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In real-life, a wedding ceremony is a joyous, emotional occasion, filled with family, friends, loved ones and meaningful vow exchanges, but on television, some shows depict a completely different event. From lavish and over-the-top nuptials to newlyweds rating each others ceremonies in competition for the dream honeymoon, the traditional wedding ceremony has been turned into network television’s very own circus act.

If you ever want to save the sanctity of getting married and having a wedding in your own life, try not to turn to these TV shows! Here are a few of the tackiest, overly dramatic and embarrassing wedding shows on TV.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

Gypsies are not as common in our typical American society, but with the introduction of TLC’s “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding,” we get a glimpse of their extravagant wedding ceremonies. This show is bombarded with huge dresses, a lot of glitz, and awkward family drama and is the furthest idea from a ‘traditional’ wedding.


WeTV’s “Bridezillas” follows brides-to-be as they bite the heads off their family members, bridesmaids, and not to mention their fiances in preparation of the big day. As the title states, these brides turn into real-life Godzillas, having multiple meltdowns and dramatic encounters that makes us wonder whether the fiance is smart enough to get out while he can!

Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas

As a spin-off of the popular “Bridezillas” on WeTV, “Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas” seeks to reform and repair newlywed couples featured in the previous show. As an attempt to create peace in already broken marriages, “Marriage Boot Camp” features some of “Bridezillas”‘ most infamous couples, including the club-fighting, bridesmaids-bashing Porsha and her husband, Byron.

Four Weddings

As a competition series, TLC’s “Four Weddings” has turned wedding ceremonies into a form of sport, as four brides attend each other’s weddings to compete for a beautiful destination honeymoon. Tearing apart each other’s nuptial choices, from the bride’s dress to the choice of food at the reception, these brides justify their ceremonies by using a scoring system to rate the other bride’s ceremony, dress, food and experience, seeking to impress the other brides to win a honeymoon vacation.

Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids

A spinoff of the popular TV show “Say Yes To The Dress,” “Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids” on TLC lets the bridesmaids take the reigns on choosing their dresses, sometimes at the expense of what the bride actually wants for them. This show opens the doors for testy and challenging bridesmaids who are even more demanding then their brides. Do bridesmaids really need their own TV show as well?

Engaged and Underage

Formerly on MTV, “Engaged and Underage” followed multiple young couples seeking to get married. Exploiting the lives of underage engaged couples, this 2007-2008 TV show had its share of outrageous moments, including couples, well, acting their age, in the midst of one of life’s important events (think, childish name-calling right before the ceremony).

My Big Redneck Wedding

As one of the tackiest wedding show ideas, “My Big Redneck Wedding” on CMT exploits the nuptials of down-time country couples and their rustic families, wedding parties, and ceremonies. Some episodes have included mud wrestling, a shotgun salute to the couple, and a canopy of beer cans. Not necessarily the traditional idea of weddings.

Platinum Weddings

From 2006 to 2010, WeTV’s “Platinum Weddings” featured the extravagant, over-the-top weddings of the lavish, which took it too far at times. As they say, the perfect wedding is priceless, but many of these weddings capped a budget in the millions, sometimes exploiting the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony instead of highlighting the sentimental value of the wedding instead.

True Life: I’m Getting Married

As an extension of MTV’s True Life documentary series, “True Life: I’m Getting Married” highlighted three couples on the road to getting married, which opened the door for some really, really extreme drama. No one can forget the outrageous rant from the husband-to-be Charlie B in Staten Island, arguing with the limousine service about their lateness.

Amazing Wedding Cakes

As a spinoff to WeTV’s “Platinum Weddings,” “Amazing Wedding Cakes,”  was as over-the-top as its predecessor, highlighting the drama of the wedding cake-making process and rarely focusing on the wedding or couple at all.
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