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

Shari lost 57 pounds in ten months

Her slim-down strategy: "I'd already been hitting the gym pretty hard, but when the scale didn't move, I became desperate. I knew my eating habits needed to change, so I did some research and signed up with Nutrisystem. I began eating five small meals a day. Within a few weeks, I lost several pounds. That motivated me to keep going."

The biggest challenge: "Realizing that I couldn't lose weight on my own."

Best diet tip: "Don't just lose weight for your wedding. Do it because you want to be as healthy as possible for the rest of your life."

In her gown, she felt... "Like a movie star and never more beautiful than at that moment. I was married once before at 28, and I look better now than I did then."

Dress, $3,100, Jennifer Salzman. Earrings, Adriana Orsini, Saks Fifth Avenue. Necklace, Gabriel & Co. Bouquet, Zezé Flowers.