Do you watch “Four Weddings” on TLC? This is the show where four brides attend each others’ weddings and then “grade” each other on their reception food, ambience, gown etc. I admit – I watch it from time to time, although my watching is more out of horrified fascination. It can be kind of harsh about someone’s Big Day.
Although I am a wedding vendor, I cringe at these shows as they contribute to the ballooning wedding extravaganzas. I think “Say Yes to the Dress” (which I also watch occasionally) is the worst offender. Spending $10,000 on a dress you’ll wear for one day? Good grief! A terrible investment.
I respect couples when they tell me they have a firm budget amount for my services. I want to work with those folks when I can. It tells me they’re not going to go crazy – and have crazy expectations (!) – on their wedding day. It also tells me they have a good grasp on the bigger picture.
(And if you haven’t heard my pitch – I think everyone should have a wedding video – because THIS investment lasts long after the wedding. It becomes a family heirloom. If you don’t believe me, think about how much you would treasure having a video of your grandparents or great-grandparents’ wedding day – if wedding videos had been available then!)
Still, I will watch “Four Weddings” – after all it can show interesting events (paid for by someone else!) This article (link below) from Buzzfeed offers some interesting observations about that show – mainly that it seems to penalize diversity. It suggests that the voting on the show skews towards wealthy white brides able to pay for a gazillion dollar wedding. (It also notes that people able to afford big budgets shouldn’t be competing for a free honeymoon..!)
Do you agree that this show skews one way or another? I recommend reading the comments – I saw some good points in those too.