Want to Lose Weight for Your Wedding Day?

by Jenny Bryde 1. January 2013 04:45

If you ask one hundred people what their new year's resolution is this year, many would tell you that it's to lose weight.  If you were to ask one hundred brides to be what their new year's resolution is, I'd bet an even higher percentage would tell you that their goal is to look great and feel great on their wedding day.  The bigger idea behind losing weight is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, one that revolves around wellness and not drastic remedies to lose weight at an unhealthy pace.  Today's post is all about that journey, and while I'm not getting married this year, I'm thinking that I'd like to jump on the bandwagon with you bootcampin' brides and lose a few pounds myself.  

Here are a few resources to get us started.  Click any of the links below to go to more information.

The 8 Best Smart Phone Apps for Weight Loss

Fitness Magazine's Bridal Bootcamp Workout

RealBeauty.com's 12 Week Bridal Bootcamp Workout

20 Tips to Lose Weight Before Your Wedding Day

WebMD's Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Weight Loss

LifeHack's Diet Tips and More for a Healthy and Trim Body



So my advice for myself and others who are going to be on this journey towards wellness is to pick your battles.  Expect set backs, but also expect success.  Be good to yourself inside and out, and treat your bottle as if it's your temple.  

Before we go, here's a little transparency for you.  Here are my wants out of losing weight - I want to have more energy for playing with my daughter.  I want to feel comfortable in my own skin.  I want my tummy to be happy because I'm feeding it good stuff and not crap.  I want to lose weight in a sensical and safe manner so that I don't fall off the wagon completely and give up.  In all honesty, I could probably stand to lose between 30 and 40 pounds.  Possibble?  Yes.  Overnight?  Nope.  So here we go...

Do you have a new year's resolution to lose weight and/or become a more healthier you?  Share your story on the message board or on our Facebook page!  

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Resources for Getting Fit For Your Wedding Day

by Jenny Bryde 19. July 2012 00:50

He loves you no matter what, right?  I mean you guys are getting ready to say for better or worse,  so there is absolutely no pressure to get fit for your wedding day, right?  (Insert smirk here.)

Yes, our fiances love us, and we love us too, but an exceedingly common concern for brides to be (and many grooms to be) is getting a little more buff and losing a little more pudge before that big day when all eyes and all cameras are trained on you.  Eighty percent of United States brides list losing weight as a major priority before the big day.  For those of us who have this priority, you often feel exceedingly frantic to get started as you have to first face the dress shopping and alterations scene long before you slip into that mermaid, sheath, or ball gown on your wedding day.

Experts say that the worst thing that someone can do when trying to get in shape for a particular event is to try to cram all workouts and dieting into the month or so ahead of the wedding.  This does nothing but stress your mind and your body out which can lead to weight loss resistance and a stressful mood, two things you don't need in the last few weeks of planning.  Rather than being the hare, those who want to get fit should be a turtle and take their time.  Slow and steady.  Even better is to think of losing weight and getting fit not as a race with a destination but rather a lifestyle change that will continue into your marriage. 

There is no one magical answer that fits everyones needs.  Each of us has a body that reacts differently to different approaches, but the goodnews is that a lot of people have been in your shoes before and have shared their knowledge with us.  All across the internet and the library and the television are people who want to help others get fit for their wedding days.  Here are some resources on workouts to help you:


Wedding Day Shape Up 101 by Fitness Magazine

 6-month Wedding Fitness Plan by The Knot

Bridal Bootcamp Workout Plan by Fitness Magazine

The Sexy Bride Workout Plan by Shape Magazine

Your Wedding Dress Workout Plan by Fitbie.MSN

3-Month Wedding Prep Guide by Wedding Channel

Books to Check Out: 

The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU!

The Game On! Diet: Kick Your Friend's Butt While Shrinking Your Own

Run Your Butt Off!: A Breakthrough Plan to Lose Weight and Start Running (No Experience Necessary!)

Zumba®: Ditch the Workout, Join the Party! The Zumba Weight Loss Program

All of these links have something in common in that they want you to carefully and in a really healthy way work towards being well, not skinny, for your wedding day.  If you want results, you'll have to put in the work, so if you are part of that 80% of brides who want to drop a few pounds before the big day, then our advice is to start now.  Be well!

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Simple Tricks To Keep Your Guests Cool and Happy

by Jenny Bryde 11. May 2011 05:05

Finally!  We've broken through the winter/spring rut of groggy days and murky weather to beautiful sunshine and warm temps...REALLY warm temps!  Yesterday, my (non-airconditioned) office thermostat let me know that it was a lovely 87 degrees.  While us summer brides may love the warmth, our guests may have mixed feelings about traveling or sitting outside on a summer day.  And while the day IS in fact for the bride and groom, ya gotta keep those guests happy as well.  Children, pregnant woman, or elderly guests can are more easily affected by extreme temps as well. 

Here are some tips to keep those guests cool and happy...

1) Alert your guests to the fact that your wedding is outside, if that is the case.  Knowing ahead of time that they will be sitting outside in July will give guests a chance to make appropriate outfit choices.

2) Consider portable shelters or air conditioning.  It's amazing how far venue supply rentals have come.  You can rent tents that have misters or even air conditioning units to keep the cool air flowing. 

3) Avoid metal.  Some rental companies offer metal chairs which could burn someone if left out in the sunny weather.  Opt for plastic or wooden chairs if possible.  Heat can easily scorch someone's bare skin or even go through some lighter clothing. 

4) Give out "cool" favors such as sunscreen, blotting papers, handkerchiefs, fans, parasols, or water bottles. 

5) Keep the cool drinks flowing.  Iced beverages taste especially nice on a hot day.

So this is just a start... There are tons of other things that you can do to keep your guests happy!  Remember - happy guests equal great photographs, good groove on the dance floor, and fantastic memories of your wedding day! 

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Won't You Be My Therapist? Random Wedding Rants

by Jenny Bryde 3. August 2010 00:37

Hear ye, hear ye!  I declare this post in the name of random wedding rants!  I know that brides are supposed to be delicate and demure and that grooms should be gallant and composed, but damnit!  Sometimes planning a wedding can be a little taxing.  This post today is in substitution of a therapy session.  You, dear readers, are my surrogate psychiatrists.  Here we go…


Do any of you brides and grooms feel that sometimes you’re answering the same questions over and over?  As our wedding has approached, I feel like I am having the same conversation on auto play repeat no matter where I go.  It sounds something like this:

Someone else:  Hey, your wedding is coming up soon isn’t it?

Me:  Yeah, it’s in (fill in appropriate number) weeks.  It’s coming so fast!

Someone else:  So what do you guys have left to plan?

Me:  Oh not much…just little odds and ends.

Someone else:  How exciting!

Me:  Yeah.

Don’t get me wrong, folks!  I’m excited to get married!  I love all things wedding!  I love imagining how the day will look and feel.  And it’s so nice to hear how people are excited for us.  I’m just a lil’ tired and answering the same question over and over tends to become automated.  Surprise me and ask me something unexpected like how does your cleavage look in your wedding dress or have you considered having a petting zoo at the reception?


At the beginning of our engagement, I would have maybe one wedding project a month which would be leisurely addressed, and I could change my mind a million times without feeling the time crunch of my impending nuptials.  Lately, time has become a precious commodity that seems to be dwindling. 

I’ve had a full schedule this summer of projects, contacts, parties, double checking, fittings, tastings, crafting, bartering, shopping, and blogging.  I still have things on my to do list!  Grrr!!

I remember thinking that I was so happy that I would be done with my school in the spring before we got married this fall because that meant that I could easily finish up any wedding projects this summer without rush or crunching. 

It seems to me that I’m the type of person who will find something to occupy her time even if she’s finished all her projects.  This is my own doing, and I need to come to terms that my to-do list will never end. 


I’ll make this one short and blunt.  People should never ever ever assume that they are invited to someone’s wedding, especially if they are not a close friend or family.  It is just plain rude for someone to approach a bride or groom to be and ask them for an invite or tell them that they hope they’re invited to the wedding.  I cannot tell you how many people (who I think should know better) have blatantly asked if they could come to our wedding.  Who does this???  I know that weddings are exciting and fun, folks, but you really put a bride or a groom in an EXTREMELY AWKWARD spot when this question is posed.  It has some to do with whether or not the bride and groom likes you, but the scope of a guest list is also dictated by many other factors.    


Unless a bride or groom specifically approaches you and says that they would like to brainstorm possible disaster scenarios and back up plans for their wedding day, don’t play devil’s advocate.  It causes unnecessary drama.  No matter what happens on the wedding day, things will work out.  If someone forgets something or stands in the wrong place, IT WILL BE OKAY.  So stop with the what if, and just let the bride and groom enjoy their time leading up to the wedding.


Hmm…I guess I have no more rants right now.  My apologies for this unusually negative post, but I could feel these thoughts banging around in my brain, and I needed a cathartic experience to get them out.  I feel much better.  Thanks for listening as my verbosity ran amuck.  Now it’s your turn.  If you need to scream, scream.  If you need to shout an explicative in the middle of the mall, do it…in Swahili.  If you need to karate chop something, take a rug outside and beat the ever-loving mess out of it.  Then straighten your veil, get your nails did, and slap that smile back on. 

Tell me on the message board what you’d like to rant about today.  It will make me feel better for being so cranky in this post!  J


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Spa Services Before Your Wedding Day!

by Jenny Bryde 27. May 2010 00:27

If you ask a random sample of people, you are going to hear mixed results regarding the necessity of various spa treatments.  Some people will swear by a weekly pedicure and wouldn't think of missing an appointment for a stress reducing massage.  Others will tell you that their money is better spent elsewhere.  Spa services can add up, but since this is your wedding, you may want to consider a little indulgence to make you relaxed and as beautiful as can be on your big day! 

We have many QCA salons and spas that can accommodate your wedding party for spa treatments on the day of and leading up to the wedding.  These are some of the treatments you may want to consider:

Trial Up Do and Up Do - Even if you plan on getting your hair curled by a professional, you are probably going to pay for an "up do".  Many brides fork the fee over though as there is something to be said for beautiful and secure hair on your wedding day.  If you have a veil or a head piece, your up do service should probably include placement and securement so that everything stays put.  I plan on having a very simple style with my hair down, but I am still leaving the work to a professional.  Well before the big day, you should also schedule a trial up do so that you and your stylist can have some time to find the right placement, size of curls, etc for your hair.  Leaving this to the day of could be really stressful especially if you are looking for something specific.  Bring pictures and ideas for inspiration.  Depending on where you go, plan on investing anywhere from $50-200 plus tip on these services.

Photo-ready Make Up - You are on any given day a beautiful person, but in our world of high resolution photography, you will want to make sure that your skin texture and color looks amazing!  The trend right now is to shy away from cream make up products as they can literally melt off of your face causing creases and smudges before you even get to the alter.  The new mineral products and the traditional powder products seem to stay put better for the long haul in extreme weather conditions.  Even if you are getting married in the Arctic Tundra, you never know what your nerves can do to your sweat glands.  A professional in this field should be able to give you great advice and services on products for your skin type and desired look.  Again, you will probably want to schedule a trial make up session so that you can bring inspiration pictures.  For make up services, plan on spending anywhere from $25-100 plus tip.

Mani/Pedis - Next to your gorgeous smile, people will be looking at your hands the most on your wedding day.  Everyone will want to look at your ring, and the photographer will probably take some close ups during the ceremony of anything you do such as signing the marriage certificate, so make sure that you get those cutticles under control and slap on a pretty color with a manicure before your wedding.  Your feet are in for a long day of standing and dancing, plus I just know you have a fabulous pair of shoes to don, so make sure you get a pedicure before your wedding as well.  For that matter, you may want to get one AFTER the wedding day too as your feet will need a little R and R.  In my humble opinion, I think that you should get your mani/pedi taken care of the day BEFORE your wedding day.  This gives your nail color plenty of time to cure so that you don't have smudges.  Make sure you sit under that weird light table (I know you know what I'm talking about...what are those things called anyway??) at the nail salon for plenty of time before you get ready to leave.  And for heaven's sake, take your bridal party with you!  They will also be photographed, and beyond that, having someone to talk to for an hour or two other than the nail artist will be a relief.  No offense nail artist people, I just think us brides will need our gal pals around us for mental support when its this close to the wedding day.  Many spas offer various levels of pedicures and manicures from an "express" service to a "luxury" service.  For a mani/pedi combo, plan on spending anywhere from $40 to $150 plus tip.

Massage Services - It's a few days before your wedding.  You've answered a serices of a thousand questions and planned tripple back up plans for every worst-case scenario imaginable, and now you need a time out where no one can find you.  There is only one occasion in the entire world this can happen - at a massage appointment.  Leave your phone in your car, request that the masseuse play some soothing music, shut your eyes and your mouth for an hour, and let the stress get worked out of you.  There are all kinds of massage services from a traditional rub down to a full on ass-whooping massage.  You can also have yourself wrapped up and/or smeared with any number of soothing materials like mud, salts, honey (kidding), etc.  Some places offer express massages all the way up to 90 minute massages.  For an hour massage, plan on spending anywhere from $45-150 plus tip.  Add more if you want the honey or other add ons.  :)

Facials - Before I go any further please note this advice - DO NOT GET YOUR FIRST FACIAL EVER DURING THE WEEK BEFORE YOUR WEDDING.  You need to have the service and the product tested on you when you would have plenty of time to heal should your face react badly.  You do not want to leave this to chance and end up with swollen, red skin on your wedding day.  Now if you're thinking that facials sound horrifying, please realize that I am describing extreme cases here, but do yourself a favor, and schedule maybe a series of facials leading up to your wedding over a few months period so that your esthitician can give you sound advice on your current skin condition and best products/practices.  Facials can do wonders like extracting black heads, exfolating, deep moisturizing, blemish treatment, sinus relief, etc.  You want that "glow" that everyone keeps raving about?  Facials, baby.  Plan on spending $40-100 plus tip for one facial treatment, depending on the services you need...

So where can we go to get all this done?  There are plenty of amazing places in the QCA that you can visit to have any of these services done.  You'll probably want to check out the John Taylor salon and day spa that is located in the new Jumers Casino in Rock Island.  With a luxurous and relaxing atmosphere, you can have ALL of these services scheduled for you.  You will work with extremely talented professionals who know how to make you look and feel your most beautiful!  You can check out their website to see a list of their services, and give them a buzz at 309-756-4696 to schedule your appointment.

Things to consider:

  • Don't forget to leave a tip for your salon/spa services.  Generally speaking, ettitquette tells us to leave somewhere between 15 and 20% of your total bill (before any discount) for your tip. 
  • Schedule your appointments for hair/makeup/etc. well in advance of your wedding.  Many places can book you six months or more in advance, and you will probably not be the only bridal party trying to get in for hair and make up on that weekend.  Think ahead so you can get in to your prefered salon/spa without hassle.
  • Look for inspiration photos for skin/hair/make up before going to your appointments.  The person working with you should be a great listener and a skilled artist who can pull off a look close to what you want within reason.
  • Don't over book yourself on your actual wedding day.  You can spread your beauty appointments out so that you aren't stressed out rushing around to get everything done on that day.  That would give you the opposite effect of the relaxation that these appointments are supposed to bring!

So where have you ladies and gents all gone before for these sorts of spa treatments?  Where is your favorite place?  Share on the message board!!


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