06 July 2010

Every other weekend we seem to be at a wedding at the moment. Either that or doing ‘best friend of the bride duties’ – attending dress fittings, enthusiastically cooing over table settings. If you’re honoured enough to have been asked to be a bridesmaid, don’t automatically take it as a compliment! The bride-to-be may have an ulterior motive…

According to new research by Slim-Fast, a third of British woman say they’d chose an overweight friend to be their bridesmaid – because it makes them look slimmer walking down the aisle.

And it’s not just the wedding party who are an aesthetic threat. Over 40% of brides said slim guests would make them feel self conscious and the plumper their nearest and dearest are the better!

So it won’t please them to hear that a fifth of female guests diet before their friend’s big day – when the spotlights not even on them! Doesn’t this go against the unwritten rules of not stealing attention from the woman-of-the-hour? They’ll be wearing big white dresses next…

‘Bridesmaids and even female guests feel the stresses of looking good for the event as well as the bride,’ said Slim-Fast’s nutritionist Fiona Hunter, ‘[Brides] are obviously feeling such pressure to look good on their big day that they're resorting to selecting bridesmaids larger than themselves.’

If you’ve been given the role of Maid of Honour and the Bride-to-be starts pushing baked goods yours way, don’t take the bate. You’ll regret it when you’re trussed up in taffeta!  

By Amy Molloy


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