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Bridezilla

Are You a Bridezilla?

You've seen the tantrums on TV and probably thought to yourself, 'No way, that will never be me!' But just to be totally sure -- take our quiz to find out. No harm in double checking, right?

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1. When you got engaged, you announced your engagement by:


A. Calling your parents and friends. You said something like, "He proposed! I'm so excited we're going to get married!"
B. Calling your parents and friends. You said something like, "He finally asked me! I know, it took a while, but I can't wait to start planning the wedding!"
C. Calling your parents, friends, and coworkers -- plus posting it on Facebook and Twitter. You said something like, "He finally asked me! You're not going to believe how big the diamond is! We have to start planning right away -- hold on, the caterer is calling me back. Bye, Mom!"

2. Your bridal party varies from a size 2 to 16. When it comes time to pick out their dresses you will:


A. Give them a swatch of your wedding colors and let them pick their own dresses. After all, you'd love it if they could honestly "wear it again."
B. Take them shopping and pick a style that you think will be flattering on all of them. Even if one of the girls is a little self-conscious, you're sure she'll get over her nerves by the time of the wedding.
C. Insist that some of the girls gain a little and some go on a diet --Pronto! -- so that everyone can be a size 6 (your size) and fit into those gorgeous bridesmaid dresses you've been eyeing.

3. It's time to shop for your bridal gown! You:


A. Do some online browsing before scheduling an appointment. You're pretty sure you can find something nice at a bridal boutique in your town.
B. Do several online searches and print out a few photos that you like. You schedule a couple of appointments at bridal salons and take your mom and maid of honor along so they can share in that special moment with you.
C. Do lots of online browsing and print out at least 150 photos. Then you take a week off of work to fly to New York City -- fashion capital of the country! -- and search for the perfect dress insisting that your mom and maid of honor come too. You make appointments at five different bridal salons, but you're still not convinced any of them will have what you're looking for.

4. When it's time to pick out invitations, you:


A. Casually mention to your fiance that you're going to pick some out and ask if he'd like to tag along.
B. Schedule the appointment so your mom, maid of honor, and fiance can come along -- you're going to need some extra opinions.
C. Insist that your mom, maid of honor, fiance, and wedding planning come along -- but in the end, don't let any of them weigh in on the designs or final decisions.

5. As you're going over your budget one night, you and your fiance realize that you've gone quite a bit over. You:


A. Start brainstorming ways to trim it back. Perhaps you can cut back on the guest list, hold a ceremony at City Hall, or just throw a reception for your friends and family.
B. Decide to trim the budget, but you're willing to spend more money to get what you really want. After all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
C. Call your parents and the groom's parents to tell them your predicament and that you simply need the extra money in order to have the wedding of your dreams. There's no way you're not getting every last detail you want for your wedding day.

6. At your first tasting, you're a little underwhelmed by the food. You decide to:


A. Let it go. It's not that big of a deal if the food isn't five-star, right? And you don't want to make the caterer feel bad.
B. Talk to the caterer and tactfully suggest a few changes to the menu, or ask for some dish substitutions.
C. Throw the table at the caterer a la "Real Housewives of New Jersey" and storm out yelling that your entire wedding will be ruined if the steak is medium instead of medium rare.

7. Your fiance asks you for a little help picking out his tux. You:


A. Shrug and agree to go along with him to his appointment but assure him that he looks great all the time.
B. Tell him you'd love to help, and then spend a few days going through websites and magazines to find photos of groom attire you like for suggestions.
C. Inform him that you've already made his appointment and picked out the tux he and the groomsmen will be wearing. All he has to do is get measured and it's a done deal -- no opinions necessary.

8. A week before your wedding you are:


A. Relaxing. Everything is going to be fine. Besides, the important thing is that at the end of the day, you'll be married to the love of your life.
B. Trying not to stress out. There are a lot of little things left to do but thanks to your family and friends, you think it's all going to come together nicely.
C. On the phone daily with your wedding planner, caterer, florist and other vendors making sure they have thought of every last detail. Plus, you've scheduled spa treatments, manicures, pedicures, massages, and any other beauty treatment you can think of for you and your bridal party.

9. On the day of the wedding, one of your bridesmaid's hairstyles comes out differently than it had in the trial session, but she's still happy with it. You:


A. Tell her she looks great -- and she does. Today is not about getting hung up over a hairstyle.
B. Are a little disappointed that it's not what you imagined, but try to not let it bother you. She still really likes her hairstyle and that's important too.
C. Start crying and tell the stylist that he has to start over -- even if it means you'll be late to the ceremony. It's not what you had originally discussed and you're not paying them to change details at the last minute!

10. When talking about your wedding, which phrase best describes what you would say:


A. "We're so excited. I love FH so much and I just can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him."
B. "Our wedding is going to be great. The flowers, the music, the food -- it's all going to be so amazing. And it's the start of our new life together too."
C. "From my dress to the food, every last detail of my wedding will be amazing. You should just see the wedding cake I picked out and what I'm having FH wear. He's going to look dashing. I have been planning this my entire life and soon my dream will finally be a reality."

If you got...

Mostly A's -- The Laid-Back Bride


You've got a great sense of what's really important here: starting your new life together. And though others around you might be nervous, you couldn't be more relaxed when it comes to planning your big day. You're easy to please and really want to keep your wedding simple and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Still, it's okay to speak up now and then and have an opinion -- especially when you're dealing with your vendors. While planning a wedding might seem daunting at first, most couples end up having a pretty good time pulling all the details together. So don't be afraid to get involved and show your friends and family that you really care about your wedding day.

Mostly B's -- The Balanced Bride


Good job! You've learned how to stay pragmatic and yet still get what you want most of the time. You're level-headed approach to wedding planning means you'll have a day that's truly enjoyable since you won't let the little things get you down. And though sometimes you might get hung up on the details, you always keep in mind the most important thing -- the marriage itself.

If you're feeling stressed, or like you might turn into a bridezilla, don't be afraid to walk away from the situation to calm down -- we all understand that wedding planning can be challenging and highly emotional. Remember that your wedding, like your relationship, is all about finding that happy medium.

Mostly C's -- Beware! It's Bridezilla!


Whoa there, bridezilla! Take a second to chill out! While your strong-willed attitude and eye for detail mean you know exactly what you want -- it's time you started using your powers for good. There's a right way (and a wrong way!) to let your vendors know what you want and we promise they'll be more accommodating when you give them a tactful -- not hurtful -- description of how they can work with you.

Try to remember that everyone wants the same thing: a beautiful wedding day to celebrate your new union together. And the planning will go much more smoothly when you can all work together towards that common goal. When it comes to dealing with your family and friends, pick your battles wisely. If you can compromise or let your fiancé or parents have a few things go their way, it will probably make everyone's lives a little bit easier. No matter what, you'll still be the center of attention on your wedding day, we promise.


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