Every now and then my curiosity gets to me and I watch a show about weddings. Maybe it's the societal pressure, maybe it's the fact every woman is indoctrinated as a girl to be overly excited about it or maybe it's the fact I'm in a long term relationship. Most likely it's a combination. Regardless of why I sometimes find myself watching a show about weddings or some aspect thereof. I've seen many shows on the subject and I'm ready to share what I think. I strongly believe that you cannot have an opinion about something until you know everything you can about it, otherwise it's an opinion born out of ignorance.
I'm going to be discussing Say Yes to the Dress.
I have seen this particular wedding themed show more times than I can count. Partly due to the fact that I enjoy watching shows about fashion and partly because I have a sick curiosity. I must have been masochistic to watch this show. I'm actually relieved I haven't seen it in months (probably just shy of a year). It's a terrible show. Let me sum it up for you: a bride-to-be goes to Kleinfeld to find a wedding dress. That's it. End of story. I thought a show about dress shopping would actually follow a few particular women to different dress stores but instead all you get is branding. Kleinfeld this, Kleinfeld that. That alone is enough to make a person sick.
The show starts with introducing the audience to the sales staff. All they do is complain about how engaged women are so picky. I think, well yeah, of course they are. If this is something that society teaches women to believe is their only "special day" then of course they're going to be picky. Not to mention the price tag, for that kind of money it better be the PERFECT dress. Dresses can range from around $1500 - infinite money. Seriously. If you want to spend $100 000 on a dress, you can find one. It's scary. I'd rather put that kind of money into a house. On the low end it's nearly impossible to find a dress for $1500 since they're all dresses that are out of season and or only in sample sizes (0, 1, 2, 3). I digress.
The brides-to-be discuss their dream wedding dress with the sales person. Despite Kleinfeld's "reputation" to have the best selection of wedding dresses, every single time the sales staff exclaim that the requests are too specific and they'll never find anything like that. Why did they bother going to Kleinfeld in the first place? I ask myself that question every time. At some point there is always a discussion of price point and each time the sales person whines that it's too low. Oh yeah, did I mention the sales staff complains? A LOT? It makes the company look very bad in my opinion. I would never want to shop at a store where the staff talks behind your back and complains about your every choice. Wait. Nevermind. Still! Don't say those things on camera! Ignorance really is bliss.
Then come the dresses. An engaged woman tries on dozens of dresses in front of varying audiences. Sometimes they bring their girlfriends, other times mothers or mother-in-laws or on occasion fathers or fiances. It all depends on who's footing the bill it seems. The guests proceed to judge relentlessly. It's rather horrifying really. Both the brides-to-be and the guests have different opinions on a wedding dress. I think, who cares what your guests think? They're not wearing the dress.
The whole procedure is so out-dated and old fashioned. The show itself mentions Kleinfeld a hideous amount of times. The worst part about the show is what it features, the dresses. Every single dress is white. I'm so sick of white wedding dresses. Women choose white dresses because it's tradition yet they don't know why. They follow tradition for the sake of tradition. Disgusting. Here's the simple reason why women wear white wedding dresses: Mary Queen of Scots was forced to marry someone she didn't want to so she wore the colour of mourning, which was white. Indeed, it wasn't black ladies wore when they mourned but white. In her own way she was protesting the marriage.
To this day the tradition continues despite its sad beginnings. For that reason alone I would never wear a white dress, that is if I marry at all. That's why when I've watched Say Yes to the Dress, I always wrinkle my nose in disappointment. Not only are women choosing to wear white for the sake of "tradition" but it seems that's the only colour available. How ghastly.
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