Marriage or Mortgage
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Light reality about money choices has some drinking.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It encourages people to decide on whether they want to spend their money on one big day, or on a home, without judgment.
Positive Role Models
The series features a diverse group of couples.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There’s some mild flirting and kissing at weddings.
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Words like "damn" are occasionally used.
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Products & Purchases
Apple tablets visible, the idea of having a big, expensive wedding is addressed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Champagne and beer consumed in different episodes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marriage Or Mortgage is a lighthearted reality series where couples decide between spending money on a wedding or buying a house. It's family-friendly, but on occasion there's some language (like "damn"), and some brief scenes of beer, cocktail, and champagne drinking. Couples are shown kissing, and Apple products are visible, too.
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What's the Story?
MARRIAGE OR MORTGAGE is a reality series featuring couples who are deciding between spending their money on a house or on the wedding of their dreams. Each episode features wedding planner Sarah Miller and real estate agent Nichole Holmes meeting with a couple to determine what kind of wedding they want, and what kind of house they'd be interested in buying. After checking out potential venues they can afford to rent, and touring potential houses they can afford to buy, each pair must decide if they are going to spend their money on a wedding bash or on a love nest.
Is It Any Good?
This lighthearted series shows couples from all walks of life trying to decide if they're going to spend their money on a once-in-a-lifetime wedding event, or invest in a home that gives them long-term benefits. Each pair of lovebirds have their own dreams about their nuptials. They also have long lists of what they want their first home to have. As a result, couples often experience sticker shock as they learn the true costs of both.
Marriage Or Mortgage isn't the most exciting of shows, mainly because the overall series feels contrived from start to finish. The working relationship between Nichole Holmes and Sarah Miller is a professional mismatch, and how they go about ‘surprising' the couples with bonuses to entice them to choose one option over the other feels preplanned. Nonetheless, it's fun to see what the couples choose to do, and how it turns out in the end. Ultimately, it's worth tuning into if you're looking for some reality fluff.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the real costs associated with a big wedding. Why do some couples choose to have one, despite the expense? Does media reinforce the idea that big weddings have to be big or expensive?
What messages does Marriage Or Mortgage send about the importance of owning a home? What about the significance of having a wedding? Where do these ideas come from? Are they accurate?
- Premiere date: March 10, 2021
- Cast: Nichole Holmes, Sarah Miller
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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