Wedded to Perfection

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Series about party planning makes excess the norm.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

While the show does have some positive messages about being married and working together, the over-riding take-away is that "perfect" is an absolute must when it comes to weddings, and spending huge amounts of money can make you happy. The clients' every whim is catered to, and no expense is spared, with no mention of how the couples are able to pay for it all.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Event planners Jung Lee and Josh Brooks demonstrate how a married couple can not only work together but also work better, with their individual skills coming together. But while Jung talks about how she values her time with her kids in the early morning, that's about the only time she and Josh see their children -- they spend far more time working without a kid in sight. The fact that they (and everyone else) caters to the featured couples' every whim is also a little bit iffy.

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Consumerism

The show serves as a promotional vehicle for Fete, the party planning company run by the show's stars, Jung Lee and Josh Brooks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Since this is a show about weddings and parties, there are frequent scenes of social drinking, including wine with dinner and toasts with sparkling wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this wedding-centric reality series is about excess and fancy parties, with no expense spared. Perfection is the goal, with less attention paid to the featured couples' actual marriages than to the events celebrating them. Few people can afford the services of the featured party planners, and the events are all but over the top. There's some social drinking by adults.

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What's the story?

Married couple Jung Lee and Josh Brooks are the owners of Fete, an event planning company in New York City. They specialize in staging massive, spectacular events -- mostly weddings -- for their clients; each episode of WEDDED TO PERFECTION follows them at work. Lee is a perfectionist and also exceptionally creative, so things tend to get crazy as she tries to realize her clients' every whim.

Is it any good?

If you like weddings and extravagant parties, then Wedded to Perfection is fun to watch -- once or twice. But after a few episodes, it becomes a lot of the same old, same old. True, Lee's fantastic designs vary, but the process seldom does. Furthermore, the demands of the frequently spoiled clients become more grating than not.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages the show sends about weddings. Why are weddings such a big deal in general? What role does the media play in making us think that the wedding is as important as the marriage?

  • How does the media contribute to unrealistic expectations for weddings and other parties? Do you have to have an extravagant, perfectly staged wedding for it to be memorable?

  • How does the way the show is edited affect your perception of events? Do you think all of the things you see happening really happened that way? Why do producers take liberty with the facts?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 2, 2009
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG

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