Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
What parents need to know
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?
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?