"Wedding Day" Review: I Won't Be Setting the Date
If I had to describe TNT’s first unscripted drama in one phrase, I would say it’s Extreme Makeover: The Wedding Edition.
But since I’ve never watched “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” I can’t really make any comparisons. I can just tell you about this one—“Wedding Day.”
And although “Day” does have its tearjerking moments, there’s just something about it that falls flat…
The premise is a simple one. Couples who have been unable to get married because of some obstacle in their lives are given their dream wedding. Along the way, we learn their story through their own words, and the words of their friends and families who actually pitch in to help the wedding come together. The show is hosted by celebrity event planner Alan Dunn and celebrity wedding designer Diann Valentine.
In the premiere, the couple is Holli and Steve from Saginaw, Michigan. They were headed down the aisle before when Holli was seriously injured in a car accident that nearly killed her. After a year and a half, Holli is able to walk down the aisle and thanks to the show, she gets her dream wedding, including a Badgley Mischka wedding dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
There are several emotional moments throughout the episode that will tug at your heartstrings, but for the most part, the episode is just bland. Dunn and Valentine are bland, and at times, Valentine is slightly annoying. And I realize that the show is about the emotional stories, but it would be nice if we got a good look at what all the work went into—especially the lavish reception in this case.
“Day” is a nice little distraction, but I won’t be setting the date to watch it anytime soon…
The premiere of “Wedding Day” airs Tuesday, June 16th at 8 p.m. on TNT…
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