Pre-Wedding Fitness Tips

Pre-Wedding Fitness Tips

This month's bridal beauty expert comes in the very toned shape of Luke Meessmann from TenPilates. TenPilates is a London-based company with three workout studios, and offers an intense style of Pilates that's designed to slim you down and strengthen your muscles. Here are Luke's brilliant motivational tips for kicking off your pre-wedding weight-loss or fitness regime:

- Tell others of your physical goals, especially those close to you. You're going to have some tough times when the motivation is waning, and a little encouragement or interest will make all the difference in keeping you on track.

- Make your exercise a priority. With our modern lazy lifestyles, maintaining fitness requires us to set aside time to "get up a sweat". Put aside the "time for yourself" and make it a priority. After the first few weeks friends and family will learn you are unavailable during these times.

- Make it enjoyable. There are so many forms and styles of exercise today that boredom is no excuse to quit. Use this time to try new things, meet new people or strengthen current relationships e.g. make a weekly run with your bridesmaid part of your routine.

- Know yourself. If you know you're not a morning person, the motivation of getting up at 6am for a run will become a constant battle and set you on a downward slide. Instead make this "time for yourself" at a time that suits you, e.g. in the lunch break or evening. This is about changing your habits and lifestyle; you should make it as easy as you can.

- Educate yourself. Take control of your fitness and learn about your body. The fitness industry is flooded with "quick fixes" and money-making schemes that play on your insecurities. Don't be fooled, it takes time and effort to make the changes you want. Believe you can do it.

- Take part in some 'extracurricular activity' as well as a Pilates regime to add variety and fun. It could be playing squash, bike riding, water polo, or self-defense. Try a few 'til you find something you really enjoy, and drag a friend along to make it a social thing.

- Compare yourself to others. It's a dangerous trap. You will make some huge improvements so be proud of them. Everyone is different! Make sure your goals are specific to you.

- Be unrealistic. You are not going to be the same shape you were when you were 19. You have stopped growing so your body will not be burning energy as it was during your younger years. Aim for a size and shape you have been before. Maybe you have an old dress or a pair of jeans that you once slipped into. Aim to fit back into them, not the size below or you'll only increase the risk of disappointment and frustration.

- Focus on weight. It is just a number. Instead focus on improving your performance e.g. running further/faster, decreasing your resting heart rate etc. This change of thinking will make you train harder, and the weight will subsequently fall off. Keep off the scales. The female body can fluctuate up to 2kgs (4 pounds) from morning to night so don't slip into this common trap of being obsessed with a number!

Prices of TenPilates sessions start at £12.50 for the first class with private personal training from £80. Open 7 days a week: 020 8969 9677 /
Bridal packages start at £300 for the one month bridal package.

Bodychef Week 1

Bodychef Week 1

In the lead up to their wedding 72% of BRIDES readers are planning to lose weight for their big day and on average want to lose 13lbs. If you're thinking of doing a food-delivery service to help you on your path to slenderness, follow BRIDES' publisher Camilla Newman's 2-week diary of her experience!

I've always been under the impression that if I had my own personal chef to cook me healthy, nutritious meals on a daily basis then I would be super celebrity slim too. So when I met my best friend last week as a svelte version of her former self, I was amazed to hear she had tapped into this very theory. For the last month she had been having healthy meals delivered to her door every day and had already lost a stone! Too good to be true? I had to see for myself...

Bodychef is her secret ( - and it appealed to me because the food looked normal with healthy tasty menus (and puddings!) No faddy food or suddenly a world of lentils and pulses here: after seeing Thai chicken curry and sticky toffee pudding I thought 'this is the diet for me!' So my husband and I have signed up for a 2 week trial...

Day 1 - First impressions

The box was delivered by the healthy fairies through the night and this morning we unpacked our meals for the next 3 days. It all looks fresh and tasty. My husband is concerned about the small portions and limited snacks, but I do remind him this is a diet and not room service! Looking forward to my dinner tonight of Chicken Fricassee, new potatoes, carrots and trifle for dessert.

Mid-week: Eyes too big for your belly?!

It's amazing how greedy eyes comes into your portion sizes on a day to day basis. I admit I was concerned when I saw the meals delivered for breakfast and lunch - they looked tiny! But not only are they nutritious tasty meals but I have quickly found they are more than enough. The dinners are fantastic: Thai chicken curry and rice last night was better than any take out.

End of week 1: 3lbs down!

Seven days, 21 meals and only one that I didn't love - the healthy take on a chili con carne wrap was disappointingly lacking the usual cheese, guacamole and sour cream, and it was a sober Saturday night after all. But the best news: I've lost 3lbs in the first week. Even if weight loss wasn't my main goal, I am sold on the idea of having healthy nutritious meals, which require no effort to prepare, delivered to my door - who wouldn't want this service? And you get slim at the same time? Amazing!

Find out how the rest of the trial goes next week! 

Bambi Brides

Bambi Brides

Last week I wrote about my visit from the PR posse at Revlon in their 'Love Your Lashes' campaign taxi here - have you spotted the green cab yet?
They came to showcase their newest mascara GrowLuscious, which contains a cocktail of peptides and vitamins to condition and strengthen the lashes, so that they don't fall out so quickly thus grow longer and thicker.
I've been trialling it for a week now and it's definitely worth a special bridal blog slot because it's one of the most natural and flattering mascaras I've ever used. The wand is huge so I was expecting lots of smears on my upper lid, but no - the application was clean and easy. While you do need two coats to make your lashes look 'made up', the effect is soft and separated giving an almost fluffy finish like a furry baby squirrel or some kind of adorable forest doe which I know sounds completely bonkers but since most mascaras give you four really thick lashes clumped together, this does the opposite.
Anyway, now for the tears-test. I usually cry a lot - during romantic movies, at the DNA reveal on Jeremy Kyle, at weddings - but it's been a busy working week and I haven't shed even the tiniest of tears. So last night I spritzed my eyes with Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, squeezed them shut then gave them a good rub, and as I stared in the mirror misty-eyed, there was hardly a smear or smudge. Impressed!
Another benefit is that the mascara actually feels soft: when I run my finger over my lashes, they feel healthy and conditioned.
Irritatingly for you, this brilliant new mascara isn't out until the second week of September, but if you read the news story linked above and find that green Revlon taxi, you'll be in with a chance to win a preview sample. Good luck!

Revlon GrowLuscious Mascara, £9.99 (out September)

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

A few months ago we told you about a great new website,, dedicated to the world of self-tanning written by one of the world's most-loved and most talented spray-tanners James Read. James sprays a whole gang of beauty editors, models, actresses, singers and high society girls both here from his tanning HQ at the Sanderson Hotel in London and on-demand all over the world. He's been whizzed backstage to the Paris Couture shows and flown across the Atlantic to bronze the A-list - basically, this guy is the best in the business and anyone who wants a flawless tan should have his number on speed-dial.
We're thrilled then to announce the re-launch of James' website, featuring a big selection of fun tanning gossip and advice. You'll find street-snaps of people road-testing tans so you can tell which shades look best in broad daylight, reviews of at-home tanning products, interviews with spray-tan clients such as Rosie Huntington Whiteley and's editor Dolly Jones, plus tips, tricks and tanning news such as who's wearing what tan brand. We particularly love the 'Tantone' section: a colour chart to help you pick the right shade for your skintone and match this season's hottest caramel-hued handbags. Well done James!

For James' bridal tanning tips, click here to read our exclusive Q&A