(Closed) I think my FI has turned into a Groomzilla – help!

posted 12 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

wow!  I can not imagine Fiance doing that, so first of all, I am sorry you have to go through that when things can get stressful enough as it is with wedding stuff!  Anywho, since you know him well, and have not had many arguements in the past, it might be a good idea to get someone to mediate.  In addition, if you can, I’d imagine that a lot of the disagreements are more about passion than trying to make the other person mad – so I’d recommend having the both of you write out your wants/needs for the wedding to best see eye to eye.  Good luck! =)

Post # 4
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t know if this will work, but it might be worth a try. Make a chart with a list of wedding related things, i.e number of guests, formality of ceremony with space under each thing to write what you would like, i.e. number of guests: 100. Each of you should fill out a copy by yourself. Then put the lists together. The hope is that when he actually sees the lists, it will be easier to compromise as it is right in front of him. This way he will hopefully see that you are making sacrifices too.

Post # 5
46 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think Stormy’s idea is great, but I also agree with krissycake that a mediator is in order. Maybe you could find a wedding planner who can see both your visions, and is comitted to reaching a compromise. That way, both of you would know that your point of views are respected, and that there was a neutral party running the show who will make sure everything turns out great for your big day.

Post # 6
4 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

Wow! Good to know there’s another groomzilla out there…I’ve never been one to ‘dream’ of my wedding while growing up, but I do have preferences. I play violin and piano at weddings around San Diego with friends and been part of many DIY bridal brigades…and I’ve realized that i have certain essentials (friends playing live music, cord/veil tradition for my culture, and interesting florals). For him it all seems so overwhelming, cost-wise for him(his sister did her wedding for $2000 back in 2000; no dinner, free church hall, costco appetizers for ~100 ppl), so that’s what he compares our situation to.

Anyway, he’s totally unaware of what things cost (i was aghast when he said our decor/flower budget should be $200-400; for a 150 person wedding), plus he wanted to use ‘precious moments’ type icons and a font that had hearts dotting the i’s. Cute, but so not me.

…and i’ve got bargain basement prices (lots of things borrowed/recycled, friends play or photograph for free (only charging editing), cousin who’s a floral designer, etc.). Anyway I got fed up so I just said, okay, let’s do a destination in Baja! That didn’t fly with him. gah!

Are you two paying for it yourselves? My parents are helping out a bit, but i’m using my connections to negotiate. Maybe for me it all stems from me trying to get the best price and waiting until I’ve analyzed everything to make a decision<–that’s what frustrates him.

  Anyway it’d be almost a shame to not avail of my different friends’/family services…they want to bless us with their love, tooUndecided. Other things just have a price tag and you can’t get around it. okay my vent is over. Embarassed back to studying and planning

Post # 7
36 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yikes! I feel your pain.

I don’t know if you could convince him to do this but it might be worth it to hire a wedding planner.  Many can be hired for just as long as you need, even if its a one sesion brainstorm. You could use her just to get started on the direction your wedding is going in and she could combine your ideas without really taking a side.  It might be helpful if you have a third party coming up with the ideas so it won’t seem like you’re just trying to get your way or that he’s just trying to get his way.

Good luck hon! I wish you the best.

Post # 8
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House

I’ve got a groomzilla on my hands too!  At the start of the wedding, we wrote up a “contract” of what he wanted to be involved in and what he didn’t.  When we start to argue, I bring out the contract and remind him of his top priorities.  I’m giving him his way on his top priorities and other things either are compromised on, or I get my way on the things that I identified as top priority.  Work as a team, you can get through this!

Post # 9
142 posts
Blushing bee

Can you share some of the traditional vs. non traditional disagreements? Maybe we can offer help with a middle ground for you.


Ps. I’m facing the same thing. Only in reverse. I want no traditional stuff, he wants a big normal wedding.

Post # 10
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If it is out of his character to be uncompromising, there is a small possibility that he is having concerns about marriage and is acting out by making wedding planning difficult.   Men aren’t always great at communicating their feelings, and sometimes when they are behaving badly it is because they are unable to communicate their feelings in a more productive manner.  I would ask him how he feels about being engaged, and what are his thoughts about marriage.  


If the root of the behavior is genuinely that he has strong feelings about the wedding, then I would agree with the above posters who suggested using a wedding planner for mediation.

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