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Attack of Bridezilla
If you've ever seen "Bridezillas" on WE TV, you've probably chuckled at how ridiculous the brides act. But chances are, if you've ever been a bride, at some point you've been a Bridezilla yourself. Jennifer Carcamo should know. In the past 15 years, Carcamo, who lives in Silver Spring, has organized about 100 weddings, and even teaches a class on how to deal with Bridezillas.
"Almost every bride I've worked with has been a Bridezilla to some extent," she said. "It's something that every bride has hiding underneath the surface."
Here are some tips Carcamo has picked up over the years.
3 ways to deal with a Bridezilla
Try to be understanding and realize she's under a lot of pressure -- whether she put herself there, or others did. Try to get in her shoes.
Just ignore her. When she has a meltdown, say nothing and let it pass. There's really nothing you can do. This is how she's going to behave. It's like a moving train -- just let it run by.
Rally your troops. A lot of brides think their friends are jealous, for whatever reason. If you get a group of people together and have an intervention, she can see what she's doing.
3 ways to tell you're becoming a Bridezilla
You use the word "perfect" -- several times in one minute, about things that don't necessarily have to be perfect, like the way food is placed on a plate.
You start crying, screaming and feeling sorry for yourself. It's all about you. Why can't you get what you want? Why can't people give you what you want?
When you want things done right now. Lack of patience is a good indicator.
3 real life Bridezilla moments
"I have been screamed at in front of the entire reception on a raised stage because one of the friends of the bride did not get a corsage that I wasn't aware she was supposed to get," Carcamo said. "In her head, she had decided this was going to happen but she didn't communicate it to me."
"I've had a bride after the wedding telling everyone goodbye at the end of the night turn to me and say, 'Why are these rose petals yellow?!?!' The wedding is over! Why are you even thinking about this?"
"It went from screaming to crying to screaming to cying. It was scary."