We are familiar with bridezillas, momzillas and even groomzillas, but how about guestzillas – those who think others should accept and accommodate their selfish, often immature, behavior. Guestzillas take many forms. It may be the parent who insists that their child attend your party or wedding rather than placing junior in the nursery you so graciously arranged. When the child is loud or disruptive, the parents allow such behavior to continue rather than removing the child.
Or how about the guestzilla who didn’t return the RSVP then becomes upset to discover they don’t have a place card, a designated seat and no food was ordered for them. Rather than being embarrassed by their lack of manners, they blame the hosts, who “should have known we were coming.” A similar guestzilla is the person who loudly complains about the food not fitting their particular diet or tastes.
Then there is the guestzilla who drinks too much and becomes embarrassingly loud or engages in questionable behavior toward other guests or the hosts. I have heard the horror stories about brides being tossed in a swimming pool, broken furniture, destroyed landscaping, holes punched in walls and other inappropriate and often costly behavior.
A similar guestzilla is the person or persons, often younger men, who order pizza to be delivered to the event after the main meal, then eat it in front of your guests to your embarrassment. If you know someone who is acting like a guestzilla, take him/her aside and let them know that the behavior is inappropriate and won’t be tolerated. It may be necessary to escort the guest from the event. Though the guestzilla may be angry, you could be preventing a worse situation and possibly hundreds of dollars in damage. Let’s all do our part to act responsibly when we are in public.