Weddings are supposed to be a joyous occasion filled with dancing, laughter, food and drinks. Every so often though we either hear or encounter a true “Bridezilla”. If you never encountered a Bridezilla then your in luck but most of us at some point or another have all came across them.
Those who have encountered Bridezillas and been apart of wild wedding scenarios tell-all and share their stories for the first time. These stories will make you laugh, cry and totally shock you but you should only be so lucky to be reading it instead of having to live through it.
1. This One Leaves Me Speechless
I went to a wedding where it was actually a rule that guests weren’t allowed to talk directly to the bride. Her mom and maid of honor were the only ones allowed to.
2. Maid of Dishonor
I am supposed to be a maid of honor at my best friend’s wedding, but she told me that since I’m ugly, she won’t let me be in any pictures. I’ve never been so insulted in all my life.
3. Little Sister, Don’t You Do What Your Big Sister Done
I was my sister’s maid of honor. During a peak planning time, our aunt passed away. I kept trying to get in touch with my sister that entire day. When I finally reached her, I explained that I had been trying to speak with her all day to let her know that our aunt had died. I got blasted about how busy she is, and then she ripped into me about where I stood with my tasks.
She was pretty rotten on the day of the wedding, too. We are no longer close…
4. Long Term Investment
I was my sister’s maid of honor and her unpaid wedding planner. She was a Bridezilla. Not only did I plan and pay for her wedding shower, but she also wanted a private gift from me—from her super expensive registry where I couldn’t afford a darn spoon. Everything had to be perfect and meticulously planned, right down to our toes, weight, and how much we ate and drank. She’s a micromanager by personality. The marriage didn’t end up even lasting three months.
5. Marrying on Borrowed Time
My step brother’s wife-to-be waited until my dad flew in for their destination wedding, and greeted them at the airport with “We need $12,000 for the location or there’s no wedding tomorrow.” Over 150 people had flown in for this wedding, many of whom couldn’t actually afford to go but came anyway because she bullied and degraded them into going in to debt to attend.
6. Skin in the Game
The bride for a wedding I attended made all of her friends sign a contract promising we wouldn’t get any fake tans because no one was allowed to be tanner than her. Also, no tan lines on were permitted anywhere on our lesser tanned skin.
When the pastor got to the part “or forever hold your peace,” the bride said, “Yes, I’d like to say something.” Then she turned around to her guests and said, “I’d like to thank my maid of honor for sleeping with my fiancé last night.” With that, she threw her bouquet down and stormed off. The story even made it onto local radio at the time.
8. Stepping All Over Him
I saw one bride who had bullied her step-dad into paying for her lavishly expensive dream wedding, only to then ask her biological dad to walk her down the aisle instead of him. She had to bribe him till he’d agree to do it, while the step-dad had actually wanted to. When her step-dad finally put his foot down and refused to give her more than $15,000, she stole his credit card. In the end, the wedding was canceled because she couldn’t pay her bills—and the step-dad divorced her mom.
9. Going to Excessive Lengths
At one wedding, the bride demanded that nobody cut their hair or gain any weight before the big day. All their hairstyles had to be the exact same length. She had to control every aspect of what they did. Eventually, the maid of honor had enough of her behavior and dropped out of the bridal party a few weeks before the event.
10. Any Friend of Yours Is a Friend of Mine…Or Not
I was paying for my stepdaughter’s wedding at a venue which holds 250 people max. I gave her a list of 20 people that I wanted to be invited since, you know, I was paying for everything. She told me that it was no problem and that she’d take care of it. So, I let these people know they’d be getting an invite and that they should save the date.
Saturday, I saw one of my friends on this list at the golf course and asked if he was coming. He told me that he wasn’t invited. He told me that he got an announcement in the mail, but not an invitation. He showed it to me and, sure enough, it was just an announcement—and my name was nowhere on it. It had her “real” dad’s name and her mom’s name, but not mine. This led to a pretty big fight with my GF, as I found out that NONE of my list of twenty “made the cut” for the final guest list because “250 people is very tight.” What a slap in the face, after all I’ve done for these people.
11. They’ll Wait
A good friend of mine found out her friend was major bridezilla. Originally, she told my friend that she would arrange for her to get picked up at the airport and have a place for her to stay since it would cost her a lot of money to stay somewhere in NY. Two weeks before the wedding, she changed the date of the rehearsal and forced my friend to change her flight (costing her over $400).
When my friend landed in NY, she called the bride, who proceeded to tell her that she’s too busy and to figure things out for herself. My friend had to book a room at the last minute and call a cab to get there. The day before the wedding, the bridesmaids still didn’t have their dresses because the bride didn’t pick a dress for them until the day of the wedding….
The day of the wedding, the bride was running 3 HOURS late doing stupid stuff. Her friends and family reminded her of the guests waiting for her at the ceremony, but she just said “well, the wedding can’t start without me” and left her guests there waiting on a rooftop in NY for 3 hours (note, everyone is super dressed up, so not in comfortable attire to deal with the heat). After the wedding, I believe they stopped talking because my friend realized the bride was a spoiled monster.
12. Purple Reign of Terror
I was definitely the bridezilla in my case. Our colors were purple and gold and, the day before the wedding, we get the deliveries to our venue and—brace yourselves—the napkins were the wrong shade of purple! I tore the delivery manager a new one, even though I knew it wasn’t his fault. Needless to say, this was not my proudest moment.
13. All the Wrong Moves
The bride said she had a surprise for the groom, so she disappeared, groom got sat in the middle of the dance floor, and bride came back to do a seductive belly dance for him. In front of their whole families and friends. Neither of them is even remotely Middle Eastern. It was so, so bad.
I work wedding bars often in between library shifts, and I saw a wedding where the bride never turned up to the altar and texted the guy 15 minutes before saying, “Sorry but I’m not coming.” It was super depressing, they went ahead with the ‘party’ and the groom ended up leaving at around half 7, the rest of the guests at 10.
What had happened was the bride had spent all day with her parents the day before and they apparently hated her husband to be and had convinced her not to show up. Last thing I heard was she came to his door the next morning and apologized, they’re still together as far as I know… Man was that an awkward work night.
A wedding invite from a friend of a friend said tattoos had to be covered, piercings taken out, minimum amount of a cash gift, and most annoying of all…she asked people to LOSE WEIGHT. This was two months before the wedding. You can bet I just tossed the thing out in trash when it came in the mail.
16. You Should Have Gone First Class
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.
17. Pretty People Need Not Apply
A bride told me she didn’t want me in her wedding because she thought I would look better than her on her wedding day. She only asked people that wouldn’t look better than her during the wedding.
18. The Bride Is Always Right
I went to a wedding with my boyfriend a few years ago. His friend was marrying a woman that no one liked. She was awful. During the ceremony we could all tell that the best man was uncomfortable. As soon as the ceremony ended, the best man burst into tears for about 10 minutes and had to excuse himself. You could tell he just realized that his best friend was gone forever.
We tried to cheer him up and reassure him that he and the groom would still be close, and that the bride wasn’t too bad. Everyone present knew it was a lie and we were all just so depressed. Later, the bride came and yelled at our entire group (all of her husband’s friends) because we weren’t dancing enough. We weren’t dancing because they had no DJ, just a short playlist with the couple’s favorite (not dance-y) songs being played on repeat.
I think throughout the whole night we heard the playlist start and end about 5 times.
19. It’s My Way or the Highway
I have a friend who took out a $7,500 loan for her wedding. Then she asked her fiancé to take out a $25,000 loan. (Forced him, really, by saying she’d leave him if he didn’t.) He had much better credit and he got the loan. Then she begged his parents to pay for their honeymoon. His parents were completely unaware that she had asked their son to take out a loan for the wedding.
They thought her parents were paying for a modest outside wedding at a local garden and she repeatedly lied to them until a few weeks before the wedding. She kept threatening to leave her fiancé if he didn’t do things the way she wanted them done. Anyway, his parents were so happy to pay for a cruise for their honeymoon. A really, really nice Alaskan cruise. Guess what?
Well, lo and behold, that wasn’t enough for this Bridezilla. She then lied to her own parents, saying that his parents were only giving them $250 for the honeymoon. Her parents were shocked by this as they were paying for the wedding and reception and thought the groom’s family would at least pay for some of the honeymoon.
They encouraged her to get a better job (she worked 20 hours a week as a receptionist at a nail salon) or to at least go full time at her current job and she flat out refused, saying that she had so much to do in planning for the wedding/honeymoon, etc. She was an absolute nightmare. They got divorced 14 months after the wedding.
20. Do Exactly as I Say
The woman who married my BIL. The highlight of her bridezilla moments (and there were many) was sending out a 4 page, front and back letter to all the members of the wedding party regarding what exactly was expected of them. This included exactly how much they were to spend on gifts for the couple (basically, “Oh, don’t go nuts, tee hee…But it had better NOT be too cheap!!”), expected dress code for everything from informal meetups to decide wedding attire and favors to the stag/bachelorette parties, for her bridesmaids to lose weight, hairstyles, cut and color had to be approved by her, and how they were to behave at all times.
This was to a group of punk rock, anti-establishment kids with tattoos, colored hair, and leather galore. This was not unknown to the bride, as she claimed to be part of that scene herself. She actually demoted the best man the night before the wedding and “moved up” another of the groomsmen because she felt the original best man (one of the groom’s oldest and best friends) wasn’t “pulling his weight” and doing things the way she wanted.
This despite him honestly trying and being on his best behavior for everything, even though he had never been a fan of this girl. And that’s just the tip of the bridezilla iceberg. The marriage did not last.
21. That’s the Wrong Tie
The Bride slapped her husband and left him at the altar because 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 actually wearing the tie, and he was a year old.
22. They’re All Gone
A Bride yelled at me because I wasn’t inside the church at exactly 7:00 to do her makeup (I got lost getting to the church in the middle of nowhere with no GPS signal), but I was in the parking lot getting my kit out at 7:00. She called and gave me an earful. Then while I was doing her makeup, she kept getting up to yell at her mom and sister about the groomsmen not having their shirts tucked in a whole hour before the ceremony.
She told her mom she could leave if she didn’t want to listen to her yell, told her sister to go home since she “obviously” was jealous that she’s getting married. Everyone left me and her alone in the suite after that. No one answered her calls or texts, no one came back to dress her, no one wanted to be around her. I felt bad for her, so I helped her get her dress and shoes and veil on and walked her outside to the entrance of the church and promptly split.
23. What Could Have Been
My brother went to high school and college with this girl that he always thought of as a friend. Her grandparents lived next door to ours. I was friends with her little sister. Our parents were friends…. anyway, she gets engaged and starts planning her wedding. We were invited, of course. A couple of days before the wedding she comes over to our parents’ house because my brother was in town for her wedding and tells him that she will leave her fiancé for him.
Like, declares this in front of my family. He, of course, was all “What the actual heck?” They’d never dated. They’d never kissed. He was never interested in her. She was crying super hard and declaring her love for him and it was weird. She bawled like a baby to the point where she could barely get through her vows…we knew why.
Fast forward like 15 years and she’s still married to the guy. They look happy.
24. A Killable Offence
The bride at a family wedding tried to kill me because I wore a funky suit and tie. If I remember correctly, it was a grey/forest green striped suit. She claimed it didn’t go according to the dress code. I do not remember a dress code being addressed. She grabbed her soon-to-be husband’s handgun from his glove box and fired four shots at me.
She was arrested because a bullet grazed my arm, and the wedding never happened because husband realized Bride was absolutely crazy. He bought me a new purple suit afterward and we became best buds. Miss Crazy is still in prison after she attempted to start my apartment ablaze. I now have restraining order and such, but all I can do is laugh at the situation.
25. You’re Ruining My Shot
As the chef at a wedding venue for 4+ years, I saw every kind of bride there was and 99% are truly delightful people. That being said, none of us will ever forget one who still gets brought up as the ultimate bridezilla any of us had seen. She was a major type A+ from the start and asked us to measure straws to make sure that they fit in the water/soda glasses the way she wanted.
The worst thing about that whole wedding was that there was ZERO joy or fun when the wedding day finally arrived because it was all so choreographed. Her husband-to-be (who had threatened to not show up on the wedding day because of all of her crazy leading up to it) was instructed BY HER to buy and gift to her a specific strand of pearls.
The plan was that she would then open the gift in front of the photographer, while crying reading the accompanying letter. According to the photographer, she didn’t actually cry, so she just dabbed at her eyes, pretending to be overwhelmed with emotion at the “thoughtful” gift. She then proceeded to tell her mom she was a bad person because she was standing in the way of a photo. The girl was just in it for the image of a beautiful, happy day, and didn’t care who she had to stomp on to make it happen.
26. The Mine Phase
My brother’s brother-in-law was getting married. He had a daughter from a previous relationship who was 10 or 11 at the time of the wedding and also had a second child who was 2 years old with this fiancée. The new wife wouldn’t allow the older daughter to be at the wedding because “She’s not mine and I don’t want her distracting people.”
27. Nothing’s More Important Than Me
I had a bride walk into the bridal salon where I worked to pick up her wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, etc. She was in a bad mood and proceeded to tell me and my co-workers why. “I am SO ticked off one of my bridesmaids won’t be able to attend my wedding” (it was the day before her wedding). All of us answered “why?!” Super concerned. She said, “her brother got in a car accident or something and ended up killing someone.” She then proceeded to roll her eyes and said, “I can’t believe she would drop out of my wedding for that!” All of our mouths were on the floor.
28. Grow Them in This Color!
My friend is a florist and bridezilla came to her for wedding flowers. She wanted her bouquet and the table arrangements to be a certain color and a certain flower. When my florist friend (FF) informed her that that particular flower does not grow in that color, the bride replied that there was plenty of time before the wedding to grow the flowers in that color.
FF said if she wanted that color, it would have to be a different flower. (I believe dyeing was not an option because of the kind of flower, but I’m not sure). After much explanation, FF finally convinced the bride that if she wanted that color, there was a much better flower available. The order was signed and paid for.
The day of the wedding, FF and her assistants bring the flowers to the wedding/reception venue, set up the floral centerpieces on the tables, get everything approved by the groom, wedding planner, and manager of the wedding venue. About an hour later, the bride called FF screaming that the flowers are not the ones she wanted and to come back and fix them. FF checked the order to make sure and it was correct. FF drove back to the venue and saw flowers strewn all over the parking lot. They were the flowers that the bride had agreed to. FF turned her car around and went back to her shop and ignored the bride’s calls.
29. Why Are These People Here?
I saw a woman in a wedding dress screaming about all these crazy freaks being at her wedding. She had scheduled her wedding at the same hotel as Anime Central that year, which is one of the largest anime conventions in the country. She was not happy and seemed to think that the hotel was hers and her guests’ for the weekend.
30. Pitching a Fit
Hub’s cousin. Her dress cost more than our wedding. Her wedding, all told, could have bought a respectable home for the young couple. The honeymoon could have bought a nice new car. If you’ve got the money for a wedding like that, great, but she didn’t. She just pitched tantrums until her parents and her fiancé went into MASSIVE debt for it.
But the moment that really sealed it for me was when she barred certain family members from being in her family wedding photo because they weren’t dressed fancy enough or because they hadn’t brought a gift to the wedding. There was both an engagement party AND a wedding shower, and apparently we were supposed to bring gifts to each.
31. Private View
I used to work at a very pricy wedding venue in Massachusetts. It was right on the ocean and had beautiful views. The bride insisted that during the ceremony she and her future husband must be the only two that can see the water because it was her special day.
32. Burning It up
My cousin got married last April and I only went because my parents were going, and I had nothing better to do that weekend (also, free bar). I got to watch her set her bouquet, the white carpet, and the groom’s pants on fire mid-ceremony because he had spiked his hair wrong. The best part was that the minister just kept reading the vows as it all went down. Eventually, they got it all under control and the two said their I Dos. The divorce finalized a couple of days ago.
33. Band-Aid Those Boobs
I was in a wedding and doing hair/makeup for the gals. I was doing a run through with one of the girls, and the bride came in to “inspect” our progress. The bridesmaid looked great and none of the other people in the room had anything bad to say. The bride looked over the girl, pointed at her cleavage and said: “Can we do anything about THAT?”
I was confused at first, but then she started jumping up and down screaming about how her wedding was ruined because of boobs. No one could control this. She demanded that I put Band-Aids on the girl’s boobs to hide “it,” claiming it wasn’t Christian for her to have ANY cleavage in her wedding. I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t oblige and was met with yet another fit of rage.
I pulled my tank top down and flashed her, saying that what I had was as nice as the other bridesmaid and told her to shut up and deal. (I was doing makeup and hair as a courtesy because she couldn’t afford what I would normally charge). Her mom told her to shut up and she stormed off to her room. We all had a good laugh and went for pizza. I still did the wedding, and the boobs looked good when the bridesmaids were standing at the altar.
34. Don’t Play That Funky Music
I play in a wedding band in Utah. The biggest bridezilla moment for me was when we got the request at the beginning of the party to NOT play any music by James Brown. We played a funk set that transitioned from one song to the next, but the last song of the set was “Cold Sweat.” Our bass player/leader forgot to tell a few members of the band that we were cutting “Cold Sweat.”
We couldn’t have known how huge of a mistake that was. Almost as soon as the band played the song, the majority of the wedding party starts booing the band, and the bride rushes up to us and starts screaming until she is red in the face. No explanation was given as to why she didn’t want James Brown played, but it was odd to say the least.
35. Clearing the House
I sometimes work for a wedding planner as a waiter on the day of the event. There was one wedding that was humming along right on schedule. Then, about 45 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to begin, a bridesmaid grabbed me in a panic and told me that the bride forgot her shoes. She told me that the bride absolutely needed her shoes.
I asked where they were and she told me they were about an hour away. The wedding planner talked to the bride and told her that no one would notice if she didn’t wear her shoes. The bride pitched a fit and made an uncle drive and get them. It took him about 2.5 hours to get them. The whole time, we were trying to convince the bride to start the ceremony and she refused.
The worst part was that her family came from another country and didn’t really speak English, so they had no idea what was going on at first. They got super restless and some people even left. We even told the bride that people were leaving. She didn’t care, she just wanted her shoes. Everything was delayed by about an hour and a half. People were pissed. By the time the reception rolled around, about 50% of the people left the venue.
When my dad got remarried, it was the worst event I’d ever been to. It started four hours late because the bride decided that she just had to have Olive Garden before the ceremony started, so she loaded up all these half-made-up bridesmaids into a couple of cars and drove to Olive Garden, where we waited for like two hours for enough space for all of us.
We finally got back to the church and finished with the makeup. None of the bridesmaids had matching dresses because the bride decided on a dress like a week before the wedding, so she said for everyone to pick the closest thing they could find at the bridal shop. And the makeup guy was a friend of hers who claimed to be a runway makeup artist, but we all ended up looking cheap and 80s.
So their ceremony finally starts four hours late with a bunch of mismatched bridesmaids in horrible makeup and giant hair, and two of the bride’s friends just decided to stand up next to the bridesmaids like they were part of the ceremony too, for some reason. At the reception, there was a guy with a guitar paid to sing and play, but one of those two friends decided she was going to be the main entertainment for the evening.
She grabbed the guy’s mic and started singing in the most awful tone-deaf screechy voice I’ve ever heard. Finally, it was all over and we could leave, and I went to my car in the parking lot… and someone had slashed my tires. All four of them.
37. This Is a Classy Affair
It was my then-business partner’s second marriage, to a prominent lawyer. She was 40-ish but behaved like a Cosmo-swilling sorority sister and was obsessed with optics, image, status. The wedding was a two-nighter at a banquet/event center in the city. When my wife and I showed up we discovered the guests had been partitioned into an A-list and a B-list.
We were on the shorter A-list who were invited for cocktails, the ceremony, and a sit-down dinner. The B-listers had been told to appear 2.5 hours later for cake and dancing. During dinner, the already-half-in-the-bag bride stood up and told us A-listers we were her “real friends,” the “cream of the crop,” and our standing with her was reflected in the fine catered dinner we were eating.
Things ran long and the B-listers began assembling outside. They were not allowed in, but the place had storefront-type windows and you could see what was going on in there from the street. We were having creme brulees. It began to rain and the B-listers had to stand outside getting wet and staring at us while the banquet part of the evening wrapped up. They clearly had not been apprised of the two-tier deal.
The favored A-listers were in acute discomfort. A gang of the bride’s alleged best friends, similar sorority types in little black dresses, talked major snark about her for the rest of the evening, mocking her dress, her weight, her choice of husband, and especially the uncool structure of the event. Finally, the door was thrown open and angry damp B-listers straggled in bearing rain-washed gifts.
The groom was nowhere in sight and the by-now-drunk bride was doing the electric slide by herself on the dance floor. The room was thick with tension and weirdness and my wife and I slipped out before the cake-cutting. (Later I would tell the bride how nice the cake-cutting, etc. had been and she said she had seen me and all the A-listers front and center.)
The marriage lasted about three years. Four months in, the bride made a serious pass at me in the office. Shortly thereafter the sex was over, and she was sleeping on the sofa (she said). The whole wedding/marriage seemed to be merely a hook for a big party and a pretext for classifying her friends into first class and economy.
38. I’m Taking This, OK?
When my old babysitter was prepping for her wedding, she hired someone to decorate and design her wedding. That person got one tiny detail wrong and was fired on the spot. This meant that the babysitter took over and went completely nuclear on everyone.
I came home from school one day to find out that she’d stormed over to our place, asked to borrow the canopy that hung over my bed, and without getting a yes, dismantled it and took it to the venue. I never saw it again. Last I heard, she ripped it when she was taking the decorations down because she had stapled the mesh into the wood paneling.
39. Sensitivity Problems
I’m a wedding planner. We had an unexpected death in the family. Our 6-month-old nephew had passed away in his sleep. I knew the funeral was going to be the day of my client’s upcoming wedding, so I gave her a call to explain the situation. She’s clearly not paying attention to the call or the words I’m speaking, because I can hear her laughing with friends in the background. I get irritated and tell her I’ll call her back later.
I call back that night and again tell her what has happened and that I’d be sending an assistant to cover for me so I can attend the funeral. She tells me that I need to send my assistant to the funeral and that I had better be at the wedding. It took me a few seconds, but I calmly stated that I’d be sending her money back and that no one would be covering for me. That was the nicest way I’ve ever told someone to screw off.
40. Were We Boring You?
I was 17 and my dad was marrying a terrible woman. She made my brother and I walk my dad down the aisle. No big deal, whatever. When the wedding was over, I was summoned to her hotel room so she could scream at me that I looked bored when I was standing next to my dad, and I ruined her whole wedding.
She then proceeded to tell me that I was not allowed to live with her and her children at her house, and had to live at my dad’s house alone where he would visit me on weekends. Five months later, my dad took me out to get Chinese food and to tell me they were getting a divorce.
41. You Can’t Be Prettier
The bride asked her friend (who wasn’t even part of the wedding party) to remove her makeup because it was “prettier” than the bride’s. The bridesmaid even handed said friend a wipe to get rid of it all. The friend chose to leave the wedding instead because she was too shocked and offended by the gesture. I think the bride eventually apologized but the relationship has chilled since.
42. You’ll Make Us Look Fat
A good friend didn’t want me in her wedding because I’m thinner than her and her other friends. We aren’t really friends anymore.
43. Will You Please Come Out?
My sister’s boyfriend’s sister was getting married and my sister came to their house early to help her into the dress. They came out of a room at the same time, and the father of the bride wasn’t able to see his daughter clearly, so he told my sister that she looked beautiful that day. The bride got offended because she thought her father had ignored her for my sister, and they had to spend an hour trying to coax her out of the room she locked herself into to cry and scream.
44. What to Not Put up With When You’re Expecting
I knew a woman who was a bridesmaid in a relative’s wedding. She was married and had been trying to get pregnant for a while. Finally, her and her hubby got lucky and she conceived. The bridezilla got furious and kicked her out of the wedding because she would be pregnant in the pictures. Three months later, sadly, my friend miscarried. The bride called her with a response along the lines of, “Good, well now you can be back in the wedding.” Needless to say, she did not even attend it.
45. Just Mail It
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 and 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…
46. Yours Are Better Than Mine
I had a friend flip out on me on the day of her wedding that I was showing more cleavage than her. She knows that I always show cleavage, why would her wedding be a different story? Also, she was mad that my makeup was better looking than hers.
47. Not Just a Day
My sister-in-law threw a massive fit because my other brother proposed to his girlfriend and they wanted to get married in the same year, but months apart (June vs December). She said it was her special year and didn’t want her attention taken, even though they waited 3 years to get married. My other brother ended up just waiting till January the next year.
48. Change the Date
My wife and I got married the same year as my sister-in-law and my brother wanted to. She flipped out and hate texted me like crazy. It even got to the point where my brother called me and begged me to change our wedding date because if we didn’t, she would leave him. We got married on schedule and they canceled their wedding in Hawaii (original, huh?), but all the family still went.
They ended up getting married 2 years later after 2 more attempts to get married. And as of right now, they’re separated and headed towards divorce. My family couldn’t be happier!
49. Like Mother, Like Daughter
Bridezilla kicked the groom’s sister out of the wedding because she had to wear a bra. Why? The sister was quite buxom and would fall out of the dress. She was very aware of this and was embarrassed. The bride and her mom dressed her down very verbally for 30 minutes and then kicked her out. The groom was not informed. The next day, they did it again in front of the whole wedding entourage, including the groom’s parents. Everyone agreed the bride and her mom were supreme jerks.
50. How Dare You Not Speak
My sister caused a huge scene at her wedding dinner because I (the maid of honor) did not want to do a speech even though she knows I am deathly afraid of public speaking. I had nothing prepared, and it was never expressed to me that she wanted me to say something. I should also clarify that it was more of an informal wedding, and she was the maid of honor at my wedding and didn’t speak.
It still hurts my feelings to this day that she was so mean to me in front of all those people. I care about people’s feeling and don’t want to ever make someone uncomfortable just for my benefit.
51. Turning on the Psycho
My brother’s wedding is still 11 months away and she already has everything booked and is being a psychopath about it. My brother asked her if I could be a bridesmaid because he wants me in their wedding. She said no because I hurt her feelings by not asking her to be my bridesmaid (they weren’t engaged then and she was still a teenager at the time).
He said he’d have me be a female groomsman, and she said absolutely not. I think she’s super against my brother having a female groomsman because I had a male bridesmaid. She booked an extremely large and expensive venue but had cut the guest list down to basically just immediate family because the caterer is paid per plate.
My mom has a very large family and it would be hard to pick and choose who gets to be invited, so my mom asked if she could invite more and pay for their plates herself. The bride said yes, but she needed to have their plates paid for before they send out their save the date cards in August (the wedding is next May). My mom was like “Um…I’m not paying to invite them. I’ll pay when people RSVP.”
She’s also booked a DJ, but I don’t know who is going to be dancing because the wedding is going to be really small. Oh, and no alcohol because she doesn’t want her grandfather to think she drinks. She keeps making jabs at my wedding, like she’s trying to compete with it. For example, at my wedding the groom and groomsmen all wore converse shoes.
When they were discussing what the groomsmen should wear she busted out “Um…not tennis shoes! HAHAHAHA!” We also catered BBQ at our wedding because my husband is from KC and he wanted that as sort of a nod to his roots. When they asked what kind of food she wanted it was, “Not BBQ! HAHAHAHA!” My stepmom has connections to everything wedding-related because she’s a hairstylist and can get amazing deals.
She’s refusing to use the same stylist, florist, baker, etc. My best friend and my maid of honor is also a wedding planner and offered to be their planner for free as her gift to them, and she refused. Oh, and I do makeup and she doesn’t want me to do her makeup, though it’d be free.
52. Berserker Bride
Two days before my cousin’s wedding, the typically bashful bride-to-be hulked out and began screaming at her wedding planner until she cried. Why? because the centerpieces were the wrong color of flower she ordered.
53. It Costs How Much?
One of my close friends is getting married this weekend on Saturday…and she’s become a bridezilla. At first, she was easy-going. I’m not going to be one of “those” brides, she says. But she evolved from asking us to pay for our dress (a normal, understandable thing) to now paying $100 to have our hair in a basic up-do and another $100 for makeup.
I have to pay $200 on her wedding day if I want to be a bridesmaid. Which, of course, doesn’t include the $200 I already spent on the dress, shoes, and her gift. Seriously, $400 dollars!? I’m right out of college, you have to be kidding me!
54. Just Cut to the Party
Photographer here. The worst one I dealt with didn’t really seem to care about her wedding at all. She was in a hurry to rush through their pictures and get in the party bus they had rented for between the ceremony and reception. She made the entire guest list sit and wait to eat while she and her new husband and bridal party spent two hours getting so drunk they could barely walk in the door of the reception hall.
Once they got there, two of the bridesmaids had puked on each other and their dresses were a mess. She waited until we were doing the pictures to ask me if I could edit her maid of honor’s breast tattoos out of the pictures, despite having chosen low cut gowns for her girls that accented all of their boobs. The friend was not happy.
I took the opportunity while they were eating to use the bathroom as it’s generally considered rude to snap photos of people with their mouths full of food. Not two minutes later, she sent one of her puke-stained girls in to knock on the stall door and tell me to hurry up because she remembered another pose she wanted to do in her pictures…while I was peeing.
55. Out of Order Cake
The Bride got mad that her Victoria Sponge wedding cake was assembled wrong. It went, from bottom up, sponge, cream, jam, sponge, icing/decorations. It should have gone sponge, jam, cream, sponge, icing/decorations. I understand that a wedding cake is a crucially important item at the wedding and it needs to be perfect.
However, this cake was beautifully decorated, tasted great, and had neither missing nor extra ingredients.
56. They’re Wilting
Florist here. Today I spoke with a very angry bride for half an hour on the phone because she was extremely unhappy that her bouquet of delicate flowers would not hold up for her 4+ hour outdoor photo shoot in 90° heat prior to her (also outdoor) ceremony.
57. But I Want It There
It was an outdoor wedding and the couple had a kiddie pool filled with ice to put water bottles in. (It was painted nicely). An hour before guests were to arrive, the bride wanted the bottles and ice out in the 90° weather. Everyone was against her putting it out until just before guests arrive, but she screamed and screamed at her dad until he went to go buy the bag of ice early. It melted and they had to go again.
The cake was also being decorated on site, and the decorator had the cake in the shade. Well the bride wanted the cake as the center piece in the middle of the patio, in direct sunlight. There was a half hour long war of the bride and the cake decorator moving the cake in and out of the shade while setting up. Finally, the decorator snapped at her asking if she wanted her cake to look like a lumpy pile, and the bride snapped back.
They also brought the wrong table cloths, square not circle. They were upfront about it and said the correct ones will be there in 20 minutes. Bride lost her mind and was screaming at them. The wedding didn’t start for another two hours. During the mother-groom dance, she tapped the DJ on the shoulder and told him to make this one short.
58. Switch Them Around
I used to waitress at weddings. I had a bride have a meltdown once because the pink candles and white candles were in the wrong order in her big expensive lanterns. We had to run around and change them.
59. Room for One More?
I was helping decorate a wedding when the bride came storming in and literally threw a chair through a window. She was pissed that there had been one chair extra in the back of the room…
One bridezilla got mad that people didn’t stay for cake and started cussing guests out over it in the middle of the event. It’s 11 pm on a Tuesday and you’re just getting to the cake now!? People have jobs to go to and we all got here at 10 am. But I know, how dare people leave before the cake…
61. With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?
I’m a commercial photographer and my best friend since childhood asked me to photograph his twin sister’s wedding because they didn’t have the budget for an expensive wedding photographer. So I figure out my costs and tell them I’ll do it for a break-even fee of $400—about 1/4 of what they’d pay otherwise. They agree to it.
On the wedding day, the bride starts panicking because she doesn’t have her checkbook. She promises to pay cash later instead. I follow them around from 9:30 AM to 1 AM, hearing from both the bride and groom that they got enough cash as gifts to pay me later on. They never did. A week later, I’m about 10 hours into what would become 30 hours of editing 250 final photos and still no money, bills from my expenses coming due.
Text them, no reply. Turns out they took off on a month-long honeymoon in Europe. I had to call up her dad and get him to pay me instead. No one ever even bothered to thank me for doing them this favor. My buddy and I now have a strained relationship as a result of this whole ordeal. I don’t shoot weddings or offer friend discounts anymore, with no exceptions.
62. Executive Decision
This is kind of the opposite, but my friend’s wedding planner flat out refused to use the bride’s hand-made decorations. She hid them in a box under the guestbook table. I was assigned to go down from the suite and check on things while we were getting ready. I asked the planner why the decorations weren’t hung up, and she told me she didn’t like them.
I had the boyfriend of another bridesmaid hang them up because I knew the bride would be upset if they weren’t in the reception hall. We had spent hours the day before finishing them.
63. The Ten Commandments
The following is an excerpt that was posted in a Facebook group for people attending this wedding: “Please arrive 15-30 minutes early. Please DO NOT wear white, cream, or ivory. Please do not wear any hairstyle other than a basic bob or ponytail. Please do not have a full face of makeup. Do not record during the ceremony. Do not check in on Facebook until instructed. Use official Wedding hashtag when posting all pictures. DO NOT TALK TO THE BRIDE AT ALL DURING THE CEREMONY! Everyone will toast with Rémy. No exceptions. Lastly, you must come with a gift of at least $75 or you WILL NOT be admitted!”
64. A Matter of Faith
My friend didn’t even take the time to tell her mom that she had found a Catholic deacon to officiate at her wedding. It was just a surprise to everyone on the day of the wedding. Mind you, she is Muslim and the groom even converted from Catholicism to Islam in order to marry her. SOMEONE clearly lied about their faith here!
65. Happy Hour
My sister’s wedding started late because both the bride and the groom were day drinking. The bride gets mad that her new husband is super drunk before dinner—so instead of helping him sober up, she proceeds to get pissed drunk herself too. Makes perfect sense.
66. Tough Love?
I used to work weddings in college, including one that was a complete nightmare. The bride and groom were from NYC and were getting married in the South. He was her boss at a news station. When I first saw them, I legit thought he was her dad. The entire night, she kept yelling at him—telling him to leave conversations she was having with her friends and stuff like that. She was just awful to him.
I sometimes wonder if the couple is still together. I’m assuming not.
I went to a wedding that had no alcohol served. The bride was against anyone drinking and the wedding was in the middle of nowhere. The ceremony was several hours before the reception and there was absolutely nothing to do in between. There was no entertainment, no food, no drinks, nothing. We all had to wait for 4+ hours for the bride to finally be ready to come out. Then, the bridal party shows up and they had alcohol for themselves. Our entire group left.
68. Jumping the Gun
I do wedding planning on the side and offered to help a friend three days ago as a favor. Her wedding is not for another year. One day, I’d just had pretty invasive surgery. Five hours later, this chick sends a “You ok?” text. As I’m still typing my response, she starts prattling on about what she wants to do for her wedding plans in a year.
I’m fine, but at least wait until I respond maybe? What if I’d died and my husband was like, “Sorry, she’s dead,” then what would she have said? I can already tell she’s gonna be a blast to work with…
69. Surf’s Up!
My friend was definitely a Bridezilla. She was having a destination wedding and decided to pick a petty argument with me right before the big day. I was uninvited from the wedding literally the day before. Since I was already at the resort, I just got drunk on the beach for a week, didn’t attend the wedding, and saw her for less than five minutes total the whole time I was there.
70. Sounds Nice and Rosey
My friend tried to get me to pay for everything on her behalf, and was a jerk to me in the meantime. So after the final straw, I canceled all the orders for everything but the caterer—since that was a favor to another buddy. She ended up buying fake flowers and the ceremony was a train wreck. She got the Aisle 5 wedding she paid for and I got to save money on a dress.
71. It Never Hurts to Bring a Back-Up Beau
My sister addressed my invite to me and a male friend I had known for about 10 years. A male friend whom she had always had a huge crush on. Even better was that I had been dating my boyfriend for 2 years at this point, and my male friend was engaged. When I asked my sister why she put my friend as my plus-one and not my boyfriend, she said that she didn’t want some random guy in her wedding pictures.
I went to her wedding solo. No surprise, she and her husband divorced 2 years later, and I have been happily married to that “random guy” now for 15 years.
72. Too Cute for Comfort. Literally
I was a bridesmaid and my S.O. was a groomsman. We were banned from looking at, speaking to, or dancing with each other for fear of “out-cuteing” the happy couple. We’d been together for 5 years at this point. We didn’t do it, but the request alone was outrageous.
73. Bridal Duties Are Thicker Than Blood
The bride kicked off at me when I couldn’t attend her SECOND hen-do (complete with over-night stay) because it was too far away from the hospital my dying grandmother was staying in. The friendship ended when she said: “We’ve all got sick relatives. My grandad’s got dementia!” Needless to say, we don’t talk anymore.
74. You Can’t Cook up This Crockpot of Demands
I got asked to stand up for a wedding during culinary school for a high school friend. She said she didn’t want us to buy presents, but wanted us to help with various wedding things since it was a backyard wedding, like someone help with the flowers, another would do favors, table settings, etc. She wanted to know if I could help with dinner.
I said sure, and asked her what exactly she wanted help with, figuring it was prep work for someone else to cook. No, she wanted me to handle the whole dinner. As in cooking for 200 people, as a 19-year-old having only done a year of culinary school. She also wanted me to help pay for the food I’d be making, as their gift.
She wanted me to make Caesar salad, potatoes au gratin, and roast enough ducks for 200, by myself, and pay for about half of it. I was learning how to be a pastry chef. I explained this, and she just stared at me blankly. I told her I could do the cake easily enough, but she insisted she wanted a “real” cake, from a bakery.
I told her there wasn’t any feasible way I could do it, not only because that’s freaking crazy, but because I literally wasn’t trained to do it, and I got disinvited from the wedding. They apparently served bagged salad, boxed potatoes, and roasted chicken from Walmart.
75. Don’t Wig out, But Actually Please Do
My friends were getting married, and my girlfriend and I were both in the wedding party. The bride’s mother suggested that my girlfriend get hair extensions to be in the wedding to not “ruin the photos” for her daughter. My girlfriend has very short hair, because she has Grave’s disease. Her hair has become very brittle, and started falling out in clumps.
I’m sure it wasn’t intended to be rude, but telling somebody that have to put on a wig because you don’t think they look good enough to be in your daughter’s photos seems pretty terrible to me.
76. Life Will Be Great When You’re Brown-Town
My best friend asked me to dye my hair from blonde to brown because her other bridesmaids all had brown hair and she wanted to be the only one with blonde hair. She did pay for me to get it done at a professional salon, so I didn’t mind too much, and her photos did look amazing after. However, I definitely have a few friends who thought I was crazy for agreeing to that request.
77. The High Cost of Friendship
My friend was set to get married in November of 2016. He got engaged in October of 2015. From the time he got engaged until April 2016, he continued to add things on to my to-do list for the wedding. It seemed like once a month he’d say, “By the way, I need you to do this and buy this for the wedding.” My wife was also a bridesmaid.
The bride had picked out very expensive outfits for the bridesmaids. $300 dresses, $150 shoes, and $75 costume jewelry. There was also a weekend at the beach planned for the summer, and my wife was responsible for the food at the bride’s shower. I still have no idea what they meant by “being in charge of food,” as no matter how much we asked, they acted offended. Does that mean provide food? Organize food? What kind of food was expected for the 40 people who were expected to come? No answers were given.
In March 2016, my friend had pneumonia and was hospitalized. In total, he was down with it for about three weeks. During that time, my wife and I talked about the wedding and totaled up how much it would cost us. We ended up with a figure of about $1,500 for a wedding an hour away from where we live, which we thought was absurd. My wife and I both worked, but didn’t make enough money to drop that much on someone else’s wedding.
So, when my friend healed up, I went by his house and told him my wife was going to drop out as a bridesmaid as the cost had risen too high. We were also upset with how they had been treating us as friends. He was initially surprised, but then we continued talking. The next day, after getting an earful from his fiancée I’m sure, he called me and told me I was out as the best man and to never speak to him again.
78. Doing the Bridezilla Tango
College “friend” got engaged to an absolute witch of a woman. She was crazy, crazy insecure and would do things, lash out, and make comments when those insecurities bubbled up. She would even make comments about how she didn’t really want to marry the groom based on his physical appearance and how much he made almost every time she got a little tipsy.
Before the wedding, the groom and bride recently moved into a new house that their parents purchased for them, and furnished said house with expensive furniture that their parents also purchased for them. My fiancé and I had just moved into a rental, were dead broke, and watching TV on a mattress we had pulled into our living room.
When I couldn’t afford to attend the bachelor party, we offered to have them over for dinner to celebrate in a way that we could afford. Instead, we were lectured by the bride on how we “should” be spending OUR money and that we had to get our priorities in line. I mean, screw eating and housing yourself when you can spend a couple grand on two days of drinking, right? It gets worse.
After this episode early on, they essentially stopped talking to us or trying to include us in anything up to the wedding. At the wedding, the bride was belligerently drunk, slurring her words slightly, and randomly breaking down into tears. Uses her time at the altar during the ceremony to essentially ad-lib with what the preacher was saying. Trying to crack jokes and making weird noises throughout. It still gets worse.
The ceremony ends and the wedding party heads off for pictures. The bride, being drunk and impatient, begins berating the photographer until the photographer is in tears. Fast forward to introducing the new couple. The entire wedding is essentially waiting for them at their tables, which are at the bottom of a long hill.
The bride and groom are at the top while the DJ begins to announce the new couple. Only problem is, the bride is currently yelling at her new husband about what a piece of trash he is and telling him to go screw himself. They stop for long enough to walk down the hill and take their seats. One of her bridesmaids was concerned and asked if there was anything she could do. To which the bride replies, “You can go screw yourself!” but there was a final nail in the coffin.
Throughout the entire wedding, family from the groom and bride kept coming up and telling us we were SO nice and nothing like how the bride had described us. Yes…screw her, screw her very much. Additionally, the groom’s family KNEW how much of a psycho she is. The groom’s sister literally pulled me aside during the reception and begged me to stick around, knowing that her brother’s wife was terrible, and it would only be a matter of time until they were divorced, and he would “need me.”
79. Love Has Credit Limits, Honey
My future sister-in-law has made it very clear that she wants her bachelorette party to be a week in California. We live in New Jersey. That means I would have to take a week off from work, my husband would have to take a week off from work to stay with our children, I would have to pay for my airfare and hotel and all the week’s activities. But that’s not all.
I’d also have to pay my share for her, since “everyone knows the bride doesn’t pay for anything on her bachelorette party.” When I said I’d have to see if it’s something that we could make work, she basically just said, “Well, only the people that really love me will be there, I’m only going to get married once so I have every right to be selfish.” Good luck marrying that.
80. Blondes Don’t Always Have More Fun
I was a bridesmaid for a high school friend. Not a super close friend, but whatever. At the time, I had lightened my hair color and it didn’t turn out well. Before the wedding, I had it cut and changed back to my original color—the color I had all my life except for the awful month or so of bleach. Figured the least I could do was not subject the wedding photos to my hair disaster.
I showed up for the wedding ceremony, and suddenly the bride had an absolutely epic meltdown. Because NOW all her bridesmaids wouldn’t be BLOOOONDE! Apparently, I wasn’t asked because she wanted me, just my blonde hair. I guess, in retrospect, that explained those awful candy-pink dresses we had to wear (and pay for).
81. “I Do…Not Take No For an Answer…”
It was my wife who was one of the bridesmaids. The couple was way oversexed or trashy, I’m not sure which, but they wanted the entire wedding party to do a group photo in just their lingerie/boxers (except the bride and groom, “of course”). She noped out of that, but apparently, the other two girls and the groomsmen went for it.
Then they wanted the groomsmen and maids to pair up and kiss for a picture—none of them knew each other. Apparently, she was the only one who didn’t. Then they basically shamed her for opting out of both of those to the point she came and found me crying, so we went home.
82. Time to Prune Your Friend List
I was the maid of honor. She demanded I come pull weeds out of her parents’ yard a day or two before the wedding because the reception was at her parents’ house. I had already gone through multiple ridiculous requests the week leading up to the wedding, so this one I put my foot down and said no. Got through the wedding. No longer friends.
She did send a gift when I got married: A centerpiece from HER wedding, that I had helped make.
83. From Tip to Toe
I was a groomsman in a friend’s wedding. I wasn’t the best man, but I was closest geographically to the groom, so I was helping with various wedding-related tasks. Not a big deal. Was happy to help. The bride, however, was nearing Bridezilla status. She was fairly demanding and was fairly emotional overall. 48 hours before the wedding, she decides she does not like the shoes the groomsmen were going to wear. These are the shoes that came with our rented tuxes.
My friend, the groom, had been mentally worn down by all of the constant demands of his bride-to-be, and he was despondent trying to figure out how we were going to get new shoes for all of the groomsmen. I decided to step in and be the voice of reason. I pointed out that we only had 48 hours before the wedding and we still had a lot of important things to take care of.
I also pointed out that for men’s formal footwear, there is a 2 x 2 matrix: Shiny or not shiny, laces or slip on. Finally, I pointed out that no one is going to care or even notice what kind of shoes the groomsmen will wear. My friend manned up and talked some sense into his bride-to-be. The wedding went fine, and no one noticed or cared what kind of shoes the groomsmen wore.
84. Not Worth Splitting (or Shaving) Hairs
My sister-in-law insisted that I shave off my beard for the photos—a beard I’ve had for over 10 years and will probably have on my dying day (I look like a toddler clean-shaven). She was eventually talked down by my brother, who pointed out that in a year it would look like they had a complete stranger in all their wedding photos.
85. The Best Man, Not Wingman
The maid of honor at my sister’s wedding asked me if I could sleep with her husband’s best man. In her words, “Jake’s saying he won’t go unless there is a guarantee lay for him. I know you’re single and everything…” I thought it was a joke at first. It wasn’t. I, of course, said no. Surprise, Jake still showed up as best man without the promised booty.
And boy was I glad I said no, because this guy was 300+ lbs of greasy hair and an odor that could only be described as diabetic urine.
86. Sixteen Candles? More Like Sixteen Future Ex-Friends
The bride asked 16 girls to be bridesmaids. In the year and a half between the engagement and wedding, all but 6 dropped out (3 were her sisters). She wanted 16 separate shades of blue and 16 different styles of dresses for each bridesmaid, then threw a fit when the store didn’t have that many options. But she was just getting started.
She demanded everyone pay for a week-long bachelorette party in Vegas (including her share) and then got mad when some people opted out (I was a single mom/college student at the time). Her parents gave her a $20,000 budget, and she ended up spending $100k and demanding they pay for it. They took out a loan they are still paying off.
She also wanted everyone to have the same shade of hair, so she asked the two blonde bridesmaids to dye their hair (they declined). She paid for nothing for the bridesmaids (traditionally the bride pays for something—the hair/makeup or the dress) but demanded we purchase specific shoes, jewelry, dresses, etc. plus hair and makeup. And stay the entire weekend at the hotel she was getting married at.
All together, costs for the wedding—not including a gift—were well over $2k per bridesmaid. This was mostly amongst college-age women in a poor/middle-class area. She also had three separate engagement parties/bridal showers. The final straw for me was when she demanded to see my toast a month prior so she could edit it. She ended up rewriting it totally. I skipped the wedding and ended our friendship. They did end up getting married, and 6+ years later, he seems absolutely miserable.
87. A Joyous Day…or Else
I was almost in a bridezilla wedding. I had an ectopic pregnancy (baby attached to my tube, which then burst, and I almost bled to death). She got engaged shortly following my ectopic. When she asked me to be her bridesmaid, she told me that I would have to wait to have another baby until after her wedding in 1.5 years…not because there would be a small child at the wedding, not even because she didn’t want me fat at her wedding…but because if I lost another child, it would take away from her engagement and wedding.
I was so shocked. I just declined and have never spoken to her since.
88. Gender Roles Die Hard
The groomsmen got to go swimming and play in the lake all day while the bridesmaids had to set everything up. Sums up their marriage today as well. She does everything for this fool.
89. Who Says Marriage Is for Grown-Ups?
Bridesmaid to a bridezilla here. The bride spent a lot of time crying and carrying on whenever she didn’t get her way because “it was her wedding and we should all do exactly what she wanted.” Which is not to say we didn’t. We sure did. She wanted everyone to justify her irrational and horrible behavior because it was all about her.
She didn’t enjoy it much when I told her she was wrong for kicking someone out of her bridal party, terminating the friendship, and pitching a fit when a girl couldn’t make bridesmaid-dress shopping because she was sick and had to go to the hospital. This is also coming from the same woman who got angry and didn’t speak to me for months because I didn’t come see her to congratulate her on her pregnancy when I was home on furlough for a week at Christmas.
90. Trimming the Fat From Your Friendship
A friend of mine in college was getting married at 19 because she was super-conservative Christian and she wanted to have sex. Between the time I agreed to be a bridesmaid and a couple of months before the wedding, I lost some weight. She got super pissed at me because she wanted to be the skinny one on the stage, and threw me out of the wedding party. Oh well.
91. Putting a Down Payment on Loyalty
My best friend just got kicked out of being a bridesmaid because she couldn’t spend the $1,500 to go to the bachelorette party. All the other costs were killing her. The bride told her to take out a credit card to pay for it. One of our friends made the best comment over the situation: “She [the bride] just did you the best favor ever.”
92. There Are Some Holes in This Contract…
The bride bought us all earrings to wear on the day. I was met with a blank look when I told her the holes in my ears closed over a while ago…so one of the other bridesmaids (who happens to have quite a weak stomach for this kind of thing) and I went into the other room and re-pierced my ears. It was years ago and the morning of. I was in my early 20s at the time. I’m pretty sure it’d be a different outcome if I was asked to do it today.
93. Being a Bridesmaid Shouldn’t Require a Degree in Public Speaking
My friend forced her entire bridal party to write a speech for the rehearsal dinner. I couldn’t enjoy the dinner I was so nervous, but I managed to sputter something out after 3 glasses of wine. Some of the others were so uncomfortable. They were either a few seconds long or had uncomfortable moments of silence.
She also wanted the bridesmaids to perform a dance routine. I noped out of that one though. For our wedding, we wanted everyone to enjoy themselves. Knowing my sister and my husband’s brother would be so nervous, we said no one had to give a speech. By the end of the night, we’d received 2 spontaneous speeches from groomsmen, which was nice.
94. Where in the World…Is Common Sense?
The bride wanted photos of the wedding party at EVERY, and I mean every, San Francisco landmark. Four hours driving around in a limo held together with duct tape to cheese in front of each corny tourist spot. She had a videographer along with us, and wanted only the natural sounds recorded, so no one was allowed to talk.
I had to pick up my wife and two-month-old to bring to the church ceremony immediately after. Bride left me little time (and no offer to pick them up in during the events). We get stuck in bridge traffic; I’m 10 minutes late for the scheduled wedding start time. She kicked me out of the wedding and drove around again to reshoot all of the pictures.
95. Missed Encounters
At the wedding of a college friend of my husband’s, we learned that the bride (his old friend) had been in love with him for over a decade. We learned this from the women at our table at the reception. We introduced ourselves while we waited for the bride and groom to arrive. They were horrified that we were there—and extremely worried.
My husband had NO idea that she had feelings for him. She bee-lined right for our table after the “introducing Mr & Mrs” thing—ignoring her family and leaving her husband standing alone. She clung to my husband and sobbed—lifting her head to glare at me. She had to be pulled off of him.
She repaired herself, then followed us as we tried to leave quietly—her parting shot was to stare at my chest and say, “Well I guess I know what I was missing all along!” Her new husband was in shock and my husband was horrified and embarrassed—he was completely clueless and would never have gone to the wedding if he’d know she was obsessed with him. It was bizarre.
96. How Dare They Not Come
One day after her wedding, a friend I went to school with went on a rampage on Facebook about how none of her friends showed up to her big day, and the ones that did show up didn’t dance or participate in anything at the reception. She blasted everyone and made her wedding party feel bad because she spent too much money on unnecessary things that no one used (mainly the photo booth and tons of rented costumes and accessories to use in the booth).
She made a second post an hour later complaining about all of the people that stopped her to take pictures and didn’t let her enjoy her party. It was hilarious to watch the comments flood in from people who went and were angry, and a few requested their gifts back.
The kicker here is that a former classmate, someone who has a lot of mutual friends with the bride, lost his infant son earlier that week and the baby’s services fell on the same day as the wedding. Most of the people she was complaining about for not coming had opted to go to the child’s funeral service instead of her wedding. She lost a lot of respect and a lot of friends in two hours.
97. Well of Course They’re Hideous
The bride asked me what color 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 color that 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 had to be the prettiest on the day.
98. You Should Be Happy for Me
The bride spent weeks crying to my sister and I that “No one is happy enough that we’re getting married!” She literally wanted us to call her once a week and tell her how happy we were that she was getting hitched, and how lucky we felt to be in her wedding party. When we went bridesmaid dress shopping, she broke down crying when we chose the less expensive dress. But that wasn’t the worst part.
She also accused us all of trying to ruin her big day by making ourselves uglier. Yes, uglier. The next day, she called me to tell me I was out of the wedding party because I just wasn’t the kind of person she wanted in her wedding. You know, after we bought the dresses. She then invited other people to take my and my sister’s place in her wedding party, with the expectation that she’d be able to give them the dresses we’d paid for. She called, screaming that I had ruined EVERYTHING because when she went to pick up her bridesmaids dresses she was two short. I had called and cancelled the order and gotten a refund.