Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

 
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Show about brides reinforces wedding fantasy, but still OK.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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 accomodating., and at least some of the brides seem willing to consider others' opinions along with their own.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Looking sexy is often touted as being a good thing. Occasional risque allusions to the wedding night.

Language

"Hooker" is about the strongest word used.

Consumerism

Bridals by Lori gets a lot of publicity from the show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Kid, 12 years old October 22, 2013
 

nothing bad......

Everything is appropiate but little kids may think its boring
Parent Written byJustvisiting123 August 1, 2013
 

Say Yes to Materialism

Convincing women the only way to be happy on your wedding day is to have "the dress". Pretty sick when you think about it.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written bystripesanddots February 10, 2011
 
Whenever I watch this show, I find myself comparing it to the original Say Yes to the Dress. I think the original is a lot better.

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