Everyone wants to look like a star on their wedding day, but not all brides have an entourage of beauty experts at their beck and call, as did newlywed reality star Kim Kardashian. With a guest list that included Gwen Stefani, Lindsay Lohan and hundreds of cameramen, it's no wonder why the fashion icon worked harder than ever to whip her bodacious body into even better shape, increasing her weekly workouts with celebrity personal trainer Gunnar Peterson and enlisting the help of pint-size fitness guru Tracy Anderson.
Though hers might be the most extravagant wedding of the season (this side of the Atlantic, of course), Kim is just one of the many ladies who have tried to lose a few pounds (and maybe gain ab definition) before walking down the aisle.With wedding season well under way, we've put together the best workouts to get you in shape for our favorite trends of the year, whether exercising with your NBA pro fiance or sweating it out with a personal trainer (some offer "fit the dress" bridal packages).
Big Belts for Tiny Waists
You can thank Chelsea Clinton and her stunning Vera Wang dress for popularizing the waist-cinching belt. To sculpt her midsection, the former first daughter frequented SoulCycle in the months leading up to her wedding, spinning in order to squeeze into the sartorial masterpiece.
Another way to stretch and slim your waist while building muscle tone is to partake in regular yoga, as did Water for Elephants' leading lady Reese Witherspoon. A fast-paced class like Power Yoga can be particularly effective, burning as many as 400 calories in a session. (Daily asanas can also help to ease pre-nuptial jitters.)
Hip-Hugging Mermaid Silhouettes
Mermaid-style gowns accentuate the waist, hips and derrière. These dresses fit tightly down to the knees, flaring out to hide the one area of the body no one really cares about on the big day. Disney actress Hilary Duff wore a Vera Wang gown of this unforgiving nature to wed hockey star Mike Comrie.
How did Duff get buff? By working with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak five days a week, taking regular jogs, jumping rope and circuit training. And it showed! "She looks phenomenal. We trimmed her midsection, so it will be tight. Her arms look amazing," Pasternak said of his pupil.
Shoulder the Keyhole Neckline
Keyhole necklines draw attention to the chest and shoulders, much like a strapless dress. A cut like this might work for bride-to-be Jessica Simpson, who is apparently fond of her collar bone. "I have a long neck, so I like to show off my décolletage," the 30-year-old Simpson told People magazine when asked to describe her dream dress.
Though the fashionista has yet to reveal a date, Simpson is already working her buns off at the gym, teaming up with pint-size trainer Tracy Anderson for 75-minute sessions of aerobic exercise and strength training.