Let's face it: Even the most kind, considerate and in-control brides have bridezilla moments. "Everyone can snap when they're stressed," says Viva Max Kaley, owner of New York City-based Viva Max Weddings. As brides balance work, relationships and a long list of wedding-related tasks, unfortunately "they may not always treat loved ones with patience and respect."
However, when you have one of these bridezilla moments, it doesn't have to ruin your relationships. An apology, delivered sincerely and swiftly, can mend the damage and bring you back to behaving like a sane bride. "A heartfelt apology makes the most sense," says Kaley. "Your friends and family will understand."
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You may be tempted to go above-and-beyond, bringing a gift as a peace offering for your bad behavior. But "there's no need for a gift," Kaley says. "If you did something wild, like broke something, then maybe the extra steps are necessary — but usually bridezilla moments are about being insensitive or overreacting."
After you've made your apologies, "try to work on how you're coping with this stressful situation. Communicate with your family and friends when you're feeling this way" to prevent a future situation that requires you to say sorry, says Kaley. "Find a calm, more respectful way to communicate your feelings with people."
Of course, at times you may feel like your bridezilla moment was totally justifiable and as such may not warrant an apology. "Sometimes you are right to feel annoyed or overwhelmed, if people are frustrating you," commiserates Kaley. "But no matter what, it's never worth upsetting or hurting the people who care about you. It's supposed to be a celebration of love and the relationship between you and your partner" that you don't want to ruin. Apologize for your actions and words anyways, she says, to make for a joyous wedding day.