The big day is finally here. The alterations are done, the final vendor payments are all submitted, and those seating assignments are done (yay!), but you feel it. That creepy crawly feeling of dread that comes over you when you know you’re getting sick..

Wedding planning is stressful. Even for the most relaxed of us, those of us with unlimited time, and those with a limitless budget, wedding planning has it’s unpleasant moments. You’ve been waiting for this day for a long time and you want to look and feel your best. Physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion take their toll on our bodies and even when you’re eating well (or crash dieting), and exercising regularly (or kicking butt in bridal boot camp) our bodies will tell us when we’re overdoing it and need to slow down.

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So what do you do when you’re wedding day is in sight, but you’re seeing double? Here are 6 tips for fighting a wedding day illness.

For a cold, unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do – the virus just has to run it’s course. Get as much rest as you possibly can. Rest is the key to so many ailments and as impossible as it may seem to get extra beauty sleep before the big day, it’s going to be so imperative that you snooze as much as you possibly can. Weddings are exhausting. In between scheduling your wedding tasks, pencil in some downtime. Set alarms on your phone if you have to.

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Assign one of your bridesmaids, or all of them, to carry tissues, cough drops, and lip balm so you don’t have to. Unless your wedding dress has pockets – which would be awesome – you’re not going to want to carry around a fistful of throat lozenges.

Delegate as many tasks as you can to your bridesmaids, family members, and wedding planner. That’s what they’re there for. People want to know how to help but don’t always know how. It’s okay to tell them. Let go of some of the control over having the perfect day. Clearly, if you’re sick, the day isn’t going to be quite as amazing as you planned, but with a little help from your friends, it can still be perfect. Send your friends, wedding party, and partner to do some of the last-minute errands, and if you have meetings to attend, give your mother, Maid of Honor, or someone you trust, detailed instructions and stick it out at home.

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Hydration is always important, and so many of us are dehydrated without even realizing it. It’s especially important to stay hydrated when you are sick. Sip warm teas, and keep a water bottle with you at all times. So you may be running to the bathroom more often, you have bridesmaids to help you with that and it’s better than passing out under those bright lights or hot sun!

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For stomach issues. Immodium, Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate, and pray. Joking aside, eat small, bland meals regularly, as much as you don’t want to, you’ll need the calories and sugars to keep your energy up. Follow the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Read more about it here. Force yourself to drink water. With a stomach flu, you’ll be losing more fluids, so keep pushing them.

On the wedding day itself, do some quick touch ups during the day and night. Keep a small concealer pot or stick in your bag to dab any red spots around your nose. Skip the powder as it will stick to chapped and dry skin. For puffy eyes, rest with a little bag or washcloth with ice cubes on each eye to reduce swelling. It will also feel really good. Use a brightening concealer under your eyes to counteract dark circles.

Here’s to a healthy wedding day!!