Red7 Blogs , May 21, 2016
BBC Three disappeared from our screens this February, but don’t panic, Sky One has swooped in and taken on Don’t Tell the Bride for another season! The budget has risen up to £14,000 with the couples to be married later this year. Anyone fancy taking up the DTTB challenge can sign up here before the deadline on Tuesday 31st May.
To celebrate Don’t Tell the Bride staying on our screens, we ask real women what they would fear the most if their husband-to-be had complete control of their wedding planning and £14,000 to play with…
The biggest Don’t Tell the Bride fear was a themed wedding. Among the most-hated themes were princess, Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, anything Katie Price would do and… Star Wars. One woman said that she hated the thought of having to perform a stunt, such as skydiving or the groom arranging a silly dance routine to perform at the reception. Anyone remember the alien themed wedding? It obviously goes without saying that an alien autopsy is a definite no for what’s supposed to be one of the most romantic days of your life…
The choice of wedding dress was also up there with the theme of wedding as the bride’s biggest fear. Despite agreeing to spend the rest of your lives with them, it seems the groom can’t quite to be trusted to pick the dress of your dreams. One woman even went as far as saying she doesn’t trust her husband with what to get for dinner, let alone choosing the dress to walk up the aisle in!
A lot of the women said that the worst thing would be if their families couldn’t attend the wedding, for instance if the wedding was abroad, or their husband forgot to invite the most important people. Who remembers THAT Las Vegas wedding where the groom could only fly out half the immediate family?
The location of the wedding is also another huge decision that the men seemed to get hopelessly wrong! Las Vegas was a particularly unpopular choice, with most women feeling that it could be tacky as well as being too far away and expensive for guests to travel “unless he can afford to fly them over,” suggested one bride-to-be. However, from watching the show we all know that the budget is usually dwindled away before they even think about tickets for guests…
The actual venue location was also really important. Almost all of the women we asked said they would hate it if their husbands planned the wedding reception at a local pub, a workers club, a village hall or their own house or garden. Equally, it seems most brides would hate an over-the-top venue which their husbands had picked out with themselves in minds – think football stadiums, casinos, the set of Terminator – you get the idea.
The women were also particularly keen to make sure their weddings were anything but ordinary. The classic, white hotel wedding was only acceptable if the reception was brimming with personal touches. One woman said: “We watched one episode of ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ where the groom does a winter wonderland theme in summer. It was ridiculous but he did it because she really loved Christmas. Themed weddings are a complete no but it’s better than having a generic wedding with no personality.”
Finally, all of the women asked would never EVER let their husbands plan their hen dos. “On the show, the husbands always spend loads of money on flying their mates off to some amazing place for their stag do and send their brides in a limo to their local pub or something just as rubbish.” Always a bit suspicious when the groom’s party have a healthy glow on the wedding day after a week in the sun, when the hens got given a takeaway and sent to the local bingo hall.
So now we’re asking you, if your husband-to-be was given £14,000 to plan your wedding, what do you think he would do?