getting in shape for wedding

The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Weight Loss

Looking great for your wedding is important for most brides to-be, so it makes sense to want to make sure you get as close to perfection as you can before the big day. A big part of that is dropping some pounds to fit into that wedding dress. We totally support looking and feeling great on your wedding day. That, however, comes with a little asterisk.


More than looking good on your wedding day, we want you to be healthy on your wedding day. That means something different to everybody, but if you’re planning on starting a diet or exercise routine to get in shape for your wedding, check out some of these things you should avoid doing, along with some you totally should be doing.

Trust us, we love healthy couples!

Don’t buy into a “fast result” diet

That’s totally right. By tricking your body into losing weight, you may actually be doing your body a huge disservice. To lose weight, and more importantly, to keep it off, you have to do it in a way your body likes. Cutting out protein, carbs or fat all together is not the way to go about it. Should you eat an entire loaf of Wonder Bread? No, of course not. But a whole-grain slice of toast with avocado and tomato for breakfast? Totally!

Do set goals

Whether it’s to walk 10,000 steps daily or avoid processed food for a week, you need to set goals if you’re going to meet them. The goals do need to be realistic. No, you’re probably not going to lose 10 pounds in a week, but you can lose 10 pounds over the course of several weeks (and likely keep it off) if you do it the right way. So figure out what you want out of your weight loss program and set it in stone.

Don’t over exercise

Over exercising can do some damage to your body, especially when combined with a low-calorie diet. In fact, when combined, your metabolism can slow dramatically, basically entering “aw man, we gotta save up!” mode. Now, you should totally exercise -- and daily -- but you need to eat along with that and listen to your body. You really don’t want to pass out at your wedding, so find a good balance with the two.

Do have fun

Listen, we get that exercising can suck and a diet can be a huge bummer, but that doesn’t mean it can’ be fun. If you like hiking, well get out there and hike -- that’s a lot of steps and the inclines are sure to get your heart rate up. If you like cooking, find some fun ways to cook healthy food. Cold salads are not the only diet food, FYI. Just find a way to get active and eat well and once those pounds start coming off, the whole thing will be fun!

If you need a little boost, we’re giving away a FitBit to help you stay motivated. All you have to do is request some more information about our sweet wedding entertainment services and you’re entered to win*.


*Some restrictions apply.


Man Up: Getting in Shape for that Wedding Tuxedo

There is plenty of material out there on how women can get in shape in the months, weeks and days leading up to a wedding. But what about the men? Are they supposed to just sit around and eat doughnuts (yes, it’s been a week we still love doughnuts)? They’re in the wedding photos, too... right?

weights vs cardio

Men, we say stand up, get out there and get in shape for your wedding day! Don’t let the ladies have all the fun. Now, we’re not talking about bulking up and trying to fit into your tux looking like this. No, we’re talking about dropping a few pounds and feeling good about yourself. After all, confidence is one of the most attractive things about a man. Am I right, ladies?  

We’ve put together some ways for the men to look (and feel) just as good as their lady counterpart... well, maybe close. A bride always takes the day -- it's just facts. Women, you’re welcome.

Diet. Diet. Diet.

Yes, you may have heard this over and over and over again, but it’s for a reason. Your diet is the No. 1 priority when starting an exercise regiment. You can spend hours at the gym blasting your pecs or killing your cardio, but the reality of it is it’s all for not if you don’t have the diet to go along with it.

It all starts with breakfast (most important meal of the day, right?) Think whole wheats and natural grains. They’ll help you stay full the longest. Don’t touch the doughnuts. We get they may be the best thing on this planet, but don’t touch ‘em… until after the wedding.

Honestly, we don't need to go through the rest of the day's meals. It’s not rocket science: portion control, lots of veggies and some lean meats and you’re good to go. There is plenty of literature out there on how to construct a great diet.  

We will advice, however, if you’re looking for a beer, reach for a Guinness. Yes, seriously. A Guinness contains about as much alcohol as a Bud Light and only about 15 more calories per equal serving. So, yeah, cheers to that!

Cardio vs. Weight Lifting

You may think it’s time to strap on the running shoes and hit the treadmill, but the truth is a cardio-only program may end up hurting you. Cardio, in heavy doses, breaks down muscle and, as you may know, muscle can be pretty important.

On the flip side, if you completely ignore cardio, your cardiorespiratory system won’t receive the benefits. So, the idea here is to do both, but lean a little more on the lifting side. Trust us, it’s science.

Just Do It

Sorry, not sorry Nike. The answer to weight loss isn’t hidden for Indiana Jones to find. It’s honestly just as simple as doing something positive every day. Switching that burger for a salad or skipping the elevator and walking up the stairs to your office are great starts.

If you want faster results, enhance those efforts and you’ll see it. Keep those efforts going and you’ll look awesome on your honeymoon and first anniversary. You may even find yourself working out as a couple.

Trust us, just get out there and you’ll be glad you did.

If you need a little boost, we’re giving away a FitBit to help you stay motivated. All you have to do is request some more information about our sweet wedding entertainment services and you’re entered to win*.

*Some restrictions apply.