How to Avoid Fainting at Your Wedding

It happens all the time...a preppy bride, flushed with excitement, walks down the aisle, ready to be married to the person they will spend the rest of her life with. Until...plop. The bride faints and makes a fool of herself and the best day of her life is immediately ruined.

You don't want this to be you.

Fainting at a wedding is common because of a variety of reasons, whether it's health, dehydration, excitement, etc. To avoid fainting on the best day of your life, follow these tips and you'll have one less thing to worry about on your wedding day.


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    Avoid stress. One of the worst things you can do to your body and mind is stress out. Get things prepared for your wedding ahead of time. Don't cross things off your list, such as making the invitations pretty, because you run out of time and you think it's not as important. Spend quality time on them, but do them enough in advance that as your walking down the aisle, all the stress you had doesn't boil over onto you and you pass out. Remember some of the basic necessities you need to get done for your wedding (plan to get them done at least a month before your wedding).
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    Stay healthy. Fainting can happen even when you have the slightest cold. Be extremely careful so you don't get sick. Don't go out and get food poisoning the day before your wedding. Don't eat anything not bad for you, and stock up on vitamins so you stay bubbly and happy, and feel good. Be as safe as you can before your wedding. If you begin to feel sick or run-down, take some medicine, or nap.
    • Be physically healthy. To relieve stress or feel a little better, exercise, but don't exercise too much. You don't want to be feeling run down, but you do want to be in good shape and not a wreck on your wedding day.
      • Remember to eat healthily so you feel fresh and spirited, not slow or hungry.
    • Be mentally healthy. Stay very calm and do a puzzle or two to keep your mind in shape, so you don't feel as disorganized on your wedding day.
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    Stay hydrated. Fainting happens the most when you are suffering of dehydration. Make sure that you drink lots of water on your wedding day to make sure that you won't faint. On the day of your wedding, keep some water with you at all times and drink it as much as you can (but make sure you go to the bathroom before you walk down the aisle!).
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    Prepare. On the day of your wedding, you don't want to freak out and lose consciousness. Prepare your dress, money, shoes, and everything that you will need to do in order to walk down the aisle. Get everything ready, and ask someone to help you so you don't have so much pressure on yourself. Also prepare yourself for everything you'll be going through on your wedding, including the stress, tiredness, painful smiles, hand-aching thank-you notes, etc., and take a minute to relax and take it in.
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    Relax. It's easier said than done, of course, but beforehand, take a nap, drink some water, do something to take your mind off the wedding for only a moment. Just be happy and don't think about anything else but your fiancé and your happily-ever-after life together.
    • Spend some time with your fiancĂ© before the wedding. He might be just as stressed out as you are.
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    Be ready for if you faint. Be prepared, and know why you fainted. Be prepared for everything to be put off for a little while, and tell someone beforehand what to do if you faint (see tips).


  • Warn someone before the wedding what you would like them to do if you faint (example; try to rejuvenate you, take you immediately to the hospital, etc).
  • Have some people walking down the aisle surround you so they can catch you if you faint.
  • If you feel light-headed before your wedding, don't freak out. You are only nervous and should take some Advil or something to stay safe.
  • Although it's easier said than done, be as calm as you can be on your wedding day by taking a nap, eating a light snack, or doing some breathing exercises.


  • Make sure that if you do faint, you Faint Safely. Read this article for more information.
  • If you did faint, as much as you don't want to, make sure you go to the hospital and check if you are going to be okay before resuming with your wedding.

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