11/15 Ask Liz: Wedding Nips & Tucks

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Dear Liz,

My wedding is in July and although I have a lot of time before I walk down the aisle, I am worried about my weight. I have always had a weight problem and I’ve tried diets, exercise, pills, but nothing works. I want to look beautiful for my wedding day and especially because the whole thing will be captured in photos that will last forever. At this point, I am willing to consider everything. I have heard about other brides that have undergone plastic surgery and am now thinking this might be my answer. What do you think?

Size 14 and Counting

Dear Counting,

Ohhh, Boy…

We’ll go around this the back way. For the past couple of years, there’s been at least one plastic surgery booth at every bridal show I’ve ever been to. Liposuction, botox, brow lifts. Nipple squeeze toys as give aways (no, I’m serious). Tummy tucks, gastric bypass, I’ve seen them hawk it all. They know that brides want to look their best on their wedding day, and they’re pushing that candy right on the playground.  Like you need any more stress and anxiety about making your wedding a perfect, perfect day.

Frankly, it pisses me off. Look, I’m not saying, “How could anyone have plastic surgery?” I get that, and God knows we all have our body issues. My concern is YOU. All I do is follow brides around. I watch them try on dresses, look at flowers, food tastings, faced with the pressure to pick the right thing. The right thing, not necessarily the thing they want. Or need, for that matter. There is always that implication that women face, whether they’re getting married or not: You’re not good enough, and you could be better. Why aren’t you better??

Or, even more infuriating, that your fiancé could do better. Look, you had those love handles before you got engaged and it didn’t stop him from proposing. Just like you love him for who he is, he loves you for you, the way you are. He’s got you, and they’re doing just fine.

Plus, IT’S SURGERY!!! It’s expensive, it’s debilitating, it’s painful, you’re going to have to take a couple of days off work, and everyone is going to notice you did it. And eventually, the fat, the sag, the wrinkles all come back. It’s not a permanent fix, just a temporary solution. A dress that fits you well, support garments, professional hair and make-up, a gel mani-pedi, and teeth whitening are also temporary solutions that will still make you look beautiful, but with less use of a wheelchair. I am just saying.

Have you considered plastic surgery, or other extreme measures to look your best on your wedding day? What do you think of my advice? Let me know in the comments below! And, if you would like to find out more about me and my little corner of Wedding World, go to www.silvercharmevents.com.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith is the owner of Silver Charm Events, a wedding planning service in Los Angeles. She's also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the author of "DIY Your DOC: Do-it Yourself Wedding Day Coordination." Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.