Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
By Anne Louise Bannon,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Show about brides reinforces wedding fantasy, but still OK.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the show supports the idea of the wedding as "the perfect day" (and the bride as the princess), it doesn't buy into the idea of the bridezilla. In one episode, the employees are told to encourage the brides to go after what they want -- but it's in response to a lot of relatives imposing their preferences. Budgets are frequently mentioned, although what the brides are actually spending isn't.
Positive Role Models
The salon employees are very kind and accommodating, and at least some of the brides seem willing to consider others' opinions along with their own.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Looking sexy is often touted as being a good thing. Occasional risque allusions to the wedding night.
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"Hooker" is about the strongest word used.
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Products & Purchases
Bridals by Lori gets a lot of publicity from the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this wedding-centric reality show plays into the bride-as-princess/"perfect day" wedding fantasy that the media frequently perpetuates. And, when it boils down to it, it's about buying a very expensive dress that will only be worn once. That said, at least some of the brides are flexible and accommodating, and the salon employees are kind. Still, while brides-to-be may enjoy this series, it's a sleeper for just about anyone else.
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What's the Story?
Like its mother show set in New York, SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATLANTA is about buying a wedding gown -- a very special item for a very special day. It's a process fraught with angst and joy and all the emotional craziness that goes along with a wedding, including strife among family members, who don't always get along -- and who certainly don't mince words. One the edges of all the action are the employees of Bridals by Lori, one of the South's best-regarded bridal salons.
Is It Any Good?
The show is done well, but in and of itself, the wedding dress-shopping process just isn't that interesting (unelss perhaps you're a bride-to-be yourself). The show focuses on the young women's struggles to find just the right dress, balancing that with commentary from friends, sisters, moms, and grandmothers. While the salon employees are featured, they're not much of a presence (although in one satisfying scene, an employee does help a bride get an appropriate choice past a particularly picky grandmother). But the personalities involved just aren't that involving for the non-wedding obsessed.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether the show accurately reflects the process of buying a wedding dress. How real do you think the show is? Why might some parts be selectively edited or exaggerated?
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?
What kind of expectations does the media instill in audiences when it comes to things like weddings? What makes a "good" wedding?
- Premiere date: July 30, 2010
- Network: TLC
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 16, 2023
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