From Dwyane Wade to Brad Pitt: 5 Celebrity Groomzilla Stories You Have to Read to Believe


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We've read our share of bridezilla stories. (After all, they are so prevalent — and entertaining — that there was an entire show dedicated to them.) But stories of stressed-out, meticulous brides are nothing compared to those of groomzillas that want to micromanage their weddings — celebrity groomzillas included. There have been several reports of a few A-list grooms and grooms-to-be that have gotten completely wrapped up with wedding planning. Which stars took their role as groom perhaps a bit too far? Let's find out!

Dwyane Wade: The Miami Heat star proposed to girlfriend Gabrielle Union in December with an unbelievably stunning 8.5 carat cushion-cut diamond solitaire fashioned by Jason of Beverly Hills. Since then, he's been as attentive to wedding planning as he was to selecting the perfect engagement ring. "We call him Groomzilla," Union told People last week, noting his particularly high involvement in all aspects of their big day. "I come in for like wine tasting and food. I'm like: 'What do we have? What are our colors? What is the date?' I'm still waiting for a save the date, so I know what the hell is going on." It sounds like Wade is demonstrating a major interest in his wedding, which is certainly something many brides want out of their future husbands. But hey, she called him a groomzilla, not us!

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Kanye West: It's not entirely surprising that the outspoken West has a few opinions when it comes to his May 24 wedding to Kim Kardashian — it is, after all, his first wedding. In that light, it makes sense that, immediately after they got engaged in October, Kim announced that her fiancé would get his way with their nuptials. "We honestly haven't had a moment to talk about it or even breathe, so we haven't really talked about it, but whatever he wants," she told People at the time.

Since then, wedding-planning rumors have run rampant — as has Kanye, apparently. "It's just insane," Radar Online reported of sources's reactions in February. "Kanye has basically billed it as...breaking the boundaries of what to expect when it comes to a wedding."

We'd be skeptical, but West is known for his specific visions for style; he designs a fashion line, has personal relationships with Anna Wintour and Givenchy head designer Riccardo Tisci, and selects some of Kim's gowns himself. When they tie the knot in two weeks, the event will surely have a signature Kanye stamp.


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Sean Parker: The Napster founder and tech CEO made waves when he married girlfriend Alexandra Lenas in a lavish Big Sur, California, wedding last year. The event, which he described as "a wedding fit for a king," reportedly cost about $9 million. His requirements included a custom-made fairyland-like setting with fake ruins, bridges, ponds, and a gated cottage, a specially constructed dance floor, and custom-made Lord of the Rings-style guest outfits created by Oscar-winning designer Ngila Dickson. Though Parker later stated that the vision came from a joint dream between himself and Lenas, his nerd-chic style was the centerpiece. The over-the-top event was criticized by many for its exorbitant price tag and alleged damage to a national park. Obviously, the groom was not too thrilled with these complaints. He penned an open letter on TechCrunch decrying the current state of Internet journalism and complaining that it had ruined his wedding. He had a point in there, but it was buried in his wedding-fueled fury.

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Justin Timberlake: Remember their official wedding photo, which was a picture of an ecstatic Timberlake jumping over a calmly smiling Jessica Biel? Apparently, that photo captured their respective control over their October 2012 wedding in Italy. "Jessica initially wanted a smaller, more intimate wedding, but Justin from the beginning wanted a big wedding, and that's what they have decided on," a source said at the time. Not only that, but Timberlake also reportedly had a say in Biel's petal pink Giambattista Valli wedding dress. "Justin is a groomzilla — he and his mom have overseen the flowers, the food, the wine and the cake," a source told The Daily Telegraph shortly before their wedding. Justin is known for his impeccable taste, and their wedding turned out spectacularly, so here's proof that groomzilla isn't a bad word!

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Brad Pitt: We're pretty sure that reports of a Brad Pitt groomzilla are grossly exaggerated, but you never know! Shortly after he and Angelina Jolie announced their engagement in 2012, reports began swirling of their wedding plans. "Angelina isn't so bothered about when they tie the knot — it's Brad who is piling on the pressure," a source told The Sun. "He wants the main house to be finished when the event takes place, even though the close friends and relatives who are invited aren't the types to care." There's a fine line between groomzilla and attentive groom, and it seems like Pitt fell into the latter camp. Still, it's entertaining to hear!

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