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Pub Talk: Bridezilla Lays Down the Law

By on October 6, 2012 in Pub Talk

Pub Talk is one of our regular features that takes a story in the news and tosses it out to all of you gathered around the pub table.  Pull up a chair, grab a beverage and discuss — you know, leave a comment!

by Hockey Pub staff –

MONTREAL, QC. — Wedding planning doesn’t usually make the top-10 list of topics you hear being discussed at a Hockey Pub.  So consider this a public service.

You’ve probably never watched an episode of the reality show “Bridezillas” (why would you?) but undoubtedly you are familiar with the concept.  An obnoxious, self-centred bully (the bride) tramples anyone she  encounters in pursuit of “her” day.  That includes brow-beating friends and family-members recruited to “help.”

Apparently it has become commonplace for brides to outline expectations to her attendants, a practise even recommended by wedding planners.  One future bride sent a starkly-worded email of her expectations to 10 potential bridesmaids where she clearly laid out their duties for the Vail, Colorado wedding on August 31, 2013.  The email outlining the “ground rules” for “the most epic wedding ever,” was leaked to

Demands included mandatory attendance of all wedding events, surrendering calendars between February 1 and August 31, meeting deadlines for responding to emails, and setting aside loads of cash for gifts, dresses and flights (to Colorado, Nevada, New York and Connecticut.)

Responses to the email vacillate between criticizing the bride’s outrageous demands to conveying their own stories of bridesmaids from hell.  Commenter tomshea writes “This is bitchy and horrible and stupid and gross BUT it could be worse.”  Oh really?

What seems lost in the discussion is the fate of the groom-to-be, and that is where we come in. For Jake (he is named in the email), we have one word of advice: RUN!

And don’t look back.  Because unscientific surveys conducted at any Hockey Pub will tell you that 98.4% of Bridezillas turn into Wifezillas (the rest were too afraid to respond to an anonymous poll.)  You will thank us later.

The email sent to bridesmaids started mildly enough but the phrase “she’s in charge under me” describing the powers of the Maid of Honour set the tone of what was to come. (emphasis added)

As you all know I picked 10 wonderful ladies to stand by my side, share and make happen my special day to Jake. Each of you individually have a reason and a special place in my heart of why I picked you to be a bridesmaid. We have set our date for Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Vail, Colorado. That seems far away but it really isn’t, the earlier the planning the better. You may have already knew that my wonderful sister L— will be the Maid of Honor, she’s in charge under me. Also my lovely mom will be a big help as well. L— has a big role in throwing me a bridal shower and bachelorette party, of course all of you guys do but at the end of the day shes the go to person and makes it happen.

Now comes the “ground rules.” First, the official email CC policy.

You all have a big roll in this wedding, so before we continue I’m going to be setting some ground rules and its very important you read and think about everything through before you accept this honor to be a bridesmaid. If you guys email anything I would also like you to put L— in the CC. Not all the bridesmaid need to be CC’d unless its coming from me or L—, if it something everyone needs to see then well do it. We set the date to August 31, 2013 if that’s a problem we need to know NOW. Also by the end of the week we will be setting dates for the engagement party, bridal show and bachelorette party.

We’ll be taking attendance. Skip class and we’ll fill your seat.

Our wedding party is really the most important people at the wedding besides my self and Jake so we want every single one of our bridesmaid and grooms at our parties, I have 10 not 8 where two couldn’t make it so if you already know you cant make one of the parties then we have to find someone else, not to be harsh in the slightest it would sadden me and of course you’ll still be invited to our wedding, engagement ect. But it’s different if your not in the wedding party and couldn’t make it. We’ll give everyone well advance dates for the parties and it will always fall on a weekend. The wedding as I stated will be in Vail the engagement party will either be in NY or CT and the bachelorette party will be in Vegas, cliche yeaa but I’ve never been.

From February til the end of August, your time is my time.  And be prepared to shell out some big coin.

A few girls live out of town so if there is going to be a problem with coming to either one then I need to know now because after this week I don’t want to be surprised. I would like everyone to send me any dates they are going away or planning to go away after February so if your going away in January I don’t care. I want any dates from February to the day of our wedding in August, that way we know not to plan something when your away. But after this week the dates are set in stone. Also if money is tight and you cant afford to contribute to say the bachelorette party or wont be able to afford a dress etc then L— and Myself don’t have time to deal with that, I’m sorry. This includes flights as well, everyone knows the states where the parties are going to be held so if you wont be able to afford a flight then that means you cant make a party which ultimately means I cant have you as a bridesmaid. Obviously we’ll get the best deals and were not gonna books flights for $1000 and shit that’s why were doing this in advance, that goes for bridesmaids dresses as well everything will be affordable but if you think by affordable its going to be a $25 forever 21 dress then your going to the wrong wedding.

Be available.  Be prompt. Or be gone.

If your out of state though don’t think you have to fly in for all fittings, that we will work with you, find stores in your town, get don’t have to worry about that. Also if you accept this honor another thing is that you need to be available, I’m not going to harass you with wedding stuff every hour of everyday but if its something important and it takes you a week even 2-3 days to get back to me seeeee ya! I don’t have time to wait around for responses, everyone has their phone on them, it shouldn’t take you more than a day to get back to me, even if your out of the country, check your email!

One strike and you’re out!

Furthermore, Ever since I could remember I have dreamed about this day all my life. I want to share it with the people that are most important to me. You only get one time to plan your dream wedding and I couldn’t pick a more amazing group of girls to make that dream come true! So please, what’s stated above think about it all and by Wednesday I need to know if everyone is 100% in, and what I have asked about sending me dates if your gonna be away between Feb-Aug ill need that on Wednesday. If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend one party but can make the rest of them I’m sorry but I’ll have to take you out as a bridesmaid and put you as a guest. If you want to get back to me before Wednesday, that’s fine. Really think about everything I’ve said. This is really going to be the most epic wedding ever so I hope you girls can share this special day with us!

Okay Jake, that’s your cue. Get on your horse!

As for our readers, it’s your turn. Please discuss.

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