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Atomic Bombshell » Bridezilla

Atomic Bombshell


June 30th, 2008

I’m the girl who never engaged a single brain cell dreaming about what her “big day” would be like, and who even chose to elope the first time around. But now that I’ve actually planned a whole to-do, I might be starting to see the point…

Honestly, I can’t imagine why anybody would put herself through the nerve-wracking insanity for anything less than her perfect mate. Once you’ve made it through the gauntlet that leads up to your wedding day, later on if things start to go awry in your marriage, I promise you’ll think back to the wedding preparations and realize that in comparison your present woes are quite manageable.

Of course, that’s if you’re not “cheating” by enlisting outside help from family or friends. Both of which I’m told generally end up being more trouble than help. Also in the category of doing more harm than good are those brick-like bridal magazines, which I am convinced serve only to fill your head full of stuff you don’t really need, to support yet another industry that preys on ignorance and insecurity.

I did as much of the work as possible on my own to keep costs down, then negotiated like crazy for everything else. Believe me, you’ll barely get the “W” in “wedding” out of your mouth before the price of everything quadruples! Our pastor claimed the average wedding runs $40 grand, but we kept it closer to one tenth that amount while trying to make it look like we forfeited the down payment on a house.

It wasn’t easy, but perhaps we pulled it off. All that hard work just to marry my best friend so we can spend more time together riding bikes and making each other laugh? Totally worth it!

Entry Filed under: Carrie's Rants


  • 1. soapbox.SUPERSTAR  |  July 30th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I spent about $5,000 on mine and did almost everything myself and it turned out okay! I would never spend that much on a wedding… you’re broke before you start the marriage!

  • 2. Shelly  |  July 30th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I am not sure how much mine was. I know that my dress was the most expensive part. That was, I believe, $700.00. I did my own flowers and my mom did all the food. We had the reception in the church social hall so no booze was allowed and that saved a bundle.

  • 3. Jason Rohrblogger  |  July 31st, 2008 at 10:05 pm


  • 4. suze  |  August 1st, 2008 at 8:18 am

    I’m totally feeling what you’re saying here – my wedding is in a week, and by ‘industry’ standards it’s a pretty small/cheap one and it’s still insanity.

    But I also have a very involved mother-in-law that is turning the wedding into a family reunion for her side of the family and getting superstressed about every unimportant detail, thus making me stressed as a result.

    I hope your day was wonderful and stress-free and that all has been well since.

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