Big Bliss, Mixed Feelings

I’ve written before about the fact that MWF and I watch a lot of wedding shows on TV (here and here) and while we took a break after getting a bit of a wedding overdose we still stick on Say Yes To The Dress from time to time.

They’ve added another spin-off recently (joining Atlanta, Bridesmaids and Canada, with a UK based version on the horizon too) and we caught our first episode today. The show is called Say Yes To The Dress: Big Bliss.

The difference with the latest offering is that it exclusively features plus sized brides. This is kinda cool as it shows that a perfect wedding isn’t just the preserve of thinner women and it’s probably inspiring and reassuring for the curvier ladies out there.


Also the staff featured are lovely, and treat their customers with kindness and sensitivity.

These are all good things, and I’m glad to see that body diversity is being addressed and celebrated. Both here and on the other TLC show Curvy Brides.


While I applaud this there is something that nags at me about these shows.

Why do the plus size brides have to be exiled to their own little boxes? Why couldn’t Say Yes just feature more body types on their original shows?

It feels like while it’s a step forward in acceptance of body diversity it’s not a massive one, and it still sets curvier women on the outside, as being “different” and not letting them join the party properly.

I’m glad the new show exists, but it’s kinda sad that the “mainstream” show doesn’t include different body types. Still, a small step forward is still progress.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

2 thoughts on “Big Bliss, Mixed Feelings

  1. More diversity is coming to television, however slowly. Thanks to women like Ashley Graham showing the world that all of us are beautiful and any woman who shows us that she is happy and healthy truly IS happy and healthy, no matter what the fashion experts might say is this seasons “healthy” size.
    But my issue is why, oh why do so many brides these days insist on the sweetheart neckline, strapless numbers that do not fit properly, even with the most skilled alterations. What mirror are these girls looking into when they say “ this is what I want to get married in” when at the same time their breasts are spilling out? Do they not see themselves? And why do the people they bring shopping not say something?
    I am all for women dressing in clothing that makes them look and feel beautiful, but girls, the look I mentioned above is NOT it, especially on your wedding day. Nobody. . . NOBODY at your wedding is there to see you jiggle and shimmy. Trust me.

    1. It’s all a matter of personal taste, and those women might like that look and style. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all. Personally if they’re happy and comfortable, I think it’s the right choice for them. I don’t like every dress I’ve seen someone pick, but I suspect my own fashion choices aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.
      Thanks for the feedback!

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