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Mother of the Bride horror stories

What is it about an upcoming wedding that turns normal mums into raging lunatics? Some brave brides reveal all…

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Mother of the Bride horror stories
Prepare for the horror. Image: Rex Features

Sometimes good mother-of-the-brides can turn into a nightmare. Breathe a sigh of relief and remind yourself that your mum isn't that bad...

I got an RSVP back from someone I hadn’t invited to the wedding, so spent ages trying to work out what had gone on. It turns out my mum had photocopied my wedding invite and sent it out to a few of her friends without me knowing. We laugh about it now but at the time I was furious! I guess I can only be thankful she didn’t invite half the town along.
Clare Green, Bakewell

HOW TO AVOID BEING A MOTHER OF A BRIDEZILLA

My mum would never usually comment on my outfits, but weirdly became very vocal about what wedding dress she thought I should wear. I invited her along to a dress appointment where she shook her head and said “Oh no” to everything I tried on. In the end the boutique owner coerced her away for a cup of tea so I could try dresses on in peace. She feels bad about it now – think it was a serious case of Mumzilla!
Carrianne Vale, Durham

IS YOUR MUM BETTER AT WEDDING PLANNING THAN YOUR GROOM?

Mum was very excited when I got engaged – so much so that she set up her own Pinterest board with ideas for my wedding (crazy, yes – but I was impressed with her computer skills!). Each time I saw her she had bought more and more random things for our day. Our house was full of table confetti, butterfly napkin rings and a LOT of pink. So kind, but not at all what we had in mind for our Glastonbury-themed day!
Natalie Astley, Portsmouth

QUIZ: ARE YOU A BRIDEZILLA

My husband has had long hair since the day I met him. It’s never been an issue with my mum before, but for some reason she got fixated on it in the run-up to the wedding. She was so desperate for him to get it cut short she would come over to our house with pictures of George Clooney and Prince William (yes, really!) telling him how nice he would look with his hair like that. Of course we ignored her and he looked gorgeous on the day. Thankfully she’s over the hair issue now.
Janey Henshall, London

BRIDESMAID CONFESSIONS

I love my mum dearly, but she turned totally loopy while I was organising my wedding. I’d get calls from her at 7am on a Saturday saying she’d been up all night having nightmares that the ribbon I planned on tying to chair backs wouldn’t keep straight. Okaaaay. The sad part is I couldn’t stop freaking out about the ribbon after that!
Sarah Johnston, Nottingham

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