Here is an article from Shine on Yahoo about a momzilla that really made a fool of herself.
Now the points she made as to etiquette by standards is reasonable and true, but acting in such a hoity-toity and negative manner is horrendous. If she was out to teach her some etiquette she could have been much nicer about it. Second off, people quite regularly marry in castles that are not their own as it is both tasteful and elegant. It is also said to bring the house (castle) good fortune and luck to have a couple marry on the grounds, especially if it lasts and both parties live long and healthy lives.
Here’s some tips from a great author on how to escape the terrors of mom and popzilla
It’s the day we dream about as little girls– the fluffy white dress, the multi-tiered cake… and the mother of the bride. Yes, Mr. Right is there too of course. But the planning and let’s face it– the purse strings– have more to do with your Mom than your man. When it comes to orchestrating a wedding– you and your mom are a couple!
GalTime caught up with the experts on the subject. Author Susan Wiggs literally wrote the book on happily-ever-after love. She’s a bestselling romance novelist. When she and her daughter Elizabeth started planning Elizabeth’s wedding– a whole new chapter of their relationship was born.
While wading through the trenches of flowers and flavors– battling over budgets and much more– this “couple” learned a lot of life lessons. They share their story and some great wedding planning advice in their book: “How I Planned Your Wedding.”
Here are Elizabeth and Susan’s tips on Mom/Daughter wedding planning:
1. Brides, repeat after me “I’m just so happy to be engaged, I haven’t thought about that yet!”
Elizabeth: Memorize it. Print it out and staple it to your forehead. This one golden sentence will be the shield between you and all sorts of drama when your wedding planning adventure begins. When is your wedding? “I’m just so happy to be engaged, I haven’t thought about that yet!” Who are your bridesmaids? “I’m just so happy to be engaged, I haven’t thought about that yet!” How religious will your ceremony be? “I’m just so happy to be engaged, I haven’t thought about that yet!” How much money do you want from me? “I’m just so happy to be engaged, I haven’t thought about that yet!”
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You get the picture. If you answer any of these early-days questions without having a well thought-out plan, you do so at your own peril. I made the mistake of telling my mom exactly who my bridesmaids would be (and, more to the point, who they wouldn’t be) within 24 hours of getting engaged. When my precious – but very young – cousins didn’t make the cut, my mom practically pulled out a pair of brass knuckles.
Susan: As the mom, you’re gonna see right through this ruse. There is only one answer: “Well, young lady, I have been thinking about it since the day you bagged Prince Charming, so leave everything to me. I’ve got it aaaalll figured out.
2. Remember that any sum of money your mother gives you for your wedding – no matter how small – is a gift.
Elizabeth: It’s very, very easy to feel entitled to family money when you’re planning your Big Day. After all, tradition says that the bride’s side is responsible for the heavy financial lifting. But I don’t care if your mom is a bazillionaire or a full-time volunteer with no income to speak of. If she (or anyone else) helps you pay for your wedding, make sure you show your love and gratitude. It’s a tough pill to swallow – or was for me, anyway.
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Initially, she said she thought I should be able to plan the wedding for $5,000, which seemed indescribably small against the backdrop of the lavish wedding I had envisioned. I fought tooth-and-nail with her about it, never once stopping to remember that she didn’t have to give me a dime. What’s more, when my very level-headed fiancé put together a modest budget and a well-reasoned request, he managed to talk her up to $20,000 in under 10 minutes and with no bloodshed. Imagine that.
Susan: You’d be amazed at how resourceful and creative people get when you put them on a budget. Those two were rock stars.
3. Do not over-share.
Elizabeth: I call my mom about three times a day. I have this weird compulsion to tell her nearly every detail of my life in real-time. Today, in fact, I informed her of the size and consistency of my dog’s most recent bowel movement.
When it comes to the wedding, though, you need to find a balance of how much information to share. It took me a long time to realize that I would save myself and my mother a lot of headache if I made decisions first, then shared them with her second.
Susan: She has internalized one of life’s greatest lessons: “It’s easier to apologize afterward than to ask permission.”
4. Acknowledge how important this day is for her, too.
Elizabeth: Don’t let your mom feel like a stranger at her own daughter’s wedding. If, like me, you went to college in a different state and don’t live close to your hometown, you’re likely to have a guest list populated with people your mom has only met a handful of times. Make sure your mom has the chance to surround herself with her own entourage of close friends who can cheer her on and dry her tears while she watches her little girl become a new wife.
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Susan: Don’t you wish there was a fashion-forward way to make everyone at a wedding wear a name tag? Honestly, Elizabeth did a wonderful job putting together opportunities for everyone to mingle. We had a welcome barbecue, a rehearsal party at a Seattle pub, and then there was the reception! I loved her clever idea of setting the table with conversation starters. Everyone loved that.
5. Laugh at yourselves.
Elizabeth: If you catch yourself having a giant meltdown over something trivial – say, a cupcake, or the color of the Spanx you’ve asked your mother to wear under her gown – take a step back. Would you really be flipping out about this in any other situation? No? Then take a breather, give your mom a hug, and have a big laugh. (Afterward, you can resume your meltdown if you must.)
Susan: That’s my favorite take-away from this book–the humor. Judging by the reader feedback, this is everyone’s favorite part of it.
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And here’s some basic etiquette for those who have some questions
Written by Jeanne Marie Laskas
When you’re not attending
You’ve been invited to a wedding. You don’t know the newlyweds well and decide not to attend. Do you still have to send a gift?
Well, you don’t have to do anything. But look at the big picture. Even if you don’t know the newlyweds very well, they thought enough of you to invite you to witness their big day. Would it hurt you to send something-a modest gift or a card-to acknowledge it? Of course not. Would it possibly make the newlyweds just a tiny bit happier? Of course. So just do it. When in doubt, share the love.
Showers and repeat customers
Two of my coworkers are getting married just weeks apart. This is the first wedding for one and the third for the other. My officemates and I want to throw a work shower for the first-timer, but somehow it doesn’t seem appropriate for our other friend. How do we tactfully explain this to the third-timer, or is it obvious that there shouldn’t be one?
Are you kidding me? The fact that you’re even considering shaming this so-called friend by not celebrating her new partnership suggests you and your coworkers need to take a long, hard look at the meaning of the word friend. Either throw a joint shower for both brides or forget the office celebration altogether. Both women are embarking on a marital voyage, and both are worthy of good wishes.
My daughter is getting married for the second time and wants to have showers, a wedding party, etc., just like before. Family and friends gave gifts not so very long ago. I feel like this is hitting people up one too many times. What’s the proper thing to do?
– Doubtful Dad
Brides don’t throw showers; their friends do. This is, after all, a happy occasion, and on happy occasions people like to see other people unwrap stuff! Forget the grouches who might feel “hit up” this time — they probably felt that way the first time. The proper thing to do is proudly march your daughter down the aisle, show her your support, lift her veil and give her a big smooch.
Widowed sister-in-law getting remarried
Seven years ago, my brother died. His wife is getting remarried, and my mother insists someone from our family attend the wedding. Mom’s too emotional to go but wants me to instead. I said no — I was never close to the wife, and there are no kids. Mom is making me feel guilty. What’s the etiquette here?
– Wedding Wary
This isn’t an etiquette question. There is no rule requiring that someone from your family attend. If your mother feels a need to go, that’s her prerogative. But she can’t use a substitute. Remind her that you’re still healing, too, and tell her working the guilt angle is unfair.
My best friend is getting married, and I’m one of her bridesmaids. She’s planning to invite my parents to the wedding-not with the first set of invitations but with a second set, after some of the initial invitees say they can’t attend. In the ten years the bride and I have been friends, my mom has been a close and caring supporter. I am truly hurt, and I’m sure my mom will be too. Am I overreacting?
Dear Daughter First
Your mom’s on the B team? That stinks! Good for you for standing up for your mom. But you also need to step back and think of the bride. Is there a money problem? Is it an issue of space? You can’t know unless you ask, but do you really want to become part of the problem on her special day? I’d swallow this one. Put your arm around your mom and say “Let’s write this off as bride anxiety” and go out together for a nice lunch.
After living together for 11 years, we recently got married and invited only a couple of people as witnesses. To our surprise, family and friends were hurt and angry that we didn’t have a “normal” wedding, especially one sister for whom I was maid of honor 20 years ago. What can I say to explain my case without apologizing for getting married the way we wanted to?
– Closet Newlywed
I know you think marriage is a personal declaration of love and commitment between two people. And it is! But it’s more than that. It’s an act that joins two families by creating a new, extended one. By not including loved ones, you’ve inadvertently made them feel excluded. Go throw a party — a quiet one, if that’s your style — and give these folks a chance to say, “Cheers!”
Hired help is Dad
My stepdaughter is getting married and has asked her father to provide the music. My husband has decided to go one step further: He wants to play drums with the band … all night. Am I wrong in thinking that the father of the bride should act like the father of the bride and not the hired help?
Sweetheart, this is not your wedding. The bride and groom get to plan the party. And if she’s fine with Daddy playing Ringo for a day, don’t get in the way! Tap your foot, and applaud their special connection!
My fiancé and I are planning our wedding. He supports my wish for the rehearsal dinner and reception to be vegan. But my future mother-in-law is going nonstop about how people won’t like it. She is trying to take control of the catering. How can I keep my relationship with her and still stand up for my beliefs about saving animals? — Bewildered Bride
Welcome to the land of extended families. It’s compromise time. You’ve made your point about saving the animals; she’s rejected it. Let Momma Carnivore set the menu for the rehearsal dinner (the traditional responsibility of the groom’s family), and you plan the reception (the bride’s traditional responsibility). One note about hostessing and the vegan thing: The food better taste good. Folks are tolerant of others’ food beliefs until they are obliged to sample three courses of variously spiced cardboard.
A family affair?
My ex-husband and the woman he had an affair with are getting married. He has asked our 23-year-old daughter to stand up for the “other woman” during the ceremony. My daughter isn’t even sure she’ll be able to sit through the ceremony, much less stand at the altar on the bride’s side. Isn’t his request inappropriate under the circumstances?
It seems unreasonable to me. But then, I’m as immaterial to this discussion as you are. The fact is, your daughter’s struggles are between her and her dad. Your challenge as her mother is to encourage her to talk all this over with her father, not you. And then support your daughter no matter what she decides. Added difficulty: Be careful not to infect her with your bitterness.
My best friend got engaged four months ago and I haven’t seen her since. I didn’t do or say anything to offend her, but we haven’t even talked for three months. I send e-mails; she doesn’t respond. Should I confront her and ask why she’s avoiding me?
Woe is the girlfriend of a woman in her butterfly bridal stage! Chances are your friend is deep into the princess thing — picking flowers and choosing flatware. Her silence has little to do with you. I’d advise against confronting her. It’ll just evoke a defensive reaction. Instead, call her, tell her you miss her, and suggest getting together. Bring along bride magazines to show your support of this exciting time in her life.
It’s always good to get some reading material behind you to help you reduce stress and plan with more ease. I suggest reading and comparing advice from vendors blogs and articles to books and planners. Help yourself and save yourself stress and tears. Those of us in the wedding industry are here to help, but sometimes it takes the right way of doing it to get the result you want, even with your parents.