The rise of the single bridezilla: Meet the women planning their weddings BEFORE they're even engaged
Many women will admit that they have been dreaming of the perfect fairytale wedding since they were little girls.
But some, it seems, are so enamoured by the idea, they are not letting a little thing like a fiance get in the way of planning their big day.
Branded the 'single bridezillas', there is a new breed of bride-to-be who are organising their weddings before they have even got engaged.
No ring No problem: Kat Richter, 26, has every last detail of her wedding planned – despite the fact that she is not even engaged
The lack of a groom has not prevented them from choosing dresses, venues, flowers and even invitations before their big day.
Kat Richter, 26, from Philadelphia, has only been dating her current beau, Ricardo, for a month – but her wedding plans are already well advanced.
Not only does she have two gowns hanging in her closet, she has planned her bouquet, bridesmaids' looks and the reception right down to the music.
She told Good Morning America: 'I could see where it could be scary. I don't run around showing people all of the things that I have collected.'
Prepared: Miss Richter already has two gowns – one was her grandmother's wedding dress from the Forties (left), the other was a $12 thrift store find (right)
She hasn't exactly been blowing a
bridezilla-style budget though. Her plans are limited to a scrapbook of
ideas, and as for her dresses, one was her grandmother's wedding gown
from the Forties, the other was a $12 thrift store find.
On those who might judge her obsession, Miss Richter added: 'I'm going to have the last laugh when I save a lot of money and still have a fabulous wedding.'
She is not alone in her premature wedding planning. Sarah Bush, 23, from Nashville, Tennessee, knows what every detail will look like, thanks to a series of online mood boards.
Getting organised: Sarah Bush, 23, has been planning her wedding using online mood boards – even though her boyfriend is still yet to propose
Miss Bush, who has been dating
boyfriend Travis Archer for two years, is yet to be given a diamond
ring, but regardless of that fact, has even designed her invitations.
She revealed: 'I've been planning my wedding since I
was old enough to know what weddings were. I had
Barbie and Ken married over and over and over again.'
For her friends, this overzealous forward-planning is a source of humour.
A step too far Miss Bush has even designed her wedding invitations
'My friends joke with me all the time,
saying, “So you can get married like a month after you get engaged,
right” and I'm like, yeah, probably,' she admitted.
But these women are careful to add that they are not naively planning weddings for the sake of it – something Kris Humphries famously accused Kim Kardashian of doing.
Miss Richter explained: 'I've made myself a promise
that for every hour I spend wedding planning, that I'm going to spend an
equal amount of time working towards the marriage.'