What Would You Do to Lose Weight Before Your Wedding?

Like most brides, the months before my wedding was filled with twice day spinning classes, personal trainers, and a diet consisting primarily of a strange lemonade mixture (Master Cleanse) and Chocolate Pretzel Snack Bars (Weight Watchers). I wasn’t a total Bridezilla, but I can see how a bride could go there (imagine being hungry for months on end). Yes, I was hungry, BUT I looked good in my wedding photos.

A recent article in the New York Times, described the (scary) lengths many brides go to in order to “not be a fat bride”. While I didn’t shoot myself with human chorionic gonadotropin (the pregnancy hormone) or walk around with a feeding tube in my nose (yes, some brides actually do that), what I did in order to lose weight before the wedding wasn’t much better than some of these extreme measures.

So it begs the question, why do we, as women, put ourselves to these extreme measures in order to “not be a fat” bride? Is it because of the photos (sure) or is it because we’re trying to be a “princess” (who are always thin and perfect)? Is it because wedding dresses notoriously run small (why?? someone explain this to me) or it is because the wedding industry has successfully marketed the “perfect wedding” to us (apparently being a tad bit overweight doesn’t fit into that ideal)?

Brides are going to diet, that’s a given, but is looking good in a dress, for just one day, worth destroying your health? Unfortunately, a large number of brides say “yes” (cause the photos, you know, last forever).

And, oh, we went on a cruise for our honeymoon where I proceeded to gain back every pound.

Did you go all Bridezilla to lose weight before your wedding?

Read: Bridal Hunger Games

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  1. Marian the Librarian says

    I’m not married, but I agree: those photos are super important. The bonus is, if you’re going to a beach destination for your honeymoon, you will be rocking your swimsuit as well. And your husband’s first impression of you naked, that is forever burned on his brain, will be that you looked AMAZING.

  2. says

    Every bride wants to look amazing for her wedding but planning ahead and giving your self enough time to lose weight the healthy way is so important to your health and well-being. Drastic weight loss will not only leave you feeling fatigued and depressed but it can also effect the way you look, and we all want to look our best especially at our wedding. You certainly don’t want dark under eye circles or a dull drawn face which can be effects of unhealthy eating. So plan your weight loss goals in advance and incorporate healthy low calorie meals along with an exercise program.   


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