There’s no doubt that planning a wedding can be stressful. To be honest, weddings often bring out the best or the worst in people. There are so many details to plan, and when you get the expectations of the family involved, the happiest day of your life can turn into a nightmare.
But it’s even worse when the bride has demands that go above and beyond normal expectations. Whether it’s demanding that bridesmaids lose weight or screaming at a caterer, all too many brides forget that their “special day” doesn’t earn them the right to be a monster.
That’s why many women have earned the nickname “bridezilla” after their abhorrent behavior at their own wedding. Newsflash: if you are horrible during wedding planning, people will remember it. And yeah, they’re going to talk about it for years afterward.
So, let’s all raise a glass of champagne, sit back, and swear to remember that a wedding isn’t about having perfectly-matched hairdos, flawless photos, or a daddy-daughter dance that will end up on YouTube. It’s a day to celebrate your love with all your family and friends. Here are 35 of the worst bridezillas that posters on Reddit have ever seen.
1. People left her wedding because she didn’t have her shoes.
One bride completely ruined her own wedding by forgetting her own shoes. She then insisted her uncle drive an hour there and back to pick them up. Half the guests left the wedding when it started two and a half hours behind schedule.
2. But can you do it for free?
One Reddit user shared the story of how a bride asked them to help her plan her wedding. Once she consulted with her in-laws, however, she changed her mind and began asking everyone to provide their services for free. When they refused, she wasn’t happy.
3. Never plan a relative’s wedding.
One Reddit poster shared the story of how they planned their sister’s wedding – at no charge. The sister demanded an expensive bridal shower, a gift from an outrageously-priced registry, and the bridesmaids to be monitored on everything from their toenail color to their diet.
4. She decided to wait until the last minute.
One bridezilla greeted her in-laws with the worst possible news about her destination wedding: “We need $12,000 for the location or there’s no wedding tomorrow”. About 150 guests had already flown in for the wedding, so she got her money.
5. That solved the problem.
One bridezilla came down to where the tables were being set up for the reception and was furious to find they had one chair too many. Her solution was to throw the chair through a window.
6. Does anyone have a spare $350,000 lying around?
One bride spent well over $300,000 on her wedding, required her bridesmaids to wear $900 hot pink dresses, and spent the night screaming at her new husband. She even made him leave conversations that she was having with her friends.
7. That’s quite the “to-do” list.
Another bridezilla shared a seriously oppressive list of instructions for her guests. These included how to wear their hair, when and how they could check in on Facebook, and the minimum amount they could spend on a gift. It was $75.
8. Holy cow, it’s just stationary!
A bride who was all too invested in her invitations spent her first visit at a stationary store looking at paper products until the store closed. When she returned, she grew pushier, eventually insisting the staff ignore other customers for her.
9. She wanted all the zits.
A bride had a meltdown on the day of her wedding because she had a pimple on her face. Seeing her reaction and thinking she would want it hidden, the photographer went through her photographs and edited the pimple out. The angry bride contacted them to demand they restore the zits.
10. She made all the guests eat vegan.
One exasperated maid of honor told how a bride made her track down every specific piece of her wedding outfit and then made all the guests follow her own vegan diet at the reception. The kicker? She wouldn’t even let her wedding party eat the food they brought for themselves.
11. She really hated her mom.
A photographer was told by the bride that he was not to take any photos of her mother. If the mother was in the photo, he was supposed to let the flash go off and ruin the photo rather than capture her image.
12. It was her year.
One bride was in hysterics after finding out that a friend of hers was engaged and planned to get married the same year as her. Not the same day or even the same month, but the same year. One wedding was in June, the other in October.
13. More than one bride had that idea!
Apparently, brides insisting that it’s “their year” is more common than you’d think. Another bride told her family that during the year of her wedding, they had to do whatever she said or they would be uninvited from the party.
14. That’s never a good sign.
One photographer said they arrived on site and could immediately tell where the bride was by the sound of screaming. What was the issue? Her bridesmaids’ hair looked too good and she wanted them to be uglier.
15. Did she sue the tornado, too?
An exasperated florist told the story of how a bride ordered peonies, which weren’t in season, and agreed to switch to roses. Then a tornado warning forced the ceremony inside. She sued the florist and the venue for circumstances beyond their control.
16. He should be able to read her mind.
One poster said that their sister removed her engagement ring and threw it at her fiancé because he asked her when and where he should pick up the decorations.
17. You will dance when she tells you to dance!
One musician told the story of a bride who wanted everything to run on schedule down to the minute. This led to an awkward moment when the groom didn’t show up in time for a dance and the bride sobbed in the middle of the dance floor.
18. She wouldn’t listen to the experts.
A bridal salon employee helped a bride select a dress but the woman refused to listen to their sizing options. She insisted that she was a size 4. Unsurprisingly, the dress didn’t fit her, which led to more hysterics.
19. You don’t deserve a bachelorette party.
An ex-bridesmaid shared the story of how she got kicked out of the bridal party. Long story short, there was a minor detail missed at her bachelorette party. The bride threw a screaming fit that got all of them kicked out of the bar.
20. She ruined the day for everyone.
The bride was trash-the groom’s family and screamed at all the wedding vendors. It must have been bad because the videographer left after an hour and the photographer cried.
21. Your guests don’t want to wait that long.
A wedding planner shared the story of the bride who was two hours late to her own wedding, late to the reception, and then had the gall to scream at the planner for letting the guests eat dinner before she arrived.
22. That takes some real gumption.
A wedding dress designer said a bride begged them to let her have an $1800 custom-designed dress for free. Why? Because she was beautiful and would be happy to give them pictures of her wearing it.
23. That seems like an overreaction.
One bridezilla earned her title by losing her mind when her bridesmaids couldn’t fit on a single shuttle for the reception. She assaulted the shuttle driver and was dumped out of the vehicle after trying to bite him.
24. Photos were very important to her.
One disbelieving photo booth worker arrived at a wedding reception to find the bride in full meltdown mode. She had already punched her mother in the face during photos and was screaming at the groom about the photobooth.
25. No one was allowed to get pregnant.
A bridal salon employee was stunned to watch a bride lose her mind at one of her bridesmaids. Why? Because she was four weeks pregnant and the waistline of her dress swelled slightly.
26. She lost her friends.
One bridezilla monitored her bridesmaids’ weight and haircuts. Their hair had to be exactly the same length across the board! Unsurprisingly, she lost bridesmaids.
27. No attractive husbands allowed.
One confused wedding guest received an invitation to a wedding that specified she and her son were invited, but not her husband. She found out that this was because the bride thought the invitee’s husband was more attractive than her husband-to-be.
28. She took it out on her sister.
A horrified guest told the story of how a bridezilla used her sister as her scapegoat all day when something went wrong. She was so mad, she refused to come back for her sister’s own rehearsal dinner two weeks later.
29. The Maid of Honor has to be ugly.
One former maid of honor shared that she wasn’t allowed to be in any of the wedding photos. Why? Because she was too pretty.
30. She was four years old!
One bride lost her mind after the parents of her 4-year-old flower girl refused to pay $600 for a dress and $250 for hair styling.
31. She made her bridesmaids sign a contract.
A former bridesmaid told the story of the contract she had to sign, stipulating that she wouldn’t whiten her teeth because the bride’s smile was to “shine the brightest.”
32. Those are expensive group activities.
The bride had a ton of wedding party activities, including dance lessons and canoeing. She charged the party for them.
33. Grandpa ruined everything.
One bridezilla spent her wedding sulking because they had to move the date…to allow her dying grandfather to attend.
34. No flowers or cake for you.
One bride didn’t like her flowers, so she accused the baker of ruining them and tried to throw her cake on the floor.
35. Grandma should stay home.
One bridezilla had the gall to say there was no room for the groom’s grandmother’s oxygen tank and she shouldn’t have come.
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