Real Brides' Weight Loss Stories

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.