Say yes to the dress, no to the Bridezillas: TV's best & worst wedding shows
For most people, August means the end of summer and the last chance to take that vacation. But for excited brides, their jealous friends, and dedicated Pinterest users everywhere, it's when wedding season is in full gear. While it may seem like a personal experience that should be between the engaged couple and their families, planning the "perfect" ceremony has become a gold mine for reality TV. Some are so good they deserve a champagne toast, but others -- well, we'd rather leave them at the altar.
Best: "My Fair Wedding With David Tutera" (WE tv)
There are tons of things to love about this last-minute wedding revamp show, especially given that it consists of Tutera working his magic and turning even the tackiest ideas into beautiful, classy affairs in a matter of weeks. Our favorite part: seeing Tutera try to hide his shock and disgust as brides show him their actual plans for the big day. From black wedding gowns to a swamp theme, watching a wedding planning pro attempt to find the good in a craft-store supplied mess starts every episode on a high note.
Worst: "Bridezillas" (WE tv)
The whole point of this show is watching crazy brides act like monsters, but it gets irritating quickly. Planning a wedding is stressful, but shouldn't being in love and celebrating your nuptials make you at least little happy? We'd like to join the bridesmaids, friends, and unassuming strangers who encounter the brides in rolling our eyes at the antics of these women scorned by imperfection (not to mention what must be overwhelming pressure). And we express our greatest sympathy for the men who are stuck with their wives for the rest of their lives...or at least a few months.
Worst: "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" (TLC)
Both the original show that follows modern-day "gypsies" (which isn't the most politically correct term anymore) in England and the newer American version qualify together as one of the worst. Each episode is an explosion of glitter and tulle, which probably shows a wedding planner's worst nightmare come to life. Sprinkle in some strange family drama -- like one bride marrying her cousin -- and you've got two stereotype-creating shows. But hey, when there's a derogatory term right there in the title, what else can you expect?