COMMENT I'm getting married this year - and everyone assumes I'm dieting 4 years ago

COMMENT I'm getting married this year - and everyone assumes I'm dieting

Diets and weddings - whether we like it or not the two are just intrinsically linked.

Afterall, if a woman is getting married there's an assumption that she will be going on some sort of diet, health-kick, detox, or fitness fad.

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We've all been at weddings where the bride walks down the aisle two or three sizes smaller than she was when she got engaged. Though who can blame her: a load of wedding dress shops take your measurements when you first arrive in the door for a fitting - but then immediately add that they will 'allow for change' (aka OF COURSE you'll be a size 12 in six months' time) when ordering.

Ring shops do the same: they size you up and tell you to come back closer to the wedding to see if it's too big for you.

I'm getting married in August and I can't count the amount of times I have been asked what type of wedding diet I'm on. Type? There's more than one? Why does everyone assume that I will be going on a wedding diet?

Even the most sensible anti-bridezilla organising a small soiree for a handful of nearest and dearest isn't immune to the pressures of having to look good as they say 'I do'. As soon as you're slapped with the title of 'bride-to-be' you're expected to kick into diet mode.

Don't get me wrong, I want to look my best (what bride doesn't?), but dieting is certainly not my focus.

I'm lucky, I suppose; I've never had an issue with my weight. That and I'm a firm believer that the man or woman who has asked you to marry them isn't expecting to then exchange vows with a person a stone or two lighter. They have asked you to marry them because they love and accept you for the way you are.

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But maybe I'm largely alone occupying that viewpoint. Because as far as I can see, a whole load of industries are thriving on bridal customers - offering new gadgets, treatments and gym memberships every day. Some offer a 2-for-1 deal in case your other half is interested in joining the pre-wedding makeover. Even fillers and Botox are becoming increasingly common (and again, there is no way I'd want to walk up the aisle as a puffed-up version of the person my partner knows and loves).

Each to their own, of course. And I accept this is a somewhat complex issue. Because even though we as modern women try to play down the big fat fairytale wedding dream, the day still remains a huge milestone for many of us. And one that we will only have to do once, hopefully.

Does a woman want to look and feel great when she gets married? Of course she does... but I know that I would rather find a dress that I'm comfortable in right now and walk down the aisle looking like myself, than like a stick insect that no one recognises.