Best Wedding Shows on TV: From 'Bridezillas' to 'Big Redneck Weddings'
by Tara Spicer, posted Aug 22nd 2010 10:00AM
There's no denying the addictive powers of the wedding show ... especially when you throw in an angry bride, a frazzled groom, and a budget that makes Chelsea Clinton's nuptials look like a backyard potluck.
But of course, not all brides are bridezillas, not all grooms are miserable, and not all weddings come with a million dollar price tag. There are also those shows that are filled with happy, normal people. You don't have to be a bride (or a groom) to enjoy these seven wedding shows ...
'Say Yes to the Dress' (TLC)
This show chronicles brides-to-be in hot pursuit of the perfect wedding gown. Kleinfeld Bridal Salon in New York City (a 35,000 square foot haven that boasts top designer dresses), is the backdrop for tears of joy, sadness, and relief when the dream dress is finally unearthed. The show proved so successful, TLC launched an Atlanta-based spinoff.
'I Propose' (Style)
This show carries the distinction of being one of the few programs that pays homage to all the grooms out there. Or rather, the grooms-to-be. Tune into this one to see men planning their perfect proposal. Here's hoping their brides-to-be-won't end up starring in the next show on this list...
Like watching a trainwreck, this is one show you'll have a hard time wrenching your eyes away from. When they're not barking orders at their florists, calling their bridesmaids "fat," or ripping their veils in half, these brides-to-be are laying the foundation bricks for marriages made in hell.
'Rock the Reception' (TLC)
If you're tired of watching mean brides, tune into this show that follows couples as they learn the choreography for their first wedding dance. Choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo (of So You Think You Can Dance fame) have their work cut out for them as couples fumble and stumble their way to the altar.
'Engaged and Underage' (MTV)
OK. Back to the trainwrecks now. From the network that brings us Sixteen and Pregnant is a show proving that the path to matrimony is sometimes paved with baby mama drama and family tension. Watch 18 to 21 year olds in the final weeks of their engagement as they grapple with uncertainty, cyncical family members, and becoming adults.
'My Big Redneck Wedding' (CMT)
If the title alone doesn't grab you, then perhaps the camouflage, guns, and demolition derby-themed ceremonies will. This show is the exact opposite of Platinum Weddings, and it proves that love is still love whether you're toasting champagne flutes or cans of Bud Light.
'Platinum Weddings' (WE)
This show puts the spotlight on weddings of colossal proportions. No budget is too big when you're buying bejeweled lilies, horse-drawn carriages, and fireworks to entertain your guests. Watch the brides coo in delight over their Cinderella weddings while the grooms sign checks and try not to cry.
Tell us: what are your favorite wedding shows?