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!

BEFORE

Isabel, 25, of Norwalk, CA

Length of Engagement: 4 years

The gain: "I had played sports through high school, but after getting injured, I stopped being as active. Unfortunately, I didn't change my eating habits. I was like a smoker with food—the hand-to-mouth thing was a habit. I was always nibbling on cheesy, salty snacks and never ate properly portioned meals. The weight piled on."

Her OMG moment: "One day I went wedding-gown shopping and was devastated when a size 12 was too small—and that was the largest size in the store."

Get personalized planning advice, exclusive offers and must-read wedding news.

Thank You
for Signing Up!

Check your e-mail inbox for the latest updates from brides.com