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 reality elimination series -- featuring couples exiled to a remote island to compete for a dream destination wedding -- includes lots of sneaky behavior, catty arguments, and sexual references. Cursing is frequent (the strongest words are bleeped) and wine and champagne drinking is visible. Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii and additional wedding-related brands and products are also prominently featured.
What's the story?
In WEDDING WARS, soon-to-be brides and grooms are pitted against each other for a dream destination wedding and a cash prize worth over $100,000. Twelve engaged couples are exiled to a remote Pacific island with little food, water, or shelter; there they participate in challenges for prizes designed to help them with their wedding preparations. They also compete for a coveted cake topper, which keeps them safe from elimination. Each week the weakest (or most disliked) couple gets voted off; the last couple remaining wins the grand prize.
Is it any good?
Wedding Wars combines the rugged competitiveness and scheming behavior of Survivor with all of the drama that comes along with wedding planning. But much of the show’s entertainment value comes from watching the couples’ relationships being tested as they cope with the pressures of the contest.
The show’s focus is on the materialism surrounding a wedding, rather than strengthening the marital relationship or thinking about the long-term commitment that the couples are planning to make. And, like most reality competitions, the series features plenty of arguing, cursing, and drinking. Viewers who like this sort of thing might find it entertaining, but it definitely lacks romance.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about weddings. What are the costs involved in throwing a wedding? Do they have to be expensive to be nice? What kinds of messages does the media send about what a wedding should look like and/or cost?
Do you think competing for things for a wedding makes it less romantic? Why or why not?
What do you think about competition? Is there a good and bad way to
compete? What kind of competitors are on this show? How do TV shows like
this influence people's ideas about how to compete well?