My latest obsession which I am sad to see end is the show “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” on TLC. Which takes you into the secret lives of Irish Travellers and UK Gypsies and allows us to witness a first hand view of their weddings. And oh what a wedding.
When it first premiered I watched just to see how ridiculously big the dresses are and all the excess surrounding these nuptials. But as I watched week after week, and even repeats, I couldn’t help feel extremely sad for these group of people who are constantly judged and discriminated against. As a group of women raised mostly uneducated they have two goals in life; to be housewives and to be a princess on their wedding day with a massive wedding gown. And to keep this dream alive they plan with concern that they may experience cancellation after cancellation. I can’t help but to feel sorry for them. I mean how would you like it if you were planning a wedding worrying that your venue will cancel on you because of who you are. Maybe it’s the planner in me that wants everyone to have a happy wedding day no matter WHAT happiness means to the individual.
Discrimination aside, I am mesmerized at how these young (and I do mean young…even 15/16yr) ladies are so enamoured by being a princess for a day. HUGE Gowns they can barely walk in, horse drawn carriages, castle cakes, mini brides, bridesmaids dresses the size of a small NYC apt and bling for days. The bigger the more extravagant the better. It makes you wonder, if Travellers and Gypsies are supposed to be so “financially challenged” how the heck do they afford these weddings?
Take a look at some of the extravagance I referred to:
(actually a rare non traveller that married a traveller)
Guess what I am going to be this Halloween:)