The question has been popped. The answer was yes.

Now what?

Now the planning begins, and there’s no shortage of things to think about: the venue, the vows, the meal, the music, the flowers, the honeymoon and the clothes. Where to start?

With the bride, of course.

Wardrobe stylist Anna McConnell says to start with the dress.

“The dress determines the tone of the wedding. Will it be former or low-key? By checking bridal magazines you can identify which designers’ gowns appeal to you, so you can select a store that carries those designers. Work with your body type and avoid gowns that are too trendy,” says McConnell.

It’s important to wear appropriate lingerie—bra and shapewear—when trying on dresses, and bring along a pair of shoes with a heel similar to what you plan to wear at the wedding.

“Most importantly,” says McConnell, “remember that it’s your dress. Limit the number of people who join you at the fitting; too many opinions make it too confusing. You should feel comfortable and be able to sit, stand, dance and feel absolutely gorgeous!”

Denise Vaughn, director/owner of Define Fitness, a ladies-only fitness studio in the Northland, says that timing is everything when it comes to looking your best on your big day.

“It’s important to start at least a month before your wedding day,” says Vaughn. “If you want to lose weight, cardio four times each week and weight training three times each week is ideal. If you just want to maintain and tone, three times a week for each is best.

It’s good to mix things up, too,” says Vaughn. “You can’t just run or just lift weights. Women are often afraid of bulking up with weights, but that simply doesn’t happen. No one should be worried about weights; in fact, lifting helps with weight loss and with looking lean and toned. Also, changing things up with different workouts will shock the muscles and help you reach your goals. It might be cliché, but variety really is the spice of life and the secret to looking your best.”

Vaughn says that even though brides are tempted to focus on areas like arms and back, toning or losing weight in isolated body spots is impossible.

“Ideally, working out is already a part of your everyday routine,” says Vaughn. “If not, try to make it so. As much as you might want to, don’t overdo it; instead, make it something that you’ll keep up with even after the wedding. Have fun with it, and make it a lifestyle.”

Both experts agree that the most important part of prepping for the big day is to relieve as much stress as possible by doing what you can and not worrying too much about all the unknowns.

“Hiring a wedding planner is a good idea,” says McConnell. “Alleviating stress is key to being relaxed and glowing on your big day.”

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