We’ve all heard the term “bridezilla” before. You know, the bride who turns into a horrible, awful person before her wedding due to “the stress” of planning and whatnot (ugh). There are also those unique stories about “groomzillas” who, are total a**holes and really make us rethink ever getting married and/or having a wedding (elope people, it’s cheaper).
While the family and friends of the bride and groom who act this way always suffer, can you imagine being the hired help having to deal with these people? No paycheck is big enough to put up with someone who is never going to be satisfied – ever.
One Reddit user badedum seemed to be hella interested in hearing some epic wedding stories – not from friends and family – but from wedding planners/talent that are usually hired for the “special day.” And, boy, did Reddit deliver.
A bride once called having a melt down because her friend got engaged as well and was planning to get married in the same year as she was… Apparently it was her special year and not just a day. She threw a huge fit that this girl was only getting married to “steal her thunder”… Yes, because no one else can have a life at the same time as you. Her friends date wasn’t even in the same month or season. Hers was in October and her friends was in June…. Brides sometimes don’t think rationally.
Friend is a photographer. Does weddings. Got punched in the face by the groom because the groom decided that the photographer was “taking too many photos of the bride.”
Wedding DJ here and it wasn’t the bride, this was a groomzilla. For some reason the newlyweds decided to invite the bride’s son’s father. The dance floor cleared early and everyone was in the photo booth or outside smoking and drinking.
Except the baby daddy and the groom. They’re sitting at a table alone and appear to be having a raucous, laughing conversation. Only, oh shit no, their faces are getting angry looking. Groom now has his finger in the daddy’s chest, “HE CALLS ME DAD NOW! I’M HIS FATHER!”. Groomsmen come running in to hold them both back. Groom flips the fucking table over. Bride is now in tears.
The groom got mega plastered and smashed a bottle of cognac on the dance floor and literally tried to set in on fire. The function supervisor tried to tell him very politely that he couldn’t and he got a bit upset about that and started screaming “this is my wedding and if I want to burn this place down I will.” Cops were called.
The worst I’ve personally witnessed had a grooms baby mama (and ex fiancé) come to the reception uninvited. She grabbed the wedding cake, chucked it at the newlyweds, and began screaming how he was a deadbeat dad while she grabbed table wine bottles that she smashed on the ground. Everyone was stunned in shock at first, but the ex fiancé was ultimately restrained by the groomsmen. We called the police, and she was charged with assault, assault with a weapon (from waving around a wine bottle and clocking a groomsman,) and destruction of private property (both from the couple and the venue.) What a charmer. In the end, the parents of the groom asked me to arrange a lovely (and secret) private dinner for the newlyweds and their bridal party to make up for the fiasco.
I work as a Hotel Manager and we see bridezillas all the time.
The worst was when a bride was so upset that she couldn’t fit all of her bridesmaids on one shuttle back from the reception (they took two vans on a 10 minute trip back to the hotel and it only seats 12) that she tried to physically assault the driver.
He left her on the side of the road when she tried to bite him.
The kicker? When the groom found out and came to get her- she was acting so crazy he went to pick her up with her parents and when they found her trudging back down the highway and heard her sh-tty attitude they left her there too.
I may be late to the party but here goes. I’m not a wedding planner, but I do work in the industry and my friend is the wedding planner I’m telling this story about.
He is a good looking, straight male that has an amazing eye for design and detail. He can do everything from wedding dress design and execution, flowers, you name it. And his services are not cheap.
He had a bride who called him up a few days before her wedding and told him she couldn’t go through with the wedding because she was in love with someone else. The conversation went something like this:
Bride: “I can’t marry him, I just don’t love him anymore, I think I’m in love with someone else!”
Him: “What do you mean you’re in love with someone else!? Your wedding is in 5 days!”
Bride: “Well…. I’m in love with you. You just GET me! I’ve never met anyone else like you!”
Him: “…Do you know how much your parents are paying me to get you?!”
She ended up getting married 5 days later and it was never mentioned again.
I’m a bit late but I work for a florist/event coordinating shop, we have several pretty high end venues we are exclusive with and lots of money breeds lots of entitlement. We get pretty horrendous bridezillas on the regular.
One I remember was a woman who was very sweet up until after her wedding. We had to substitute peonies (every bride and their grandma’s favorite flower) because they weren’t in season and to get them she would need to pay a ton, so she opted for garden roses instead. It rained on her wedding day, not like “maybe we should make a rain call”, like tornado sirens and shit falling over. The power went out and the hotel used all of their backup generators to light her ceremony and reception for the 3 hours the power was out. The rest of their guests just had to be rich by candlelight I guess.
None of that was her fault, but none was ours or the hotel’s either. Nature gonna nature. She tried to sue not only us for “fucking up her bouquet” but also the hotel for not letting her ceremony be outside and for not letting her ceremony be in “the prettiest area” of the inside of the hotel.
Thankfully we always have 2 coordinators meet with brides from this venue (it’s our biggest client) but we also record consultations and have contracts notifying all parties. So she couldn’t do shit to us but she did decide to blast us on yelp, facebook, and any other social media medium she could. Thankfully we threatened to sue her back for defamation and she removed them all.
The hotel has similar practices but also a ton of money to throw against her in court so they basically told her to bring it and she backed off.
Not a wedding planner, but I love this one. Girl I went to HS with got engaged. Her parents offered her three options: $50,000 for a wedding, $50,000 for the down-payment on a house (and a small, intimate wedding), or $25,000 for the wedding and $25,000 for a house. She chose the $50,000 wedding.
Weeks before her wedding she told her parents that she was having second thoughts. Parents said, “Everyone has jitters. The wedding is paid for. You’re getting married”. She got married. The marriage lasted two months. She had been cheating on her fiance/husband for over a year with a coworker.
My mom worked in a bridal salon when she was in college.
Sizing was a nightmare. Sandra came in to try on gowns. She tried on the large sample dress, had it pinned to see how it would look on her if it was her size. She said this was it, so my mom took her measurements, and figured out what size she needed to order.
My mom told her her dress will be a size 8 based on her measurements; Sandra threw a fit. “That’s impossible! All of my other dresses are size 4! I have been a size 4 since I was 14. I am not an 8! Order me a 4!”
My mom would explain how sizes vary from designer to designer and that, while she may be a 4 normally, with the designer of her dress her measurements are considered an 8, and it’s just a number, and if it’s too big it can be taken-in but a 4 couldn’t be taken-out… Sandra took none of that. Despite all protest, she demanded a 4.
A couple weeks before the wedding her size 4 dress arrived. It wouldn’t zip (duh). Bride had a meltdown. Mom had to apologize and reorder a larger dress at the bridal salon’s expense.
I worked in stationery design in the wedding industry a while back. Invites, wishing wells, menus, you name it. If it was wedding related and on paper, we sold it. Some of the customers we got were class act I can tell you.
The best/worst was a detailed consult with the bride and groom in regards to their invite design. Over the next two personal consults and many phone calls, I primarily dealt with the bride and her maid of honour together. After the last revision, the maid of honour came in to make a relatively major change, insisting that the bride wanted it that way. Idiot me made the change, and the order went to print.
Turns out the bride and her maid of honour had a falling out and the maid wanted to get back at her ex-friend. Apparently she had approached several of the wedding services acting as an agent of the bride and pretty much fucked the whole event over…
I had a bride that openly spoke utter and complete shit about the grooms family (in front of his face). She would say that they were “crazy, unclassy and annoying”, and come the wedding, her family was actually the hardest family I ever had to deal with, and the grooms family was absolutely lovely. On top of all this, the bride yelled at all of the vendors all day, resulting in the videographers leaving after just 1 hour of shooting, the photographer cried in the bathroom, and the groom and the brides cousins apologized to me for her behaviour all night.
Not a wedding planner, but I make custom, one-of-a-kind, wedding dresses.
One of my many notable interactions:
A girl asked me if I would send her an $1800 dress for free because “I’m really pretty and I’ll send you pictures of me wearing it at an event.” I explained that while I did custom dresses, I couldn’t possibly make one that would fit over such large balls.
I’m not a wedding planner, but I work closely with brides and grooms. I work in the vintage diamond ring business.
I’ll never forget working with one amazing groom. He spent a small fortune on a gorgeous Victorian engagement ring. It was one of the most beautiful rings I had ever seen.
I was super excited about the proposal (I of course wouldn’t be there to see it). Imagine my shock when I received a call from the groom the next day. She apparently hated the ring and threw a fit because (her words) he “bought her a ‘used’ ring from a garage sale”.
The ring was from one of the best vintage jewelry stores in the United States and cost $94,000.
Not a coordinator but worked at a venue that had weddings every weekend. It was located about 15 minutes from a large international airport, which was very convenient for guests but a big problem for one of the brides.
She told the coordinator to make sure that no flights would be passing overhead during her ceremony. Okay, so, we’ll just call every airline and have them delay all flights for you, crazy.