A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show promotes the idea that weddings are competitive events for women, as each episode features four brides judging one another's celebrations. While the brides aren't terribly snippy -- and even offer compliments to the other women -- they're not always gracious and occasionally come off as intolerant or ignorant of others' values or traditions. Some very mild sexual joking pops up between brides and grooms.
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What's the story?
Like many of TLC's reality shows, FOUR WEDDINGS focuses on a major event in women's lives: in this case, their wedding. The show takes the idea that every bride believes her wedding is the best and turns getting married into a competition. Four brides critique one another's celebrations, judging based on venue, food, dress, and overall experience. The bride with the most points in the end gets an extravagant honeymoon trip as the prize.
Is it any good?
You have to give the producers points for not going as crazy with this concept as they could have. Everyone behaves reasonably well -- the sniping is kept to a minimum, and even the worst complaints are balanced out by compliments.
Still, the result isn't the most scintillating television, and ultimately you're left wondering: Why bother? After all, each wedding was, in fact, the best for that particular bride.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what's real on the show and what might have been staged for the cameras. How do you think people change their behavior when cameras are on them?
Why would people want to have their weddings critiqued? What makes people agree to put personal experiences out into the world for public scrutiny? Would you want your wedding or other ceremony to be filmed for a reality show?
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?