Watch out, world — it’s Groomzilla!

Good afternoon everyone.

I wanted to share an article by Jean Patteson of the Orlando Sentinel. It is very cute!

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OrlandoSentinel.com
Watch out, world — it’s Groomzilla!
JEAN PATTESON

SENTINEL STAFF WRITER

March 26, 2009

So you think Bridezilla is scary, what with her tears and temper tantrums?

Just wait till you meet her opposite number: Groomzilla.

He’s bigger, bolder, louder. And increasingly, he’s muscling in on territory previously ruled by the bride, her mother and possibly a wedding planner.

“We’re seeing grooms becoming more involved in the wedding plans — everything from choosing the venue down to the minutest details,” says Rob Johnsen, 38, co-owner of mywedding.com, a leading online wedding guide.

“It’s the rise of Groomzilla,” he says. “We thought it would be fun to find the biggest Groomzilla in the country, so we launched a contest.”

That was three weeks ago, and the entries are still flooding in. There are grooms demanding specific color schemes, flowers, food, china patterns and officiants. Others are vetting the bridesmaids dresses — and even the bride’s choice of bridesmaids.

The contest deadline is April 21, but already several likely finalists are emerging — including one from Central Florida.

“I don’t see myself as Groomzilla. I think of myself as a concerned fiancé,” says David Taggart of Casselberry. He was entered into the contest by his bride, Bethany Haneline, an administrative assistant in Altamonte Springs. The couple plan to marry in November.

“Bethany gave the wedding plans a few shots, but got frustrated. So I embraced the challenge,” says Taggart, 36, owner of Innovative Party Rentals in Altamonte Springs.

“What I do for a living probably has an impact on the demands I have for a perfectly coordinated event,” he says. “I do have an attitude, but I don’t think I’m mean.”

Still, he did reduce a prospective photographer to tears. And he became so impatient with the cake designers, he stormed out of the bakery vowing to bake the wedding cake himself.

As he explains it: “We talked to the bakery people for about 30 minutes, back and forth. Eventually I grabbed paper and pencil, did a sketch, chose some colors, and the cake was designed in 30 seconds.”

Yes, he admits, “I ripped them apart. I’m very sorry. But when I’m paying a fee, I expect perfection.”

Had he gotten married when he was in his early 20s, no way would he have taken charge of arrangements. All he cared about then was “cold beer, hot women, and who the L.A. Lakers were playing.”

But now, “I plan events every day of my life. My goal is to make [the wedding] the best event ever.”

Overall, his bride is grateful for his intervention. “My mom is planning my sister’s wedding in July. She has no time to help me. I quickly became overwhelmed. David could see it, so he took over,” explains Haneline.

“He’s hard to deal with, but he gets the job done. He just wants to make it perfect for me and for himself. Basically, everything he’s chosen, I’ve loved. I feel like the luckiest girl. I just have to say, ‘Yeah, I like that.'”

Only the wedding seems to bring out the ‘zilla in him, she says. “He supports me totally in my personal and professional decisions.”

Still, she was surprised when her Groomzilla changed the wedding venue and signed a contract with a musician without consulting her. And when he approved only two out of seven of her menu choices.

She did select the colors for her bridesmaids’ dresses. But her fiancé will have a say in the styles “since he can’t pick the bride’s dress.”

Not that he hasn’t tried.

“He takes my brides magazines and crosses out what he doesn’t like. He took me to a bridal show, and when a model walked out in a certain dress, he said, ‘I want you to have that dress.'”

But that’s where Haneline is drawing the line. “I will take into account his likes, but I’m not ruling out my taste. The dress will be my choice,” she says.

Grooms started morphing into Groomzilla about a year ago, says wedding consultant Susan Southerland, owner of Just Marry! in Winter Park.

“I think partially because some brides have busy jobs, other times it’s because the groom wants to keep the budget in line. I also think grooms want to have the day reflect their personality — maybe not with flowers and linens, but certainly with food and music and oddly enough, cake. That seems to be huge with grooms.”

Johnsen points out that today’s grooms are older — the average age is 29 in the United States. They have been in the workplace awhile and are used to calling the shots.

“And if a guy is paying, he’s going to want to control the outcome,” says Johnsen.

“It’s a new generation getting married. It’s less taboo for a guy to enjoy his wedding. It’s not all about the bride anymore.”

Jean Patteson can be reached at 407-420-5158 or jpatteson@orlandosentinel.com

Copyright © 2009, Orlando Sentinel

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Susan

  • My fiance was the one who wanted the 5-tier cakes, rent a tux, the limo with cans attached in the back, and leave for a honeymoon in Paris the same night … I wanted to go to the Justice Of Peace with our two witnesses and then to a nice restaurant, and host a simple house party later or. As a traditional guy, he agrees that a wedding is the woman’s day, so I had my way: our appointment with the Justice Of Peace is on October 10th! Well.. maybe this economy helped me have my way too!