Bride’s name & age: Ivy, 27
Bride’s occupation: Business Owner-Sugar Cake Designs
Groom’s name & age: Kenneth, 30
Groom’s occupation: IT Tester
Approx. Wedding Budget: $10,000, but once we started looking at wedding cost we are almost at $16,000.
Who’s Paying for Wedding? Bride and Groom, my mother is helping pay for the DJ and cake. My sister is paying for the limo.
Who’s in Charge of Budget? Me, the bride
What happens if you go over budget? Our house payment wont be made
Did you hire a wedding planner? I hired a day of coordinator because there is a lot of set up details that need to be handled that I do not want to be doing on my day. She is great, she comes with 3 other helpers the day of and I’m confident that they will excel my expectations or it will really be a highlight of the Bridezillas show if things do not go well.
Describe your dream wedding dress: Origionally a huge Princess Diana Dress, but now I want to feel sexy yet classy at my wedding.
Who chose the rings? What’s the story behind the rings? I am not a jewelry person so for my ring, and I looked at a thousand rings and would send Kenneth pictures of what “I had to have” but at the end he had one custom made and he said that he would choose and if I didn’t like it I had the option of saying no. The band came with my ring and for his ring he wanted titanium because he is low maintenance.
How helpful has the groom been (or not) in the planning process? He helps with decisions but is easily irritated when I have difficulty deciding because I am very indecisive. At first he was upset when I wasn’t including him, but once I finally asked for his opinions he was irritated with the wedding details.
Are you trying to lose weight before the wedding? How are you going about that? What’s your goal? I plan on losing about 10 pounds before the wedding because I am also going to Miami and need to look good for my bachelorette party. I have been hitting the gym and try low carb diets every other week.
Tell us about your future In-Laws. How do you get along with them? How does the groom get along with your parents? We are family oriented so luckily we are blessed with great in laws. In fact I probably fell in love with Kenneth’s family before I actually fell for him.
Tell us about your family. How have they been involved in the planning process? Our family is very supportive but they know how controlling and obsessive I can be so there are just in the background waiting for what I tell them I need to do.
What’s the worst thing that could go wrong on your wedding day? My main concern is pictures. If I look disgusting in all my pictures I will have a fit.
What’s been your biggest stress since you started planning the wedding? Trying to find vendors who accept me for being detail oriented and going with it. It is not easy to convince other’s that it is your way or no way.
How do you typically handle stressful situations in regards to your wedding? Most of the time I am screaming and shouting and loose a lot of sleep over the wedding issues, but lately everything is done now that we are getting closer to the actual date. Other bridezilla related issues is my bridesmaid hair changes, bridesmaid not fitting into their dresses, and recently shoe dilemma with some girls not wanting to wear 4-inch heels at the wedding.
Define the type a bride you will be. I am very demanding and if every detail does not go as I expect I will have a fit and be easily irritated. With that being said, if everything goes the way I want it and have it planned I would be very laid back and only concerned about my pictures.
Of your friends, who is the straightest shooter – who always tells you the truth, no matter how bad it may be? Jojo or Joann is probably the best bet to getting the truth, she never holds back and has no fear of speaking her mind.
Tell us any dilemmas or stressful moments regarding the below details of the wedding. What happened? How was it resolved?
Cake: Our cake lady cancelled last month and I had to find another cake person. It was sad because she was the person who did the cake for my mom and sisters wedding but she said the last minute she couldn’t do the details that I wanted.
Location: We were having a hard time figuring out the dates because apparently everyone got engaged when we did and everything was booked up for October which has the best weather in Texas.
Dress: I wanted the ball gown look but now that I’m almost 30, I want to remember this wedding as looking great because one day down the road I’m sure my metabolism won’t be nearly as beneficial and I can see inches adding quickly, especially with my new found obsession with wedding cake.
The Groom: He just doesn’t get excited about anything and that irritates me.
Wedding Party: they need to learn to walk in high heels, bridesmaid need to fit in their dress or else!
In-Laws: They're great, no issues…yet!
Family: My brother wants his girlfriend to come to the wedding, but with our past history I do not think it would be appropriate.
What’s the story of how you got engaged? When I talked to Kenneth about proposing I told him to make sure that I was dolled up, looking great, and that there were friends and family to videotape. It was the complete opposite and although I was mad that he proposed to me with a beard, I loved my ring and that made up for it.
What do you love the most about your husband-to-be? He is sweet, just a genuinely nice guy. Kind of annoying all the time because everyone expects him to do stuff and he never says no.
What does he love about you? My good looks and great ass. Just kidding, he loves how I light up at anything that makes me happy.
When you disagree, what is it usually about, and how do you handle it? We always disagree and it’s usually because he won’t listen to my way. Plenty of times he gives me what I want, but when he doesn’t we argue. Usually if you have a princess mentality your true prince is the one who will push you off the carriage and make you walk, that’s Kenneth.
What disagreements have come up about the wedding?
Venue: Kenneth couldn’t fathom why we had to spend so much money on the ceremony location.
Colors: I love pink and since it’s my day I want EVERYTHING pink.
Shoes: Kenneth had custom made vans for him and the groomsmen which I am still biting my tongue on because it just irritates me, but marriage is about compromise.
Cake: he couldn’t decide his cake so I told him that I would pick it and he would be happy, so it’s a surprise right now.
Video: Kenneth didn’t see the point of having a video since I was such a picture-aholic that he assumed having a great photographer was enough.
Music: We can’t agree on our exit song for the wedding, Kenneth wanted us to have some song that had the lyrics “blood dripping from my eyes”…no way!
Who tends to bring out the Bridezilla behavior in you? Why? Anyone who doesn’t listen to what I say. My mind works in a strange way and I envision this wedding picture perfect and if it is not that way I will have issues.
When things aren’t going your way in regards to the details of how you want your wedding, how do you handle it? If it's something I have no control over, I’m usually crying or complaining to Kenneth but in most cases I haven’t had anything didn’t go my way.