Bride’s Name & Age: Suzanne (Suzy), 19
Bride’s Occupation: Game Advisor, GameStop
Groom’s Name & Age: Taylor, 20
Groom’s Occupation: Photographer for The United States Air Force
Honeymoon location: We will not be taking a honeymoon until he has enough time off for us to take it. I won a free all inclusive honeymoon to one of 5 places. We’ve chosen the Bahamas.
How long have your been dreaming of your wedding day? I wasn’t the one that was dreaming of my wedding day. In fact I had a good plan to just go to the courthouse and save money. That was my dream wedding so that I could use the money not spent on the wedding to help start our life together. Taylor told me that we could not have just a courthouse wedding. He desperately wanted to have a ‘real’ wedding. So I got stuck with the planning while he gets to sit in Washington and just come home a few days before the wedding. I need everything to be perfect for him, because I love him.
Approx. Wedding Budget: $6000 or less, my parents aren’t rich and his family won’t put in a penny because they don’t agree with the wedding.
Who’s Paying for Wedding? My dad is a Disabled Veteran and my mom has a back problem so she can’t work, yet they managed to come up with the funds. His dad is a cop and his step-mom is a bank teller yet they won’t help pay for anything. So the simple answer is my family and Taylor and I.
Who’s in Charge of Budget? My mother, she’s a financial wiz.
What happens if you go over budget? My parents will sacrifice what they have to, putting themselves in financial jeopardy to make Taylor and I happy.
Describe your dream wedding dress: I found my dream dress. It is strapless with a fitted bodice, slight artistic beading and a short train. Best of all it was ON SALE!
Who chose the rings? What’s the story behind the rings? He chose my engagement ring and put his version of the story on our website taylorandsuzanne.brides.com. He and I are choosing the actual wedding rings, that I won, in February when I go visit him in Washington. We’re ordering them from jvcjewelry.com If they don’t come in on time we’re going to pick some up at walmart or something.
# of Guests attending: Appx: 100
# in Wedding Party: 15 people
How long have you been planning wedding? I’ve been planning since he proposed.
How helpful has the groom been (or not) in the planning process? Helpful…hmm, he’s not helpful at all. I asked him to find a budget from his family, didn’t get one. I asked him to get me a guest list and addresses from his family, I had to get it from his gramma, myself. I asked him to figure out who he wanted for his groomsmen and I had to help him pick them out. He’s useless and he’s the one that wanted the damn wedding. I’ve asked him to choose a tux and he has still not done that so I’m also going to need to do that soon.
Are you trying to lose weight before the wedding? How are you going about that? What’s your goal? Yes I am trying. I have asthma so I have to use an inhaler, which contains a steroid, which makes you GAIN weight. I’m trying to diet and do more weights and a lot of walking. I’ve also increased my water intake. I’m trying to lose about 20 lbs. So far I haven’t lost anything and I’ve been trying since September. My doctor even gave me an appetite suppressant and that didn’t help, because it’s steroid weight.
Tell us about your family. How have they been involved in the planning process? Luckily my mom and my sister knew what they were doing, after planning weddings for themselves and my brother. My mother has been involved in every aspect. She helped me choose the invitations, gifts for the bridesmaids, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses and I do appreciate her help. Especially because she’s paying. However, she’s giving me too much help. I think it’s turning into more what she wants than what taylor or I want. My sister is being super pushy about the cake topper. I have what I want, I don’t care if it doesn’t match, just because she doesn’t like it doesn’t mean I have to change my mind. She did make my veil just like I wanted it because we couldn’t find one like it. My dad just sits on the couch and watches History Channel, the worst channel ever invented.
Who are your most/least favorite celebrity brides and why? Honestly, I don’t care about celebrity brides. I don’t know them, won’t go to their weddings so why should I care? The only ‘celebrity’ bride that I have even referenced was Princess Diana. That was to get people who were saying we were too young to get married to shut up because she was young too, probably not the best example though.
How do you typically handle stressful situations in regards to your wedding? I start by getting annoyed by something. Then I start snapping at someone and then it turns into a full blown bitch-fit. Then if things don’t stop I get really frustrated and when I get frustrated I start to cry and shut down completely.
Tell us any dilemmas or stressful moments regarding the below details of the wedding. What happened? How was it resolved?
Cake: I went to four different places to find a reasonably priced cake but I did fine once I found Mandy. She’s so nice and easy going so she’s used to dealing with people like me.
Location: I had originally decided to use a place but when I go in to sign the papers they pulled out all kinds of fine print and lies. Then I started to really look around and they had water stains on the ceiling that was falling apart. To make matters worse the place wasn’t closed to my wedding party, and they wanted $5000 just to use the place then had a fee for bringing in food and fee for DJ and a fee for a dance floor. After looking around online I managed to find FountainGlenn and there was nothing hidden. They were honest and friendly and very understanding. They also gave us a military discount.
Dress: The first dress I tried on was the one. I knew it the minute I put it on, but I still HAD to try on others, cause my mom wouldn’t buy it without knowing I wouldn’t change my mind.
Budget: I really don’t even want to talk about my budget. My family who needs the money they’ve made in their lifetime to live off of has to pay for the entire wedding but my inlaws can spend thousands on bullshit and won’t spend a penny for me and taylor.
Flowers: My sister is handling that because I just don’t want to,
The Groom: Just the fact that he is far away is stressful. I have had to work with a time difference and since he’s proposed we’ve had just under a week together. It’s not fair. It’s not right that he expects me to plan the wedding he wants and isn’t working hard to help me figure out how to do this crap.
Wedding Party: I had the entire wedding party figured out in September. In October I found out one of my bridesmaids, and best friend, was thinking about going to a car show with her boyfriend instead of coming to my wedding. Then on New Years she told me that she’d decided to be with him, on ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF MY LIFE! Then I found out that two months ago one of the groomsmen went to IOWA! Who the hell moves to Iowa and doesn’t tell the bride that you aren’t going to be a groomsman. He’s lucky he’s in Iowa or he’d be in pain.
What do you love the most about your husband-to-be? I love that he respects who I am and doesn’t try to change me. He knows how to handle it when I turn into what my family has nicknamed ‘Bitchzilla’. I love that he knows me best out of anyone in the world. I love that out of everyone he chose me. He’s my best friend, and I wouldn’t choose anyone else.
What does he love about you? His own words “What’s not to love”. My mom said I have him trained well.
What’s your biggest pet peeve about your husband to be? I have a problem with the fact he expects me to be nice to his family when they’re not to me.
What disagreements have come up about the wedding? I needed everyone to at least be fitted by the end of the year. I told his family when I took that briefing over to their home that I needed it done. December rolled around and I told Taylor if they didn’t get his little sister I’d have no problem finding another flower girl and finally he gave in. The very last day of the year they bought the girl's dress. I just hope they went to the right place and got the right one.
Has the engagement/wedding ever been called off, or in jeopardy? I called off the wedding planning and told him I was tired of doing it by myself. We could get married In the courthouse or not at all and funniest thing, after I said that he got a little more helpful in the wedding planning.
In what ways have you shown Bridezilla behavior during the wedding planning? First of all it’s my wedding. I didn’t want a fancy ceremony at first but now I will do whatever I have to to get things perfectly they way taylor and I deserve to have them. I disowned my friend because she made a bad choice. I’m highly emotional because I have to pack up every one of my belongings and move to the other side of the country where it snows and I hate cold weather. Meanwhile my mother keeps saying how much she wants to go and what an adventure it will be…I hate positivity. This will be the farthest I’ve ever had to be from my family and the longest.
When things aren’t going your way in regards to how you want your wedding, how do you handle it? Things go my way. If they don’t go my way, then other people pay the price for upsetting me. I pout and I cry, then people break and I do get what I want.