It’s a truth universally acknowledged that brides feel the pressure to look a certain way before their wedding.
With my own wedding looming, I’ve been feeling the pressure of being The Perfect Bride and I’ve suddenly become very self conscious of my own body. Not because I feel the need to lose a copious amount of weight. In fact, I don’t need to lose any weight at all.
I’m so thin that it regularly becomes a topic of conversation – much to my resentment. So why exactly am I so stressed?
Because my 24-inch waist is too skinny. My 30-inch bust is too small. And my 34-inch hips are apparently far too lean. Yes, all of this was suggested to me at a recent wedding dress fitting as the sales assistant joked that I must be on a carb-loading diet for my upcoming wedding – because surely I was planning to put weight ON for the occasion.
Let’s just take a moment to let that sink in.
As soon as the words left her mouth my heart began to beat – heavy, thick, tiresome beats. I laughed immediately, shrugged it off, minimised the importance of the situation and said something horribly and wholly stupid about making burgers for dinner.
Why couldn’t I just speak the words of pure unadulterated honesty?
How thin is too thin? How big is too big? Would you say that to a larger bride? What do you think and feel about your own body? When did it become fair to assume that a prospective bride is going to starve herself silly? Or eat herself sick?
I’m glad that I didn’t go down this line of questioning – I am. But I do wish I had said something along the lines of: