Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 18, 2013

Bridezilla jokes and wedding stress

BLUEFIELD — The bridezillas jokes are coming fast and furious. But before 2004, no one knew what a bridezilla was until the reality show debuted on WE TV. Before that brides were either cranky, mad, upset or difficult. This is the last and finale season — 10 in all — of the show. I have seen a few episodes, and raised my eyebrows at some of the epic temper tantrums and crying fits of the brides. Yet now in the midst of planning my wedding, I can see how one stressful hiccup can turn into a hot mess in a matter of seconds. How can a woman change so much from “will you marry me?” to “I do?” It is one of the question producers on the show ask viewers. I have one answer: Stress. I didn’t realize how stressful it was to plan a wedding from start to finish. Throw in work and daily life and my head spins, so does my decision-making skills. As a bride-to-be, and a former observant bridesmaid, here are two reasons why a bridezilla might show up instead of a sweet, glowing bride.

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Decisions, which used to be easy, are now more difficult. I thought it would be easy to pick out a wedding dress. I knew what I liked, or what I thought I liked based on hours of searching the Internet. But what looks good on a supermodel doesn’t look the same on the average woman. I tried on so many dresses I lost count. By mid-afternoon, I was tired and hungry, and honestly, a bit grumpy. I need a break. I returned to the store later and selected the first dress I tried on that morning. Easy, right? Not really. I had to choose between ivory and white. But there wasn’t a white dress in the store, just ivory, which is a very popular choice for many brides today. We ended up ordering a white dress and keeping the ivory on hold, just in case. Too many options. From pearls to lace, soft pink to diamond white, big full ball gowns to sleek, modern sheaths, dresses know no limits, styles or trends. It is the most important dress of a woman’s life and that can paralyze any good decision-making skill.

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