Maybe I have been out of the loop, but it seems like there has been an explosion of new wedding shows hitting cable – especially prime time! Sure, I expect a good dose of wedding tv to be shown on TLC throughout the day, but last night I quite surprised to catch the premier of “Wedding Day”, a new reality wedding series on TNT.
The basic premise is that the hosts of Wedding Day track down “deserving” couples and give them their dream wedding. I was a bit skeptical on what “deserving” might mean (trust fund dried up and now you can’t afford that Monique Lhuillier gown? Sorry, I just can’t feel bad for you).
Well, I was pleasantly surprised as the deserving couple was Steve and Holli, a couple scheduled to marry in 2007, but had to postpone when Holli was in a near fatal car crash four days before the wedding! The poor gal spent 6 months in a wheelchair with her fiance by her side every step of the way. I must admit I may have actually shed a few tears.
The hosts of wedding day surprised Steve and Holli and the whole community got together and threw them a big bash, complete with a Badgley Mischka gown, Manolo Blanik shoes, and a surprise appearance by Boys 2 Men (?) during the reception. I found the Boys 2 Men appearance a bit odd, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
All in all, a sweet show, but I wasn’t really blown away by the wedding goodies. For me, there wasn’t a huge “wow” factor, and i wasn’t really that inspired by the design stuff they did. Sure, sure, weddings are about the emotion, the meaning, etc. but if they are going to be putting this on tv, I better entertained!
So speaking of entertainment – I am really looking forward to the newly proprosed (no pun intended) wedding reality show called “I Married A Stranger” on Fox. Apparently the producers of the show find people who are utterly fed up with the dating process and agree to marry someone they haven’t actually met. Yes, you heard me, someone they have never actually met. Now *this* excites me. It’s like the Bachelor on crack. The parents and friends pick out the prospective partner and they head right down the aisle. I’m so excited 🙂
CBS has been planning a similar show called Arranged Marriage since February that tracks a single couple while “I Married A Stranger” will feature a different couple every week. It sounds like Fox’s version is a knock-off, but when hasn’t a Fox knock-off been more entertaining than the original? 🙂