Preparing for your dream wedding

When I got engaged 13 years ago, this feeling of panic set as I stressed about how to look my best in a wedding gown. I had 6 months to prepare and really had no idea what to do other than joining a gym, enrol in body pump and spin classes and go on a diet. I lost almost 10 kg and went from a size 12 to a size 6.

I had no idea that I could prepare my skin and face for the biggest event of my life: and I wanted wow factor for my husband-to-be. For me, that was the amazing dress and my hair and makeup done.

Today, that wedding wow factor involves so much more than just hair and makeup and a dress.

Happy couple get married | Dr AnhWomen have their skin prepared so it’s dewy and their makeup is flawless. They have wrinkle relaxers to smooth out wrinkles, they have fillers to enhance their face shape, take away tired eyes, plump their lips and some even have MonaLisa touch laser to perfect their most intimate areas.

Some brides even have surgery to look their best for their big day. It is not uncommon for women to have rhinoplasty so their profile photos for their wedding memories is something they will love and look at fondly for years to come. Some have breast enhancement and liposuction.

It’s all a matter of priorities today and what makes women feel their most beautiful and confident selves on the day.

Wedding and bridal preparation

Call it vanity or just an accepted part of modern times to prepare themselves for a landmark event in their life. But wedding and bridal preparation are now commonplace and the extent varies.

While some have facials and their brows and nails done, others have the full body makeover. None of them ever regret looking stunning as they walk down the aisle, do their pirouette in their bridal dance and smile for the cameras.

Wedding boot camp

So, when is the best time to start wedding boot camp? Most women come and see me anywhere from 12 months to 6 weeks before their big day. We discuss goals and customise a treatment plan where surgical procedures require longer lead times but skin and injectable treatments can be done closer to the big day.

Looking at Megan Markle and the frenzy leading up to her wedding, it makes me want to renew my vows just to go through the excitement and fun of preparing for a wedding. But the most important aspect, as a girl, is to glam up to look like a princess.