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 there's a lot of name dropping -- both in terms of people and products -- in this reality show about the making of a celebrity wedding. The budget exceeds $100,000, the bride wears a custom-designed Vera Wang dress, and the guest roster includes names like Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Serena Williams, and Kim Kardashian. While there's not much iffy content when it comes to sex, language, and violence, the show's messages are ultimately about materialism and glamorizing the wedding, rather than focusing on the marriage.
What's the story?
After seven years of dating and a five-year engagement, MTV/VH1 host Alani “La La” Vazquez and NBA star Carmelo Anthony are finally planning LA LA’S FULL COURT WEDDING. But while the bride tries to stay within a budget, the groom wants a blowout party, which stirs up some pre-nuptial tensions. Add in the couple’s 3-year-old son, La La's opinionated mother, and only a month to go before \"I Do,\" and you’ve got two stressed-out celebrities.
Is it any good?
As far as VH1's "celebreality" goes, La La's Full Court Wedding gets points for a) having a noticable lack of catfighting and b) not being filmed aboard a bus. But in truth, it's nothing spectacular, especially when you consider that neither the bride nor the groom have widespread name recognition. Most people over a certain age have no idea who La La Vazquez is, and Carmelo Anthony's fame is limited to the basketball court.
If anything, Full Court Wedding merely proves that you don't have to be all that well-known to have an overblown, overpriced wedding -- or your own reality show that captures every moment. You just have to have more-famous friends.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about big-budget weddings, consumerism, and the influence that celebrities have on average brides and grooms. How does La La and Carmelo's budget compare to the money most people have to work with? Do you think most brides aspire to have a wedding on this level?
What role does the media play in making us think that the wedding is as important as the marriage? Parents, talk with your kids about what a wedding really signifies -- and what happens after the big day.
Aside from the ceremony and reception, what are the most important aspects of a good marriage? What qualities should a couple have to ensure that they'll make a good team long-term?
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