Guest Post: 6 Month Wedding Workout Plan

This week's guest post is brought to you by Caroline Bird. Caroline is a writer with years of experience in business administration who is passionate about event planning and organizing. She enjoys meeting new people and reading more books to get inspired for her own book. You can find her on twitter at @BCarolinebird12.


Everyone wants to looks their best at their wedding. For many, this means getting in shape before the big day. 6 months before the wedding is a wonderful time to start working towards your goal. Here is the best way to begin your 6 month wedding fitness journey.

Make Short-term Goals

Before you even start a plan, you have to make one. Decide how much time every day you want to exercise. Where do you want to be in 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days. Make your goals attainable, and allow yourself some slack once in a while. If your strive for perfection, you are more likely to quit. However, if you make goals you can actually achieve, you will feel empowered to continue on your fitness journey! 

Start at Your Own Pace

After you have an idea what you are aiming for, it is time to find a plan that works for you. Several online services are available to help you tailor your workout to your desires. Such services can look at your body type and tell what specific exercises need to be done. Such tools can also help you track your progress. In some cases, online fitness tools can be used with other people to help provide accountability in your goals. Consider signing up with your future spouse or your bridal party. It can be a fun way to prepare for the big day.

Cardio: The Most Important Part of Your 6 Month Wedding Workout Plan

This is one of the most important rules of fitness training. Starting on the first day, develop a cardio routine. These routines will help get your heart rate moving. In fact, it is almost impossible to lose weight without incorporating cardio into your routine. There are several ways to do this. Running is an obvious way to get that cardio in.

If you are not a runner, consider walking, hiking, or bike riding. The fitness app that you have already incorporated into your pre wedding workout plan can help you find out how much of the activity you should be doing each day. You do not have to do the same cardio activity every day, but try to incorporate some into the daily routine. 

Make it Fun

The best pre wedding workout routines are fun. If you hate doing the activity, you will probably do just about anything to avoid the activity. Pick something you enjoy. If you are not a runner, don't run. If you enjoy workout videos, incorporate those as well. Your fitness app will provide recommendations, but you have to find things that will inspire you. You may consider group activities as well as individual ones. 

Evaluate Monthly

Sit down once a month and reflect on how your plan is going. Decide what worked and what did not work. Change what you think needs to be changed. Are you where you wanted to be after the first 30 days? At this point, it is ok to change and modify goals. You will know better what goals are realistic. Don't be afraid of change. Just keep your end goals in mind.

Nutrition and Exercise

It is extremely important to mention the connection between nutrition and exercise. In fact, most of your weight goals depend largely on what goes into your body. Therefore, start your fitness routine with a healthy diet plan. The plan should be heavy on green vegetables, protein, and fiber. This will also keep you feeling your best. The better you feel, the more likely you will be to perform an adequate workout. A diet that is heavy in healthy vegetables is also likely to give you more glowing skin and better hair. This will make you feel the best that you possible can on your wedding day! 

Getting into a 6 month wedding workout plan can do more than just help you get the wedding body that you want. It also helps you get the in the habit of being healthy. This assures that you will start your marriage as your healthiest and best self! After all, both you and your significant other deserve the best that you have to give!

TRUNK SHOW: MARINA SEMONE (Tues, March 27 to Sat, March 31)

We are counting down the days until Marina Semone’s gorgeous bridal collection arrives. This line truly captures the essence of effortless glamour. 


Are you a bride who is all about the vintage look? These might just be the gowns for you! Marina Semone puts it best: "Marina Semone gowns are inspired by climbing vines, hidden trails, and abandoned ruins that recall the romance of a bygone era." 

These intricately detailed dresses are handmade at Marina Semone’s studio in Brooklyn, NY. Each bespoke piece was inspired by nature, with blooming roses and trailing embroidery woven into each gown. 


These beauties will be here from Tuesday, March 27th through Saturday, March 31st ONLY. Appointments book up fast, so be sure to save your spot with this gorgeous collection now!


I Said Yes in a Sea of Dresses

I have maybe tried on roughly around hmm... 300 dresses maybe? That might even be cutting it short... So you would think finding my wedding dress would be close to impossible, at least that's what McKenzie thought. But I think I surprised her when it was actually pretty damn easy for me to choose. 

The truth is, I found my dress before Alex got down on that knee and proposed. We had the collection during a trunk show and I tried it on and it was instant love. I knew that someday I wanted to be wearing that dress on one of the happiest days of my life.

So while my input might seem to be void since owning a bridal shop opens a lot of doors to a ton of designers and makes my bridal shopping experience completely different from the everyday girl, I still want to share some of my tips and insight regarding Saying Yes to the Dress. 

1. You don't have to shop with other people. Now I will add a disclaimer here, I lost my mom when I was an infant, and I have a feeling that if she was still around today I would likely have a completely different opinion on this... but anyway, my wedding dress shopping experience was not about anybody but me and Alex in my mind. I didn't want to have the opinions of my friends (well besides the girls at the shop, who basically are my friends). I wanted the dress to be something I loved and that I knew Alex would love. I wanted that moment of him seeing me and hopefully dropping his jaw, which leads me into my next point...

2. Think about how you want to feel in your dress. This is probably one of the most important things and I think rather than spend your time pinning dresses on Pinterest, you should also put aside some time to really visualize yourself on your wedding day and how you want to feel. For me, as silly as this may sound, I want to feel like a sexy wild boho fun babe. Words like beautiful and romantic are not at all how I want to feel because those just aren't me. Classic? Not me. Not ever. So I wanted my dress to emulate that sexy wild boho fun feeling I want. 

3. If your dress is over budget maybe you have to skimp on something else and no I'm not just saying this because I own a bridal shop but because sometimes what you love is just a tad more but you love love love it. To me the dress is one of the most important things besides rentals and photography. So when I fell in love with a dress that was more than I wanted to spend I knew that I could skimp on some other areas of the wedding. Whether that's having less expensive food or cheaper (yet still effective) alcohol... I was all for it because that dress is what I will be wearing in all the pictures and I want to love love love it. Like love it so much that I can't wait to wear it and don't ever want to take it off and as soon as it arrives on July 15th I wouldn't be surprised if I just sit in it at work on a daily basis so... you got to love love love it and if that means the food ain't a lobster dinner then I am a-okay with that. 

4. It's okay to commit and stop looking (just like you are with your fiance...) Could I find a better dress? I guess, maybe. But do I keep looking? Nope. I have committed to my dress just like I did when Alex slipped my ring on my finger. And I love it just like I love him. So rather than punish myself by keep looking I just decided nope, it's the dress. To be completely honest and transparent, I even had an appointment set up at a shop in Chicago when I go for bridal market because they carry a designer I was intrigued by but I cancelled it. Because I didn't want to fill my brain with too many options. Rather I was ready to commit so I did it, I rang the bell, I said yes and I am done with the wedding dress hunt. And it sure does feel good to check mark that off. So if you find a dress you love, stop looking. It's okay, there might be something prettier out there but you love what you're in so why put yourself through the stress of too many decisions? Sure I understand wanting to go to a few shops but you don't have to go to every bridal shop in a 100 mile radius of where you live before saying yes. 

How did you know it was the one when you tried on your dress?