About Maria

Bride’s Name & Age: Maria, 20
Bride’s Occupation:  Unemployed
Groom’s Name & Age: Kyle, 20
Groom’s Occupation: Mechanic

Honeymoon date and location: Not yet decided

How long have you been dreaming of your wedding day? I have been dreaming of my dream wedding since I was about 17 years old. I always wanted to have a traditional wedding in a big church with a lot of friends and family there. So far this wedding is matching up as how I pictured it.

Approx. Wedding Budget: $20,000

Who’s paying for the wedding? My grandmother, my mother and father, and Kyle (fiancé) have all helped out with the costs.

Who’s in charge of budget? My mother and grandmother, since they’ve paid for most of the wedding.

What happens if you go over budget? If it’s something that I need/want it will happen some way, somehow.

Did you hire a wedding planner? I did not hire a wedding planner. My grandmother is pretty much my wedding planner because she knows what I like. I didn’t want to hire some random person that knows nothing about me.

Describe your dream wedding dress.
It is white and strapless and has beautiful beading work. It is a bigger dress and has a long train. As soon as I put it on, everyone knew that that was the dress.

Who chose the rings?
My fiancé and I went looking for rings for two whole days. All the jewelers thought I was nuts because I didn’t want a wedding band; I wanted a whole new ring. Kyle and I decided that I would pick out some that I really liked so he would know what styles I was into and then the next day he would pick one out himself and it would be a surprise on the big day.

How long have you been planning the wedding?
Since January of this year.

Are you trying to lose weight before the wedding?
  Well, I am a dancer so I am pretty much in shape. I have been eating more salads, drinking plenty of water and I make sure I exercise every day. I’m trying to lay off the pasta, but I’m Italian and I’m used to eating pasta at least 3 times a week so it’s really hard for me. I have to make sure I fit in my wedding dress!

Tell us about your future In-Laws. How do you get along with them? 
I live with his parents so I get along with them. My fiancé has only met my parents once since they live out of state, but he says that they seem pretty cool and he appreciates their help with the wedding.

Tell us about your family. How have they been involved in the planning process?
They have given me about $10,000 for the wedding so far. My parents can’t really help with anything since they don’t live in Florida but if they did live here I know they would be more involved. My grandmother lives close by me so she’s been really good about being a "wedding planner." She’s the one that has called all the vendors that we need, got all the guests names and addresses together, and printed the invitations.

Have you or your groom been married before?  Any children? If so, what role will the kids play on the wedding day? Neither of us have been married before or have kids.

Who are your most/least favorite celebrity brides? I don’t really care about celebrities. People make it seem like they are God-like just because they’re on TV and have money and to me they are just regular people so I don’t keep up with celebrities that are getting married. I could care less about their weddings; the only one I care about is mine and no one else’s.

What’s the worst thing that could go wrong on your wedding day? Well anything could go wrong but probably the top worst things on my list would be if the best man lost my ring, if I am breaking out, if my dress gets dirty, or if I get my period.

What’s been your biggest stress since you started planning the wedding?
The money is definitely the biggest stress since I am unemployed.

How do you typically handle stressful situations in regards to your wedding? I handle it by yelling, cursing and crying.

Define the type a bride you will be: Controlling, Neurotic, Demanding, Emotional or Laid Back? I would be a combination of controlling, demanding and emotional. If something doesn’t go my way, I am demanding. If things get chaotic, I will be controlling. If we don’t think we can afford something I will probably yell and then cry.

What’s the story of how you got engaged? It was my 19th birthday and Kyle took me out to dinner at The Olive Garden. After dinner that night we went to Fort Myers Beach just to talk and take a stroll along the sand. All of a sudden he gets on one knee and pops the question. Funny thing is that it was at night so it was dark out and Kyle has bad eyesight in the first place so he first accidently starts putting the ring on the wrong hand so I say, "other hand!!" while I'm tearing up. Then he starts putting it on my middle finger rather than the ring finger so I say, "wrong finger!" It was a night we will never forget.

What do you love the most about your husband-to-be? He is caring, loving, good looking and does a lot for me, even though I deserve everything I get.

What does he love about you? He loves my looks (who wouldn’t?) and my personality, except when I get mad.

What’s your biggest pet peeve about your husband to be?
He jokes around with me a lot and I never know when he’s joking or being serious which causes me to get pissed off and have an attitude.

When you disagree, what is it usually about, and how do you handle it? I am a jealous person and there are times when it seems like he is looking at a girl and then I’ll start yelling at him, throw my engagement ring, and tell him to go be with somebody else. He then talks to me and says he didn’t look at another girl and would never want to be with anyone else and tells me how much he loves me; that always makes me feel better.

What disagreements have come up about the wedding?
The cake- he wanted square and I wanted round but then we found one that had both shapes and agreed on that. He also wanted to wear a white tux and I told him he was wearing black and I don’t care what he thinks.

Has the engagement/wedding ever been called off, or in jeopardy? 
If so, what happened and how did it get resolved? It seems like every time we get into an argument I threaten to call it off but we both know that we are still going to go through with the wedding because of how much was spent on it.

In what ways have you shown Bridezilla behavior during the wedding planning? When I lost my job and had so many bills, I cried hysterically. One time me, Kyle, and my grandma were at a store looking at wedding things and Kyle was joking around and I started getting mad because he wasn’t taking anything seriously. He said that I get such an attitude and my grandma agreed and I started yelling and cursing in the middle of the store because it seemed like they were ganging up on me. My grandma apologized but I had to keep my space from Kyle for a while.

Who tends to bring out the Bridezilla behavior in you?  Definitely my fiancé because we never agree on anything and he annoys me on purpose. He pushes my buttons until I get to the point where I go off on him.

When things aren’t going your way in regards to the details of how you want your wedding, how do you handle it?
I usually just make my attitude known and then people get the point and give in to me.