There are few things harder to understand than rocket science, how to lose those last pesky kilograms before your wedding day is one of them. We’re sure that for centuries scientists have been baffled by this mysterious task. Forget the study of time and space; Einstein should have been figuring out how to tone the bottom and trim the tummy. But when it comes to the big wedding day, feeling your best and glowing like a goddess, we ladies have to stick together. Let’s launch into some helpful tips to kiss those extra kilos goodbye.
- Be kind and be realistic
One of the biggest pitfalls that can happen even before you’ve begun is setting the bar too high. You are only human, so give yourself some grace, time and patience and go from there. Take a moment to think about your favourite cardio activity. Running isn’t for everybody, would you prefer cycling around your neighbourhood or heading to the local park? Did you love rollerblading as a kid? Why not give it another try? Getting active and sweating it out doesn’t have to be a chore, it works better if you’re having fun.
Losing weight isn’t so much about explosive episodes of exercise but a regular and frequent routine of healthy living. Exercising daily and in moderation should be your new motto. Daily walks, runs or even rollerblading is what ignites your body into fit mode.
- Plan accordingly and let it be organic
Few things make grown women cry. When Sephora is out of your specific shade of concealer, that’s one and oh, planning a wedding is another. So much is on your plate as it is; it’s not going to work if the exercise is entirely out of your norm. Are you an early riser? Get walking at that time. Do you hate the mornings? Plan to go for a cycle at dusk. Plan around your natural habits, don’t try and fit exercise in by breaking your usual routine. Work with it.
- Be in partnership and grab a friend
It’s vital to be in partnership when setting out to achieve a goal. Ask a family member or friend to go on your daily walks together. Rope a mate in to be your gym buddy. Exercise can become an opportunity for social catch-ups, which can help the dopamine (happy hormones) in your body to rise quickly.
Joining a social sporting group is a great way to be held accountable for showing up and being active, as well as having fun and forgetting you’re exercising in the first place. There are hundreds of social teams around Australia in need of individual players to make up the team. Grab your sis and head out to netball on Tuesday and Thursday nights. You’ll relive the glory days and throw those calories out of the park.
- Eating and drinking and everything in between
An easy hack is cutting out processed food. A good rule is to ask yourself about the ingredients in something you’re buying, do you know what they are? If you don’t, it’s a good idea to steer clear. Instead of snacking on chips, cut up carrots and cucumber and dip them in hummus.
Your biggest meal should be in the morning and then get progressively smaller. Modern society has been doing meals the wrong way around, you need most of your energy at the start of the day, not the end, so dinner should be the smallest affair. It’s also a good idea to cut down on alcohol and drink only once or twice a week. Beer contains a huge amount of carbs and these easily translate into calories.
Do your research and plan your meals in advance. This way you can limit the temptation to cave and have something unhealthy because of fatigue and stress. It’s a good idea to plan and prepare your meals in week blocks; this allows you to try and change the meals to taste and frees up time to hit the sidewalk for a jog or to dance like nobody’s watching.
- Allow yourself a small fling with sugar
Many weight goals fail when we are too brutal on the rules. We all know that vegetables, lean meat, fruit, and legumes are the dominant foods we should be eating, but cakes and pastries just seem to worm their way in and break our spirits. Allow yourself a treat once or twice a week to keep you going. Pick fruit based or low-fat desserts. A good idea, however, is to avoid take-out food altogether because it’s likely you don’t know what’s gone into it and many are high in fats and carbs.
- Know your body and reward it
When trying to look your best, it’s always helpful to know your body. While the mainstream media might celebrate a particular body shape, we all have beautiful bodies with our own nuances and curves. It can be very helpful to learn more about your body shape and target your exercise activities to specific areas.
Once you’ve put in the work with our simple tips, you’ll be looking fabulous in time for your wedding day. But, why not treat yourself with a new look that you can enjoy as part of the wedding festivities – for your rehearsal dinner or even your honeymoon. According to Cindy Newstead, Director of Style With Cindy, “Hiring a personal stylist to create a new look for you can be a great reward to acknowledge the hard work you’ve put in, and encourage you to keep it up.”
And remember, at every hill and bead of sweat that gets in your eye, you go gurl.
Maya White is an Australian freelance writer and Melbourne-based university student. As a fashion student, she is passionate about textile design and specializes in fashion-related topics. When Maya isn’t creating beautiful textile designs or writing, you’ll find her exploring her other passion – fitness. If you would like to get in touch with Maya to discuss her stories, you can reach her at http://fashionstyleddiary.blogspot.com.au/ or email@example.com.
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I love non-traditional weddings as much as I love a traditional bride – so Billie’s DIY wedding with the simplest of wedding dresses at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat although as all DIY weddings go – a touch chaotic, was lovely, and I loved her bridal makeup and hair brief and the fact that she trusted me to make her look beautiful without a trial!
I had a lovely day with her and her maids- and from her thank you message – she also enjoyed having me on board!
“Dear Yvette and Jess
Thank you for being so wonderful, calming, organised and professional on my wedding day! You were so wonderfully easy to deal with, and so flexible and relaxed both in the lead-up and on the day. It was really lovely to have you as part of the day, helping everything flow so smoothly.
The makeup and hair was also just perfect. I was so worried to get my makeup done as I’ve never been happy with being made up before, but your technique is so natural (yet very enhancing) and products feel great on your skin. Everyone felt so comfortable and special in their makeup, it was actually quite amazing.
I would recommend you a thousand times over and can’t thank you enough.
All the best
The beautiful photos were taken by James from Rose Photos
I love fashion photoshoots and adore vintage fashion. Add an editorial fine art photographer to the mix – and you have something really special!
I come from a fashion and editorial makeup background, so going back to my Sydney makeup roots is always something special to me.
Gillian Herne, owner of Twisting Vintage in Mittagong wanted to use size 10 models for this fashion shoot as the vintage gowns she chose were size 10, so finding a great model was a serious challenge as most models are size 6 and 8.
She was so lucky to find two gorgeous girls, and I was delighted that we were able to use Bodycott Studio’s amazing gardens in Fitzroy Falls in the Southern Highlands to do the editorial photo shoot in.
The light was gorgeous as it was early spring in the Southern Highlands, so the photos have a softness about them.
Oscar Coleman from Oscar Coleman Portrait Studio Sydney was the photographer – I love the photos!
I love glamour and simple lines on a wedding dress.
I know I must have been born at the wrong time, as I just love everything old world!
Alyce chose to get ready at The Robertson Hotel, in Robertson in the stunning Southern Highlands of NSW a beautiful old building which feels like time has forgotten it. Her wedding dress was simple and made out of the most beautiful material – it flattered her so beautifully!
I really loved spending the morning with Alyce’s family as I had been lucky enough to do her sister Stacey’s wedding a few years back – elegance runs in this family – Stacey’s wedding was perfectly stylish as well and was in Bowral at the stunning Hopewood House
I enjoyed doing just bridal makeup for this wedding, with Ameina doing everyone’s bridal hair.
The fabulous photos were all taken by Thomas Stewart Photography.
Some days I have to get up at silly early hours just to get to a wedding on time. Sometimes I find it easy though, as I know I will have a great day as the bride is just lovely, as are her maids, so I cannot wait to join them for their big day!
I was excited to be doing Teagan’s wedding in Nowra on the South Coast of NSW – even if I had a 6 am start which meant leaving my house at 5am!
Teagan was so gorgeous when she came for her hair and makeup trial in my Studio with her lovely sister and bridesmaid – so although I knew I had a massive bridal party to prep with Ameina, I knew the day would be great!
Teagan was married at beautiful Terrara House Estate – and the fabulous photos were taken by Thomas Stewart Photography
I love my beautiful brides and am often blown away by how beautiful they look in their bridal gowns!
One bride who just looked too amazing was the very athletic beautiful Ashley, whose divine figure and strong body looked so fantastic in her wedding dress!
I loved all of the choices she made with her wedding – everything was perfect to the final flower.
Her wedding was held at the gorgeous Terrara House Estate, which has closed its doors as of January – I am sad to say goodbye to this beautiful venue in Nowra.
Evoke Photography as always took some amazing shots, of this stunning bride and groom!
The photos were so beautiful, that Modern Wedding Magazine posted the beautiful wedding up online.
Read about it here!
Some of my favorite shots from the day!
I love working with top suppliers on collaborations to help them promote themselves as well as myself!
It is very exciting that Polka Dot Bride loved the shoot as much as we did and posted a blog post on it! Read it here.
Below are some of my favourite makeup pics 🙂
Everyone’s taste in wedding dresses, makeup, flowers, and venue varies – thank goodness, otherwise, we would all look the same!
So every now and again – a bride chooses a style of wedding which I can truly relate to from her makeup look, and choice of hair and dress, to the flowers and the venue.
Maddie chose a natural makeup look with a pop of pink lip, hair 1/2 up 1/2 down and the simplest of amazing silk dresses which just enhanced her natural beauty. Her bridesmaid’s hair was simple as were their tasteful flattering dresses.
Her flowers from Form over Function were stunning, and the styling they did at Maddie’s parent’s home where Maddie and Sean were married just stunning!
Add to that – what a good looking group of girls and guys! Stunning!
Beautiful Verna and delightful Matt decided to have a private ceremony before the day and it was beautifully captured by Dan Cartwright at the Bodycott’s Studio property situated in Fitzroy Falls on a very cold winter’s day.
Their photos were so beautiful, it was blogged by Love Find Co!
Hair and makeup by me!
One of the joys of getting married is the whole process of getting yourself looking your very best, literally from the top of your head to the tips of your toes!
Whilst we often spend great amounts of time and money getting our hair looking perfect, facial skin looking great and our bodies slim and toned, our feet are forgotten as they are going to be hidden under a long dress so who really cares?
Those feet – well at least those toes will pop out every now and again especially when you get lovely shots of your maids helping you put your gorgeous shoes on.
Still not sold? Remember that they will keep you dancing all night even jammed into uncomfortable shoes – so they really deserve a little bit of love and pampering before the day!
So read the following to find out how you can get your feet looking and feeling as gorgeous as the rest of you 🙂