Four Absolutely Insane Stories That Prove Groomzillas Do Exist

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If you thought bridezillas were scary, just wait until you meet their male counterpart: the groomzilla. He's super involved in the wedding planning process and wants everything done his way (and makes a scene when it's not). Plus, as far as he's concerned, it's his big day, not yours.

We asked wedding industry insiders to share their wildest crazy-groom stories and it's safe to say that brides aren't the only ones who get overwhelmed before they get married! Here, four true stories about the groomzilla—watch out!

The Drunk, Late Groomzilla

"The groom was told, well in advance, that if he wanted to choose the ceremony site on the beach that he needed to arrive by a certain time or we would go ahead and choose the exact spot and set it up. This groomzilla arrived after the first guests and wanted the entire ceremony moved to another section of the beach. Never mind the music was set up and wired. Never mind some guests were already seated. And never mind he was late, late, late and it was his own fault. The bride had arrived and was being held in an air-conditioned car down the beach. He screamed and yelled at me in front of the guests and my staff, using obscenities and threats. That got him nowhere at all. Did I mention he arrived to his wedding drunk as a skunk?" —a wedding planner

The Superman-Obsessed Groomzilla

"I always like to teach my clients to think outside, but this particular groom wanted the bride to enter first and await him on the altar while he processed to the Superman theme complete with a red cape. She had a meltdown over the whole thing and wouldn't do it. I told him he needed to back off the issue and to just let her have her moment. They proceeded to argue about it for weeks. On the day of the wedding, he was 45 minutes late showing up and all the guests were seated before he walked in the door. He ended up getting his way and she went down the aisle first. He came in with a red cape and the Superman song was playing. He flipped the cape back as he was going down the aisle and had a follow spotlight on him. The entire audience burst out laughing and cheered. The couple divorced six months later." —a wedding planner

The Impossible-To-Please Groomzilla

"While I have had very few difficult clients in my 15 years as a wedding photographer, there is one groom who sticks out in my mind. To give you an idea of how much of a groomzilla he was, he berated me and called me a slob for not wearing a tuxedo to the wedding. It was black tie-optional, and I wore a black suit. He said I 'left early' when I searched for both him and his bride when my time was up (the photos are also digitally time-stamped, showing I didn't leave early). He said the photos were 'terrible' and because of that 'and everything else' he wanted me to refund them everything but $200 for my time and give them a leather-bound album with 40 8x10 prints, as well as 50 other 8x10 prints that they would be selecting ... but the photos were terrible and they hated them all. When I told him that wasn't going to happen, he threatened to find me and physically assault me." —a photographer

The Buzzkill Groomzilla

"Luckily, I haven't worked with any groomzillas personally, but I did meet with a prospective bride and groom once and the groom had a list a mile-long of 'Do Not Play' songs for the band. The list pretty much included every song that people like to dance to at weddings and all other parties, for that matter. He didn't want to hear anything by Michael Jackson, Jimmy Buffet, The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Jack Johnson, James Brown, Barry White, The Eagles, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire and the list goes on and on. As far as specific songs go, he banned all of the below (plus, like 20 more):

"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison

"Brick House" by The Commodores

"What I like About You" by The Romantics

"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynard

"Don't Stop The Music" by Rihanna

"Crazy In Love" by Beyonc&

"We Are Family" by Sister Sledge

"Play That Funky" Music by Wild Cherry

"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond

"Respect" by Aretha Franklin

"Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Gladys Knight

"Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger

"Super Freak" by Rick James

"Shout" by The Isley Brothers

"The Way You Move" by Outkast

I wonder if he ever found a band at all!" —a wedding planner

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