Trying Not To Become Bridezilla

Katie Young
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Wednesday - October 10, 2007

Lately I’ve been addicted to watching wedding shows since my big day is now only a month away. Sometimes, I can catch daylong marathons of all kinds of wedding crises on We TV.

My fiancé walks into the room and groans every time he finds me watching one of those wedding programs, even though I insist that I’m doing “research,” not just watching it for entertainment value.

One of the shows that leaves me in constant amazement is Bridezillas, a show where demanding brides get angry, throw fits and have meltdowns on a regular basis.

A while back, my fiancé asked if I was going to be like one of those “bridezilla” women we saw on the show.

“I don’t know,” I said. “I don’t think so.”

But then I recalled a story my very sweet, timid friend had told me about planning her own wedding and how she went totally “bridezilla” and kicked her future husband in the shin.

Planning a wedding can be a tremendous stress, so I’m not going to say I’d be the perfect, calm bride just yet, but I would keep an eye out for any bridezilla-like behavior.

According to the We Bridezillas website, you know you’re a bridezilla if:

* You think it’s OK to drain your 401K for your wedding.

* Your reception involves speedboats, hot-air balloons or fireworks.

* Your reception involves camels in any way.

* You instruct the caterers to never look you in the eye and always refer to you as “Her majesty, the bride.”

* You don’t understand why your fiancé is being so pig-headed about letting your chihuahua “Snooky” be his best man.

I’d also have to add to this list, (based on seeing the show), that you also know you’re a bridezilla when:

* You scream and rant at the people who are trying to help you, including your wedding planner, mother and maid of honor.

* Nothing is good enough, and the stress of planning the wedding lands you in the hospital.

* At your bridal shower you complain that people didn’t get you good presents and no one is paying enough attention to you.

* You tell your husband-to-be that you’ll only marry him if he passes the bar exam.

* You insist on making all your own favors and edible centerpieces and then yell at your bridesmaids and family when no one is stirring the ingredients correctly.

OK, so according to this 10-point list, I think I’m doing OK so far. I haven’t yelled at anyone about anything yet, and my stress level, while climbing, is nowhere near epic proportions.

I honestly wouldn’t mind Mr. Pono, the wiener dog, being a part of my blissful day. I think he’d make an excellent ring bearer if he didn’t run away with the rings, make an oopsy on the aisle runner or bark at every guest he saw - but I’m far from demanding my fiancé make him the best man.

One of my bridesmaids keeps reminding me that my wedding day is supposed to be something I ultimately enjoy, not something to cause a mental breakdown.

But when you have only a month left to plan your once-ina-lifetime event and 10 million little tasks to take care of, the smallest things can send you into a frenzy.

My latest stressors include picking the right napkin color to match my centerpiece arrangements, deciding who’s going to give the toast at the reception and what to order for favors.

But regardless of what comes up, you should be able to look back on your wedding memories fondly, despite whatever minor details don’t end up exactly as you planned.

I can’t believe some of the outlandish things these TV bridezillas are capable of. The wedding is just one day and it’s really the marriage that matters most.

So here’s to hoping - for the sake of everyone around me - that I can keep my own bridezilla behavior at bay and get through the big day without a major meltdown.

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