Bride’s Name & Age: Kimberly, 26
Bride’s Occupation: Receptionist at hair salon & part-time work at a tanning salon
Groom’s Name & Age: Jeremiah, 26
Groom’s Occupation: Architectural sheet metal worker
How long have your been dreaming of your wedding day? I never really knew if I wantd to get married until I started becoming serious with Jeremiah, so I guess I would say since 16 years old. The dress I always wanted to be different , outside the box. However my family and Jeremiah's family would not allow that to happen. I also always wanted a huge wedding, very funky, bright colors and fun.
Approx. Wedding Budget: 20,000
Who’s Paying for Wedding? Me and Jeremiah
Who’s in Charge of Budget? Me
What happens if you go over budget? We are well over budget already so we had to cut some things, one being our honeymoon for now. We also had to keep it at the minimum people attending the wedding.
Describe your dream wedding dress: Tough one, I always wanted black, I know that sounds crazy but I like to be different, something loud and high fashion that screams “look at me!”.
Who chose the rings? What’s the story behind the rings? We chose my rings together, I was probably the pickiest person in the world when it came to my rings, I didn’t like anything. One day when we went looking I had pretty much said no to everything and almost gave up but we came across a jewler that as we were leaving told us to wait he had the perfect ring for me. He went into the back and when he came out he had the most beautiful bridal set I had ever saw. It was love at first site and I will never Ever want another ring! As for Jeremiahs band I spent ehh about 4 hours choosing it and when I came home he hated it, said it was too flashy so we had to go back and exchange it. This wasn’t the first or last time we had to change jewelry because of his pickiness.
# of Guests attending: 75
# in Wedding Party: 11
How long have you been planning wedding? FOREVER!! I have been planning for 2 years now and the date has changed 3 times and the venue once.
How helpful has the groom been (or not) in the planning process? Well if by helpful you mean has pretty much made me do everything by myself but then complained about everything I chose to do, then completely helpful!. I had to print my invites on my own, therefore they turned out a mess. I also had no help with calling and changing the dates or talking to the venues. He only gives his opinion when I do not want it.
Are you trying to lose weight before the wedding? We both are. We both work out at the gym and I also do kickboxing 3x a week and zumba and dance once a week. My goal is another 8lbs , Jeremiah is about 20lbs.
Tell us about your family. How have they been involved in the planning process? My parents are driving me nuts!!! To be completely honest my mother has made a fight about everything EVERY step of the way. She didn’t even go with me the first two times for my wedding dress I had to beg her. She pretty much has done nothing but complain and make me life 10x harder than it has to be. The attention is not on her and I personally believe she is jealous. As for my father he attempted to control my wedding and my money and well that didn’t last long, he just likes to go on and on about how I want what I want …blah blah blah. They definitely are not sensitive to my feelings and the stress a wedding can cause and pretty much has started at least one argument a week with me over ANYTHING!!! They are selfish and want the limelight.
Have you or your groom been married before? No marriage before, we have been together 10 years now. We have one child, a daughter. She is 3 and a half and will be the flower girl.
Who are your most/least favorite celebrity brides and why? I loved Pink because she was daring with her wedding and I admire that. I don’t think I have a least favorite.
What’s been your biggest stress since you started planning the wedding? The families, no one gets along! I have cancelled or rescheduled the wedding 4 times now!! People are just so rude and only care about themselves and don’t care if they ruin my day or embarrass me.
How do you typically handle stressful situations in regards to your wedding? I seem to lose my mind, I have a bad temper, Ive lost my voice from screaming several times, I've actually not spoken to my parents for weeks at time. I've also cancelled several times, I'm sure my vendors hate me. I haven’t slept in weeks!
Tell us any dilemmas or stressful moments regarding the below details of the wedding. What happened? How was it resolved?
Date: HAHA!! I have changed my date 3x. The current time a lot of people couldn’t come because its so late on a Sunday . I pretty much said oh well.I know we aggravated a lot of people by changing so often but they’ll get over it.
Dress: Kind of a funy story I technically had 2 dresses. My first dress was bought by my ex-boss, I worked for her for 3 years and she insisted on buying it. So of course 5 months before my wedding I finally got fed up with her treating me like a slave and all of us, me and all the other girls walked out on her. So of course she kept the dress and I had to hustle to get the money to buy a new one. As I said earlier my mother made excuses twice that she couldn’t come to look for a new one so I had to make a scene for her to finally come. I like my new dress however it is mermaid style and I feel like as odd as it sound I have no body in it so I'm a bit disappointed at this point. The alteration person said she coudn't make it tighter around my hips because it'll tear at the wedding. I am very upset that I cant have the dress altered the way I want.
Budget: We have gone over budget, we had to cut out the honeymoon for the time being and we had to cancel our photographer and hire a student photographer. Lets hope she's good! I've yet to met with her and its 4 weeks until the wedding.
The Groom: Scarily enough we have gotten along better than we ever have since all hell has broken loose with the wedding.
Wedding Party: I started out with 10 girls, and I am down to 4, I guess that should tell how things have been going. One of the ex bridesmaids is the girlfriend of Jeremiah's brother. We had an all out war and she is not allowed anywhere near me or my wedding. Her sister who was once my maid of honor is not even allowed to speak to me because her mother hates me. It has just been one insane headache after another. Nothing has been resolved yet.
What’s the story of how you got engaged? Well we had been together for about 7 years at the time and I was starting to push the fact, my daughter wasn’t even one yet but I felt it was time to make a commitment. I bugged him a couple times and then one day we decided to go look together to see if he could get an idea of what I wanted and well after looking several times we finally found my dream ring. So then he pretty much handed it to me and said “are you happy?” We have never been very romantic
What do you love the most about your husband-to-be? Well besides the fact that he is gorgeous, I love that he can handle me. I am a handful and I am very strong minded and he knows how to keep me grounded yet also let me have some control in the relationship. He is a hard worker and he doesn’t care what people think of him and I love that confidence in him. He just gets me.
What does he love about you? I would think he loves my sense of humor. I love to laugh and have fun. I also think that he likes someone to take control and he also loves that I do everything for him!
What’s your biggest pet peeve about your husband to be? He plays XBOX 24/7!!!!! If we fight over anything, it's that. He is so addicted to it, it aggravates the HELL out of me. Other than that, he tends to argue about everything and he is usually wrong.
When you disagree, what is it usually about, and how do you handle it? We disagree about almost everything, again we are both headstrong and do not like to admit when wrong. Usually we disagree about my family, he thinks I'm too soft. I pretty much do what I want regardless of what he says. I am definitely known to be a yeller and I tend to make a scene to get my point across.
What disagreements have come up about the wedding? Well we have disagreed about the save the dates, he wanted one with pictures of us as kids and I didn’t, to be honest I was quite the ugly duckling and did not want to relive that. He made a bit of a scene at the florist and we left there fighting. However in the end I got what I wanted. We also had many arguments about whether the wedding should be cancelled or not, he felt why should we pay all this money for a wedding for people to just act rude and ruin it. I really wanted my wedding and didn’t want anyone to take that away from me.
Has the engagement/wedding ever been called off, or in jeopardy? If so, what happened and how did it get resolved? It has been called off or moved 4 times. The main problem was that we had so many people within the family or girlfriends of the brothers causing problems and we just didn’t want to spend all this money for other people to enjoy the wedding, when we could just save it and move out . My family has backed out several times as did his.We ended up changing the date because I just wanted to get it done and over with, the more time we had the more time there was for drama. I decided that I'm not going to let ANYONE ruin my wedding.
In what ways have you shown Bridezilla behavior during the wedding planning? I am very picky with what I want and I usually don’t ask for opinions so I don’t like when they are given without me asking. When we went for the first bridesmaid fittings I went to switch back and forth between two shades of pink, his mother decided to state her opinion and tell me they clash and got a lot of the girls to agree, I made it clear that it is my wedding and I don't care. I got into a huge argument where it almost turned into a fist fight with my brothers girlfriend Alone, who happens to be my bridesmaid. Her and my father were discussing the fact that they were in happy with my choice of maid of honor, not Sandra, the other ex maid of honor. I flipped out because I didn’t feel it was anyone’s business who I picked or what I did. It got very escalated I do not like when people get in my face as Alona did I was held back by 4 people and she left. She called and apologized later.
When things aren’t going your way in regards to how you want your wedding, how do you handle it? I get annoyed I worked so hard for this wedding and it has consumed so much of my life I do tend to let my aggravation show .