing in the wedding industry recently: 

  • Incorporating weed plants into your floral arrangements and boutonnieres 
  • Hiring cannabis-oriented caterers for your baked goods. Who doesn’t want to have a special brownie on their special day?   
  • Have a bud bar at your wedding where guests can walk up to a bar and have access to a menu of joints, candied, drinks, and or vapes to enjoy

Pros of using marijuana  

Marijuana is a great option for helping calm your nerves on your wedding day. Cannabis high in CBD is scientifically proven to decrease anxiety, which is why many people turn to it in their daily lives.  

If you also take marijuana with low THC levels, it’ll help slow down the day for you in order to be able to take it all in. Couples always say that their wedding day went by so fast that they don’t remember anything. THC will help you slow down and actually take in the moments you never want to forget. Weed is better for this than alcohol, as you have a higher chance of not remembering things while drunk than you do from being high. 

Going off of this, weed can also bring your senses to the next level which can help you experience your wedding day to the fullest. Depending on the strain you’re using, your senses can really be heightened when you use weed. It will help you taste and feel everything. 

Cons of using marijuana 

Of course, the biggest con of using weed to help calm you down on your wedding day is that it may not be legal where you are. So, this option really is only for couples who are getting married where weed is legal. 

If it is legal where you are, you may also have to think about your guests. Not all of your wedding guests may be comfortable with weed. If that’s the case, just use it around people you know don’t care. You don’t want unnecessary or petty drama on your wedding day, so just avoid it. 

Overall thoughts

There are so many ways to help you through the stressful day of your wedding, with alcohol and weed just being two options. Both options have good and bad things about them, so it’s up to you to make the best decision for yourself on which to lean on. You may even choose another option or no option. 

Amanda Reiman, Founder and CEO of Personal Plants, advises, “Do not mix the two methods, it has a 1+1=4 effect and you may end up more intoxicated than you planned.” No matter what you choose, you will get through your wedding day and no matter what happens, it’ll be one of the most memorable and important days of your life that you’ll look back fondly on for years to come. 

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