Everyone knows about Bridezilla. She hems and haws and demands that everything be perfect and rags on her husband-to-be and isn’t very nice to individuals working in thye service industry. But we live in the age of metrosexuals and do-it-yourself tooth whiteners. That means the newest witchy wedding whiners are not the brides, but the grooms. Enter Groomzilla.
Groomzilla may not be so concerned about the flowers and favors, but he is obsessed with spreadsheeted budgets and cost cutting solutions. He doesn’t so much want to plan the wedding as to oversee its planning. According to Time Magazine, Groomzilla wants a “$1,800 custom-made worsted-wool suit” and eyebrow wax and a manicure.
The “bridezillas” who pay assiduous attention to nuptial details haven’t disappeared. But increasingly they’re joined at the altar by “groomzillas,” who care just as much about the particulars of the big day. Whereas a decade ago many men limited their input to the choice of DJ for the reception, growing numbers are now getting involved with everything from seating plans and table decorations to wedding-cake design and keepsakes for guests.
According to NPD Research, a New York based marketing firm, 80% of men are now active co-partners in the wedding-planning process. Really, now. Not surprising, considering one can now create a registry for just about anything, just about anywhere.
That may be true in the big city, but I’m pretty sure that’s not true where my family lives in a small town in the south. I don’t know what I’d do if The Beard had a different idea regarding what our (at this point, highly fictional) wedding ceremony should be like. Okay…that’s not quite true. But I’ve been dreaming of my wedding for ages. And I like to keep things simple and authentic. I don’t plan on becoming Bridezilla, but I do want to stick to the plan.