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Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
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 this spin-off of the popular Say Yes to the Dress series contains much of the same bratty behavior and focus on familial conflict as the original, but with a touch more compassion toward the brides, who are all plus-sized women. Expect occasional language ("ass" and "boobs"), plus some bleeped words.
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What's the story?
A reality of life for plus-sized women is that when they need or want a special dress, their options are limited. And for larger brides, that problem is particularly acute. Enter Kleinfeld's Bridal Salon, the salon featured in the original Say Yes to the Dress, which is one of the few that also carries large-sized sample dresses. The format of the show is the same as the original -- the bride comes into the shop; she introduces her family and/or companions; she talks about her fiance and why she loves him -- then she tries on dresses!
Is it any good?
While it is nice seeing the compassionate attitude of the staff toward the larger women, the show is essentially the same as the original -- including the edited-for-maximum-drama family conflicts. It is fairly easy to get caught up in the emotions of the moment, but it's also a little repetitive. Still, for those in the throes of wedding planning, or wedding fantasy -- especially those without a model-size body -- it's nice to see that one doesn't have to be a size 2 to get a lovely wedding dress.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether this show reinforces the stigma of being fat. Parents can ask their children if they think the show makes fun of heavy women and why it does or doesn't.
How real is the show? Do you think the women are really as nice or as mean as they're portrayed, or is the show set up to make them look that way?
Does the show contribute to unrealistic expectations for what a good wedding is? Talk about how much money the dresses cost and why people might choose to spend or not to spend that kind of money on a dress.