Here Come the Bridal Shows
A television review by Barbara Early
Book research can take you in many directions. My fellow Inkies visit museums, historical sites, and reenactments with great zeal. My research as a mystery writer, for the most part, has taken a darker tone. I’ve visited police stations, a morgue, and spent time poring over online autopsy results--which I won’t share now.
But my newest work-in-progress ties into weddings, and while some of my research can be done online, I’ve recently become well acquainted with the onslaught of wedding-related reality shows on television, so I thought I’d give a run-down.
Say Yes to the Dress (TLC) The start of a franchise of shows. Say Yes to the Dress focuses on NYC salon, Kleinfeld, where brides come from all over to choose designer dresses. Rock bottom prices start at around $1500 (which the consultants say is a challenging price point) to $10,000 and up, up, up. The show also features brides with personal and body issues, those seeking unusual dresses, celebrity brides (including several from other TLC shows) and brides of professional athletes.
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids (TLC) Filmed at the same place as Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, here brides come with their entourage and episodes showcase the angst of women everywhere--when you want to stand up for your friend’s wedding, but she chooses the most unflattering dress possible.
Randy to the Rescue (TLC) Randy Fenoli, known for his work at Kleinfeld on Say Yes to the Dress, is on the road, taking wedding dresses, consultants, and hair and makeup people to brides in various cities across the country. Select brides will leave with not only their dress, but a detailed wedding blueprint they can use on their special day.
What really makes this show, in my opinion, is the snarky narrator. My favorite episode involved a Long Island bride named Karen, who planned a lavish 150k wedding on her daddy’s dime and seemed to feel that everyone around her was “minimum wage” and unworthy of her. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRbPWSdVB6Q (warning--some language)
I Found the Gown (TLC) is a more discount version of Say Yes to the Dress. Brides come to Vows, a Boston area salon that specializes in scouring the country for designer dresses at deeply discounted prices. Brides here are more price-conscious, looking for a bargain. Although bargain is relative. The average amount an American woman spends on her wedding dress is $800. The most inexpensive designer dresses, deeply discounted, are still generally more than this.
A new version, unveiled, shows episodes more rife with conflict, like the bride who wanted a burlesque wedding complete with red latex wedding dress with tassles on the…well, this is a family-friendly blog.
Question: Do you have any favorite bridal shows? And let's talk about weddings. What are some of the best and worst you've seen?