As a fan of weddings shows such as Don't Tell The Bride and Bridezillas, I was excited at the prospect of a new one. Wedding House is unlike any other wedding show that I've seen, it is literally a wedding house, a house where people go and get married.
The unconventional thing here is that the couples submit their wedding theme and the rest is up to a party / event planner and a wedding dress / wedding attire expert. The couple have no input into the wedding at all. Most unconventional of all is that when they arrive at the Wedding House, a couple of hours later they are married, with no cost to them whatsoever.
This is a quirky wedding show that has so far had weddings with themes of Alice In Wonderland, Tim Burton Films, Show Tunes, Bus Driving(!), Fetish, Dirty Dancing and Tropical Island, plus lots more!
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With so many couples being strapped for cash and unable to have the wedding they dream of, Wedding House is an unconventional way to get married for free. It's not going to be for everyone, but for those couples who want to get married and have the ceremony shown on national TV, it's a valid option.
You don't have to go all out crazy with your theme, there has been more tradtional ceremonies shown, but I'm guessing that the more way out that your theme is, the more the likelyhood that you will get chosen. It is an entertainment programme after all.
My understanding of how it works is that when you apply to go on the show, you submit a theme. I've no idea how detailed this has to be, but I'm guessing the more you elaborate, the more things they will choose that you want at your wedding.
I assume there are interviews like with Don't Tell The Bride, but again, I don't know for certain right now, I'm simply a fan who enjoys the show.
Once picked to appear on Wedding House you are given a date (the current series being show on Channel 4 was filmed Summer 2010), so that you can inform family and friends.
Once the couple arrives at Wedding House they are interviewed separately by the registrar, they are asked questions about their relationship and love for one another.
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The couple then reunite to say their goodbyes prior to seeing each other again at the wedding cermony. Each of them goes into the fitting room and sees their wedding dress / suit / attire for the very first time.
You can take your own wedding clothes if you choose to, though it is frowned upon, again for entertainment purposes. The producers, I imagine, would far rather have the 'reveal' of the clothes to the couple. Emotional reactions are TV winners after all.
Next it's on to the make up and hair room where 2 experts transform the couple individually. Leaving convention at the door is a big theme here.
The next time we see the couple, the groom, or in the case of civil partnerships, the partner, is standing at the alter waiting for the bride or partner to appear. The bride or partner is next seen descending the grand staircase as she or he arrived and then cut to the transformation as they reach the bottom.
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This is where the wishlist comes into play overall. Whatever theme has been chosen will be reflected by the ceremony room. One of the first weddings shown on Wedding House had an Alice in Wonderland theme that saw the bride and groom dressed somewhat unconventionally as Alice and the Mad Hatter.
Others have been somewhat less extreme, but quirky to say the least. There's been a 101 Dalmations theme, with you guessed it, lots and lots of Dalmations and their owners as guests. A Dirty Dancing theme where at the end of the ceremony the 'Time Of My Life' dance was recreated, and a celebrity wedding where Lisa and Mario from Big Brother 9 had lots of celebrity lookalikes attend their wedding ceremony.
The tag line for the show is "Prepare to leave convention at the door". It certainly lives up to what it says on the tin!
Applying For Wedding House
The wedding house is a one stop shop for getting married. You apply, submit your wishlist and theme, and if chosen, the day that you arrive at the Wedding House is the day that you will tie the knot.
If you want to apply to be on Wedding House email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application form.
If your email isn't successful it may be because the show isn't looking for couples when you apply. Keep an eye on the take part page on the c4 website for more details.