How 4 Real Brides Changed Their Health and Beauty Routines Pre-Wedding

Jasmine Garnsworthy

Courtesy of Babba Canales

I had been engaged for about three days when Facebook served me the first of many pre-wedding workout program advertisements. There were still some members of our extended families who hadn’t heard the news, but Mark Zuckerberg was all over it.

Facebook isn’t the only platform suggesting boot camps and cleanses to me either—bridal magazines and websites are brimming with “lose weight fast” plans cultivated, I assume, so that every bride can become her skinniest possible self before walking down the aisle. The pressure to sculpt your perfect “wedding body” has never been more real.

Truthfully, I haven’t worked out yet exactly how I feel about adopting a pre-wedding fitness and diet regimen. I’d love to be able to simply roll my eyes at headlines that read “5 Wedding Diets That Work,” but I’m not there yet. I do want to feel amazing on my wedding day. I do want glowing skin and white teeth. I do want to wear whatever the hell I like and feel great about it. But I also want to give a great big middle finger to an industry that profits from making women feel like crap about themselves during one of the most significant moments of their lives.

I decided to consult a handful of level-headed women—and recent brides—to find out how they approached fitness, nutrition, and skincare leading up to their own nuptials. From models to startup founders and marketing execs, these women all took their own approach to the topic and have some interesting thoughts and advice to share.

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