In an age where irrational bride behaviour has become commonplace, you’ll be pleased to know that some are charting new realms of repugnance.
Glamour magazine’s online site has shared the story of two gal pals whose friendship was severed over the monetary expectations of the wedding gift. When “Gretchen” reaches out to “Brandy”, explaining why, in light of tuition fees and recent unemployment, she had been unable to give her intended gift, the bride turns into a greedy Bridezilla. Basically, she insinuates that without a cash gift, the friend is “coming for free.”
Who knew that weddings came with an admission fee?
In the end, Gretchen writes a lengthy note to Brandy, calling her out for her poor form. “I have always remained loyal to you and I can’t believe that all you see when you look at me is a few more dollars,” she writes. “Here is an idea: if you cannot afford a wedding, then do not have one.”
Gretchen taped a penny to the note to underscore that she did not attend gratis. As a post-script, she quotes advice from wedding expert Sharon Sacks. “The expense and the cost of the wedding is solely the responsibility of the bride, the groom and their families, and never the people who are attending.”
Take that, Brandy.
Jezebel, while praising the way Gretchen handled the matter, also offered up its naturally counterintuitive position: “Is it wrong that I sort of respect Brandy for her pure commitment in revealing herself to be an entirely horrible human?” wrote the post’s author, Kate Dries.
Mostly, though, you have to wonder whether these interactions have been happening for some time; only now, people have a platform to make them public. Glamour seems to regularly feature such stories under the heading “batsh*t crazy bride.”
But then if they are no longer so exceptional, why are we seeing more and more of them now: mounting wedding pressures, poor etiquette, general loss of values? Whatever the reason, let’s all take a second to pity Brandy’s husband.