Pay Your Own Way
Weddings are often a huge expense, and the wedding website ‘The Knot’ reported that in 2019, an average wedding in the United States required couples to fork out a princely sum of $29,000. However, there are many DIY projects that couples can implement to keep costs down.
Unfortunately for these guests, this couple’s budget-saving hack was to hit their guests with a wedding invoice, asking attendees to pay for their own meal in order to keep their own costs down.
The Honor Is All Yours
This photographer found out the hard way, that even long-term friends can flip a switch when wedding planning enters the picture. Not satisfied with getting ‘mates rates’ and a heavily discounted photography package, this bride seemed to think that her photographer friend should pay her for the ‘privilege’ of shooting her wedding.
It seems that the pressure of weddings can either solidify long-term friendships or simply make them implode. And it’s a fair assumption to think that the wedding brought out this bride’s true colors. Some friend!
This Bride Wants Silence!
It’s general consensus that weddings are an event meant to be celebrated with family and friends. As such, this bride’s extensive list of demands made relative sense until it reached subject number eight, which simply reads, “DO NOT TALK TO THE BRIDE AT ALL.” A wedding where none of the guests interact with you seems like a lonely affair.
However, with a direct order to bring a $75 minimum gift, we have to wonder whether there was anyone even in attendance for the bride to boss around.
A Body-Shaming Bride
It’s an unfortunate and unappealing trend of bridezillas everywhere, but body-shaming bridesmaids is usually agenda number one for entitled brides and grooms everywhere. From demanding that bridesmaids lose weight — like this bride is doing — to dictating how their maids style their hair or even how they dress.
It’s clear that bridezillas will stop at nothing to ensure their special day is ‘picture perfect.’ Even if that means upsetting their own sister or their closest friends.
The 1950s-Style Bridezilla
Now, a bride who knows what she wants and is after a certain style for her wedding day isn’t always a bridezilla. However, trying to get someone to do highly skilled work for one of the biggest social events while trying to pay them in ‘portfolio work’ is definitely bordering on entitled.
While we hate to be party poopers, if a bride has a really tight budget, there’s nothing wrong with doing the hair and makeup themselves.
Seeking Free Labor
Hiring up-and-coming industry professionals is a great way to keep wedding costs down. However, actively seeking out students to do most of the work on a wedding — or in this case, vow renewal — for “a small amount of money” is a great way for both the students and the wedding party to end up stressed and disappointed.
Students with minimal experience are better off getting internships with industry professionals to build up their portfolio, rather than providing basically free labor for an incredibly important event.
No Car Is Good Enough
This exchange has us rolling our eyes, as this entitled groom clearly lacks any sense of manners or gratitude. From reading his request to ‘borrow’ a car for his wedding, it can be assumed that he’s unwilling to pay his Facebook friends for the service.
Yet he turns his nose up at every offer thrown his way. Here’s to hoping that after acting condescending and spoiled towards the people who were just trying to help, he ended up taking the bus to his wedding.
A Weird Sort of Insurance
While there’s nothing wrong with this bride’s budget — and at the very least, she’s willing to pay the supplier for their time — we can’t help the superstitious thinking that a ‘divorce clause’ is setting the marriage up for failure from the beginning. This bride wants the guarantee of a full refund should the couple end up getting divorced.
And although it’s understandable that they “won’t use the pictures in that situation,” we can think of plenty of uses for the pictures should they get divorced. It could make a great dartboard or kindle for the fireplace, for example.
Isn’t That Illegal?
We’ve heard of brides and grooms trying to get discounts, or even trying to pay a supplier in ‘exposure.’ However, what we haven’t seen before is a groom trying to pay a supplier in Bridesmaids. We think this groom would find that most countries have laws against hiring out women in exchange for a service.
And while we’re sure the bridesmaids would have some thoughts of their own, exposure doesn’t pay the bills and neither does the time of an unwitting bridesmaid.
This Seems Counterproductive
It’s hard to imagine that after planning an event that’s over double the price of an average American‘s wedding, this bride seriously thought that quitting her job was the next logical step.
If you’re spending that much already, it can be assumed that you would be able to fit a professional wedding planner into the budget. This bride, however, insists on taking time off to plan a wedding and pressuring her partner into working a second job to fund it.
Definitely No Children!
It’s great when a bride and groom know what they want for their wedding. Even better when they communicate this clearly and calmly to their guests, usually on the invitation or included instructions, so that the event can run smoothly.
This bride, however, has taken the instructions up a notch to what can only be considered a social media ‘rant.’ Hopefully, the guests got the not-so-subtle hint, and no one had to be escorted out of the wedding.
Bridal Party Etiquette
There seems to be a lot to unpack in a relatively small post. This bride-to-be is asking advice for a dilemma of her own making, that could have been easily avoided if she had done what she had wanted rather than what she thought she should do.
While demoting a bridesmaid for being pregnant seems like a harsh decision, the bridal party should really consist of whomever the bride wants there with her — rather than what looks good in photos.
A Slap in the Face
The amount of bridezillas and entitled couples who are unhappy with their wedding gifts is getting beyond ridiculous. This bride and groom announced their displeasure at having received ‘cheap’ gifts for their exclusive wedding. It’s no stretch of the imagination to assume that this ‘exclusive’ wedding also came at a cost to the guests.
As one commenter pointed out, a low-cost gift may have been the only thing these guests could afford. Perhaps this couple should be grateful for the gift of friendship, offered to them even when they act entitled and spoiled.
Head Over Heels
While this bride-to-be eventually acknowledged that the post was a light-hearted joke, it was honestly easy enough to believe that there would be an entitled bride out there who expected her bridal party to learn gymnastics.
Firstly, the logistics of bridesmaids doing cartwheels in a formal dress and high heels would be a nightmare. There’s also sure to be at least one injury either on the big day or in the lead-up to the wedding. Next thing you know, entitled brides will be forcing their bridal party to learn acrobatics.
A Baby Betrayal
It’s become apparent that some entitled brides and grooms shouldn’t even bother with a wedding party, as they obviously feel that the bridesmaids are more stress than they’re worth.
Take this bride, for example, who’s apparently feeling ‘betrayed’ that her closest friend has not taken her single-day event into consideration. Despite what this bride may think, a pregnant bridesmaid isn’t a catastrophic event, and the only thing that may change is the bride’s “vision.”
A Bridezilla Story
The wrath of an entitled bride and groom is not always directed at the guests, and wedding suppliers are often on the receiving end of the couple’s obnoxious behavior. Saying this louder for the people in the back — suppliers are not obligated to provide you with a free service!
This bride in question should consider herself lucky that the venue decided to offer her a pity discount, despite her attempts at guilt-tripping them, as it’s far more than most places would have done.
A Solo Bachelorette
In any other situation, a bride wanting to attend a spa weekend by herself for her bachelorette party wouldn’t be anything unusual.
However, this entitled bride-to-be seems to think that insisting her friends and bridal party pitch in money to pay for this weekend — without being able to attend themselves — is acceptable. For her friends, particularly those she mentions who have kids, a spa weekend away might be a welcome retreat.
A Money Hungry Bride
Bridesmaids are typically those with whom the bride is closest. Whether it be sisters, cousins, childhood friends, or close work colleagues, the bridal party should be there to encourage and support the bride through the wedding planning process. If a bridesmaid opts to give the bride a gift, that should be seen as unexpected and generous.
This bride, however, apparently sees it as a contractual obligation. And deciding to choose a stranger as a bridesmaid because they give expensive gifts is the epitome of self-absorbed.
Good Deeds Don’t Pay Bills
For starters, when a bride is trying to get a seller to accept her severely lowballed offer, it’s probably a good idea to get the seller’s name right. The bride-to-be also starts off the request with a sob story that unfortunately makes us feel more irritated than sympathetic.
Unfortunately, if a bride is as “borderline broke” as she’s claiming, it might be time to lower the standards a little and accept whatever dress you can reasonably get for $250.
“Just a Few Things”
This bride’s wedding demands to her bridal party went viral, and for good reason. Providing the bridesmaids and bridal party with essential information — like where the wedding will take place and the expected temperature — is important. As is deciding what dresses the bridesmaids will wear and how you want the bridal party to look.
However, dictating the size of the dress the bridesmaids will need to fit into, a strict hair, skin, and nails regime, plus gifting $500 each for the couple’s honeymoon is probably going a bit overboard.
Bridesmaid Weight Woes
This bride’s social media rant ultimately boils down to the bride to be wanting a ‘polite’ way to tell one of her bridesmaids to lose some weight. Newsflash, there’s no nice way to tell her. It’s hard to believe that a bride can be this self-absorbed, that they willingly and obviously put their wedding photos above their friend’s feelings.
Let’s hope the bridesmaid will eventually realize what a terrible friend the bride is. And for the bride’s sake, we sincerely hope the wedding photos were worth it.
Only Child Wants it All
This post screams nepotism, self-obsession, and general cluelessness about how the world really works. While we’re not sure if it really is a rite of passage for parents to pay for their child’s wedding, considering all the other items the parents have gifted over the years, we kind of have to side with the parents on this one.
And although the parents have said they want their child to learn the value of things, we can’t help but think that it’s a little too late.
Pay Your Gift Ransom
Another bride to be with strong opinions on wedding gift-giving etiquette. Personally, we think gift-giving etiquette includes being grateful and not ranting about the lack of gifts on social media. However, this bride has taken it a step further and decided to hold her guests to ransom.
No gift equals no invite. And although it’s just a thought, perhaps the guests should teach this bride a lesson in humility, we’re sure she would change her tune if no one decided to attend her celebration.
Black Hair Don’t Care
It’s a well-known fact that weddings can bring out the best in people, but also the worst. And it’s both unfortunate and unfair that this groom’s daughter has been dragged into the drama, simply for changing her hair color. It should be obvious that anyone — children included — should have the right to make choices regarding their own bodies.
However, this bride-to-be seems to think otherwise. From this post, it looks like this bride is one step closer to reaching ‘evil stepmother’ territory.
No Crotch Goblins
Speaking of evil stepmothers, the bride-to-be might take the cake — or should we say, wedding cake — in this regard. The bride calling her future stepdaughter names is probably not a good way to establish a loving and healthy relationship.
And complaining about them being needy is a great way for the bride to show her ignorance. Of course, the girl is needy… she’s a child! For everyone’s sake, we hope that this bride doesn’t have any “crotch goblins” of her own.
Love and Other Benefits
This self-absorbed bride started her bridezilla antics right from the proposal, so who knows what the actual event will be like. Marriage proposals are a nerve-racking experience for anyone dropping down on one knee, so it must have been so disheartening for this groom to have been rebuffed due to the bride finding his — frankly lovely sounding — proposal “embarrassing.”
And while the bride may simply be high maintenance, her desire to get married quickly for the benefits could be considered a big red flag.
Drinks and Cake Won’t Cut it
There seems to be an increase in entitled brides and grooms setting ridiculous minimum requirements for wedding gifts. They have clearly never heard of the phrase, ‘Your presence is present enough,’ and often expect gifts for events where attending is both a time and financial cost to guests as well.
While we don’t blame this guest for refusing to attend and provide the insane gift, the bride-to-be’s incentive of drinks and cake doesn’t seem to be impressive enough.
Rideshare Wedding Service
Wedding transport is always a divisive topic. Some people want only the best, classic cars to get them to and from their wedding. Some people think that hiring a wedding car is a waste of money and opt for alternative methods of transport, so getting an Uber on your wedding day doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
However, getting angry at a fellow passenger when the couple specifically chose Uber’s carpool option is a bit ridiculous. After all, you get what you pay for.
Nice Suggestions Only
Nothing screams ‘entitled bride and groom’ like a social media rant about gifts. At this point, wedding gifts should be considered the kryptonite of bridezillas everywhere, and any gift under a ludicrous amount is now deemed unreasonable.
We’re not sure when brides and grooms suddenly felt entitled to extravagant gifts. However, it’s couples like this that give brides everywhere a bad name, as a majority are simply happy to share their day with family and friends.
But it Only Costs $3000!
Destination weddings are not only a significant cost for the bride and groom, but they’re also a big financial investment for the guests. Entitled brides and grooms who plan destination weddings often don’t consider the fact that their guests need to take time off work, pay for flights, pay for accommodation, and pay for other typical wedding-related expenses.
Not only do these self-absorbed couples not understand why some guests aren’t able to attend, they often expect extravagant gifts from those who have already put in the time and money to be there for their special day.
The Trouble With Tattoos
Apparently, this bride has put a lot of effort into her theme, and this guest clashes with it. That’s right — not ‘family member,’ not ‘bridesmaid,’ just a guest. This entitled bride is so focused on making sure her wedding has the look she wants, that she’s willing to put aesthetics over the comfort of her guests.
Honestly, asking guests to wear a long-sleeved jacket in the middle of summer is downright ridiculous, and trying to use emotional manipulation so the bride could get her way is major bridezilla behavior.
Not a Real Caterer, Apparently
Asking for discounts, if appropriate and asked politely, is an acceptable way of trying to keep wedding costs down. However, a couple asking for a discount should be ready to accept that a supplier is unwilling or unable to provide one without turning nasty.
In the case of this person, asking for an extensive wedding menu and then insulting the supplier over the price is a good way to ensure the guests end up not eating at all.
Seeing Green Over Yellow Diamonds
Some brides have been planning their wedding day since they were children, so it can be expected that they’ll have a clear vision of what they want every aspect of their wedding to look like, including the rings. However, a ring doesn’t make a marriage.
This particular entitled bride should be honored that her future in-laws gifted her a family heirloom, and grateful that she found someone who loves her enough to propose in the first place.
Extremely Cheap, Yet Extremely Specific
Wedding trade and barter pages are a great source of cheap wedding items and can help keep costs down. However, as the saying goes, “Beggars can’t be choosers.”
So, a bride putting out a request on social media for wedding items, asking for specific colors, sizes, and quantities like this bride did is a sure-fire way to be disappointed. The chances of being able to find “12 Navy blue 12-foot tablecloths” in time for a wedding — and for free — is extremely unlikely.
A Bride’s Friendly Advice
If an entitled bride includes the phrase “not to be selfish” in her social media rant, it’s safe to assume that she’s most likely being a little selfish. This is another bride disappointed at the type of gifts — or lack thereof — that she and her new husband received at their wedding.
At the very least, this bride acknowledged that guests who helped out with services or members of the wedding party had already contributed enough, and in her mind were exempt from the gift-giving protocol.
It’s Not the Fairytale Look
At this point, entitled bridezillas are becoming a bit predictable. If they aren’t upset over the cost of a supplier or the type of wedding gifts they receive, they’re likely to be upset over the appearance of their bridesmaids. In particular, tattoos really seem to send the bridezillas into a frenzy.
Someone needs to have an honest chat with these self-absorbed brides and let them know that tattoos don’t really affect the theme of a wedding. And even if they did, the bride has no say in what the bridal party or guests do to their bodies.
This Is Basically Slave Labor
This particular bride had a short and sweet list of requests, that doesn’t seem too bad until you actually understand what she is looking for. Essentially, free labor from someone extremely experienced, working for the duration of the wedding (which is often about 15 hours for photographers), without any provided food, drinks, or breaks.
At this point, it’s fair to assume that this is basically slave labor, and the bride would be hard-pressed to find any experienced photographers willing to work under those conditions.
The Theme Thwarter
A question for entitled brides and grooms everywhere, why bring a friend’s weight into the bridezilla equation? Especially with this particular bride, who is complaining about one of her “closest friends.” If weight wasn’t the issue — as the bride claims — then why even bring it up in the first place?
And while we don’t want to stir the pot, we can’t help but suggest that a color scheme of plum and silver may be more of a style crime than flaming red hair.
It has never been so obvious that this particular self-absorbed couple would also be the friends who bring out the calculator and divide every group dinner down to the cent. And while a ‘pay-per-slice’ wedding cake is one thing, checking the CCTV footage from the event is another.
Calling out guests who had more than one slice without paying is cheapskate territory, and the ironic thing about this situation is the guest pictured was actually the one who made the wedding cake as a favor.
The Influencer Influenza
There’s a sickness going around, and it’s turning everyday civilians into entitled social media influencers, determined to pay their way through life with exposure. There are unfortunately more and more instances of so-called influencers trying to use their claim to fame to bag free goods and services.
As these suppliers often point out, exposure doesn’t pay the bills. And off the back of the pandemic, small business owners in the wedding industry now rely on each and every booking to keep them afloat.