Under the Vail: Bridal Obsession – a guide for grooms

Without a doubt it will happen. You (the bride) will go crazy for about 2 weeks to a month. You will think only about weddings 24/7. You will buy every bridal magazine you can get your hands on. You will sign up for sites like the Knot and will be on it 24/7. You will drive your Fiancee crazy by watching Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings and just about any other wedding related show you can find. Your Fiance will no longer like movies like The Wedding Singer because of your obsession.

Take heart Grooms and other innocent bystanders of the crazy bride, this is just a phase. All brides have to go through it. Some may only go through it for a week or two, others may be deemed insane for a good couple of months. Let it play out and in due time you will have your fantastic bride back to a somewhat normal state.

But when I say normal I should probably warn you about one more trait your bride will pick up…PWS Pre-Wedding Syndrome. It’s a lot like PMS with the mood swings and lashing out and sudden fits of tears only it will strike at any time and its mostly caused by wedding planning stress.

Now since I do not want to leave you poor grooms out in the dark there may be some ways you can help your brides with PWS.

  1. Don’t take it personally.
  2. Don’t ever say “I don’t care, whatever you want” because if she asked that means she wants you to care.
  3. Buy her flowers for no reason at all
  4. Take her to the movies or on a date
  5. Give her a hug when you know she is extra stressed
  6. Deal with your family so your bride does not have to.
  7. Go with her to try the food, view the venue and interview the photographer. In other words be an active participant.

That should help at least a little. Otherwise just know that it will all get better once the wedding is over…Hopefully you do not have a long engagement 😉


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