Real Brides' Weight Loss Stories

Meet four brides who went on a mission to shed serious pounds for the wedding. They lost big and gained loads of confidence. Here are their stories—get inspired!

AFTER

Frances lost 40 pounds in five months

Her slim-down strategy: "I signed up for Medifast with my fiancé, Josh. He'd had success with it, and it seemed safe. I ate six small meals a day and didn't have time between meals to get hungry and snack on bad things."

The biggest challenge: "Some of the meals I chose weren't so pleasing—chili was a particular challenge."

Best diet tip: "Be disciplined. If that means getting a friend or your partner to help you stay accountable, do it; otherwise, it's easy to cheat."

In her gown, she felt... "Beautiful. It sounds clichéd, but the way I looked was a dream come true. The gown even had to be taken in, which made me happy."

Dress, $2,500, Robert Bullock Bride. Comb, Haute Bride. Necklace, Nadri. Bouquet, Zezé Flowers.