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CDC’s wedding-day advice: sedatives and chocolate

Could the CDC have helped Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes’ ill-fated wedding? (Robert Evans/AP)

The CDC’s blog, which typically deals with far drier fare, this week featured a guide to wedding-day planning. “Being in the throes of wedding season, many of us here at CDC realized that planning for a wedding isn’t that much different from planning for a disaster,” the entry states. Good point — combine crazy cousins, an open bar, unfortunate bridesmaid dresses and the chicken dance, and you very well could be looking at a total trainwreck.

The helpful blog post instructs brides and others involved in planning the big day to gather the usual CDC-approved emergency preparedness kit (flashlight, first-aid kit, three days’ supply of food, etc.) as well as a few wedding-specific extras: “safety pins, makeup for touchups, maybe a few sedatives.”

Sedatives? For slipping into the nervous bride’s champagne? Or for calming a hysterical mother-in-law?

In addition to suggesting learning the emergency-evacuation strategies and routes for the wedding venue, the CDC counsels having some softer stuff on hand, too, in case bridezilla rears her ugly head. “When dealing with an emotional bride, try to remember your loved one is probably stressed out and will soon return to her caring self after the wedding is over,” the post advises. “Be supportive and have some bottled water from your emergency kit and a box of chocolate on hand.”

The CDC wouldn’t comment on the blog post. But it seems the folks there enjoy a little humor with their emergency-prepping — remember last year’s tongue-in-cheek advice on how to survive a zombie apocalypse ?

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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