Flashback Friday-Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids (2011-2013)

Any woman who has ever gotten married will tell you that shopping for a wedding dress is fraught with enough tension. Adding the process of finding bridesmaid dresses to the to do has to potential to make things worse.

Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids aired on TLC from 2011-2013. An off shoot of Say Yes to the Dress and set in the Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta store, the show follows brides and their bridesmaids as they choose bridesmaid dresses. As usual, there is drama and questions of who has the power to make the final decision.

Cut from the same cloth as it’s predecessor, this program is the kind of show that one watches on a weekend when you just want to relax after a long week of work or school.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.


Flashback Friday-I Found The Gown (2012-2014)

As thrilling as wedding dress shopping is, the reality is that a wedding dress can be a major expense.

The TLC Program, I Found The Gown (2012-2014) was set in VOWS Bridal Outlet in Massachusetts. Each episode focused on two subjects: brides who wanted to look stylish without breaking the bank and the owners who were looking to purchase gowns to add to their inventory.

As entertaining as I Found The Gown was, it was bloodless and not as exciting as the others shows that were part of the TLC’s wedding block.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Throwback Thursday: Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best (2011-2013)

Any woman who has shopped for a wedding dress knows how stressful and complicated the process can be.

Say Yes to the Dress star and bridal gown expert Randy Fenoli wants to make that process less stressful and complicated. In 2011-2013 program, Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best, Fenoli helps women find their perfect wedding dress while providing theme based top then tips for the bridal gown search process.

There comes a point when spin offs become ridiculous or an obvious ploy to extend the life and the brand of a television program. Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best is not exactly horrible, but it feels like it is stretching Say Yes to the Dress just a little too far.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Flashback Friday-Something Borrowed, Something New (2013-2014)

The process of shopping for a wedding dress is often stressful and complicated. Everyone around the bride has an opinion on what she should wear and often is not afraid to share that opinion. But what if the bride has to choose between a dress of her own choice and a dress that has been worn previously?

This is the premise of the TLC program, Something Borrowed, Something New (2013-2014). Each episode, the woman who is getting married must make a choice. She must either choose from a brand new wedding dress or choose to wear the wedding dress of a family or friend that has been altered in some way.

Among the wedding themed shows that are part and parcel of the TLC schedule, I found this show to be compelling. The question of going your own way with a wedding dress or wearing an altered version of someone else’s dress was a different take on the wedding themed program. But as compelling as it was, it was enough to sustain the show beyond one season.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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