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If you're planning a wedding this month, or this year or any year, you will find no shortage of wedding-related reality shows to inspire you. In fact, if I were the TLC network -- which started the wedding programming trend back in 1996 with A Wedding Story -- I would feel seriously impinged upon right now. The wedding TV genre has become so saturated with new shows that brides-to-be can get their dream-nuptials fix without even straying from, say, CMT.
So let's start with CMT: It's home to the shows, My Big Redneck Wedding (how to tie the knot like a proper hick) and Wedding Day Disasters (how to avoid them?). On the Style Network, there's Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? (about what your wedding planner is going through). On WE, there's Bridezillas (self-righteous brats, er, brides), Amazing Wedding Cakes (what your cake designer is going through), Rich Bride, Poor Bride (expensive weddings and cheap ones), Platinum Weddings (million dollar weddings), My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (how to class up your low-class wedding dreams) and Wedding Central Presents (a general, all-about-wedding-planning show). And on VH1, there's Fabulous Weddings. (A wedding version of The Fabulous Life, it's about how to make your wedding...you get the idea).
But TLC is determined to maintain its vice-like grip on its core audience: women who love weddings (well, that and babies). So the network has four of its own brand-new wedding reality shows waiting in the wings this fall: Battle of the Wedding Planners (about couples who must choose between three competing wedding planners), Happily Ever Faster (about Vegas weddings), Four Weddings (about four brides who critique each others' weddings), and Manhattan Marriage Project (a showcase for wedding planner Gino Fillippone).
The first to premiere, tonight at 10 p.m., is Battle of the Wedding Planners. According to TLC, in the first episode, "Abbie and Drew will have three wedding planners competing for the chance to plan their $15,000 wedding!" In this exclusive iVillage clip, we learn that one wedding planner's theme involves a cheesy barbershop quartet, the bride riding a carousel and a swarm of bees attacking the guests. Let's hope the other contenders have something better to offer.
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