It's a monumental year in television for weddings. The Sitcom's cutest couple, Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt from NBC's "Parks and Recreation" tied the knot and Barney and Robin made it official on "How I Met Your Mother." On the other side of the aisle, reality television is all around us. Reality shows like "Real Housewives" are always giving us the grim realities of marriage (more than 10 divorces across all the seasons), according to www.direct.tv. So, shows that give us a more charming and optimistic view of matrimony, even if the road to the end of the aisle is rocky is always welcome. Just like 2012, this year will be full of the top wedding reality shows ranging from sweet brides-to-be to angry bridezillas.
'My Fair Wedding' (WE tv)Wedding planner David Tutera caters to the needs of celebrities as he plans every little detail of their dream weddings. The show premiered in 2008 and spent two seasons in New York City but now features weddings in Dallas, Los Angeles and others. Do you think your sister has demands for her significant day? America's top celebrities require everything to be perfect and keep Tutera on his toes. This is a thrilling watch to see the inside details of what it actually takes to plan a successful wedding.
'Say Yes to the Dress' (TLC)One of the most popular wedding shows happening right now, "Say Yes to the Dress" follows the happenings of Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan and their sales associates as they help clients find the perfect dress. If you think this is just a show about brides-to-be buying clothes, think again. A wedding dress is considered the most prominent financial decision concerning the crucial day, and these ladies spend thousands of dollars to look utterly perfect. Since the show first premiered, its popularity spurred a series of spin-offs like "Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta" and "Say Yes to the Dress Bridesmaids."
'Bridezillas' (WE)These are the brides you don't want to mess with. Running for a strong nine seasons, "Bridezillas" shows the other side to the ladies who micro-manage every last detail of their memorable day and refuse to tolerate anything that might stand in the way. The show started with stereotypical spoiled, upper-class women who threw fits like it was "My Super Sweet 16," but now the show features more everyday women who show the same frustrations and panics as the girls from season one. The lesson? Well, this show might make you feel better about you're own meltdowns because they're petty compared to what goes down on "Bridezillas."
Celebrity wedding specials are also an excellent source of all the beauty and chaos behind the scenes. Sure, weddings like Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries may be short-lived, but they're high-priced and extravagant matrimonies make for exciting television and a chance to add to that "wish list" of wedding details in the future.
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