I’d always thought it was a funny word— bringing to mind a kind of a mishmash
between the sweet, serene, All-American girl in a white dress, and the evil, helicopter-
eating, terror-inducing, ravenous, destructive beast on a mission to destroy. It’s a term
used to describe the strange phenomenon that happens when brides begin planning
their weddings, when joy and anticipation turn to stress and disaster.
It’s a term I never thought would apply to myself.
And yet, here I was, ten months before my wedding to the most amazing man on
the planet— when I should have been giddy, blissfully and ridiculously happy—
screaming at some poor florist for his inability to procure a satisfactory bouquet of white
calla lilies. It was completely out of character for me, and I knew it. But I couldn’t stop
myself. Worries about the cake, the catering, the music, the venue, the guest list, the
color of the bridesmaids dresses, all came flooding around my head, clouding the vision
of my “perfect day” until all I could do was scream. I had, much to my own dismay,
become the dreaded Bridezilla.
But one day, when I was laying into some doe-eyed receptionist over the phone
for neglecting to reserve the correct amount of rental chairs, my fiancé did something
that very well may have saved our future marriage: he hung up the phone.
“Why did you do that?!?!?!” I wailed.
“Look at this,” he replied calmly, facing his laptop toward me. On the screen was
a wedding planning website.
Suddenly, it occurred to me: I don’t have to do this on my own. Slowly the
horrible green monster was disappearing because with a few clicks I discovered the
wedding planner had some simple appointment software that allowed me to book online
appointments at times that were convenient for both of us. And, ten months later, when I
walked down that perfectly decorated aisle to the man of my dreams, I no longer felt the
need to scream. Booking a wedding planner online, quite literally, saved my marriage—
or, at the very least, kept “Bridezilla” from making an appearance at the wedding.