Everyone wants to look perfect for their big day and that’s why months of miserable dieting usually precede the wedding. A 2012 study found 1 in 10 brides lost 4 or more stone before a wedding.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can still look good on your wedding day without starving yourself beforehand. From swapping a drunken L-plate clad night out for adventure hen parties and the traditional slow dance for something that will get the heart racing, we’ve found four creative ways to get in shape for your wedding, and have fun whilst you do it.
1. Adventure stag and hen parties
Your stag and hen party is seen as one last blow out before your big day. Many brides ruin a diet by downing sugary cocktails before gorging on a 4am McDonald’s burger. Instead, why not reject the stereotypical hen party and go for different type of adventure?
There are many stag and hen party adventure packages, from watersports and mountain biking to 5 aside football with ex-pros. If the bride-to-be has a particular hobby, incorporating this is a great way to give the hen party a personal touch and make sure everyone keeps in shape in the process.
Hen party organisers Maximise run a whole host of hen parties, including adventure activities, and combine them with more ‘traditional’ hen party fun. Their Wet & Wild weekend in Edinburgh, for brides willing to battle the Scottish elements by white water rafting, river duckies, river bugs or canyoning before heading out on the town.
2. Exercise together
Working out will not only make you feel better and is a great way to relax during those stressful pre-wedding months, it might actually bring you closer to your other half. It’ll certainly help you look your best for your big day.
Personal trainer to the stars, Jon Denoris lists looking good as one the main benefits of getting fit, he states “fitness training can help us look good and feel good! In addition to the overall look of your fat and muscles, physical activity improves the appearance of your nails, teeth, hair and skin!”
3. Healthy cooking classes
Learn to eat better to look great for the wedding, and keep your new figure afterwards too by going to healthy cooking classes. This is a way to make dieting more fun and can be done with your partner. You may even find that spicing things up in the kitchen results in spicing things up in the bedroom too.
Alternatively, cooking classes can be great fun, especially ones that benefit from a more informal atmosphere and plenty of wine. Cooking classes such as Food at 52 and the Clean Eating Academy could make for a great hen party activity.
Who knows? If the cookery classes are a rip-roaring success you may even end up saving on the catering for the wedding.
4. Practice your first dance
The first dance is the very first thing most of us will do in our married life, but, it is usually the first wrong step many couples make in their marriage. In all seriousness, it can stressful, embarrassing and just not very fun.
However, practicing your first dance by going to dance classes can be both romantic and the perfect tonic to the stressful wedding planning process. By doing away with the formality and swapping the slow dance for something that’s going to get your pulse racing, your first dance as Mr and Mrs will be fun and will help you get in shape.
Of course, you don’t necessarily have to lose any weight at all and a pre-wedding diet should not be stressful. These are ways you can get in shape, and drop those few extra pounds and still have fun during what should be, the best time of your life.