When Alice Lillie walked up the aisle to marry the love of her life, as tradition dictates she had something old (an antique pouch for the wedding rings); something borrowed (a diamond bracelet); and something blue (her garter).
Her ‘something new’ was, however, rather less orthodox. For Alice was proudly sporting a brand-new nose, after paying more than £4,000 to ensure she looked flawless on her big day.
A bride’s wedding preparations used to be relatively simple. A manicure, perhaps some professional hair and make-up, and she was ready to say ‘I do’.
But growing numbers of women such as Alice — often influenced by the vanity of celebrity brides — are by-passing the beauty salon for the operating table in their determination to look nothing less than perfect on their wedding day.
One recent survey revealed that 10 per cent of brides now undergo surgery or injections of Botox and fillers before their weddings.