Battle of the Wedding Designers

Common Sense Media says

Designers try to top each other in unfriendly competition.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While the designers do have set budgets, the show's overall message is one of excess -- tied into the idea of the wedding being the ultimate "perfect day." There's also some trash talking among the competing designers, which sends a message of poor sportsmanship.

Positive role models

Some designers trash talk their competitors -- and don't suffer any consequences for doing so.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Occasional references/mild sex talk.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Not a lot of specific brands, but there's a definite focus on all of the "stuff" associated with many modern weddings.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Couples sample cocktails and wine that could be served at their weddings, but no one gets drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality show reinforces the idea of wedding-day-as-dream-fulfillment -- and the excess that often goes along with that. There's also some trash talking among the designers, which gives the competition an unsportsmanlike feel. Forget fair play -- here it's all about the win.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Traditionally, when you hire a professional to perform a service -- such as designing a wedding -- you get bids and presentations from multiple people, looking for the best/most creative value for your dollar. BATTLE OF THE WEDDING DESIGNERS ramps up this process by bringing three competing wedding pros together, with each making a presentation to the featured couple. The couples also share the story of how they met and fell in love and set a budget for the designers to work with.

Is it any good?

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On the plus side, the couples expect the designers to stick to their budget, and they often talk about the importance of family and their relationship. But on the downside, it sometimes seems as though the designers have been encouraged to trash talk each other (one in particular behaves so badly that it's hard to imagine anyone wanting to work with her). Friendly jibes are one thing, but watching designers interrupt each other with snarky questions, each proclaiming to be the best, is just tiresome and obnoxious.

And, of course, the weddings being planned are the usual excessive parties, with no bearing on what real people can afford or even want. Bottom line? Between the over-competitive feel of the relationship between the designers and the over-the-top nature of the weddings, there's not too much positive here for kids to take away.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether some of the designers' competitiveness could be heightened by the way the show is put together. Why would producers of this kind of show want more conflict?

  • How realistic are the weddings being presented? What kind of expectations does the media instill in audiences when it comes to things like weddings? What makes a "good" wedding?

  • What role does the media play in making us think that the wedding is as important as the marriage? What does a wedding really signify?

TV details

Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 14 years old Written bystripesanddots February 10, 2011
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Fairly Entertaining Show With Trash Talking

This show's alright. The only thing I don't like about it is the wedding planners are almost constantly trash talking each other.
Parent of a 2 year old Written bymichaelwillms June 23, 2010
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Good For Moms and Daughters

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