- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2010
Okay gang, I’m going to LA next week to see family and while I’m there, I’m presenting my wedding show pitch to a reality show producer and you all are my niche audience so I’m going to pitch it here first because your opinions are really important. This is not a drill- it’s real and has all been arranged (And don’t even think of nicking my idea-it’s already copyrighted:)
I appreciate, in advance, your time and your input. It’s going to be a huge help.
So, this show is Four Weddings meets Amazing Race meets Scavenger Hunt meets Surprise Wedding. Last week someone posted here about having wedding nightmares and I responded with mine: That I woke up on my wedding day and not one thing had been done in preparation. No dress, no food, no flowers, nothing. Oh, my God, total freak-out!
What if that really happened and what would you do?
Here are the basics:
- A camera crew knocks on your door at 6 am and you have 12 hours to put your entire wedding together and be standing at the altar or in front of an officiant.
- Each couple has to have the same wedding basics: officiant, witnesses, dress, decor, guests and food/cake. Anything else you manage to pull off is extra (i.e. d.j. photobooth, shot bar, etc.)
- You may plan in advance but you cannot have any deposits down anywhere or reserved anything.
- Everyone has the same budget because a bride with a large budget could grease the palms of vendors which would put brides with less money at a disadvantage.
- There are three teams in each competition and the judging is based on creativity, originality and of course, best overall experience.
First off let me say that this show is not for brides who have a very set idea on what they want to wear or even who they want at their wedding. For example, if your beloved grandmother lives across the country from you and you would be devasted if she couldn’t make it, then that wouldn’t work. Once you applied and were accepted, you would have, say, a three month window whereupon you would be called on to put your wedding together with 12 hours’ notice. That way, you could give a heads’ up to certain friends and relatives not to plan a European vacation at that time or not to plan major surgery during that time. And it’s obviously easier for people whose friends and family live within a few hours’ drive.
And the couple would have to accept that Uncle Joe and some others may not make it. But in reality, not every guest can make your wedding anyway. There’s always someone who is always pregnant, out of town, out of work or not speaking:)
Obviously, you need a sense of adventure and a sense of humor. You may end up wearing a dress from your closet and the venue will most likely not be the one you dreamed of. And probably not the month or day you wanted either. But you need to make it work and not boo hoo about it later on (unless it’s on camera:). Flexibility is probably the most important trait. Are you ready and able to accept any and all roadblocks on your way to happiness? If you can accept these parameters then this would work for you.
Using this basic outline, the possibilities are endless. And the fun and excitement would come from watching couples race the clock. And is very important: the bride who finds a traditional dress off the rack may not score as high as the bride who found a vintage dress and made it work better. A bride who manages to get a traditional venue may not score as high as the bride who finds say, a carnival or festival going on in her town and persuades management to let her have her ceremony there. The bride who manges to arrange for a traditional dinner may not score as high as the bride orders sub sandwiches and uses rubber stamps to put wedding designs and the couples names on the wrappers. The bride who uses traditional flowers to decorate her ceremony location may not score as high as the bride who finds wooden pallets behind a hardware store and spray paints them to use as a backdrop which could be anything from country/vintage to urban graffiti.
You get the picture. Creativity, originality and resourcefulness are the most important aspects to this competition, even though each couple is starting out with a traditional framework. Kind of like an artist starts with a blank canvas and what you end up with is anyone’s guess.
Here are some FAQs that I can cover now:
- Three teams on each challenge. Most likely from the same town or city to keep production costs down.
- Judges: Who? TBD but there should be at least three.
- Prize: I think cash would motivate more than a honeymoon. How much: it would have to be at least $10,000 and $25,000 would be better but that’s TBD.
- Budget: Not sure whether to go low ($2,500) or a bit higher ($10,000) but all couples will be ready and able pay everything on the spot, whether they use cash or credit.
- What day of the week: Most likely a Saturday.
- What time of the year: Anytime. But it would be more fun to keep it within “wedding season” to heighten the drama because everything is so booked up.
- Help: You can definitely have help. How many people is TBD. But if you’re best friends with a florist or a caterer, you definitely can use that to your advantage just as on the Amazing Race you get help from cab drivers and passers-by. The point is to be as resourceful as you possibly can. That’s going to help you win.
So, if you’ve made it this far, thank you for your patience:) I’m looking for real feedback from reality t.v. fans. I’ve run this in front of a few people so far and I’ve gotten positive responses. But I want to hear from you. What do you like? What doesn’t work for you? What am I missing? And most important: Would you watch?