For Brides 7 ways to know you might be a bridezilla

The term "bridezilla" is believed to have been coined in a Boston Globe article in June 1995. Since then, it has been widely used to describe overbearing brides who are difficult and often perfectionists.

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No bride wants to be labelled a bridezilla but some end up getting that title anyways, because of how they behave while planning their wedding.

The term "bridezilla" is believed to have been coined in a Boston Globe article in June 1995. Since then, it has been widely used to describe overbearing brides who are difficult and often perfectionists.

If you are a bride-to-be who is obsessed about every detail of her wedding, you might turn into a bridezilla.

Below are seven ways to tell if you are gradually becoming one:

  1. You talk about the wedding nonstop: Of course, getting married is exciting and stressful at the same time. It's a good thing for brides to have enthusiasm about the big day, but speaking incessantly over every little detail, especially when the conversation often turns to complaints about vendors and other arrangements, can really put off people. Remember, the world does not revolve round your wedding planning.

  2. You go on extreme dieting: It's understandable when a bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and this could make her want to shed a few pounds. However, if dieting becomes extreme, including dramatic calorie control, binging or purging, it can be unhealthy and dangerous. Putting appearances before health and well-being may constitute bridezilla behaviour.

  3. You don't spend time with your fiance: When give up spending time with your fiance and replace it with wedding planning and meetings, it can set a poor course for the future marriage and strain the current relationship.

  4. Having a "me-first" attitude: It's unproductive for a bride-to-be to think that her family, bridesmaids and others involved in the wedding will drop everything for the sake of the event. Although it is expected that a bridal party will partake in some tasks and responsibilities, they are not the property or employees of the bride. Also, diva behaviour and meltdowns — where all the attention is directed toward the bride-to-be — are not beneficial, either.

  5. You go way over your budget: A wedding is the union between two people who pledge to spend the rest of their lives together. While many people want to have the perfect wedding, fixating on every detail and spending excessively to achieve what is perceived as perfection is bridezilla behavior. Entering a marriage already in debt can put a strain on newlywed bliss.

  6. You fight with friends and family: Oftentimes brides- and grooms-to-be hide apprehension about starting a new phase in their lives by getting into disagreements with others. Brides may bicker with their moms over seating arrangements and hairstyles, but they might just be glossing over their evolving mother-child relationship. Fighting just to fight and draw attention to oneself is bridezilla behaviour.

  7. You expect preferential treatment: Many bridezillas are rude to wedding vendors and think that they deserve something extra. You should remember that florists, dress shops, musicians and photographers work very hard in their lines of work and often with couples who are emotional and feeling the stress of spending large amounts of money. Adding even more animosity to the situation could result in less-than-excellent results on the big day.

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