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"I've been through too much planning this wedding, and it is going to happen. It is going to be our perfect, perfect day if I have to kill every one of our guests and half this town to do it."

Bridezilla is that raging reptilian creature a bride morphs into when she comes to believe that the wedding is Her Big Day, where she is the center of attention, her every whim must be indulged, and no one had better protest, complain, or tell her she's being unreasonable.

This is a relatively recent trope, dating not much further back than The '70s and only becoming well-known in The '90s. Before then, only the wealthy had huge elaborate weddings, which were social occasions planned and paid for by the bride's parents. Everyone else got hitched at the local church or courthouse or even at home, with the main splurge (if any) being a honeymoon tour to visit relatives afterward.

Upward mobility after World War II created the wedding industry as we know it today, with bridal magazines advertising their wares to middle- and working-class couples who could now afford at least some of the trappings of a big fancy wedding. But unlike upper-class families, for whom large-scale event planning was old hat (or who could afford to hire a wedding coordinator to handle the details), such couples were often unprepared for the sheer amount of work (and money) that goes into a big wedding. The dream of the "perfect day" meeting the rock of cold reality can stress anyone out, and so the legend of the fire-breathing, rampaging bride was born.


Uses of this trope tend to split between 'normally-decent person showing her ugly side due to stress' and 'egotistical and selfish bitch reveling in her moment of being the center of attention.' The former type of Bridezilla can recover once the wedding is over and the marriage begins; the second will only get worse. Also, any wedding participant can merit the '-zilla' title if they hijack the day to gratify their own egos. The bride is simply assumed to be the most likely candidate to get Scaled Up because she is the centerpiece of the ceremony, which she may have been dreaming of long before she ever met the groom.

Related to The Prima Donna, Drunk with Power, and What You Are in the Dark. Often occurs because It's All About Me.

(No relation to Godzilla, Not Zilla, or any other Kaiju tropes. We hope.)



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  • An ad for Diet Dr. Pepper had a bride barking at her line of bridesmaids like a Drill Sergeant Nasty, "This is MY wedding. And in MY wedding, there are rules. Dresses must be in pristine condition, fingernails done and neat... are you eyeballing me, Martinez?" Then she flounces away and the back of her wedding dress skirt falls off.

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    Comic Books 
  • One Katie Ka-Boom story in the Animaniacs comic featured this, with Katie acting as a bridesmaid at a cousin's wedding. The wedding stress gets so high that both Katie and her cousin, the bride, lose their tempers and transform into monsters. While they wreck the chapel with their fighting, their mothers bond over the idea of raising kids. ("You too?")
  • Sid the Sexist gives us Wendy Haystacks, who Sid accidentally proposes to when all he wanted was just ask her to give him a blowjob. She ends up becoming a particularly nasty version of this trope, veering back and forth between sickeningly sweet and Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, giving poor Sid no small amount of grief even before the wedding.

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  • In Safe Havens, the stress of planning her wedding, combined with her already unstable DNA, caused Samantha to turn into a literal 'bridezilla' reptile (thankfully, a herbivorous one since she had been thinking about flower arrangements). She ended up thinking of a meteor strike blocking her ego to turn back to normal.

    Fan Works 
  • Dick Grayson is a wedding planner zilla in Batman: Melody for a Mockingbird. A Batman/Catwoman Shipper on Deck since his Robin days, he's hellbent on seeing his favorite couple get hitched in the biggest way possible. He's such a micromanaging bundle of nerves throughout the book that Alfred eventually drugs one of the smoothies he's been chugging just to get him to sleep, which, unfortunately, makes him easier to kidnap. At the end, Dick is peeved that most of what he spent thousands of dollars on doesn't get used in the actual ceremony, but still tears up during the I do's.
  • When there's a wedding being planned in The Bug Princess, it's the mother of the bride who takes on the 'zilla duties. The bride herself is frankly more concerned with finishing her final year of college.
  • Dimensional Links: Invoked by Four's Zelda. Since Vaati kidnapped her and wanted to marry her immediately, Zelda, in an attempt to stall for time until she was rescued, started picking fights with him over each and every tiny detail of the wedding, up to and including colour coordination of the napkins with the bouquet. Fortunately, her plan was successful and the Four arrived to save her before the wedding.
  • The fic In Your Arms I Belong subverts this. Selphie is freaking out, crying and screaming about how she's been planning this wedding for years and it's all going wrong... but she's not the one getting married. The actual bride is a lot more composed.
    "I really hope nothing else goes wrong tonight. I don't want another visit from the Selphzilla."
  • Initially averted in The New Retcons, in that Elly, the mother-of-the-bride, is the 'zilla, mainly because Elizabeth and Anthony initially refused to set a date. Once one was made though, Elizabeth stepped up to the bridezilla plate, to the point that she delegated writing one of her monthly letters to her bridesmaid.
  • This Bites!: A weird case. The Straw Hats get roped into planning a wedding for an Arranged Marriage between members of the Accino and Hiruno Bounty Hunter families. The bride is not the 'zilla, because she and her prospective groom are ten and have no desire to marry each other. No, the 'zilla is head wedding planner Vivi, who takes this opportunity to live her dream wedding vicariously through the bride's. To be fair to Vivi, this is because her forced exile from Alabasta and said country's subsequent secession from the World Government means her prospective groom (heavily implied to be Childhood Friend Kohza) can't even court her, let alone marry her, for the foreseeable future.
  • Renesmee in The Wedding Crashers is a Spoiled Brat who ends up allowed full creative control over her wedding, do the math. It gets to the point that she orders her werewolf–sorry, shapeshifter–husband to attack Leah when she and her friends do their best to wreck the whole thing as payback for Renesmee having Jacob force Leah to attend with the Alpha Order.

    Films — Animation 
  • Monsters vs. Aliens plays this trope almost literally straight and subverts it in the same scene with the same character. Susan Murphy, despite having an extraordinarily stressful wedding day, doesn't panic, keeps her head at all times, does her level best to make sure that nobody gets hurt, and only destroys the chapel by accident. All the while, the guests are running around in a blind panic.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In 27 Dresses, the main character's younger sister exhibits some Bridezilla tendencies, but switches to full on Bridezilla mode when an article published in the Post describes her as a Bridezilla who is taking advantage of her sweet-natured, pushover older sister. The end result is the older sister snapping into a Bridesmaidzilla, complete with destroying the dress rehearsal like it was 1950s Tokyo.
  • In Band Baaja Baaraat, wedding planners Bitoo and Shruti get reunited after their professional (and somewhat sentimental) break-up because they are hired by a very rich and very spoiled heiress who loved their former joint work and want them to do the same for her; in fact her main condition for hiring them was that they have to do it together or not get the job at all. Both accept since their separate ventures have left them full of debt. Later, they have to convince the girl against calling off the whole event in the middle of the celebrations for the simple reason that the Bollywood star hired for a dancing number has a last-hour accident and couldn't do his show.
    • Note that despite their profession, Bitoo and Shruti only seemed to get confronted with bridezilla antics at this point: in their "Rising star" and "fast decadence" montages their professional troubles were less related with demanding clients and more with their ability to getting and provide them.
  • The entirety of Bride Wars is an escalating feud between two best friends. They morph into bridezillas who are trying to outdo each other when their weddings both have to happen on the same day. Predictably, anything caught between the two of them is treated as more cannon fodder.
  • Dirty Grandpa: Jason's fiancee is this, which is a large part of his motivation for escaping to go have fun with his grandpa...and for breaking up with her at the rehearsal brunch.
  • Sandra from Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, the fiancée of the protagonist's brother Paul. She is racked with wedding jitters, has a minor panic attack when the salad served at the rehearsal dinner is wrong, and temporarily calls off the wedding, complete with throwing decorations into the fireplace, when she finds out Paul slept with her bridesmaid when they were dating.
  • Averted in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Tula mostly goes along with her family's crazy plans, when she just wants to be with Ian.
  • Laura (Cameron Diaz) in Very Bad Things. She is willing to commit murder to ensure that nothing spoils her dream wedding.
  • The Wedding Year: Downplayed with Mara's coworker Ellie. Ellie and her wedding party get sick from bad food at the rehearsal dinner and Ellie gets very hostile when the groom suggests canceling the wedding reception, while snapping at him for ordering the food that got them sick. By the wedding itself Ellie has calmed down, and she is understanding during Mara's cringeworthy, unrehearsed maid of honor speech (the original maid of honor was too sick to attend the wedding).

  • Harry Turtledove's short story "Father of the Groom" has the bride becoming more and more strident and arbitrary until one of her bridesmaids calls her a Bridezilla within hearing of the eponymous father. Since he is a mad scientist, someone soon becomes big, green and scaly.
  • The protagonist's fiancee in Insane City. She came from a very wealthy family and could afford a perfect wedding. Among other things, her silver ring was made of slivers of rings from all of her female relatives over the years, and her groom lost it (along with his tuxedo) and had to find it without her knowing about it. Being a Kafka Komedy, everything that could go wrong did. The groom dumped her when he realized she was being a hypocrite about her social justice causes.
  • Jaine Austen Mysteries: Patti Devane, the victim of book 7 in the series. When the title of the book is called Killing Bridezilla, what else would you expect?
  • Clarissa in the comedy novel Maneater (not to be confused with several other novels sharing the title). "A wedding is no problem for dear Clarissa — she has been maintaining a wedding binder for years, complete with the best caterers, hotels and florists. She ... has planned the date of the wedding, the bridesmaids and the reception menu. She also has the groom all lined up, but the trouble is, she hasn't met him yet." the groom is just as manipulative.
  • In The Red Tent, Rachel goes through this while preparing to marry Jacob. (Somewhat justified in that she's only about 12 or 13 years old and not yet emotionally mature.)
  • Esther Friesner's "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" starts with the narrator talking about his sister's bridezilla antics, which eventually leads to her being forced to ask one of the decorators to be a bridesmaid, thus kicking off the backstory. People later start to suspect that the title character is like this because she insists on having the wedding at the Club, but it later turns out that she was put up to it by her mother, who insisted that Wylda get the wedding that she never did.
  • Discussed as far back as in the 19th century in The Woman in White. Laura agrees to any wedding planning or wedding dress designs offered to her, which Marian perceives to be a sign of how unhappy she is with the prospect of marriage. Marian muses further that if Laura had been arranged to marry the man she loves, not even the best tailor would have satisfied her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Adam Ruins Everything features Murph acting like a groomzilla. Though it's somewhat justified in that Adam really is trying to ruin his and Emily's wedding note , by telling him about the shadier practices of the wedding industry, how the concept of a One True Love, "butterflies in your stomach," and Rom Coms distort what love is really about, and how divorce isn't so bad and that it doesn't mean that you're a failure if your marriage fails. It takes Emily to set him straight when he starts sulking in the photo booth. For her part, Emily mentions that the trimmings and trappings of the wedding (or even the concept of marriage in general) aren't that important to her, she just did it to make Murph happy, because that's what he wanted.
  • Shirley Schmidt in Boston Legal. So bad it leads to a brief breakup between her and Carl. Luckily, being an intelligent woman, she calls herself on it and gleefully agrees to elope in a joint ceremony with Alan and Denny up in Nimmo Bay.
  • On Boy Meets World, Cory Matthews acts like a groomzilla just before his wedding to Topanga. Though mostly towards beleaguered best man Shawn, who's having problems of his own with the whole thing.
  • Bridezillas is a reality TV show about this trope in action. Every episode features brides-to-be being completely and unapologetically bitchy to their friends, family, and hired help up to, during, and after the wedding. In later episodes, the narrator is not at all shy about dishing out comments in her ridiculously perky tone about the bride's awful behavior, even if no one onscreen acts as though she's doing anything wrong. The thing about this show is that it specifically chooses loud lower-class women and their often dysfunctional families and gives them thousands of dollars to plan their dream wedding and/or pay for the honeymoon. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Their sister series Rich Bride Poor Bride has the brides turn into gigantic Bridezillas, often overspending the budget the wedding planner gives them just to assure that they have 'Their Dream Wedding', barking orders to their attendees and the poor wedding planners, driving them up the wall constantly.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anya in the lead-up to her wedding day with Xander.
    Anya: Planning this marriage is like staging the invasion of Normandy.
    Xander: Without the laughs. We should have eloped.
    Anya: No. I've been through too much planning this wedding, and it is going to happen. It is going to be our perfect, perfect day if I have to kill every one of our guests and half this town to do it.
  • Chuck:
    • Ellie mostly averts this trope, although she was worried about her Disappeared Dad possibly not coming and did have some stress dealing with her future in-laws along the way. When the wedding was ruined due to Chuck being forced to stall to distract the guests from the Big Bad crashing the ceremony, Ellie became so miserable she vented her depression by sitting in the bathtub in her wedding dress getting drunk.
    • Ironically, Ellie ended up turning Sarah into a bridezilla while coaching her on the preparations for her wedding to Chuck which leads to Sarah acting over-the-top to make it perfect.
    Ellie: I think I created a monster.
  • The Closer features a Bridezilla in the B-plot of one episode; upon being informed that the steps the wedding party was supposed to walk up were a crime scene and they would need to find an alternate route into the church, the bride started beating on officer in charge Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, not stopping until she was carried bodily away. Then she declared that she would never drop her threatened civil suit, not even in exchange for having criminal assault charges dropped. Brenda declares that she did the groom a favor by arresting the bride.
  • Doctor Who: Donna Noble in "The Runaway Bride" — although in her case, it was probably justified, as the first thing to go wrong was her disappearing from the church as she was walking down the aisle and materializing in an alien spaceship, and it all went downhill from there.
  • Subverted by British series Don't Tell the Bride. The premise of the show is that the couple sign a waiver allowing the GROOM to plan the whole wedding on a £12000 budget while living apart from his bride-to-be. The grooms-to-be always seem to be a little less flighty (although sometimes a Mother-In-Law-Zilla intervenes!) Although some brides do come over all fire-breathing and scaly if they're not particularly used to relinquishing the head position in their relationship. The brides do often turn into Bridezillas when they see the mess the groom has made of their Big Day; since the couples seem to be chosen on the basis that they must have diametrically opposite ideas on what makes a good wedding it's slightly surprising that this doesn't happen every time.
  • Friends:
    • Monica had a few freak outs about her wedding ceremony, but actually mostly averted the trope. It started when she wanted to celebrate her engagement with her friends, but felt that Rachel was stealing her thunder (which, truthfully, with her characteristic I'm-not-getting-married-and-Monica-is whining, Rachel was). Monica also wanted to spend enormous amount of money, and, though Chandler would be okay with it for her sake, she decided to keep it low-key. Considering how much of a perfectionist and obsessed with getting married Monica is, she actually held herself together quite well. Chandler, however, laughs at her when she points it out to him. Numerous episodes also make it clear that, despite her craziness, she values her future with Chandler more than the wedding. She gives up her perfect wedding dress so he can have his dream band, changes times around so Joey's parents can come, and is remarkably calm about the hijinks on the day.
      Monica: I don't want a big fancy wedding, I want everything that you just said. I want a marriage.
    • Phoebe's wedding, on the other hand, causes Monica to become Maid-of-Honor-Zilla. She wants everything to be perfect—even toilet pauses must be scheduled. Rachel saw this coming a mile away when she and Phoebe agreed to let Rachel be Monica's Maid of Honor.
      Rachel: [after Phoebe laughs from seeing Monica in full Bridezilla mode] You laugh now. She's going to be yours.
  • On Gilmore Girls, Lorelai's Meddling Mother Emily helps Sookie plan her wedding with some rather extravagant suggestions, but Sookie gets too caught up with it to realize how expensive and bizarre the plans are becoming. Her fiancé begins to feel alienated and Sookie eventually goes into Bridezilla mode over the details on her invitations (or something), and Lorelai helps her to calm down.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Lily did a remarkably good job at subverting this trope when everything went wrong during her wedding day. However season four flashbacks reveal her to have been quite the bridezilla during the months leading up to the wedding. Also invoked rather well by Barney, who discovers that using the line "It's for the bride" on the day of a wedding is the single greatest Bavarian Fire Drill in the world.
    • Claudia, wife of Ted's friend Stewart, was very shrewish about her wedding. A few other episodes show that this isn't all that different from Claudia's normal personality.
  • Night Court. Public defender Christine Sullivan becomes this for her wedding preparations. In the end, they all say stuff it and have a simple ceremony on the courthouse roof.
  • In Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina became a literal bridezilla in one episode, when, following the advice of Cinderella, she became extremely demanding, causing her lower body to change into that of a dragon and making her breathe fire. It reached the point that Cinderella barely notices or cares that Prince Charming left years ago because he was sick of her behavior, and all she does is go around in her wedding dress reliving the memories. While Sabrina has her epiphany, all Cinderella cares about is showing her the wedding album.
  • Say Yes to the Dress is a reality show (plus spin offs) about high-class wedding dress stores, so naturally some bridezillas show up among the brides-to-be looking for their fairytale wedding dresses. i.e., One woman who planned mostly everything for her wedding ahead without an actual boyfriend showed up; her pushyness ultimately scared her boyfriend off, as the ending voiceover told us.
    • There were also some maid-zillas in the show, making things harder for the brides and the staff.
  • Schitt's Creek: The meticulous David Rose becomes a Bridezilla, to the annoyance of his patient and far-more-reasonable partner, Patrick.
  • Scrubs:
    • Elliot. After her first proposal didn't go as perfectly as she had always dreamed (the ring was too small, but otherwise no disaster), she forced him to take it back and repeat it in front of all her friends, according to her specific instructions. The rest of the engagement went similarly by annoying her fiance and maid of honor with her obsessive controlling of the wedding arrangements and her outbursts at minor disasters (like the wrong font on the invitations).
    • Carla in the same series had it to a lesser degree, especially when the ceremony didn't go quite as planned. The groom didn't even make it to the ceremony.
  • Smallville:
    • Chloe calls herself Bridezilla on her wedding day, but it is subverted as she is nice and bright as ever.
    • Oliver later says Doomsday gives a whole new meaning to "Bridezilla" after it crashes the wedding, severely wounding Jimmy and kidnapping Chloe.
  • So Awkward: In "Never the Bridsemaid, Never the Bride", Jas is asked to be a bridesmaid and is worried about being too clumsy to pull it off. Lily suggests staging a mock wedding so Jas can have a rehearsal - with herself and Rob as the bride and groom! Lily goes all Bridezilla. As she plans the big day she gets so carried away that she actually has no time for Rob and snubs him, just when he's ready to take their relationship to the next level and ask Lily on a romantic meal out.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. A Gender-Inverted Trope when Jadzia Dax marries Worf, who becomes obsessed with providing a traditional Klingon wedding, much to the annoyance of his less-than-serious bride. Eventually Captain Sisko gives Dax a What the Hell, Hero? speech, pointing out that Dax knew what she was getting into when she married into a Klingon House, so she better start respecting their traditions.
  • On Succession, Tom gets way too into all the wedding details and is very rude to the wedding planner. He himself lampshades this behavior:
    Tom: Not to be a groomzilla, but...

  • Kate Monster becomes a literal bridezilla in Avenue Q.

    Video Games 
  • Catherine has Doom's Bride, boss of the Quadrangle. Doom's Bride is a nightmare version of Katherine in a wedding veil, who attacks Vincent with a cake knife for his affair. Thankfully for the True Lovers ending, the real Katherine is much more graceful at her and Vincent's wedding.
  • Muriel, who marries Governor Derrick of Merry Cay, in Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island.
  • In Hitman (2016), you can find a woman in the Swedish consulate in a phone call with her friend Lisa, frustrated that her friend is oblivious to the fact she can't attend her wedding because she's stuck in a building under lockdown due to a riot happening outside. Her friend eventually loses her temper after Lisa shames her for having a one-night-stand with her fiancee in college, before stating that she hates her bridesmaid dress.
  • Senran Kagura: One of New Wave's boss characters, Maki, is this in spades. Her sole purpose is to murder anyone she comes across out of sheer jealousy.
  • Bowser is almost literally a Groomzilla in Super Mario Odyssey. His new Mooks, the Broodals, are even an evil team of wedding planners.
  • In World of Warcraft, there is a world quest in Drustvar where a wedding is under attack from monstrous witch constructs. While the adventurers kill the monsters, rescue wedding guests, and save wedding presents, the bride is whacking a monster over the head with her bouquet and ranting over all the preparations she made for the wedding they ruined. Her groom is at her side trying to convince her they need to flee.
  • Yes, Your Grace: Queen Aurelea acts like this during her daughter Lorsulia's wedding preperations. It's mostly seen when choosing Lorsulia's wedding dress. She'll insist on the most expensive option, which requires to take out a loan, is hated by Lorsulia and has every other character who gets to comment on it remind the player that the setting is a few centuries early for the Pimped-Out Dress to be in fashion. On top of this, the Point of No Return in the dress-choosing sequence is enforced by Aurelea telling the Player Character (her husband who's in chage of the money) he's not leaving before he chooses the dress.

    Web Animation 
Attack On Mika:
  • Herika becomes this on her wedding day, when she finds out half of the guests didn't attend her wedding because her mother Megumi's wedding was held at the same day, in a venue next to hers.
  • At Ririna's wedding, Ichi describes the concept of this trope applying it to Ririna. In her angry response, she briefly turns into a Notzilla, complete with breathing fire.

    Web Comics 
  • Ansem Retort: Parodied, Lampshaded and Averted. The bride preparing for the wedding is remarkably calm, but a Kaiju in a wedding dress destroys downtown.
    Bridezilla: I NEED A CAKE!
  • After Carl and Leona get engaged in Kevin & Kell, Leona's roommates/bridesmaids Fiona, Greta and Miranda look to the wedding a year and a half away with dread, for they know that Leona, mercurial and temperamental under normal circumstances, will be that much worse as a bride-to-be, and will demand nothing less than perfection from her maid-of-honor (who ends up being Fiona). And just to show this wasn't just fearmongering among them: Leona interviewed thirty-four florists before settling on one. Meanwhile, on her blog, Lindesfarne wonders just how many bridges Leona already burned if Lindesfarne-who barely knows Leona and only as her stepbrother's friend-was asked to be a bridesmaid, while Kell fears the experience would sour Fiona on the idea of marriage so much that she's never marry Rudy (and Kell knows Rudy well enough that he'd never marry anyone else) that she forces her cousin (and Leona's stepmother) Sheila into helping. In the end, this story arc gets downplayed in favor of an arc centered around Sheila feeling inadequate to be Leona's stepmother (though not before Leona lets social media decide her wedding dress).

    Web Original 
  • Not Always Romantic has it all; Bridezillas, Groomzillas, and Mother-of-Groom-zillas. The most famous story involves a Bridezilla who was spectacularly insensitive to her little sister (You got pregnant? You can't be a bridesmaid, you're too fat. You miscarried? Oh, I guess you can be in the wedding since you're not fat anymore) gets slapped down by her mother, who refuses to pay for the wedding and gets it canceled.
  • r/Bridezillas on Reddit is dedicated to stories about bridezillas.

    Web Videos 
  • Etra Chan Saw It: Has a few examples. This one has the bride kicking out her brother out of the wedding and saying he was dead because he was too ugly to be there. This one has the bride wanting a super lavish wedding and forcing her fiance to get into debt.
  • YouTube personality Dr. Shaym comments about a particular case of a Bridezilla who expected her friends to pay for her $60,000 wedding as an extreme case of the "entitled princess syndrome".
  • The subject of one episode of Target Women, which makes fun of reality shows like the aforementioned Bridezillas. This is also apparently what Sarah wants her own wedding to be like, complete with a Godzilla impression.

    Western Animation 
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Rarity suggests that it's the stress of the wedding planning that has made bride to be Princess Cadance so rude to everyone in "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1". Subverted when it transpires she's actually an evil impostor seeking to control and cripple Canterlot's Barrier Warrior.
  • Inverted with Meadowlark, Clover's sister, in My Little Pony Tales. Meadowlark keeps a level head preparing to get married in spite of Clover and her friends nearly jeopardizing the ceremony.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Marge during her third wedding to Homer, in the episode "Wedding for Disaster". Homer gets screamed at and her children fear her. Maggie even has an Imagine Spot depicting Marge as Godzilla with Homer playing King Kong (Marge made a retort to the "bridezilla" insult by calling him "King Wrong").
    • Mr. Burns becomes a Groomzilla during his wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier (Marge's mother), throwing a fit when Bart accidentally drops the ring and threatening him with physical harm and yelling at Lovejoy to speed it up, causing Jacqueline to have second thoughts. Of course, Marge did warn her about him after he proposed. It doesn't matter, though, because a jealous Grampa breaks up the ceremony and Jacqueline announces she doesn't really want to marry either man.
      Grampa: Hot diggidy-damn! That's good enough for me!
  • Steven Universe: Briefly joked about in "Reunited". When an attack by the Diamonds interrupts Ruby and Sapphire’s wedding, Garnet charges into the ensuing battle screaming about how “this was supposed to be MY DAY!” Otherwise, the only person who really gets crazy during the ceremony is Peridot, the flower girl, who treats the wedding like a military event.
    Peridot: Flowers for YOU, flowers for YOU, flowers for YOU! [to Steven] Wedding Commander, all flowers have been deployed!

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television: Bridezilla stories at Etiquette Hell. (There is a lot of material here. Don't panic. Just start at the most recent and nibble your way in. You'll come to love visiting the site on dull afternoons.)
  • Averted in certain eastern nations, where the girl's family is traditionally responsible for planning the wedding. Even though brides sometimes choose to get involved, it's often considered a status symbol when she needs to arrive only on the day of the wedding. Aversion goes further in Southern India, where if the bride has a brother, the entire responsibility falls squarely on his shoulders. On rare occasion, may result in a groomzilla.
  • Historically in North America, at least among upper-class families, the bride's mother planned the wedding, the groom's mother planned the rehearsal dinner, and the groom planned the honeymoon. The bride literally had nothing to do but show up. A bride whose mother had died was pitied because she'd have to find another relative to plan her wedding. (As an unmarried woman she'd never be allowed to do it herself.)
  • In certain Middle Eastern countries, the wedding is supposed to be the business of the groom's family. Or more precisely, the wedding reception/party, at least among Muslims: in Islam, marriage is a contract, and the actual wedding is, erm, a contract signing. (In some cases, there are even contract negotiations.) In more traditional times, the "wedding" was a general community bash held that started small and at home (in the garden or on the roof) with the contract signing and then spilled out into the street, so planning was pointless: at a certain level, herding cats would be an easier proposition. In some cases, one just set up the tent in the street, put out the food,note  and maybe got a friend to dance or sing, and hoped for the best. Today, most Middle Easterners live in apartments—hardly the best venue for the more traditional sort of wedding—and as a result, the wealthy and middle class hold weddings at hotels (generally for wealthier types) or specialized halls (more middle-income), while the poor tend to still go with the "tent-in-the-street" option. This all takes some planning—even the tent option requires getting the informal permission of the neighbors if you don't want to piss anyone offnote —and so the expectation is that the groom's family arrange things (as part of the dower), and if the bride's family helps, it's seen as them being nice. As a result, you tend not to see Bridezilla or Groomzilla or Mother-of-the-Bridezilla, but rather an Escalating War between the families of various grooms to top the last wedding. This is particularly true among the rich, where tales of the truly obscene amounts of money they pour into these events (often taking the form "They paid how much to get Famous Singer X to play the wedding?") are common grist for the gossip mill.
  • There have been a few news stories reporting the phenomenon of "Single Bridezillas", which are women who have done a lot of their wedding arrangements — buying the dress, selecting the flowers, making up invitations, hiring caterers, etc. — before their boyfriend even proposes to them. In extreme cases, all of this is done before the Single Bridezilla even has a boyfriend. While it's not unusual for women to fantasize about their dream wedding and maybe window-shop once in awhile, these ladies already have the entire play-by-play of their wedding day planned out. This is typically seen in the Western world as a huge red flag that the single bride-to-be wouldn't value her boyfriend's opinion.
  • Anybody getting married quickly learns there's two sides to this trope. Essentially you're organizing a formal dinner for a large group of people, not a simple task, while juggling family politics and traditions and the needs of various guests for lodging and directions. People hire wedding planners for a reason.
  • Asian weddings are this trope in spades. The average cost of a wedding in the Pakistani community in Great Britain is around £40,000 ($60,000), often more, and involves around three or four days' celebration and feasting. Islamic religious ceremony goes hand-in-hand with tribal and clan and family feuds/relationship, and a really lavish wedding is seen as a status symbol. It is not unknown for the women doing the planning to have informal melt-downs... note 
  • One story features a Canadian woman who tweeted the story of how she and her fiancé came up short of their dream wedding and the bride went as far as to ask all her guests to pay an attendance fee of $1,500 to help fund the wedding. When no one would spare any money, the bride went ballistic, especially after her fiancé suggested a cheap Vegas wedding and her maid of honor insisted going by the budget, going as far as to accuse them all of being selfish. Eventually her fiancé left her and she went backpacking while blaming her friends and family for ruining her relationship and wedding.
  • This other had a guy who got revenge on his ex by getting her to turn into one of these. The woman, upon getting dumped after cheating on him, trashed his car, so two years later he sent her a message with a cryptic warning that he was getting her wedding dress stained in red. In the end, she couldn't enjoy her own wedding because she was too busy fretting over the imminent ambush (that never came), and she ended up exposed as the nasty person she really was in front of everyone.
  • This Reddit post about a 30-year-old woman who had been married and divorced twice already, and was engaged once again (after only dating for a short while) to a 37-year-old DJ she met while on the rebound. Her well-to-do parents had paid for the first two weddings, the honeymoons, and the divorces (to the tune of about $400K), and they weren't too keen on paying for another wedding, honeymoon, and likely divorce, especially as they were nearing retirement. Redditors advised them to go with their instincts, and not give their daughter a dime, but they caved, and they gave her a budget of $12K for a dress and another $3K for a cake, hinting that she could do the whole wedding for that much. The daughter wasn't having any of this, and she pitched a fit, stormed out of her parents' house, and eloped with her fiance, returning only to get her things. To add insult to injury, she called up her parents several months later, complaining that her husband was a deadbeat and they were still living with his roommates, and she wanted to file for divorce, and telling her parents that if they had paid for the wedding she wanted and helped them buy a house (which they'd never discussed), that this marriage might have lasted.
  • A vegan bride in 2019 uninvited people (including her own mother) because they were unwilling or unable to swear off animal products not only for the wedding reception but for the rest of their lives.

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Suspicious of "Cadance"

Twilight is suspicious when the normally kind and loving Princess Cadance is so demanding to everything when it comes to wedding planning.

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