Wild Weddings

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Amusing look at wedding silliness is OK for older kids.

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

Positive Messages

Much of the show's fun/humor revolves around people behaving inappropriately -- but generally not extremely so. There's a fair amount of cake smashing and the like, for example. Some mild reinforcement of gender stereotypes.

Violence

Pratfalls aplenty. In an episode featuring a Klingon wedding, there's some fake Klingon-style violence, including a faux beheading.

Sex

Some suggestive dancing here and there.

Language

Words like "pissed" are audible and printed in subtitles. In one sequence, a bride thinks her groom said "vagina," when he said "Regina" (pronounced the same way), and then she makes a couple of jokes about it.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

People toast with champagne, and while no one is pointed out as being drunk, you have to wonder in a few sequences. ...

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this wedding-themed reality show is all about things going wrong at a very important moment -- and a lot of what goes wrong has to do with people behaving inappropriately. Nothing gets too edgy or graphic (expect more cake smashing than painful injuries, for example), but you're still laughing at other people's big day gone awry. Some parents might be concerned that the "stunt" weddings reflect a lack of seriousness about marriage (though others might feel that they put the whole "three-ring circus" aspect of weddings into perspective...).

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What's the story?

WILD WEDDINGS collects home videos of real folks' weddings gone goofy. There's the videographer who falls backward into a baptismal font, the groom who gets his bride giggling with some silly teeth just so she won't cry, the prospective husband who sets up his proposal on a underwater diving trip, the bride whose dance with her groom gets more than a little suggestive, and so on.

Is it any good?

The good news? The more graphic scenes -- such as the groom barfing at the altar or the bridesmaid whose skirt flips up when she falls while dancing -- are handled as well as can be expected; producers pop a little bouquet graphic over the barf or panties, for example.

And aside from that, the show is silly, romantic, and mostly funny. While some of the goof-ups might have seemed horrific at the time -- such as a tux shop delivering the wrong-size suits, forcing the groom and groomsmen to literally tape their clothes together at the last second -- ultimately you're reminded that things like that are just part of life ... so you might as well laugh.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they would want their own iffy behavior shown on national television. Kids: Is it worth it just to be on TV? Are people more likely to behave inappropriately in public because shows like this are out there? Is there ever such a thing as true privacy in this 24/7 media world?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 15, 2003
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG

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