FIVE brides who’ve beaten the bulge are looking forward to strutting down the aisle more than 13 stones lighter.
The slimmers have shed the amazing amount of weight between them in preparation for their big days after attending classes at Houghton Bowls Club.
Mum-of-three Marie Lishman, 45, has lost nearly two stones, dropping from a dress size 18 to 14 to make sure she looks picture perfect for her wedding in June.
She said: “I had gained weight after taking medication for a blood clot in my leg and I really didn’t want to walk down the aisle at the size I was.
“I was referred to Slimming World through my GP and I feel so much better for it.”
Fellow slimmer Lisa James, 43, is also readying herself for her June nuptials by losing 3st 12lb.
“I just wanted to feel better about myself on the photographs,” said the mum-of-two who works as a district nurse.
She added: “I’ve gone down three to four dress sizes so my husband-to-be is really proud of what I’ve achieved.”
Marie Straughan, 31, says having something to aim for has helped her to go from a size 22 to 16.
The mum-of-one from Fence Houses, who is getting married in August, said: “My fiance thinks the weight loss is fantastic but I keep having to have my dress taken in. I’ve lost three stone but I still want to lose another two for the wedding.”
Bride-to-be Louise Lowery has lost a whopping three stone in just 11 weeks after combining Slimming World classes with training sessions at Houghton Wellness Centre.
The 29-year-old Avon rep, from Houghton, said: “I have wanted to do something about my weight for ages but with the wedding coming up in June I decided to bite the bullet. I feel amazing and wish I had done something ages ago.
“Slimming World and the staff at the wellness centre have been real troopers with me but I still have another four stone to reach my target.”
Topping up the Bowls Club brides’ weight loss is Ashley Walker who has dropped from 10st 8lb to 9st.
The Hetton mum, 31, a civil servant, said: “I bought my dress in a size 12 and have had it taken into a size eight. My fiance didn’t think I needed to lose weight but I wanted to do it for me.”
Slimming World meets at Houghton Bowls Club on Mondays at 9.30am and 5pm and 7pm. Contact Janet Gritton, tel. 07881 981455.