First, they introduce you to four brides. They each get a cute moniker next to their name like, say, "traditional bride" or "rock and roll bride". Then, three of them go as a group to each other's wedding and rate the whole experience on a one to ten scale. Then, so they don't try to win by underscoring the other's weddings, they have to rate the three weddings they attended on a first, second, and third place scale for venue, dress, and food.
Sounds OK? Sounds fair? Yeahhh. The bride who wins gets a free honeymoon. Only, they have completely different tastes, completely different types of friends, and hugely different budgets.
I'm not gonna review all the weddings- I'm just gonna say that
OK- and I am just saying, some of these traditions should be researched prior to going along with them: because women were treated a lot differently thousands of years ago. The cake feeding is a promise to wait on the groom and his family- I don't really want to promise that. Nor do I like when grooms destroy their bride's faces with sugar frosting.
ANYWAY- back to the subject at hand. Some of the brides were kind to the others, saying things like "it's a neat way to do the wedding" or "the venue was gorgeous". But there is always that one- the one who makes faces with every bite she takes. The one who abhors anything untraditional. Grumping about how the other brides did things differently. Other brides also grumped about the other guests- what? Bride on trial has to school her guests on how to make friends with three judgemental girls who don't quite fit in? (this bride had older, quieter, gentle people as her guests as opposed to party whores who hate chicken).
More questions: All brides are supposed to pay $70 a plate like traditional bride did? What about Ghetto bride who'd rather eat fried chicken (MMMMMM) than poached salmon? (I'm using the term Ghetto in a "Ghetto fabulous" kind of way). What about church bride who doesn't want her boobs pushed up over her dress? should she still wear the strapless number traditional bride wore? What about recovering alcoholic bride? Does she HAVE to have a champagne toast?
I always thought weddings were about gathering all the people you love together to celebrate a union between two people who want to dedicate their lives to each other. I thought the food, decor, and music should represent the couple and maybe even their close friends. Not stranger brides who attend their wedding. Ghetto bride should have fried chicken. Mexican bride should get down to the mariachi. German bride has every right to do the chicken dance. Everyone should have the chicken dance (except stuffy traditional bride).
Weddings should never be about keeping up the Jones Bride, or going into debt.
Anyhoo- the show ends with one bride winning a honeymoon. Since there are no points for originality or if the wedding truly represented the couple, basically the person who spent the most money on venue, food, and booze wins. The one who looks great in her dress also gets some good points.
and that, my friends, is crap TV.