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Episode Info: Planning a wedding can easily go from excitement to sheer dread for so many reasons, from the cost to the coordination to what you’re going to wear on the big day. While planning a large event is a lot of work, wedding planning can be a whole other thing because of all of the expectations and standards that come with. My guest, personal trainer and newlywed Vanessa Checchio of Barbata and Barbells in on the show to share her experience dress shopping, how slippery the diet culture slope is with dress shopping and wedding planning, and how you can step outside of that.   About Vanessa Checchio Vanessa Checchio is a personal trainer, fitness instructor, writer, a PitBull mama and a believer that there is always some type of calm within chaos. Her focus is to empower her clients to see their true potential in the gym or in their fitness businesses. Vanessa is also a lululemon ambassador, a contributor for Hoboken Girl, a PitBull mama to Nola and Frankie, and a coach at Intrepid Gym in Hoboken, New Jersey.    Small Steps in the Show:  Think about what you want to wear first. Remember that what you wear is just a piece of clothing. Your outfit can come from wherever you want it to come from You can wear whatever colors you want Check in with yourself throughout the planning process Get clear on what your values are for your wedding Keep checking in with your core values as you plan Think about planning as an addition to your day, not your whole day Keep the rituals that are meaningful for your mental health first over planning Plan meetings or fun dates to talk about planning with your partner Remember to keep things fun and that this day is about you and your partner   Mentioned in the Show: Buy my Enamel Pin Saying “I Guess” to the Dress, Part 1 and 2 Saying “I Guess” Finally Turned into “Yes” Stupid Wedding Standards IGTV, Part 1 Stupid Wedding Standards IGTV, Part 2 Neghar Fonooni Bachata and Barbells Website Follow Vanessa on Instagram | Facebook   Get the full show notes here! Follow Aimee on Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest Sign up for the Wellness Wednesdays Newsletter Interested in working with Aimee? Find out information here....
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