Does TLC’s “Four Weddings” penalize diversity?

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.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jayasaxena/the-bride-paradox