Local Brides Share Their “Bridezilla” Moments


Photograph by Chris Von Holle

We asked local brides to describe the “bridezilla” moments they experienced on their wedding days—if they had any, that is! The now-married laddies also share advice for how to-be-brides can avoid stressful situations on their big day.

“I didn’t have any bridezilla moments. I’ve worked over a decade in the customer service industry, and that experience made me a much more reasonable bride. There were plenty of things that went wrong on our big day… The DJ was late due to a flat tire. I was upset, but the band I hired for cocktail hour stayed an extra 30 minutes free of charge. It was still the best day of my life. I would tell any bride-to-be: Don’t let perfectionism ruin your day, because 9/10 times the only person who notices everything isn’t perfect is you.”Lloydia SanJae Garney, April 20, 2018

“The morning of the wedding I was in my bridal suite having my makeup done when an extended family member arrived…and began to ask if the makeup artist could repair her eyelash extensions. The bridal party still needed to have their makeup done! [They] managed the situation before my stress level elevated.”Andrea Adighibe, June 9, 2018

“I wouldn’t say I had a classic ‘bridezilla’ moment. I believe I avoided this by trusting the people around me to be the best at getting things done the way we envisioned and not getting caught up in the details, knowing my team would pull it off without a hitch. And they/we did!”Annie Elizabeth McLean, June 23, 2018

“The week of the wedding I was a borderline bridezilla. My mother and mother-in-law live in different states, but I wanted them both to feel included, so I left several small projects for us to do together in the days before the wedding. These last-minute details, in addition to finishing our vows, wrapping gifts for the bridal party, entertaining family, and getting nails done, inevitably became too much stress. My best advice is to finish everything wedding-related before family arrives…and just be present to enjoy the time when everyone gathers to celebrate your love!”Michelle Hicks, September 8, 2018

“I was able to avoid my bridezilla moment because I had an amazing photographer! [She] was such a calming force, even when we were running late. She got some incredible pictures of my sister and me running to the church! Choose your day-of team very carefully. They can make all the difference!”Melissa Koehler, September 24, 2018

“We don’t think we had a bridezilla moment! While planning was stressful at times, it helped that we are both fairly laid-back people and didn’t get too hung up on things being ‘perfect.’ Knowing that this was just one day in the thousands we’ll have together put a lot of perspective on letting the little things go.”Alex & Allison Ranieri, October 17, 2018

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