Wedding trend: Brides opt for plastic surgery before big day

Instead of just toning up or dieting for their weddings, many brides today are opting for plastic surgery – sometimes in place of a big wedding or honeymoon.

Good Morning America reports that breast lifts and liposuction have become such a regular parts of pre-wedding day routines that it even has a name — Bridalplasty. (You may remember a reality TV show by the same name where woman competed for plastic surgery before their weddings.)

From the Good Morning America web site:

“Dr. Tenley Lawton says she treats as many as five brides-to-be each month. For some, it’s as simple as a Botox injection. For others, it’s far more involved. Some brides have come in and paid up to $15,000 to have work done.”

“It’s a whole lot of money … We want to make sure the patient is doing this for the right reasons. They’re doing this for themselves, not just their fiancés or any other motive,” Dr. Lawton told “Good Morning America.”

One bride GMA featured lost a bunch of weight and wanted all of the sagging skin removed before the wedding. Her budget was $20,000 – nearly the cost of the wedding.

So what do you think of bridalplasty as a trend? Does it make sense that a bride would want to feel her best before she gets married? Or should the fiancé accept her for who she is? Do you think it’s for the bride or for the fiancé or for both? Is the wedding just a deadline for self improvement or is there something else wacky going on there? What do you think of trading out a honeymoon or big wedding for the surgery?

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catlady

January 13th, 2012
6:58 am

So much fake. Why do people choose the fake? Even our Republican Presidential candidates are fake. Are we satisfied with fake everything?

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A

January 13th, 2012
7:10 am

This is part of the larger “Bridezilla” trend. When did weddings stop being about families coming together and new lives beginning and start being all about the bride?

Wedding Idiots

January 13th, 2012
7:30 am

You can tell the super ego idiot brides and parents by the lavish stupid weddings they put on to impress others. These idiots then have a 50% or more failure rate in marriages—all stupid money thrown to the ripoff wedding “contractors”.

jarvis

January 13th, 2012
7:34 am

I’m more interested in the honeymoon video.

Me

January 13th, 2012
8:04 am

Seriously? Wow…

justmy2cents

January 13th, 2012
8:10 am

If he asked her to marry him, obviously the fiance HAS accepted her for who she is. I am pretty sure the proposal didn’t go “I love you and want to spend my life with you, but before we get married, I need you to get a boob job and some lipo”. She needs to accept herself!!!

Augusta

January 13th, 2012
8:20 am

My wedding cost less than $5,000. We paid for most of it ourselves. We had a simply ceremony, with family and very close friends. Then we had a HUGE reception that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

I didn’t feel the need to be fake at my wedding. I don’t like the fakeness women feel they have to have, fake nails, fake eyelashes, fake boobs, fake tans, etc. I have learned to love the body I was given. Hubs hates all that fake stuff too.

Just be yourself. Don’t try to be what you think someone else wants you to be. Be comfortable in your own skin, and learn to love yourself. These women who feel the need to be fake, have no self esteem whatsoever. Just my opinion.

☺☻Have A Smile!

January 13th, 2012
9:08 am

I’m at the point now where I don’t believe in blowing a huge amount of money on a wedding. Maybe a smaller, reasonable amount would be ok.

Once that money’s gone you can’t get it back.

I really have been thinking lately that if I propose to a woman and she absolutely insists on some big to-do of a wedding that maybe she’s not the type I need to marry.

I realize that wedding ceremonies are not for the groom, they’re for the bride, but really, the important thing should be the marriage itself. Not catered food & some lame music.

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JOD

January 13th, 2012
9:10 am

Based on what I’ve read, lipo is a total waste of money. Sounds like these girls want to get into a dress and don’t care about being slim/healthy down the road.

Two questions:
1) Has the average age of people getting married gone way up? Why would a 20-something need a breast lift?
2) Why would you want to spend the time heading into your wedding with frozen peas on your chest or behind?

☺☻Have A Smile!

January 13th, 2012
9:11 am

& a woman who’s going into plastic surgery etc. I would really have to consider what’s going on with her. (I mean, big plastic surgery, not corrective, etc.).

I tend to think there is too much vanity behind women who go that far…just look at some models, strippers, or porn stars who have tons of plastic surgery…usually they’re all screwed up on the inside.

I’d prefer a woman who can stay fit & healthy first, not opting for surgery instead.

homeschooler

January 13th, 2012
9:17 am

My advise. Elope. Put the money you would have spent on the wedding into a 10 yr CD. Then take it out when you’re 40 with 2 kids and spend it on some plastic surgery. THAT’s when you will actually need it. I don’t want any botox or liposuction but a boob lift sure would be nice. I’m satisfied with the body God gave me but not so much with how it’s changed over the years. :-)

Wayne

January 13th, 2012
9:35 am

Speaking of nice racks…

Seriously though. When the odds are that you’re going to be divorced, why spend the money. Yeah, I get that Daddy’s Daughter is getting married but Dad should be stepping up (even if he does have all the money in the world) to say hey look, there are better things you can do with the money. You can have a great wedding ceremony – like Augusta did. My wedding was low key. We had some fun things that didn’t cost a lot – ice cream bar, horse and carriage that everyone could have a ride on (not just us) and it was in a park. Nothing fancy, but really nice.

Oh well, I guess I’m not at that level of society where money appears to be no object.

ATL06

January 13th, 2012
10:11 am

I am not opposed to plastic surgery. If you want to get something done and you can afford it why not. I personally don’t understand why weddings have become so expensive. Should I get married I would probably do a destination wedding and when we come back just a formal dinner for family and close friends. Although I don’t see the point in spending alot of money on a wedding I don’t hold it against somebody who does. My stepsister had a big wedding but was unable to have a honeymoon and she was ok with that. I would have prefered a honeymoon and a small wedding. It’s all about priorities and preferences.

MomsRule

January 13th, 2012
10:19 am

IMO, many people spend way too much on weddings but it is not my money so who am I too judge.

Re plastic surgery, I can completely understand a woman (or man) that has gone through a significant weight loss wanting to have their excess sagging skin removed.

I’m not sure I understand the need for a lift or enhancements, etc before the big day but whatever…again, not my money.

FCM

January 13th, 2012
10:22 am

@A somewhere around 1985 as best I can tell. When the woman who had chose to get married later and have a career first began to get married. They were paying for it so why not go all out (or whole hog as we say in the South). Hey if that is what they wanted fine….then in around 1997 or so it was about showing how much you could do for your daughter to throw a posh wedding.

What I do not get is why 2nd or more marriages tend to be these big, crazy $25K or more weddings…Especially if the happy couple had the big wedding thing the first time.

Max

January 13th, 2012
10:50 am

I don’t see anything wrong with having surgery to to maybe look a little more fresh and vibrant before the wedding. However, I do have a problem with those who try to turn the clock back a little too far.

Teacher, Too

January 13th, 2012
10:56 am

I am absolutely NOT opposed to plastic surgery, but I do think it’s gotten out of hand. As long as women (and men) are getting the surgery done for the right reasons, then it’s fine. But if women (becuase it’s generally women who do this) are getting surgery in the hopes of achieving Barbie Doll perfection, then there is a problem. IMO,surgery doesn’t replace a healthy self-image; it should enhance a healthy self-image.

I am thinking about having Juvederm injections around my smile lines. I’m 45, and I don’t like the way the area around my mouth has aged. The key is that I’m doing it for me, not because of any of other reason! I want to look my very best, and this minimally invasive procedure is one way to keep me looking and feeling good.

K's mom

January 13th, 2012
11:03 am

We had a nice wedding and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the whole day and the planning process. I was almost 35 when we married and I wanted a marriage not a wedding. The biggest compliment I got was from my videographer who does 50-75 weddings a year. He said that our was fun because my mom and I did not fight and I acted like it was a marriage not “my day.” He and I still keep up via facebook and he told me recently that he and our photographer (she does our family pics once a year) work together quite a bit often and still reminisce about how easy and fun our day was.

I totally get wanting to look your best on your wedding day. I got my hair and makeup professionally done and my photos are fantastic and I still feel beautiful each time I look at them. If you are taking care of sagging skin due to weight loss or trying to “freshen” your look (I think a lot of folks are older when they marry now), I get that. If you are trying to radically change your appearance and make yourself something you are not, I think you are more interested in a wedding than a marriage.

Augusta

January 13th, 2012
11:14 am

I’d like to hear from the guys…..what do you think about women who Fake themselves up? Do men like the fake fingernails? The fake eyelashes? The fake tans?

I know ya’ll like the fake boobs, so I don’t need to ask…….

Jeff

January 13th, 2012
11:29 am

Sounds like the man has already accepted her or he wouldn’t have proposed. This one is at the feet of narcissism and ego. Which, by the way, is one of the leading causes of divorce, in my opinion.

i LOVE...

January 13th, 2012
11:36 am

@Augusta,

Don’t forget makeup. It’s fake, too.

JOD

January 13th, 2012
11:42 am

I see a lot of women with acrylic nails, and I just don’t get it – the process is gross and smells terrible thanks to the chemicals, and then when they come off, their nails are in terrible shape. Plus, how do you do anything with those talons?

@K’s mom – I get ‘freshening up’, too. Several of my mom’s friends have gotten small tucks around the eyes, etc., that made a huge difference, but it looks like more and more women are staying away from true face and brow lifts since they can look awful as you continue to age! Who wants to look surprised all the time, a la Kenny Rogers?

Figment

January 13th, 2012
12:06 pm

@JOD – I get my nails professionally done, a coating over my real nails. My natural nails won’t grow long since all they do is break. I keep them at a reasonable length though since I need to be able to type, etc. That’s my only “fake” thing, I just like having long nails that don’t crack and break all the time.

I’d rather have a nice, small, quiet wedding with a fun reception afterwards. Weddings are not about the bride, they are about the joining together of two people and their families. Everyone should celebrate and enjoy, not just the bride.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 13th, 2012
12:28 pm

I agree with the person that said they think they need it in their 20s – just wait until after they have three kids!!! shocking changes!!

ng4bama

January 13th, 2012
12:31 pm

It seems it has become more about the wedding than the marriage. I wish couples, especially brides, would put as much time into preparing for the marriage as they do for the wedding. IMO!

☺☻Have A Smile!

January 13th, 2012
12:37 pm

I know ya’ll like the fake boobs, so I don’t need to ask…….

Speak for yourself. I don’t.

JOD

January 13th, 2012
12:40 pm

@Figment – I have heard of the coating, but if I’ve seen it, I didn’t know it (unlike true acrylics, which usually pretty obvious) :o)

My mom has the same problem that you do; I just suggested that she try sea buckthorn oil, but only 1 particular brand since there’s a lot of garbage out there promising miracles from A-Z. It’s good for hair, skin, and nails in my experience.

JOD

January 13th, 2012
12:43 pm

*sorry* which are

@Smile – Really? I haven’t heard that one before! Hubs usually says, “Well, they’re real on the outside, right?” :o)

JATL

January 13th, 2012
1:08 pm

Geeeeezzzzzz -I’m not opposed to plastic surgery, but the folks marrying these brides need to think long and hard about what they’re in for! If she’s the type of bride who is willing to spend 20K on surgery just for the big day, then the term “high maintenance” doesn’t begin to describe her! All I can think about is a whiney, under-educated, fake nails, fake tan, fake hair, NJ housewife type. If a guy wants that -then I guess he deserves it. The only way I can see this being justified is if a woman has been horribly obese beforehand and lost a ton of weight from gastic bypass or even normally and she has lots of loose skin. Anyone would want to be rid of that.

MOMOF2

January 13th, 2012
1:12 pm

Ugh…..some girls really are way too fake now a days. They are getting married to a man that has accepted them for who and what they are…therefore they dont’t need any recunstruction!! lol….I sure hope the man they are marrying doesn’t have a change of heart after the surgery…..he loved the “real” girl….now hes marrying a mannequine!! THE HORROR!! lol…
Honestly, at 20 yrs old what can you possibly need……..wait till your 50 or 40 like someone else said….or after all the children your going to have……save those 15K for a rainy day…if you really are that INSECURE then you might need it for your divorce later on. Hpefully not but with fake ppl…we never know.

Me

January 13th, 2012
1:55 pm

I like “real” boobs – have never cared for the “fake” ones. And, although I don’t mind the fake nails, I also prefer that they aren’t “talons” – fake nails can be applied in a normal, professional manner.
As far as surgery goes, my wife – who just turned 46 – has now started talking about wanting a lift. I guess that can be considered to be fake but I don’t quite view it as the same.
As it relates to our wedding, we went to the beach. It was just the two of us, a minister, and his assistant – well, I guess we had an audience made up of other beach-goers. But the overall cost was minimal. Cannot say the same for the honeymoon, though!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 13th, 2012
1:58 pm

JATL – I agree it doesn’t bode well for saving money later on — they need a big financial discussion to make sure they are both on the same track as far as what they think their family will spend and save when they get married. Good point.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 13th, 2012
2:03 pm

Ya’ll a woman has left a question the Momania Facebook page needing some help. I guess she’s serious. She’s got a 19 year old daughter working hard with a deadbeat boyfriend living off of her and in the apartment the mom and daughter share. She’s having conflict with her daughter over the deadbeat boyfriend. Check it out and see if you have thoughts and advice. I may run it as a question next week. It’s more about when your kids become adults.

here’s the link to the page — I just left her my response — I welcome your help!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/AJC-Momania/210922088338

Lundy911

January 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

I am a bride to be, and I didn’t even consider plastic surgery. I’m just getting off of my lazy butt and working out, and trying to eat better.

☺☻Have A Smile!

January 13th, 2012
2:56 pm

I’ve heard several guys say they don’t like fake breasts just like me.

I can EASILY tell when a woman has fake ones. So no, they don’t really look real on the outside. At least not unless they covered up fully.

They often have scarring around the aerola or under the breasts, depending on the procedure. Sometimes they exhibit an odd looking “indentation” when viewed from the side at certain angles due to the material/shape of the implant.

Also they don’t feel real.

Yes of course like any guy I wouldn’t kick ‘em out of bed but definitely not my first choice.

I do recall a few instances where they were pretty good & looked real, but all in all I don’t care for it.

☺☻Have A Smile!

January 13th, 2012
2:57 pm

I’m just getting off of my lazy butt and working out, and trying to eat better.

+1

Good for you! Sounds like there’s a lucky guy out there. :)

Augusta

January 13th, 2012
3:00 pm

Theresa, I think that would be a great topic for Monday…..Deadbeat boyfriends, and the girls who love them…..

K's Mom

January 13th, 2012
5:13 pm

@JOD…I wish I could just get a manicure and havy pretty nails. Since I am currently in the midst of diaper changes, crafting and household projects I keep my nails very short and get a manicure every so often. When my kids get older, I plan to start getting some sort of overlay to make my hand look more feminine. I consider the shorter nails with overlay to be part of my “make-up,” but I cannot stand the thick, fake, talons.

Right now, I feel like the “Man Hands” Seinfeld was written about me!

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January 13th, 2012
8:06 pm

Plastic surgery for plastic people. Women need to do something cuz they are so damn ugly without makeup.

Head to toe……….you’re all fakes and we are laughing at you………….

Misty

January 13th, 2012
9:17 pm

My husband and I couldn’t afford a wedding. We went to the JP and spent any money we had for a nice honeymoon. I don’t care for the fake women either. Get up and exercise. I understand if a man and female lose a lot of weight and have saggy skin they want corrected.

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DB

January 13th, 2012
11:46 pm

I don’t know why some brides think that their wedding day is an opportunity for some sort of unbridled fantasy.

My husband doesn’t even care for lipstick — I can’t imagine what his reaction would be to plastic surgery! I just can’t imagine being so obsessed with a body part that I’d voluntarily undergo surgery to change it, unless it was an obvious deformity.

There’s a lot to be said for wearing your years gracefully and with dignity. No matter what you pour into plastic surgery — eventually, if you live long enough, you’re still going to be old, and the skin and the boobs are gonna give in to gravity. What’s wrong with that?

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