It makes me sick

Last updated 12:14 28/09/2012

I have this thing that when there's something really exciting that I'm looking forward to, my body decides that's the precise time to pack in.

When I was a kid, my parents used to be able to tell when school holidays were coming because that was the exact time I would get the flu or some other childhood ailment and all plans would be shelved.

Earlier this year I had a long-planned weekend away to Melbourne with two of my bridesmaids. Literally the day before I went away, my sinuses exploded and I came down with the worst head cold I'd had in years. It really put the brakes on what was going to be a great weekend of shopping and cocktails (though I still managed both).  Sick

It was of no surprise, then, that last week, as my bridesmaid's wedding approached, a gland would decide that this would be The. Perfect. Week. to become inflamed and cause a throat infection.

Instead of letting loose on the bubbles and having a rip-roaring time at this wedding (which, by all accounts, was a 12 out of 10 wedding day. It was quite simply the definition of "amazeballs"), I found myself hugging the non-alcoholic punch bowl, nibbling at the delicious food and pushing the rest around my plate, and praying for hot water to dissolve yet another Lemsip sachet into.

I was SUCH a party pooper. It was still an awesome night but I can't help but be annoyed that I wasn't feeling 100 per cent and I'm sure a few guests probably wondered about the bear-with-a-sore-head-bridesmaid-slash-MC in the corner. My bad.

Knowing my history, and knowing that my own big day is coming up (way too) fast, I've started to try and work out if there is anything I can do to ensure I'm feeling healthy on the day.

I know many of you will say "take your vitamins" and "don't get drunk the night before" and all that kind of predictable stuff, but I'm wondering if there are any other tips or tricks I hadn't thought of?

I'm starting to seriously consider getting regular massages - if for nothing else than to release the tension that comes from moving house/moving job/managing a long-distance relationship/planning a wedding/being sick etc.

According to my little checklist that comes in every wedding magazine, I'm also supposed to be doing a "three-month health and beauty regime". Oops.

I suppose I should sit down and consider what this actually means. Surely not that I have to stop drinking beer and eating hot chips and aioli?

I'm wary to start any crazy beauty treatments for fear of having some bad reaction and morphing into the elephant man - but there must be something I can do to freshen up?

Did you or do you plan to do any special health or beauty regimes ahead of your wedding? Know anyone who has been sick on their wedding day? I've heard of some brides getting food poisoning etc and getting saline drips on the way to the ceremony!

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