For the Record, This Is How We Feel About Sweating for the Wedding

It's a punny rhyme for your gym shirt—not a mentality (or a necessity).
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Andrea Fowler
andrea fowler the knot wedding planning expert
Andrea Fowler
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Andrea Fowler is an Editorial Content Manager at Sony Music Entertainment.
  • Andrea is a New York-based content strategist and creative producer.
  • Andrea worked as an Assistant Editor for The Knot from 2015 to 2017.

We've heard the story and seen the scenario play out more times than we can count: A beautiful bride- or groom-to-be starts the search for their dream wedding day wear. Enter: the most fabulous gown or James Bond–esque suit, and it's nearly impossible to hide their happiness. Trying on wedding day attire makes it all feel real! But it only takes a couple minutes until a head tilt or furrowed eyebrow gives away what they're thinking. "If I just toned up my arms a little bit…" or "This would look so much better if I were a couple dress sizes smaller." It's all too easy to become critical of yourself when trying on sample size wedding gowns in front of a huge 180-degree mirror and lose sight of what this whole process is about.

Let it be known to brides and grooms everywhere: You do not need to lose weight for your wedding. You don't even have to wear white. Or a dress or a suit, for that matter. All you need is to look in the mirror and think, "Wow, I feel amazing!"

If you do want to lose weight, that's great too. We hope to bring you resources to achieve your wellness goals in a healthy, sustainable and mindful way. No matter which camp you're in, we'll always have your back.

What it comes down to is feeling your absolute best, and that doesn't translate to weight loss. Feeling good is a balancing act that consists of different variables for everyone. Managing stress, nourishing your body, staying active, giving yourself chill-out time and getting enough sleep all play a part in how you feel in your own skin—not how other people think you should look.

So, in the name of body positivity, hear our message loud and clear: You are gorgeous—a ten out of ten. Work that wedding gown, strut in that jumpsuit, get down in that tux—and enjoy the day you get to marry the love of your life.

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