Bridal ‘betes.

I was cleaning up in the guest room the other day, which doubles as our office, and noticed this funny combination on the side table:








A bridal magazine (the first I’ve ever flipped through with intention), sat quietly next to a new meter my endo had given me to try, (it’s the One Touch VerioIQ, anyone out there tried it? It’s supposed to be pretty cool) as if the odd pair belonged together.

In a way they do though, right? When I walk down the aisle next year to marry my knight in shining armor (or tuxedo, if we’re being all acurate), no matter how pretty the dress is I’ve chosen, I’m still going to have diabetes.  Since we’re still over a year away from our wedding, I haven’t really thought through how I’ll handle the big day yet. I do have concerns that range from the basic “what if I get low right as we’re getting married?” down to the totally ridiculous, completely irrational fear that I’m going to test my blood sugar and somehow get blood on my wedding dress (and then I remind myself I don’t do that in my regular clothes so I’m being a little crazy).  

Valid or not, I do have some diabetes-specific issues that will need to be addressed for our wedding, but I know I’m not the first bride to handle these problems. There’s no shortage of advice online about clever ways to manage diabetes on your wedding day. From bridesmaids carrying secret glucose tabs in their bouquets to custom-made pockets in wedding dresses for easy pump access, I’ve seen people with diabetes get pretty darn creative when it comes to their big day.

Now that we’re in the early stages of planning our wedding though, I’d love to know if anyone out there has any advice about diabetes logistics on their wedding day. Leave a comment or send me a message if you do!

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Just general advice on the wedding: have a sense of humor about it, cause things are going to go wrong. In fact, the things that go wrong are what are going to make the ceremony memorable.

When my sister got married, her soon-to-be sister-in-laws were given the task of lighting the candles. They were like 5 & 7 and were told to remember to advance the wick on their tapers as they went along, but they forgot. They are going through lighting the candles and the first taper goes out after she finishes her candles. Then the other’s goes out just before she lights the unity candle–and they look at each other in abject horror. Then the older one advances her wick, relights it and lights the last candle. This was all caught on tape and is cherished by the whole family twenty five years later.

I remember being high most of the day because of the stress of the entire day. I thought, I would go low from the dancing ect. but it was not the case. I am a guy, so the pump thing was easy.

I had a pocket sewn into my dress right behind the armpit area. I actually borrowed my twin sister’s pump as my “something blue” because her pump was bright blue and mine was grey. My day was pretty relaxing though, because we just had 20 people with us on the beach, so it was pretty low stress and my blood sugar played nice (thank goodness).

Cat P – that is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard about you borrowing your sister’s pump for your something blue – I LOVE THAT!!

Bring a picnic basket with empty Tupperware and give it to the caterer to fill with food. You won’t eat much during the wedding (trust me) and will be starving afterwards (and likely trending low). Good luck with the planning!

Good idea about the Tupperware–especially if you are headed to an airport or hotel right away.
When I got married back in November, I didn’t have my Omnipod yet (actually, wasn’t even aware they existed back then). I wasn’t even concerned about dropping low.

Hey, bottom line is, it’s YOUR day. All your friends and family are there to support YOU because they love you. They prob all know you have diabetes, so no big deal if you have to pause and check your sugar. Don’t panic. The day won’t go perfectly, so expect that. Your ceremony prob isn’t that long, right? The best advice I can give is to have ONE dedicated and RESPONSIBLE person that can hold glucose tabs and your meter for you while you run around greeting Aunt Ida or getting pics done. Or a plastic tube of glucose tabs down the bra works wonders! Maybe clip your pump to your garter??

You can do it!

Roshan that’s a great idea about the tupperware – love that – and I don’t want to miss out on the food at my own wedding but i’ve heard from everyone that’s exactly what happens haha.

Jessica thanks for your sweet comments, that’s a good reminder that I need to ask the people I tryst and love for their support that day – and know that they won’t hesitate to give that to me.

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