The term "bridezilla" has come to unaffectionately refer to a bride-to-be who is buckling under the pressure and perhaps taking it out on those around her. There's a whole show dedicated to it (appropriately called Bridezillas), and now the users of Reddit are sharing their best bridezilla stories; and believe me when I say this: you are not going to want to miss these.
Googling "What is a bridezilla" renders this definition at the top of the results: "a woman whose behavior in planning her wedding is regarded as obsessive or intolerably demanding." It's the bride who throws a tantrum because a bridesmaid painted her nails cream instead of off-white. Or the bride who demands an entirely new bouquet because the florist messed up and gave them dark red roses instead of medium dark red roses and now the whole wedding is ruined. You get the idea. Weddings are expensive, stressful affairs, and since the stress usually tends to fall on women in weddings with heterosexual couples, it's no wonder someone loses their cool every now and then.
But they can also be kind of hilarious. Here are some of the best bridezilla moments, courtesy of the users of Reddit.
1The Wrong Color Tie
"Bride slapped her husband and left him at the altar as he was wearing a red tie instead of a bright pink flowery one that she wanted all the men to wear to fit in with her 'pink princess wedding,' she told him in a text that he had 'ruined her special day.'
"Only her nephew was wearing the tie, he was a 1 year old."
2"I'M THE BRIDE!"
"When I was about thirteen I was flying with my folks to visit family in Hawaii. While we were waiting for our flight, I overheard a woman throwing a temper tantrum to the desk agent.
"She kept going on and on about how she was the bride and how she needed to be upgraded to first class or it was going to ruin her honeymoon. Screaming, crying, like full on toddler style temper tantrum.
"It's like, hun, the wedding is over. You don't get to be Bridezilla after the wedding. If it was so important that you be in first class, you should have purchased a first class ticket."
"Two days before my cousin[']s wedding, the typically bashful bride-to-be hulked out and began screaming at her wedding planner till she cried. Why? because the centerpieces were the wrong colour of flower she ordered."
4Putting Bridesmaids In Awful Dresses
"The bride asked me what colour her bridesmaids should wear (I was one). I told her that given all five of us were redheads, a pale, pastel lilac is the only colour which should be avoided, as it makes us look dead.
"Guess what dresses she picked? Floor length silk, pastel lilac. I assumed she'd forgot.
"Her sweet husband later told me, completely nonplussed, that of course the bride has to put bridesmaids in awful dresses because she has to be the prettiest on the day."
5Blaming The Child
"I worked for a florist setting up weddings when I was 15. I was the lowest person on the totem pole — I had no control over any aspect of the work and I was a grunt.
"I was setting up a wedding with hideous pink and sparkly decor. I remember it pretty distinctly. It was at the art museum on a Saturday, a venue that costs $10,000 to rent. So the bride and groom had money. I was alone at the museum because I couldn't drive yet and I was frequently abandoned. Everything was ready for the reception.
"Bride comes in and starts crying and screaming about how the pink wasn't the right shade and her wedding was ruined. According to the contract she signed with my boss, she had to have seen an example of the work she was getting and approved it. She approached me (15-year-old me hiding behind a column because I didn't have anywhere to go) and started screaming at me for ruining the wedding. I hadn't made a single arrangement there. I had no idea how to respond except to say I was sorry."
6No "Distractions" Allowed
"Sister-in-law told my partner she couldn't bring me to her destination wedding because she didn't want my partner's homosexuality to be a distraction on her big day."
7Never Waste A Stamp
"My good friend was getting married, and I was meeting her for lunch. She had mailed out RSVPs with stamps included for people to mail back. I called to coordinate meeting up, and said "oh hey, and I have my RSVP right here, I can give it to you." She flipped out because I would be wasting the stamp they bought. "Dude, just put it in the mail like you're supposed to!" She was dead serious — furious that I would waste the stamp.
"I still brought it so I could drop it in the mailbox while I was thinking of it — she literally stood there and watched me put it in the mail, addressed to her..."
All this being said, of course weddings are hella stressful, super expensive occasions, and most of the grunt work traditionally does fall on women in heterosexual couples — just a reminder to keep the "bridezilla" narrative in perspective, even as we all have a laugh (because hopefully by now, the brides in question are laughing, too).