(Closed) When are you actually considered a "bride"?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: When are you officially a "bride"?
    as soon as SO asks you to marry him and you say yes : (23 votes)
    28 %
    once you've started planning the wedding (looking at venues, trying on dresses, etc.) : (14 votes)
    17 %
    when it's almost your big day : (12 votes)
    15 %
    other (explained below) : (10 votes)
    12 %
    only on your wedding day : (23 votes)
    28 %
  • Post # 3
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 4
    5073 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    on your wedding day

    Post # 5
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    you are a bride as you walk down the aisle, and afterwards, a wife.


    Post # 7
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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 # 9
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Agree with PP…bride-to-be while engaged, then bride on your wedding day!

    Post # 11
    36 posts
    • Wedding: March 2014

    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
    6221 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    @FMM:  +1! I voted wrong, but I totally agree with this.

    Post # 13
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • 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 # 15
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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. 

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