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People Share Their Wildest True Groomzilla Stories

The prevailing belief that a wedding is all about the bride has led to widespread stories about bridezillas. But just as brides sometimes go to extreme lengths to control their big day and make it all about them, grooms who demand too much have turned many a wedding day into a nightmarish hell for everyone else. 

Reddit is filled with groomzilla horror stories that show just how intolerable men can be when it comes to celebrating their marriage. Friends, family, overworked wedding planners, photographers, bartenders, and others share their stories of grooms who got their tux in a twist and took a demented turn as the big moment approached.

For more nuptial nightmare stories, be sure to also check out our worst honeymoon horror stories!

  • He Wanted To Be A Stuntman 

    From Redditor /u/Tsring:

    Groom wanted to rappel via helicopter to the ceremony. When that was vetoed, he wanted to rappel from the balcony instead.

    After working that wedding I understand his desire to jump off tall objects.

  • His DARE Officer Would Be Disappointed

    From Redditor /u/naedru:

    We had this couple who were a bit strapped for cash, so we did their wedding for cheap (we normally serve more lavish weddings).

    Anyway, they were so nice to begin with, but a lot of their guests brought their own alcohol to the venue, which isn't allowed. We confiscated it and promised to give it back at the end. One of these guests was the groom's father, who brought a whole keg of ale.

    Around 10 pm most of the guests were leaving (the party was supposed to go on until 1 am) as the bride and groom had been taking drugs... and were pretty mashed. We weren't selling any more drinks so we decided to leave early, refund the customers a bit of money and leave all the confiscated booze behind.

    The bride (who booked us) was cool with this, so we proceeded to leave. The groom was not cool with this.

    Just after we packed up he started demanding drinks and the phone numbers of all our female staff - we denied, of course, as the bar was packed away and nobody wanted to give him their number. Eventually we had packed everything into my boss's trailer and were ready to leave.

    Everyone jumped into my boss's car apart from me (as I drove myself). My boss pulls away... as the groom comes out of the venue and starts hurling chairs at her car and trailer, screaming nonsense and swearing at the same time.

    He hadn't noticed me yet. I turned the key in my car (a classic VW Bug), which of course didn't start. He noticed me then. I kept trying the engine and after a few tries it started. I turned on my headlights and there he was: 6'2" of ket-head groom standing with Brock eyes in front of my tiny car.

    I couldn't get around him as he kept running in front of me, so I decided to drive straight at him and hope he moved out of the way. He didn't. Instead he jumped on my car and eventually fell off the curved bonnet.

  • His Flower Tab Was Astronomical

    From Redditor /u/emmarose329:

    My fiancé and I are both in the wedding industry and he is extremely particular about the details of the wedding. When we first got engaged, he insisted that the floral budget would need to be $40,000 and he wanted orchids everywhere.

    His (admittedly gorgeous) custom tuxedo cost more than my dress, and his shoes cost three times what mine did! However, it is really nice to have him so involved and giving his opinion on everything! He's more high-maintenance groom than groomzilla.

  • He Took Patriotism Too Seriously

    From Redditor /u/intentevolar:

    My cousin’s husband was a groomzilla. He insisted the wedding take place near his hometown, and that it take place on the Fourth of July so his groomsmen could all wear American flag ties and socks and the theme could be 'MERICA.

    There was a large cardboard sign at the reception with his face on it as an adult compared to him as a baby. There wasn’t one of the bride.