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

Amy lost 42 pounds in twelve months

Her slim-down strategy: "I signed up for Jenny Craig that day. I was already so stressed about the wedding and didn't want to worry about how to eat health- fully on my own. The program taught me about portion sizes. I also began eating six small meals a day and cutting back on processed foods."

The biggest challenge: "I didn't look forward to drinking water or eating vegetables. But I had to do it or else the scale wouldn't budge."

Best diet tip: "Figure out what you need to do to lose weight from an organizational standpoint. Checklists and weekly weigh-ins did the trick for me."

In her gown, she felt... "Beautiful and very proud."

Dress, $2,000, Paloma Blanca. Headband, Haute Bride. Earrings, Nadri. Bracelet, Adriana Orsini, Saks Fifth Avenue. Bouquet, Belle Fleur.