the b word

My sister called me the B word last night.

Not cool, dude.

The b word – no bride wants to hear it.  Plus, have you actually seen Bridezilla (the WE show)? I’m nothing like those little crazies.

I don’t think. . .



Well, just by chance this morning, the little story below, from Project Wedding, popped up in my inbox.

 Happenstance? Fate? A sign . . . ?

Maybe so. Maybe all of the above.  

Still – the fact this fell into my lap after being called one (to my face, no less), I decided to post it. I’m sure brides-to-be can sympathize and understand me (even if it’s just a little bit) in a way that others aren’t able to . . . yet.

Well, without further-freakin-ado, the history of Bridezilla.

How Bridezilla is Born!

Bridezilla: An engaged, spoiled princess whose every demand has always been met for her wedding. Is this you? (expert advice)

We’ve all heard the horror tales of Bridezilla and most of us have made promises to never become that unbearable bride ourselves. Now that your big day is almost here and you’re in the middle of planning the biggest event of your life – have you found yourself wondering how you’ll keep that promise and hide the Bridezilla that seems to be within us all?

Who is Bridezilla?

Some people believe that Bridezilla is a spoiled princess who’s every demand has always been met. The truth is, every single bride-to-be has the potential to become this dreaded wedding monster. The only thing on her mind is the wedding and she’s ready to destroy anything that stands in the way of her perfect day.

How is Bridezilla Born?

It usually starts with a little disorganization and the realization that time is moving much faster than the wedding planning. Once this happens, usually a few months before the big day, it won’t take much to create a new Bridezilla. The stress of planning a wedding is usually the real reason so many sweet and loving brides transform into monsters within a matter of minutes.

A few things that can trigger Bridezilla behavior:

  • A delay at the printer that holds up the invitations.
  • Learning that your bridesmaid dress is only available in certain sizes – none of the ones you need.
  • Asking the groom-to-be for his portion of the guest list that still isn’t done.

As the big day gets closer, it will take even less to bring out Bridezilla. If the early warnings go unnoticed and nothing is done, a big wedding disaster could be in the future. I don’t know of any girl that has made it her goal to become Bridezilla, yet it happens everyday.

Bridezilla Doesn’t Have to be You

The first thing to remember is that there will never be a perfect wedding, but new brides usually never care once the day is over and most guests never even notice. The other – a bride-to-be cannot live on planning alone. Don’t neglect your friends, family, and loved ones for the sake of the wedding and don’t let the planning consume you!

You can’t hold back the appearance of Bridezilla on your own so communicate with your fiancé, parents, and bridal party and enlist their support. Warn your groom-to-be of the Bridezilla warning signs and let him know his importance in the planning. Finally, when you become wedding-crazed and can’t seem to think about anything else – take a day off. No planning, no browsing, don’t even look through a wedding magazine, and definitely don’t talk about the wedding. The most important thing is to manage your stress and don’t obsess over perfection – take time for yourself and you’ll avoid the curse of Bridezilla.


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  1. Tessa Peterson - The MOH

    First – I did not come up with the B word on my own… her very good friend Rebecca started this whole thing – yes I am calling you out… Second, while my sister is NOTHING like the crazy women in the Bridezilla show on WE, she is very much a control freak… that is not something bad, it is just a characteristic, and yes, I know that I have not planned a wedding yet, but I just call it as I see it. And I mean nothing bad by it, it just is what it is… She won’t even let me plan her bachelorette party! Isn’t that one of my MAIN jobs as the MOH? Anyway, I love you still, even when you are crazy, and I can’t wait for your wedding or your bachelorette party for that matter! 🙂

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