Planning your wedding should be exciting, but the pressure to look perfect can really dent your body confidence. We know that any woman can look amazing in a wedding dress, no matter your size or shape. The secret to real bridal body confidence isn’t to spend months punishing yourself on the treadmill, it’s taking a few simple steps to grab that inner glow and feel body confident on your wedding day.
Grab That Glow and Feel Body Confident on Your Wedding Day
Find the dress that fits like a dream
Many brides make the mistake of looking for a dress that will suit the slimmed-down version of themselves they plan to be on their wedding day.
We say: don’t put so much pressure on yourself! Buy a dress to fit the body you have now, rather than the one you hope to have. A seamstress will be able to make any adjustments if your weight fluctuates before the day.
Don’t put off trying on dresses until you’ve reached your target weight – find a gown that makes you look amazing as you are now and you won’t feel disappointed or uncomfortable on your big day.
Stop comparing yourself to other people
When you’re browsing for wedding dresses it can feel impossible to avoid images of slim, toned models and photos of insta-ready celebs in their wedding dresses.
It’s all too easy to get a bit obsessed with this idea of what a bride ‘should’ look like, rather than the reality that every bride is different.
There is no one way to be beautiful, so concentrate on looking healthy, happy and fabulous, and forget the rest!
Know what suits your body shape
We all know what styles suit us when we’re out buying a top or pair of jeans, but wedding dresses aren’t something you shop for every day.
It’s worth doing a bit of research into different wedding dress styles, but also trust in the expertise of your bridal stylist to guide you.
Keep an open mind when you come for your first appointment, as you might be surprised at what styles will suit you. Ultimately, when you put on a dress that makes you look incredible you will just know.
Look after yourself
A lot of us feel pressure to lose weight before our wedding, whether it’s from friends and family, society or even from ourselves. It’s normal to want to look your best on your wedding day, but set realistic goals for yourself.
Exercise and eat well in the run up, but don’t push yourself too far – you could end up making yourself anxious and possibly even unwell. Try to avoid getting sucked in by the lure of influencers and ‘wellness bloggers’ promoting fad diets and diet supplements, and definitely ditch the scales.
If you’re determined to slim down or tone up, sign up for a PT session at your local gym or talk to a nutritionist for advice that’s tailored to you.
Preparing for your big day should be fun, so why put more stress on your shoulders?
Start a self care regimen
Beauty is more than skin-deep, but sometimes you need to work on that outer glow to feel good inside.
In the months leading up to your wedding day, invest some time and energy into starting a beauty regimen to give your skin, hair and nails a boost.
Whether you’re hitting the gym hard or not, find time for a more gentle exercise like yoga to help you chill out and feel mentally prepared.
Then relax in a hot bubble bath, or even book a massage, because you deserve it after all your hard work!
Love yourself as you are
Now you’ve got that outer glow sorted, it’s time to work on the inner glow.
Be kind to yourself and try not to judge yourself so harshly. It’s all too easy to focus on the negatives, so every time you have a negative thought about your appearance, think of three things you love about how you look.
Don’t forget that your partner loves you as you are right now, not the super skinny version of yourself you want to be in a few months’ time.
If you’re still struggling with confidence on the day, try this simple trick: stand up tall with your shoulders back, take a deep breath and smile. Sometimes looking confident is enough to make you feel confident!
We hope these tips have given you the boost you need to feel body confident on your wedding day!
If you’re struggling to find a dress that makes you feel like a goddess, why not book an appointment with one of our bridal stylists? We’re friendly, knowledgeable and down-to-earth – just look at all our 5* reviews for customer service!