44 thoughts on “Wedding Shop workers, what are your worst bridezilla stories?

  1. Haceldama February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Florist- We had a bride and her mother show up at 9am. They wanted to order a bridal bouquet, a mother of the bride cattelya orchid corsage, a boutonniere for the groom, and six smaller ones for the groomsmen. The wedding was scheduled for noon. Yep, three hours from then, and they wanted them ready by the time they were done with thier makeup appointment at the beauty parlor a few doors down. The bride was flipping through the FTD sample book and pointing out the style and flowers she wanted. Think garden roses with long sweeping trails of stephanotis and variegated ivy, all three of which would require at least a week’s advanced order with our suppliers. She was absolutely gobsmacked that we didn’t carry extremely expensive and highly perishable flowers at all times. Same with the catteleya orchid for the mom’s corsage. My boss told them that since they didn’t place an order beforehand they would be limited to what we had in stock, and simple styles that could be assembled quickly. The bride and her mom kept pointing at the book and arguing that we should have those specific flowers in stock. My boss eventually took the book off the desk and tossed it behind the counter.

    The bride vacillated between tears and petulant whining that we were going to ruin her big day. My boss, who had a bone deep loathing for brides in general, told her she had ruined her own day by not ordering her flowers before her actual wedding day. The mom tried chewing out my boss for her lack of customer service skills. My boss told her that she was welcome to go down the street to Vons and ask their flower department to make thier order with whatever they had in stock. The mom said she’d do just that, and reassured the bride that she’d have her flowers done by the time her appointment was over. Both women stormed out.

    I figured that was that, but my boss told me and the other girl to start on six simple dendrobium orchid bouts. Meanwhile she threw together a ribbon wrapped bridal bouquet with some white roses that were nearly past thier prime and some more dendros. Sure enough, twenty minutes later the MoB slunk back in and meekly asked if we were still able to assemble what they needed. We did. We also charged her a very large bitch tax- ahem, rush fee.

  2. atomic_tango February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    My mom and I saw a great bridezilla freak out while shopping for my wedding dress a few years back. We were in a small, local shop when another mother-daughter duo came in. The attendant who had been helping us went up to greet them. The mother said they were here to pick up her daughter’s dress, so the attendant looks her name up in the computer, frowns, and says, “Ma’am, you never bought the dress.”

    “What are you talking about?”

    The attendant shows the lady the notes on her computer screen. “You said you wanted to think about it, and asked if we could hold the dress. We held it for two weeks, but when we didn’t hear back from you, we assumed you didn’t want it.”

    “Well, we want it now.”

    “It’s been over eight months”, the attendant explained, “We sold the dress a long time ago. But I can order you another one, and have it expedited here in a few weeks.”

    And like a Mt. St. Helens of entitlement, the eruption began. “This is unacceptable!” The mother shrieked. “We have her alterations scheduled in two hours! The wedding is a week away! I can’t believe you sold her dress!” The bride, meanwhile, is slumped against the desk and sobbing like someone killed her dog.

    My mom and I are just open-mouthed staring at this point. The attendant was trying to be diplomatic, but is clearly as baffled as we are. “Ma’am, we had no way to know you wanted it. You never called. You never put down a deposit. The dress isn’t yours until you pay for it.”

    After some more screaming from the mother and wailing from the bride, they left. The shop attendant came back over to us and I asked her, “Does that kind of thing happen a lot?”

    The poor lady just deflated. “All the time.”

    It baffles me to this day. How do you schedule alterations on a dress that you never purchased? Why would you wait until a week before the wedding to pick up your dress? How do you make it to adulthood without knowing how basic buying and selling transactions work?

    TL;DR – Turns out dress shops can’t read your mind, and you need to actually pay money for a wedding dress before it is yours. Go figure.

  3. Adnarim-Rekanoh February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I worked at David’s Bridal and I have to say that I never really had a terrible bride. It was always the moms, grandmas, sisters and friends that were terrible. Either they hated what the bride would pick out for them to wear or they would hate what she was picking out for herself to wear. At DB we have kinda strict appointment guidelines when it comes to time and a lot of brides that would bring entourages wouldn’t find a dress because everyone would bombard her with their opinions and overwhelm them.

    The worst thing I’ve ever witnessed was when a bride that always struggled with her weight came in. She was overweight and had been working extremely hard on it over the last year. It was a slower day and we all loved her story and wanted to make that day special so we all decided to help. She finally found a dress that she loved and she started crying along with most of us. Then she looked at her mom and asked for her opinion and her mom looked at her and said “you look fat in it”. We all stood there in silence and the bride lost her happiness. She asked to be assisted in taking it off and they left.

    It was one of the saddest days that I had experienced there.

  4. CapitanMyCaptain February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Oh I work as a wedding server, awesome job I love it. As soon as someone says bridezilla this one story where the manager of our hotel had to shut down the wedding halfway through comes to mind. This was the bridezilla of all the bridezillas I’ve ever seen.

    There were a lot of little things leading up that were casual bridezilla until the wedding took a sharp turn. At one point she accused the wedding server staff of stealing her veil… then the manager found it in her room and also showed her the card swipes to her room proving only she had been in the room that day.

    About 20 minutes later she was screaming at some poor front desk employee accusing her of stealing her wedding boots. Manager intervened and after a long talk the photographer told them he had a photo of the boots on the staircase of the church, and asked if she had worn them since… when she said no she told our place it was our job to have picked them up and made sure she had them (the church was not related to our place at all).

    THEN shortly after she started opening the wedding gifts frantically inside the ballroom and screaming at anyone and everyone, guests included, saying someone stole her wedding certificate.

    After that , our manager gathered the wedding staff and told us to take off our uniform jackets, Empty them in front of him, then to clock out and go home. Which we all did, none of us stole anything , and we heard next day the maid of honor had the certificate and after we left the wedding was shut down completely. Room left as is for the bride to come back to in the morning.

  5. _marjaz_ February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I used to be a “Bridal Consultant” at a retail store which basically means I helped couples scan things onto their registry, although the training for it just meant I knew how to use the scanner and the computer and my actual job had nothing to do with bridal shopping. This one couple came in to start a new registry, which quickly turned into only things the bride wanted. Anything the groom wanted to put down on the registry was deemed as “childish, stupid, ugly, unpractical, never-going-to-be-used”. I was cringing during the entire appointment, she kept asking for my input/opinion on everything and I felt so bad for this guy. His bride-to-be seemed so selfish and entitled, couldn’t believe the fact that he was soon to be married to this woman. The poor man just wanted a waffle maker, who doesn’t want waffles?!

  6. orbital_cheese February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Wedding band member here.

    Had a bride flip her shit at me and my band mates because our instruments weren’t white or salmon coloured to fit in with the decorations and she was saying we would ruin the photographs. Even though I was playing during the reception and all the photos were already taken.

    A sunburst jazz bass, blue Stratocaster and a red drum set aren’t going to ruin your pictures darling.

  7. girlwithdog February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I worked as a wedding planner and coordinator and one bride stands out to me because she was so inconsistent with all the vendors. She was a complete sweetheart to me during the planning phase and I never saw any of the crazy until the day of the wedding. It was honestly like a Jekyll/Hyde moment.

    She wanted a big wedding, around 300 people, and spent a lot of money on the venue and food and wanted the best for everything. No complaints about paying for it either, never asked for discounts or anything like that. And since she wanted the best and seemed to have a really large budget, I referred her to a popular baker for the cake. I let her handle the logistics for the cake since I’ve worked with this baker before and never had any problems. I figured they would do the standard cake tasting, pick a design with the baker, and I would see a gorgeous masterpiece on the day of the wedding.

    Well, that didn’t really work out. For some reason she didn’t want to tell the baker that it was for a wedding. I’m guessing she read that you can save money by ordering a regular cake because some vendors will automatically add an extra charge if it’s for a wedding. (By the way, this is true to some extent but the extra charge truly is there for a reason. Whenever something is for a wedding the vendor puts in much more care, stresses about the timing, execution, etc. way more than usual, and often times will go all out and use premium materials or add upgrades. Not all of us are just adding extra charges for no reason.) Anyways, she decided she didn’t want to pay for a wedding cake so she told the baker it was for a birthday party. The baker asked how many people the cake would need to serve and she said “around 50”. She also didn’t want to pay the delivery fee so she had her sister pick up the cake on the morning of the wedding and bring it to the event.

    At this point it’s important to mention that we live in Texas and this is a summer wedding. By the time the cake got to the venue (about 6 hours after it was picked up from the bakery), it didn’t look all that great anymore. Some of the decorations had melted, the cake got a little banged up in the car ride and there was icing on the inside of the box, the entire cake was sagging on one side. It was also way too small for a wedding of her size. I saw it and it looked like a complete disaster. But at this point we’re about an hour away from the start of the wedding and there’s no possible way to fix this. The bride comes into the reception room with her makeup all done and sees the cake and completely flips out. Screaming, crying, throwing things, collapsing on the floor. Complete meltdown. Threatens to cancel the whole wedding if we can’t fix it. We try to calm her down as much as we can and grab the makeup artist before she leaves and ask if she can help fix the bride’s makeup, which is a mess now. The bride sees herself in the mirror and has another meltdown because she ruined her hair and makeup and now wants to have the whole thing re-done. After she gets everything done to perfection again, we’re about an hour behind schedule. I let the guests come inside the reception room to wait because it seemed cruel to force everyone to sit outside in 100 degree heat, but when she saw that everyone was inside she had another meltdown. She spent the entire wedding sulking with a scowl on her face, and refused to take any pictures with people. Her new husband kept coming over to hug her and try to cheer her up and she would either yell at him or give him the silent treatment. Most of the guests left very early because the atmosphere felt so uncomfortable. So pretty much a waste of the $200,000 budget for a lavish wedding, all because she wanted to save a couple hundred bucks on the cake.

  8. Foxlust February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I once worked in a bakery and we had this bride freakout that her cake wasn’t right and proceeded to smash it to bits with her fist. She smashed the wrong cake. Like wtf. Anyways the cops allowed her to wash her hands before placing her in handcuffs. I felt bad for the future husband and the couple that ordered said cake. people are cray cray.

  9. tishamingotrish February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I am a florist and serviced a bridezilla and groom without a hitch on my end. On their end? They Had to go out of state to get married because they had protective orders against each other!

  10. Spydrchick February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Retired Master Seamstress checking in. Not Bridezilla but Momzilla. I was making her daughter a custom bias cut gown and had limited fitting time because the bride lived one state over. Now bias cut gowns are the debil to begin with. We (mom and I) would work on details between fittings. I would say our working relationship got very frosty. Each time the bride came for a fitting she lost weight. Tape measures don’t lie. And she was not a big girl to begin with. Mom would scream that her daughter did not loose any weight. After the third fitting, third fight and the third rebuild of a very complicated gown, I finished it and told them to take the gown and do what they wanted with it. It was gorgeous but hung loose. The girl lost over 3″ over the course of 7-8 weeks. I lost hours of my life, and the $$ for the work. The deposit took care of the materials ($140 per yard silk, venice lace), so there is that.

  11. Doves_inthe_wind February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I worked at a mom/pop shop. We had a bride who was polish, who my boss called ‘polish princess’, she wasn’t my bride but they picked a very bad consultant for her. Made worse by the fact that this girl wanted stuff added to her dress that wasnt done by the manufacture so we had to do it all in house. To give you an example, she wanted lights, those tube lights? I think that’s what they are called, all around the bottom half of a dress that we had already spliced with two different dresses.

    Side note: my boss loved anything that meant money.

    Anywho, we spent months fixing and refitting this dress because she not only lost 45lbs from her first time being measured, which brought her 4 dress sizes less than her original, she also got a massive boob job, bruskia. Well, after finally fitting her into her gown, on the last week she decided the lights that took our poor 70 year old seamstress two months to sew in, looked tacky. She was crying and throwing herself at her mother in a tantrum, screaming in polish all this crazy shit. She ripped the bottom of the dress and ultimately had to buy a dress from David’s bridal because my boss finally got smart and kicked her out. Just a mess. She made our seamstress cry!!!!! The bitch.

  12. IAmNoLady February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Worked for a wedding photographer here.

    Wonderful couple, seemed made in heaven. Their wedding album WITH OUT pics cost 2k. Thing was made from mirrored glass, weighed a ton. It was my job to order the 60 – 8×10’s the bride wanted used. This album had no protective sleeves, so every single pic had to be sprayed with a chemical coating and left to dry, in dust free area. If it did not dry with a smooth, dust free finish, I had to remove the chemical coating and try again. I spent most of that week, in a tiny closet sized room, in full respirator mask and protective gloves & Eyewear, spraying those damn pics. But my God, I have to say, it was the best job ever! When done, this couple spent over $5,000 on that one album….It was GORGEOUS!….and they divorced before the year was up. DUH!

  13. Untouchable-joy February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I work at a hotel, but once had a bridezilla throw a cell phone at me and hit me in the face. Hurt pretty bad, one of those big galaxy phones.

  14. Autarch_Kade February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Honestly I just think about the women who go insane and wonder if they ever end up regretting their behavior.

    It’d be interesting to read a “Bridezillas of Reddit, what’s wrong with you?” thread.

  15. AverageJoe5555 February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I was at the wedding of an ex boyfriend several years ago and he had planned & practiced signing a Frank Sinatra song to his new wife. He went up & took the mic and, with the band backing him up, began singing the song (I can’t remember what it was) – His new wife suddenly stomped across the dance floor & up on the stage, grabbed the mic from him & said – “I HATE that fucking song & I don’t want to hear it.” They were divorced about a year later.

  16. QueenoftheBunnies February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Wedding coordinator here! I’ve found the mom’s are usually worse than the brides. I worked a wedding this past summer with a ridiculous momzilla. During the rehearsal, she handed me the box of decorations and said “don’t you dare make this look tacky”. On the day of the wedding, she arrived and came up to ask me where the wedding programs were. I told her there weren’t any programs in any of the boxes and she proceeded to bitch me out for losing them and then decided that I stole them. She also asked that we build a water station for the guests, but instructed that she didn’t want the guests to have access to it until after the ceremony. It was 90 degrees that day and the ceremony was outside so that did not go over well. And when the guests complained that they were thirsty and we weren’t letting them go to the water station, she told them how horrible we were and made a big deal out of opening the water station early, like she was the hero. Thank god they only booked the venue for the ceremony so she was only my problem for about an hour.

    The next day my boss handed me an email the momzilla sent her. She wrote about how I lost the programs but then in the same sentence said she found the programs in her hotel room later that night and made a comment about how I should’ve gone to her hotel and gotten them. She also complained about how I wouldn’t give her guests water and how the photographer was the worst person she’s ever worked with. She actually wrote “don’t bother remembering her name, she’ll never work in his town again” about the photographer. Her letter ended with her complimenting the venue space and saying something along the lines of “I think I would be a great addition to your team of event coordinators! Let me know when I can start!”

    Bitch was blatantly trying to take my job. The worst part is that my boss actually hired her. Needless to say, I quit working at that venue.

    This isn’t the worst story I have, but it’s one of the most memorable.

  17. jackerick84 February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I worked at a high end bridal shop in my early 20s. One day, I had a bride-to-be shopping for a gown and she had brought her Mom, Aunt, and sister (who had just become a new mom) with her to her appointment. The sister was obviously a little jealous that attention was no longer being lavished on her and her new baby, and instead the bride was the now the center of attention. As I was fitting the bride in a $2500 Lazaro Bridal Gown, the sister decided to change her newborn’s diaper in the dressing room & proceeded to hold the shit filled diaper up to the gold- hued gown and exclaim “look the colors almost match!” I excused myself from the room for fresh air and to regain composure. In my experience- the brides were rarely the problem- the family was!

  18. notasugarbabybutok February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Baker here. I wasn’t present for the freak out, but it was my fault so…

    A few months back, I had a bride who wanted a Navy to white ombre cake (something like [this](https://www.pillsburybaking.com/recipes/blue-ombre-cake-7535) ) made with white sponge. Now, dark, rich colors like that in white cake fucking suck. they always taste terrible because they have so much gel coloring in them to get them right. However, you can do it, if they’re willing to have the dark layers be chocolate. Navy is especially easy, thanks to blue velvet. I tell her this when we’re planning. “But I want white cake!” I tell her I’ll do all but the last few in white sponge. She agrees, and I make the damn thing and drop it off.

    I come back to pick up the staging stuff the next day, only to find my whole fucking cake sitting there.

    Apparently when they cut into the thing and fed it to each other, she freaked out over it being chocolate, and refused to let any of the cake be served. Apparently she forgot that she had agreed to have the bottom tier have two layers of blue velvet, so she threw a massive fucking temper tantrum over ‘the cake being wrong’ and how I ruined her wedding, then locked herself in the bridal suite. if she wouldn’t have been a little psychopath and let the staff cut the cake like they should have, she would’ve seen that 90% of the cake was white sponge like she wanted.

  19. rubywolf27 February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I used to work at a jewelry store.

    This young guy (college age) came in one day to look at engagement rings. Very polite. Asking good questions. You could tell he’d been considering this for some time.

    As I’m helping him and showing him some rings in his budget, She walks in. She’s wearing a t-shirt from the high school senior class from the previous year, and she comes over by him.

    “Oh my god were you *seriously* considering that ring??? Ugh. It’s so ugly. Besides, it looks just like my LAST engagement ring.”

    How I wish I could have told him to dump her, run for the hills and don’t look back.

  20. standbyyourmantis February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    When I worked at a fabric store if I heard someone mention a wedding I would intentionally go to another department to work. Without fail, every bride to walk in needed 25 yards of a discontinued fabric and she didn’t have the SKU just a little sample piece of it which would take hours to work out and if you couldn’t magically summon it then she’d flip out because her wedding was in three days and now there were no table runners. After awhile, you just stop even feeling sorry for them.

  21. AllTheExsInTexas February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Not 30 mins ago I had someone accuse our deaf tailor of recording her on his phone as she tried on dresses and walked around in them…. he was facetimeing his wife as he walked through the store. He was signing too. She was very embarrassed but not enough to apologize to any of us for screaming through the store.

  22. sig863 February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I work at a hotel that does a huge amount of wedding business, and we had an engagement shower with the plan being that the couple would be having the wedding with us as well. This involved the bride-to-be and to an extent, her mother.

    Anyways, we knew there were going to be issues because neither the bride or groom ever smiled. She was always complaining about how he was “wishy-washy” with picking a date and he was always silent. The MOB was your stereotypical Brooklyn Jewish Mother and had her hand in EVERYTHING to make sure things were perfect for her little princess. (My experience has shown that the MOB/MOG are exponentially worse than the actual people getting married.)

    Well, the engagement party starts, and everyone, except for the couple, seem to be having a great time. Then, halfway through the party, we suddenly heard the girl scream at her fiancee “WE WILL **NEVER** HAVE A CHRISTMAS TREE IN ***MY*** HOUSE, SO YOU CAN GET OVER IT!!!!”

    And from there it devolved into a shouting match between the couple, who moved from the banquet room to the lobby so their “guests” couldn’t hear the argument. (Didn’t work. They heard everything.)

    Apparently she was Jewish and he was Protestant and not once in their relationship had they discussed religion. They went at it on and off for two hours. She was screaming at the top of her lungs about how their (non-existent) children would be raised Jewish, and how his traditions didn’t matter. Her mother standing at her side and nodding in agreement and interjecting occasionally with a “that’s right” or “you tell him”.

    He was pleading (in a good attempt to be quiet, but was obviously frustrated) for her to at least compromise to let him at least *invite* his pastor from his home town for the wedding, and that their (non-existent) children could possibly do things with his parents for Christmas, even if they didn’t celebrate.

    The guests just kept partying, pretending nothing was happening, but you could see on all of their faces that they wanted to leave, but couldn’t since they would have to pass by the couple to get to the only exit.

    Only after two hours and the argument eventually devolving in to her INSISTING her children would never see a Christmas tree in their whole lives so they wouldn’t be confused (good luck with that one in this country, lady) the groom finally, dejectedly said “Well then maybe this isn’t going to work.”

    She threw her ring at him and said, (I swear to god) “THEN WHY THE HELL DID YOU LET ME MAKE YOU PROPOSE?!?!?!?!?!?!” She then changed her mind, picked up the ring and said “Whatever. I’m keeping this.” and stormed off. Her mother looked at her ex-potential-son-in-law, told him he was an idiot for letting her baby go, and went after her.

    I’ve NEVER seen a banquet room clear of people so fast. Within fifteen minutes, everyone was gone, and it was a ghost town, and from the looks of it, everyone took their “Gifts” with them.

    Worse still, it was the former-bride’s family who had hosted and were staying at the hotel, so we spend the next two days “commiserating” with them about how awful the groom was as they moved their daughter out of his apartment.

    Dude dodged a bullet.

  23. kimmycat88 February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Bridal consultant here! My most memorable appointment was a party that showed up completely shits-to-the-wind HAMMERED. It wasn’t unusual for bridal parties to have a little “tailgate” style party in our parking lot before coming into our store. Often they’d have mimosa’s or a shot or two to loosen up before the scary gown search. This party must have finished a full bottle of whiskey between the five of them. They didn’t appear too sloppy when we first got started but about half an hour into the appointment it was pretty obvious that they were way to drunk to be in the setting they we’re in. I had to prop the bride up with her nose in the corner of her fitting room to lace her corsets because she couldn’t stand, and each time we stepped out onto the stage the bridesmaids would scream, Beatlemania style, until they were red in the face. Eventually my manager came to me and said, very sternly, “Sell this girl and get. them. out of here.” The appointment ended when she fell for a gown $700 over budget, her drunkest bridesmaid swiped her own credit card to cover it, and then one of them (not sure which) sprayed a brown bodily fluid of some kind over our ENTIRE toliet.

  24. MamaBatBear February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    My experience with a bridezilla happened at my great aunt’s house. She has a private lake and a lovely set up for a small, country style outdoor wedding. The mother of the groom was a close friend of hers, so my aunt was happy to open up her home for the event.

    I got the feeling leading up to the wedding that the groom’s family didn’t care much for the bride, and after witnessing her throwing a temper tantrum over the placement of the food table because it started to rain, I kinda started to see why. Listening to the way she talked to everyone around her appalled me. She was a complete spoiled brat, and really was lucky that everyone didn’t just leave the wedding completely… I wouldn’t have blamed them a bit.

    However, the worst was the fact that she decided that she wanted her bridesmaids to walk barefoot… in the muddy, wet grass. After, she had them buy new boots to wear specifically with their dresses. Anyone who has ever bought cowboy boots knows that they are upwards of $100, and she picked out pink ones to match their pink dresses. All five of the bridesmaids had to buy these boots on top of whatever they had to pay for the dress. And she decides 10 minutes before the wedding starts, that she doesn’t want them to wear them.

    Of course, everyone complies with her and pacifies her and the wedding goes well. Although it got pretty tense during the “speak now or forever hold your peace” part. Not surprised to hear that the marriage didn’t make it to 6 months… She was the most selfish person I’ve ever met, I’m convinced that she didn’t want to get married at all, just wanted all the attention on her.

  25. SmokeWine February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Management here, you have no idea the sense of entitlement that walks into my store. I would consider us the walmart of weddings, we cater to everyone from bums who smell like piss to rich nobodies who think they’re somebody.

    I’ve seen it all, “These dresses are cheap.” To “These dresses are too expensive.” I’m a rational person and being part of management team means I’m trusted to make important decisions and enforce policy. All sales are final, depending of course but you have to have one great excuse to get a penny out of me.

    The best (by best I mean craziest) excuse yet was a spouse who had her wedding coordinator go in to refund the items because she was in a psyche ward after trying to kill her sister when she announced she was pregnant with the grooms baby at the bridal shower. We refunded everyone but the sister who was ironically the maid of honor.

    … and of course I always make a special exception for sudden death and it does unfortunately happen.

    A woman waited outside of our work for a co-manager because she wouldn’t return her dress which turned into a fist fight which turned into the bride having a black eye and spending time in jail. I’ve had women come in drunk and throw up in fitting rooms, i’ve had to call the police on a few occasions about a bum lingering in our parking lot with a knife. Women have pissed themselves or bled into wedding gowns/fitting rooms. The bathrooms are a nightmare to clean because the floor is always sticky with piss (did I mention our store only caters to women?) and devil children have come and gone.

    Children pouring cement into the toilets, running around the store knocking t-stands over, mannequins, displays, etc. sometimes on themselves. We have clear doors and I can not tell you the amount of times young children have ran straight into them at full speed. Unmonitored kids locking the front doors or physically preventing other customers from coming in. Let’s not even get started on the screaming or crying or even the fact that we have a fitting room with mirrors for walls that kids with sticky hands feel compelled to touch with every part of their body.

    We are not like say yes to the dress, people need to stop asking.

    There is no champagne or liquor allowed in the establishment, there is no food or drink allowed on the show room floor. (People will still hide it and do it anyways).


    Oh but please make the entire commercial about the sale and showcase women in dresses upwards of 600$, which really isn’t that bad if you consider how expensive weddings are.

    Women come in and are spending thousands on their wedding and are shocked at the price of a gown that hasn’t been mass produced for the populace since the 1800’s, please when I say we are the walmart of weddings I can point you to 10 other places with gowns upwards of 25,000. Our most expensive dress caps at 2,800, which is still a lot by my standards but so are weddings in general and you don’t really need either to celebrate a successful union.

    Don’t get me mistaken, I have my own wedding planned out to the last seconds and I appreciate the ideas and symbolisms behind a lot of the celebrations within but it’s not the most important thing in life.

    That’s about it, there’s tons more I can say but it’s one of my only days off and I don’t want to spend it talking about work haha.

    Edit: if you made a guess about what store i’m talking about you’re probably 99% right.

    2nd edit: I know “walmart” might be a bad word and I don’t use it in front of customers but considering we greet everyone at the door, accept everyone as they are, and have tons of misc wedding stuff I like to think we are (in a positive way) similar to a walmart.

    3rd edit: wow my highest comment is one that turned from a story to a rant to a jumble of things that frustrate me. Sorry about my wording, my grammar, and everything else visually unpleasant about my post but thanks for reading and voting! I love my job and weddings can be beautiful symbolic affairs that can take your breathe away. Don’t let the little things discourage you or bring you down, every bride can have a beautiful day no matter her ideologies, size, race, societal status, or financial status. A word of advice to any future brides; don’t sweat the little things!

  26. Knic1212 February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I have worked in bridal for 6 years. I really get along with most of the women that come in. But there have been some crazies. One off the top of my head was mad that she couldn’t get a refund. So she called up to the salon and threatened to come in and cut all the dresses up with scissors and blow the place up.
    Also drunk groups of bridesmaids cause a lot of the trouble. Had to call the cops on one of the girls before because she was freaking the hell out. My (former) boss thinks she was on something else and not just drunk.

  27. AllThatSpazz February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I use to be a photographers assistant back in high school. I remember this one bride before the wedding kept yelling at my boss about me helping with photos as she didn’t want some “stupid kid” to ruin her wedding photos. She also kept calling her soon to be hubby berating him. I ended up getting sent to do the grooms photos while my boss handled bridezilla. As soon as I walked into the room where the groom and his friends were getting ready I almost puked because it smelled like a distillery. The guy was on the phone with bridezilla on speaker while smoking weed and shaking his head. I could barely walk through the room with all the alcohol bottles on the floor and suitcases everywhere.

  28. samacerothstein February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Opposite of what you were asking, but I was working at a major hotel on the Las Vegas strip when a wedding party came to one of the main bars after a very nice wedding. This was after the reception so they’d changed into non-wedding clothes, and the bride proceeded to get drunk and get flirty with new husband.

    Security was called and she was asked to leave because prostitutes are not allowed to solicit on the property.

    The aftermath was no bueno.

    But, she did get all of her expenses comped….

  29. slalomi-sandwich February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I read one on [Hell of a wedding](https://hellofawedding.com) of a bride who kept gaining weight, and would scream each time the wedding dress fit wasn’t the same as the previous fitting appointment. Claiming that the store was switching out different dresses each time, ripping her off or something. Ugh

  30. mauriciolazo February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Husband of a wedding planner here. We had a bride flip batshit crazy on us, because people was not “aligned correctly” when she was arriving with her horse carriage before the ceremony.

  31. RedWomanRamblings February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I worked as a banquet server at a ritzy, riverfront hotel. People come from all over to have expensive over priced weddings (seriously I’m jaded from attending so many). So needless to say many of our brides were bridezillas to some extreme.

    Our summer season is very expensive, usually our ‘local’ brides get married there in the off-season to save some cash. One local bride that I will forever remember; went absolutely bat shit crazy. Before the wedding even started one groomsman left because he couldn’t stand her demands.
    We were all in the ballroom setting up as we normally do; at this particular wedding she had a ‘wedding planner’ who set the center prices which were pretty general country theme. The bride storms in, literally has a temper tantrum that they are not right (the candle was supposed to be on the left not the right). We fix it no problem even though it was not us but her (drunk) wedding planner who set them.
    Now, you’d think that would be all but no. One of her brides made a lost her bouquet right before the ceremony. Instead of troubleshooting; she completely berates and humiliates her brides maid. Starts stomping her feet saying ‘dadddddyyyyy’ like a two year old. This was over and over again; every little detail was wrong in some way shape or form. Needless to say, I was so glad I wasn’t responsible for the bride and grooms table that day!

  32. ghoulishgirl February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    I worked at a church that had weddings in the DC area. The worst bride I dealt with was part of a couple. They showed up in a lamborghini, I think, and the groom kept asking if it was safe to park the car out front (I think he was just trying to show off the car) he also wondered if his father’s Bently would be safe in the alley behind the church. We were in DC, he was lucky we had any parking. Then the bride was walking around talking about all the extravagant things she was wanting for the wedding, and pointing to things saying, “this will never do.” Worst thing was every time the bride turned her back the groom kept staring at my boobs. It was strange, his bride looked like a super model, and he was very good looking. I don’t know why he has to sleaze on church workers.

    After that and other demanding people I told the church I don’t want to do weddings, so now volunteers for the church does it.

  33. definitelynottwelve February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Worked at a hotel where we were hosting a wedding party. The bride called the front desk guy a n***** to his face. He asked her to apologize. She doubled down, told him “I don’t apologize to no n*****”

    So he went and got a manager to talk to them. Well this bride apparently hates a lot of people, because she tripled down at this point, saying “why are they sending some sp** to talk to me?”

    We cancelled their room block and the atrium they had reserved for their ceremony &reception with no refund which they tried complaining and yelling at us about but we didn’t flip. From the gossip I heard they ended up having the ceremony at a courthouse and the “reception” ended up being at a tilted kilt (Scottish version of Hooters) beciase it was the only place with space available.

  34. Dancer1977 February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    While the photographer was waiting for the extended family to gather for formals, he photographed couples and families already present. The bride bristled that he wasn’t taking photos of her and that these were not photos bride had requested. (Photographer had already finished photos of bride and groom in several locations.)

    Because she was upset, she didn’t ask the photographer to take photos of her and her special friends during the following reception.

    So, when she finally saw the photos a few weeks later she regretted that she had taken out her (unwarranted) anger: She was missing dozens of photos she would have wanted.

    Another bride was very upset that in some engagement photos the framing/cropping wasn’t right, even though the very same pose was captured with correct framing IN THE PREVIOUS and NEXT photos.
    Because of his previous “mistakes,” she hated the wedding photographer the entire wedding day, and hated his photos too, even though they were very high quality – matching with his portfolio.

  35. DeliriumTremendous February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    As a recent bride I was taken aback by the presumptuousness of several wedding vendors about my role in wedding planning and my thinking solely because I was the bride. No dudes, I wanted to elope and my husband wanted the wedding.

  36. disgruntledrep February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Restaurant manager story.

    The wedding dinner was on a Sunday so instead of the usual 1 manager on, we had the banquet coordinator come on for a few hours to make sure everyone was happy. They were a rich couple and we wanted more of their bussiness. Their menu was $119 a person and they had $80 bottles of red on the table.

    So guests start to arrive and order obviously start ordering drinks. At this point bride and mother see this and approach the head server. They tell her that everyone except the head table are to get separate bills. That they are not planning on paying for anything but what’s at the head table. Server finds us, tells us what’s happening and banquet manager heads over to figure out what’s going on. Seems that the bride and mother decided that their guests should have to pay, and they didn’t want to be the bad guys so they expected us to have to tell the guests. They also decided that since they are their guests at their wedding, they will drink and eat what they are eating.

    We tell the people that have already arrived, half of them laugh thinking it’s a joke, once we told them the truth, they laughed and left. My job became to stay at the front and tell all the people arriving for the dinner that they are going to be responsible for their whole bill, and what the costs were.

    Final guest count was 20 people. Most left once I told them what the costs were. We ended up threatening legal action against them since they signed the banquet sheet stating that they agreed on 60 dinners. Best part was they paid the full 60 dinners, plus gratuity, and only had 20 people there because they wanted to save some money.

    Other end of the spectrum was a Muslim wedding. We had to even cover the wine in glass storage in their wedding dinner room. The parents who were paying the bill felt since it’s there money, it’s their type of wedding. Except the bride and groom showed up the day before, left a credit card and told us to have an open bar ready for any of their guests. Alot of people went upstairs to the bathroom that day which oddly enough was right beside the bar

  37. sweetwaterblue February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    As an aside, I feel bad for anyone who has a bad wedding experience, it’s a once in a lifetime thing (hopefully). Granted I was only in charge of drinks, food and the groomsmen suits, but it was beautiful and well planned. BUT FUCK IT COST SO MUCH MONEY. Elope dear friends!

  38. m-e-g-a-i-n February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    As someone who has done a fair amount of wedding photography, one particular bridezilla in particular stands out.

    She abhorred the engagement photos and insisted that I must have used a warped lens or something that made her look fat. She readily admitted that her fiancé, who was standing right next to her in the photos looked fine and normal, but there absolutely had to be lens distortion or something else that made her look significantly heavier than she really was.

    That was awesome. I waived the fee for the engagement shoot and scheduled another at no cost to see if I could placate her. I recommended colors for her to wear that would ‘compliment her skin tone’ and scheduled the second shoot for the golden hour where the light would be most complimentary (she had insisted on the first shoot being at noon). Two days after the second shoot I delivered the photos and she was content enough to agree that I could be honored enough to be their wedding photographer.

    We (my assistant and I) get to the wedding location an hour early. Took literally hundreds of shots of pre-wedding preparations, all of the family shots that could be done with the family that actually showed up on time, and everything else that was agreed upon.

    We shot the wedding as discussed.

    After the formal ceremony, we continued to shoot more casual shots, cake cutting, first dance, the reception and everything else that was agreed upon.

    At that point, the dinner was being served. Again, as previously agreed upon, I wasn’t going to shoot a bunch of people jamming food into their faces and it was time for a break anyway. Her mother, who was actually the one paying me, invited myself and my assistant to discretely grab a plate of food and sit at the back of the reception area and relax for a few minutes.

    Bridezilla came completely unglued at that point. She stood up and literally shrieked that “the fucking photographer isn’t here to eat, he’s here to take fucking photos and make me look good!”

    The entire clubhouse went silent and all eyes turned to me. I set my fork down, glanced at bridezilla’s mother, and then back at the entire ballroom and mumbled through an apology that wasn’t warranted but somehow seemed necessary. And proceeded to aim my camera directly at the fat bitch while she chewed every last bite of her fucking meal and jammed seemingly endless desserts into her maw.

    Shortly thereafter her mother and brand new regretful husband approached me and suggested that despite our contract to shoot through the duration of the reception, it might be better if I go ahead and call it a night.

    So I left. Very happily, I might add.

    The next day, as I was starting to do post-production edits on the photos (and while she was on her honeymoon, I should add), the psycho cunt called me and screamed about how there was no way in hell they were paying for the photos (that she hadn’t even seen yet) and that she was going to call the local TV station to make sure I never got work again.

    “Ok” I said, “I understand you’re upset. Please enjoy your honeymoon and we can discuss this later.” And I guess I kind of hung up on her.

    1/2 hour later her mother called me. She assured me that the bill would be paid in full (she was the one paying me to begin with) and apologized profusely for how her daughter acted.

    I got paid in full. EVERYONE in the family was perfectly happy with the wedding photos except bridezilla. Her mother thanked me for my patience. Her husband thanked me for my tolerance. And I thanked the powers-that-be that I’d never have to see or deal with the atrocious bitch again.

    Weddings are awesome, I recommend them as a learning experience for everyone!

  39. distractivated February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Photographer here.

    The couple opted for an outdoor wedding with no weather backup option and, low and behold, it started pouring literally 5 minutes before the ceremony. The guests and groom ran for cover under the reception tent.

    After it didn’t let up, the groom made a mad dash to the door of the RV the bride was getting ready in, because she nor any of the bridesmaids were answering their phones.

    She made the poor guy stand outside in the pouring rain while she screamed and cussed that she was NOT getting married undwr the tent and everyone would just have to wait until it stopped raining. This was the middle of July, so even the rain was hot and sticky, and there were a lot of elderly family members with health issues in attendance sitting in 80 degree heat for over an hour. The cake had also started melting.

    I honestly wasn’t sure if the wedding was going to happen at one point, but it eventually stopped raining and the bride married her soaked groom and ate wedding cake soup.

  40. elipsionnation February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Not a wedding shop worker but at the wedding when it happened. As she was walking up the aisle in her dress the bride tripped over her gown. And instead of just getting up and moving on she let loose an absolute huge tirade of cursing and screaming at everyone, when her dad tried to console her she just got up slugger her dad in the face and started just throwing shit evertwhere screaming about this mother fucking wreck of a day. I’ll kill that notch for making the gown too long. What ate you looking at earl your notch of a wife is a hore. She just lost in and proceeded to rip up her own dress and run out of the church half naked into the rain. I mean I know the stress is high but god damn she lost her fucking mind

  41. LurkerKurt February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Not a worker, but stood up in a friend’s wedding. Also, I may have posted this before, but I feel it’s too good not to share again.

    Less than 48 hours before the wedding. The bride to be decided that the shoes that came with our tuxes weren’t to her liking. She wanted me and the groom to go to various stores (one of them Nordstrom’s) and get some ‘better’ shoes.

    My friend, the groom to be, was totally stressed out with all the various loose ends he had to tie up before the wedding.

    Fortunately, I was able to talk some sense into him. I told him 1) there just wasn’t enough time to go shoe shopping and 2) there are only 4 basic types of dress shoes for guys: shiny or not shiny, with laces or without. 3) No one cares what kind of shoes the groom and groomsmen wear.

    He came to his senses and was able to persuade his now wife that new shoes were unnecessary.

  42. Karkee8807 February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    A local wedding shop that had been in operation for years in my area had to close down. This place was very well known and a lot of people I knew went there for wedding dresses, prom dresses, ect. I didn’t get my wedding stuff there. But had been in growing up. And was pretty popular.

    In the 2014 there were a few US cases of Ebola, I think most of us know that. One of the ladies who came down with it was a nurse and caught it from a patient who had Ebola. She for some reason got the ok to travel, came to the area I live and went to this particular bridal shop. When it was confirmed she had Ebola, the shop closed down for three weeks to be professionally cleaned and detoxed (only word I could think of).

    After the stop opened back up from the three week shut down they were never able to recover. Months later the announced they couldn’t afford to stay open and were struggling. The stigma of the lady with Ebloa being in the shop drove people away.

    Oh, and the lady with Elboa tried suing the bridal shop when they wouldn’t refund her and her bridal parties deposits when she canceled her orders.

  43. missymia161 February 12, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Soon to be bride here – I’ll share my recent experiences with two salons

    TLDR: A bride wanted the entire salon to herself and a Salon manager doesnt remember anything

    The first salon I went with just my sister. Now, I am getting married in 18 months so we were purely looking and just seeing what was out there. I had read somewhere that consultants appreciate you letting them know if you’re only looking to which I did with mine (she was lovely by the way, and in no way the negative at this salon). We grabbed some dresses and started trying them on. Meanwhile, there was one other bride in the showroom whom was also shopping and she seemed to have been really in love with a dress when we walked in. As soon as I walked out in thr first dress to show my sister, the other bride and her entourage started glaring and went really quiet. I didn’t really take much notice cause I thought maybe they were discussing money or whatever and i didn’t want to be rude in eavesdropping. After trying on the first dress and heading back in, I could hear a commotion out the front. My sister came in and said the other bride was screaming at the consultant for letting me try on dresses at the same time, cause she was suppose to be the focus and she thought it was so rude to allow ‘a skinny little thing take away my attention (I am in no way super skinny)’.
    After that the lady left, and my consultant and I talked about her worst experiences.

    My second experience was during a designer showcase day, so it was BUSY. You had to make an appointment to which I had, and arrived promptly. The lady at the desk checked us in and said we were welcome to look around. While we looked (10 minutes past our intended appt time) the manager came over and asked how we were doing. We said we were still waiting for a consultant but understand they’re busy. She took my name and said it shouldn’t be long. 20 minutes after our intended appt, she came over again and it was like she hadn’t even talked to us the first time, like went through the whole welcome script again. I restated we were waiting, my name is blah and what time we were suppose to start and she apologised and said she would get right on it. Then about 5 minutes later, I get a call from the salon asking if I was still coming to my appointment, to which I walked back out to the admin desk and showed I was here. EVENTUALLY when I did get a consultant, she was the most amazing person ever. I told her I knew exactly what I wanted to try on and she got me started straight away. It was her last day, and even though my appt went slightly passed closing she never made me feel rushed or pressured to buy. In the end, I found my dress! But as a manager myself I was appalled by the salons manager, and since have seen from FB reviews that other brides have experienced issue with her as well.

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