Post # 1
I was wondering this last night while trying to fall asleep. The new issue of Brides magazine is out, and on the cover it says “You’re Engaged!…” It got me wondering, are you considered a Bride as soon as you have a ring on your finger? Or is it only once you’ve started planning the wedding? If you know you’re going to have a long engagement (2-3+ years), are you still a bride right away? I’m just curious, and wondering what my fellow bees think. (Yes, I’m bored at work today 😉
Post # 3
To me you are a bride for your wedding day (and sometimes the night before at the rehearsal dinner).
During the engagement you are a Bride-to-be and afterwards you are a newlywed 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Technically, you’re only a BRIDE on your wedding day.
You’re a bride-to-be from the moment you intend to get married though.
Post # 6
you are a bride as you walk down the aisle, and afterwards, a wife.
Post # 7
I agree – wedding day, or I would extend that to wedding weekend, because people will probably refer to the “bride and groom” at the rehearsal dinner and such. But not before. Before you’re an engaged woman, a fiancée, someone who is planning her wedding, or a bride-to-be if you like.
Post # 8
Hmmmm, I didn’t even think of that lol. I added an “only on your wedding day” option to the poll 🙂
Post # 9
To me, you are only the bride on your wedding day.
You are a bride-to-be from when you get engaged until your wedding day.
Post # 10
Agree with PP…bride-to-be while engaged, then bride on your wedding day!
Post # 11
I agree with the Bride-to-Be before the wedding, and with being a Bride on the day OF your wedding, but I believe that you are still considered a Bride when you are in the Newlywed-Phase…people will refer to you as your husband’s “bride” or “new wife” so I think that’s how I interpret the title.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@FMM: +1! I voted wrong, but I totally agree with this.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I don’t know if this is common in other settings, cultures, what-have-you, but in the military, there have been many instances where the man will refer to his wife as his “bride” well after the wedding (many years later even). I have no idea if this is a military thing or not, but I have only heard it said by men in the military.
Post # 14
@MeiFrancis: I added the “wedding day only” option after I saw so many bees gave that reason as their “other”, so you didn’t vote wrong, I just hadn’t added it to my poll yet! 🙂
Post # 15
Before the wedding, I was a bride-to-be. On my wedding day I was THE bride. But, after the wedding my husband refers to me as “his bride”– and I love that! So I answered “other”
Post # 16
on the wedding day and at wedding related events, often people will refer to you as the bride at your bridal shower or engagement dinner.
But you are only a bride-to-be during the engagment and a wife after the wedding. If a bride-to-be doesn’t go through with the wedding is she still a bride? nope.