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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 World War II, 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 fancy wedding wares to middle- and working-class couples who could now afford at least some of the trappings. But unlike upper-class families that were already used to planning large-scale social events or at least knew when to hire planners, these couples were often surprised at how much work (and money) went into a big wedding. The anxiety of the "perfect day" meeting the cold rock of reality can get the better of anyone, and so the legend of the fire-breathing, rampaging bride was born.

Uses of this trope tend to split between 'decent woman showing her ugly side due to stress' and 'raging narcissist whose true nature is now plain for all to see.' The first type of Bridezilla may recover once she finally looks her future spouse in the face and says her vows; the second will only get worse. Also, any wedding participant can merit the '-zilla' suffix if they hijack the day to gratify their own egos. The bride is simply assumed to be the most likely to get Scaled Up because she is the centerpiece of the ceremony, which she may have been anticipating 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. Her antics are, often, a case of a Storm in a Teacup.

Not usually related to Godzilla, Not Zilla, or any other Kaiju tropes, though as you'll see, some works choose to go for a Literal Metaphor.


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    Advertising 
  • 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.

    Comic Strip 
  • 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."
  • Played for Laughs in the first installment of Skyhold Academy Yearbook. Evvy, the bride in question, is very laid back and not at all demanding. Her dear friend Dorian, on the other hand, steps in as wedding planner, and teases her that she's so terrible at being a bridezilla that he has to do it for her - and he does.
  • 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.
  • In This Bites!, 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 out 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 
  • Encanto has this implied for Pepa, who wanted everything to be perfect on her wedding day, only to be enraged when Bruno apparently predicted that it was going to rainnote . This caused Pepa to stress out and whip up a hurricane and blame Bruno for it ever since. Her husband Felix, meanwhile, has no hard feelings about the day because it's still the day he got to marry his beloved wife.
  • 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 fiancée 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).
  • In Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Natasha becomes increasingly this, hot the horror of her fiance Kabir. It starts innocently enough, with her informing him of every thing she is doing for the ceremony and party even while he is in Spain in a bachelor trip with his friends, then she starts openly talking about leaving her career and becoming a housewife after the wedding (when he met her through their jobs and was looking for them working together)… but the real turning point was that she traveled all from India and crashed his trip because she saw Laila, the group's very beautiful diving instructor, traveling with them and became convinced that Kabir was cheating (Laila was actually hitting on Kabir's friend Arjun and she has to be the one who assuages the irate bride that her groom was loyal and still very intending to marry her) Thing is, Kabir doesn't really want to marry Natasha: he initially proposed to her accidentally, and then went with it because of a mix of social pressure and genuinely liking her, only for her bridezilla antics scaring him and making him realize they are not very compatible at all. He has to be literally thrown into the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona to ever admit this to his friends, who in return make him promise to talk to her. The talking isn't shown, but during the credits, which happens during Laila and Arjun's wedding, Kabir and Natasha are shown to be Amicable Exes, with Natasha even having gotten a new boyfriend.

    Literature 
  • 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 fiancée 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.)
  • Secret Santa (2007): In Be Mine, Alpha Bitch Claudia's sister Pam drops by the boutique where Jennifer works to shop for dresses. She dismisses the best gowns in the store because they don't cost as much Vera Wang gowns, openly admits she doesn't want her bridesmaids to look too good, is reluctant to listen to anything a shop assistant like Jennifer has to say, and leaves without thanking Jennifer for her time.
  • 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.
  • Charmed (1998): Phoebe turns into this before her wedding to Cole, becoming hyper-specific about the details of the ceremony. She lashes out at Paige it looks like Paige keeps screwing things up (picking up the wrong wedding dress, giving Phoebe a face mask that causes her to break out), unaware that all of the errors were actually Cole sabotaging them because he's secretly possessed by The Source of Evil.
  • 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 freakouts 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 an 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.
      Phoebe: [stops laughing and freezes in place with a huge Oh, Crap! look]
  • On The George Lopez Show, George takes over planning a wedding for a friend of the family who is a tyrant about her wedding because she wants it to be the perfect day. She demands specific shades of colors on her invitations, barges into George's house in the middle of the night, and even insults Ernie as his "chunky assistant". On her wedding day, Angie finally has it and tells her that she can't stress herself out wanting everything to be perfect because that's just not how life works. Suddenly, a freak thunderstorm hits, forcing everyone to run for cover, and the bride-to-be is left to howl in despair at her day being ruined.
  • 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 pushiness 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 fiancé and maid of honor with her obsessive control 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 Bridesmaid, 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 for 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...

    Theatre 
  • 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 on 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 fiancé in college, before stating that she hates her bridesmaid dress.
  • Persona 5 Tactica: Exaggerated by the very first Arc Villain, Tyrant Marie. All she wants is to get married. To this end, she takes over a town in Metaverse, turns it into her Kingdom, brainwashes its inhabitants into mindlessly worshipping her, and forces them to work to make a perfect wedding. Which apparently includes riding around in a tank with spiked tracks and using rebels as ingredients for a cake.
  • 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 preparations. It's mostly seen when choosing Lorsulia's wedding dress. She'll insist on the most expensive option, which requires taking 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 charge 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.
  • Etra chan saw it!: Has a few examples. This one has the bride kicking 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 fiancé to go into debt.
  • Manga Soprano: Kiyomi made unreasonable demands for her wedding day, which drove the planner Ram to request Haru's help. Even then, Kiyomi wasn't satisfied and demanded Ram replace all decorations despite being on a schedule.

    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 married 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.
  • Etiquette Hell has a lot of stories about bad behaviour at weddings from brides, grooms and guests alike.
  • 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.

    Web Videos 
  • Sword Art Online Abridged: in addition to Sugou torturing and imprisoning hundreds of innocent people and planning to take over the world and Mind Control Asuna, he's also a horribly obnoxious groomzilla, changing the date of the wedding on a whim, overly controlling every tiny detail, and reducing a chef to tears by demanding a complex and bizarre cake made of multiple layers of chocolate, vanilla and foie gras be made the morning of the wedding. In the SAOA 17 Post-Mortem Stream, the creators explain they wanted to make Sugou hateable without overusing his creeper aspect.
  • Dude Perfect: One of the many stereotypes on display during the Wedding Stereotypes video from October 2022, this Bridezilla, played by wrestler Alexa Bliss, flies into a rampage as the "Rage Monster" starts wreaking havoc at the wedding and the "Intense Wedding Planner" chides him for ruining 'his' wedding, prompting "Bridezilla" to yell at the top of her lungs "IT'S NOT. YOUR. WEDDING!". The mayhem comes to a head with "Bridezilla" throwing "Rage Monster" straight into the wedding cake, then driving off in a monster truck. For some reason, Bliss's line, "I'm gonna go marry Ryan Cabrera!" was deleted from the YouTube upload, but kept in an Instagram post of the bridezilla stereotype scene specifically.

    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!


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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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