A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Couples are asked to make a major decision in an unrealistic amount of time. They're also tempted by the promise of an expensive wedding reception. Serious relationship issues are discussed superficially.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent bickering and arguing between couples and their families. One potential groom is shown breaking beer bottles in anger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild sexual innuendo, as well as kissing, hugging, and mild references to bedroom activity. Bachelorette parties sometimes feature men stripping off their shirts.
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Words like â€œsucked," â€œhell," â€œass,â€ and â€œstupidâ€ are audible; stronger curse words are bleeped (and mouths are blurred). One episode is titled â€œBastards Out of Carolina."
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Products & Purchases
Wedding vendors -- like Natalie K Jewelers, bridal shops, and other services -- are featured throughout the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent alcohol consumption (beer, wine, champagne, mixed drinks). One featuredbride's parent is an alcoholic. Cigarette smoking is sometimes visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- in which couples have a week to decide whether to get married if they want an all-expenses paid wedding -- treats relationship issues like jealousy, possessiveness, and family difficulties very superficially. There's some mild sexual innuendo and arguing, a bit of salty language (words like "ass" and "hell" are audible, while stronger choices are bleeped), frequent drinking, and some smoking. Wedding vendors are featured by name throughout the show, and the central lavish event often feels like a bribe.
Is It Any Good?
The show's "all-or-nothing" approach sets couples up to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives under very unrealistic circumstances. While it makes for some dramatic moments, the show's approach completely fails to address some of the underlying issues that are already interfering with the couples' ability to move forward in their relationships. And it doesn't give them any constructive advice, either.
Watching couples trying to decide whether or not their relationship is suited for a lifelong commitment while being tempted by the trappings of a lavish reception may help people recognize the important difference between a wedding and a marriage. But series' nature makes it feel more like a game show than any attempt at creating a blissful match. Overall the experience isn't just voyeuristic, but also decidedly unromantic.
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