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Posted: 5:24 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Say goodbye to "Bridezillas" forever Oct. 11 with Altanta's own Willaura 

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Atlanta publicist Willaura has a meltdown for the ages that merits her place in the final "Bridezillas" episode ever on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

By Rodney Ho

On the surface, you'd think WE-TV would have struggled to find women willing to join a show with the derogatory title "Bridezillas."

But over nine years and 10 seasons, hundreds of brides have subjected themselves to showing their worst selves in front of the TV cameras - all in hopes of having that vaunted "perfect wedding day."

Alas, all good things must come to an end eventually and WE is retiring "Bridezillas" Friday, October 11.

And Atlanta publicist Willaura Adams could not be more proud.

"It's an honor," she said in an interview today. "I'm really excited."

She said she wanted to keep the budget of the wedding modest ($5,000) and do most of it herself. Plus, given the deadlines of "Bridezillas," she condensed the planning time down to three months.

In other words, a recipe for "Bridezilla" madness. Brides get the spotlight spread over two episodes so last week we saw her try to alter her own dress to save a few bucks. (Oops!) And she thought hiring her brother in law to cater instead of a professional caterer was a good idea. Plus, she didn't find a preacher until three days before the ceremony. Tonight, we see the actual wedding.

"Everything was last minute," she said. "It was very stressful. I didn't have enough money and had to beg my dad for some extra cash."

And the wedding, she said, didn't quite turn out the way she had hoped. "I was just mortified," she said. Plus, guests seemed distracted by all the TV cameras. All eyes should have been on her!

Yet, having her ordeal on camera, she said paradoxically "was really fun. It made history. It's a national thing. When my kids are old enough, they can look back and see this."

But she's not going to subject her "Bridezilla" on-camera persona to them until they're much older.

And she didn't forget to credit her husband and public health analyst Marques for putting up with her nuttiness.  And she said many vendors gave her discounts because she was doing the TV show. (Her videographer, she said, cut her a 90 percent break!)

So in the end, she said she spent $6,000 but got a wedding that might have cost her $12,000 otherwise.

TV preview

"Bridezillas," series fianle, 9 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013, WE-TV

Rodney Ho

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