Pre-Wedding T.I.G.H.T.E.N. ~ Getting Your Best Body for Your Big Day

As soon as the high from saying “yes” wears off, often the nerves arrive about how you will look in that wedding gown you have always dreamed about. Unless we are a marathon runner (and maybe even if we are), we are often concerned about the shape our body is in, especially for a big event. and what is a bigger event than our WEDDING! And a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya means you will be showing some skin and may want a tighter fitting dress.  This system will help you meet your goal to look your best on your big day!

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We have come up with a system that follows the acronym T.I.G.H.T.E.N. The first step is to start RIGHT NOW!  Don’t wait and think you have a long time because you set a date 18 months from now.  They will fly by! Start now.  You can be gentle with yourself by starting now and go slow and easy.  Getting fit doesn’t mean 3 hours a day at the gym.  Consistency is the key.

Let’s begin.

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Tone. Toning can be easy and no you do not have to go to the gym.  If the gym will motivate you, go for it.  But if the extra expense doesn’t fit into your wedding budget or if you cringe at trying to find the time to go to the gym, then you can find everything you want at home to do this.

Extra weights are great if you have them but you can also find weights all over your home.  Full detergent bottles, vegetable cans, etc. can work as well.  If you have hand weights or work out bands, all the better but do not feel you have to go invest money to do this.  You can also tone with resistance training with your own weight.  That way you can exercise no matter where you are.

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It is easy to find workout routines nowadays online.  You can find short ones too anywhere from 2 minutes to an hour.  Vary your workouts from yoga to interval workouts.  The key is to never get bored.

Invigorate. Pampering yourself is part of getting the best body.  Treat yourself once a week to a massage or an invigorating tub soak.  Add herbs to your foods or oils to your teas to give them an extra spark, as well as, zaz to their flavor.  Get excited about life and your 5 senses. Enjoy each moment of the planning process.  You won’t be a bride-to-be forever!

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Get moving. This sounds like going to the gym and getting in a step class but it doesn’t have to be.  Get up out of bed 20 minutes early and take a walk.  Walking can also be a calming meditation and a great way to get ideas.  Do squats while you are brushing your teeth. Jump up and down while cooking that pasta. Even small changes like parking at a far away parking space will help you get moving and raise your metabolism and energy level.

Hydrate. This is the most important for your health and nerves.  Drinking water will help you feel good, glow and stay healthy.  If you aren’t a great water drinker, trick yourself until you are.  Add lemon to hot water in the morning to get a cleansing effect from the night and to boost your metabolism.  Make fresh waters by adding cucumber, strawberry, lemon, mint to your water.  Buy a beautiful glass drinking bottle to take with you that you love and keep it filled up at all times.  You can even buy essential oils (Please be sure they are safe to consume. Not all brands or kinds are.) to keep in your purse to add to your water.  In these days you can even buy portable packs of powdered supplements or teas to take with you.

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Teas are a great way to keep hydrated too, whether hot or cold.  Fruit waters a lighter than juices but still are packed with nutrients.  And, of course, juices will be a good choice, especially in the morning if you are on the go.

Tan. This needs to be done responsibly.  If you are the one everyone admires because you walk out in the sun and start to turn a beautiful olive tone, this will be easy for you.  But if you are of Nordic descent you may opt for self-tanning booths or products.  The key to this step is just to get a healthy glow.  Everyone looks a bit slimmer too with a tan.   WARNING: this is not the step to do the week before your wedding!  (Especially if you are having a destination wedding in Mexico, such as Cancun or Playa del Carmen, you are there to get married not get the tan of your life.) Do not rush this.  You do not want to walk down the aisle and people wonder who the lobster is getting married.  Nor do you want to be a peeling mess.  A little goes a long way.  And no matter your melanin level, always use sunscreen!

Eat healthy.  Again, this doesn’t have to be a sudden life shifting change or you will hate it!  Try adding some snacks to your car or purse and snack throughout the day to keep your blood sugar even and keep you from binging at meals.  Nuts and dried fruits are a great way to munch during the day and get nutrients and good fats.  Try adding a salad to meals instead of replacing meals with it.  You will get the nutrients and fill up a bit but won’t deprive yourself of a yummy meal. If you do not have time for a meal, rather than skipping it can you grab a smoothie somewhere or make it and take it with you? Simple easy steps will make this a fun journey.

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Nourish yourself. This is more about mind and spirit rather than body.  You are hydrating and eating healthy now.  Focus also on your emotional and mental well-being.  Yoga is a great way to get fit as well as connect with your body.  Tune in and ask your body what it needs.  If you are quiet enough, it will tell you. Meditation doesn’t have to be 20-30 minutes of quiet time because honestly where are we going to find that? Take 5 minute breaks from the computer to practice and focus on your breathing and posture. Too long? Take a 2 minute break.  Deep breath or chant mantras in the car at stop lights (if you are alone that is).  Stretch.  There is not enough value placed on stretching! It feels so good and connects you to your body releasing lactic acid and endorphins.  Again, simple small steps and the tortoise wins the race.

Keys to remember are:

°Try to get going right out of bed in the morning before the day robs you of time.

°Journal about your progress.

°Be gentle with yourself. If you miss a day or binge on ice cream, just begin again now.  There is always a new now. It’s right now!

°Have a cheat day or two! You deserve it.

°Do not compare yourself to others.  Map your progress against yourself.

You may not see the changes right away but starting early and being consistent will create changes.  Take photos from the beginning because soft slight changes add up but you may not notice them each day.  Take a photo in the same clothes and in the same position with the same background and check it every month You will be surprised at the results. Now you have no worries to have that dreamed of destination wedding in the Riviera Maya (maybe Tulum or Akumal).  You are going to look your best and might even want to wear a bikini down the aisle!

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Now you have no worries to have that dreamed of destination wedding in the Riviera Maya.  You are going to look your best and might even want to wear a bikini down the aisle!

Now, remember that a healthy regime and body are reflected in glowing skin and shiny hair.  It will be an honor for me to work with you and your ladies for hair and makeup on your wedding day.  It will be the cherry on the top of being pampered for the big day.  I can transform your wedding day into a whimsical adventure!

-Doranna De Bortoli & Team

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Why a Destination Wedding Could Be the Perfect Answer for You

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Destination weddings have become more and more popular in the last few years.  They can actually be less stressful than one in your own back yard.  Although planning a wedding far away may seem overwhelming and more work they actually are easier, cheaper, and you can enjoy your day or week even more!

Destination weddings are weddings where you plan to have your big day out of the town or country from where you live.  These are amazing to fulfill your dream wedding because you can pick the backdrop for your perfect day.  You can choose snowcapped mountains or a Caribbean beach such as Playa del Carmen, Mexico to be the background.  This is great if you live in a town or city that doesn’t have much oomph.  And imagine the incredible photos!

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Destination weddings are actually less stressful.  Most brides contact a hotel or wedding planner in the area where they want the wedding to be.  These wedding planners are experts in the area.  They will know the laws for marriage licenses and will have a list of preferred vendors to work with to satisfy your every bridal need, such as expert hairstylists and makeup artists.  This takes the stress off of you to allow them handle it and also helps you avoid the stress of family members telling you how to plan your wedding.  Of course, you still are in charge to choose what you want from the options the planner has to offer.  Some brides choose a planner in their country to work with the planner at the destination.  Having a destination wedding also allows you to avoid the family argument of where to have the wedding if the groom and bride are from different areas.  A destination wedding is neutral.

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Destination weddings are incredible because they double as a family reunion.  Who doesn’t want a reason to get away?  Many will opt to travel for your wedding but may not for their own vacation.  Now you give them the gift of a vacation they may not have given themselves. And when people are on vacation, they are relaxed.  This may avoid any family drama that may exist.  You can plan group activities or tours a few days prior or after the wedding day event for folks to spend time together and get to know the culture of the area and each other.  Plus this gives you the choice to participate with them or give you some space to get ready with your bridesmaids. And because you have a planner, you have more time to spend with your family and guests if you choose.  For many family members or friends, they may not have traveled to this area and this could be a new adventure for them.  This creates wonderful memories for the entire family and for the guests.  People will be talking about your wedding for years!

Believe it or not, they are actually cheaper.  You wrap up the traveling to your honeymoon spot with your wedding location.  You are already there and it is combined with your hotel stay.  Many hotels, such as in Cancun, already have packages in place.  Another big ceremony planned in your hometown PLUS a honeymoon getaway could get very costly.  However, some couples decide to travel to another getaway after their wedding, and that is ok too!

You are already in your relaxing honeymoon location. So your honeymoon can start early (wink wink). And once your big day is over (Yea! You made it!), you don’t have to worry about packing and traveling.  You can go back to your suite and just collapse after the big celebration knowing you will wake up to lapping waves possibly in Tulum, Mexico or a mountainous view in the morning.

Let’s not forget the bonding effect.  Everyone who went to your destination wedding is like part of a club.  They will understand all of the inside jokes about things that didn’t go as planned (like Uncle Jerry falling drunk into the pool with the wedding cake) but still turned out awesome! (Because those things happen at all weddings.) Plus what a wonderful gift for all the couples who go.  Destination weddings are romantic.  And some new couples may even begin from it!

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya (Photo Gratitude: Del Sol Photography)

If you are planning to have your destination wedding in the Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum), contact Doranna for all of your hairstyling and makeup needs.  She has 26 years experience in the field and 13 here in the Caribbean.  Plus she has the contacts if you are looking for people to fulfill your dream wedding.

Best blessings for your upcoming wedding! Please feel free to comment below and to visit the Doranna Hairstylist Facebook Fan Page

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Doranna doing what she loves.