Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I Just Stumbled Over The Show Bridalplasty (and I'm sick over its definition of "perfect")

I work at home and my sole co-worker is my kitten Totes. He's good company, but he's not that great for conversation (obviously, it's extremely one sided). I like to have noise while I'm working, so I stream really bad reality television on Netflix. I've run out of episodes of Hoarding: Buried Alive, so I've moved on to Bridalplasty.


Have you heard of it?

Bridalplasty aired on E! from late 2010 into early 2011 (yes, I'm late to the party) and it seems like this trainwreck hasn't made it back for a sophomore season. It takes a dozen engaged (or married) women, puts them in a house to compete against each other, and the ultimate winner gets a dream celebrity-style wedding. Great. Who wouldn't want to win that? Along the way, though, brides-to-be win plastic surgeries of their choice.

In the premier, you see the doctor drawing all over these women, showing where he needs to nip and tuck. There are some skinny minis on this show with flat stomachs, but the doctor found a way to draw circles around their nearly-defined abs to find places for liposuction.

Throughout the season, you see beautiful girls getting new noses and boobs and teeth and lipo. To make them perfect, the show leads you to believe. When someone is voted off, host and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler tells them that they won't be having the perfect wedding.

It's making me sick.

Believe it or not, this is her "before" photo.

I'm here, eleven days from our wedding, fully aware that the way I look is the way I'm gonna look. I'm not going to drop a dress size in eleven days. My face is still going to be round. My biceps aren't going to magically grow muscles. This is who I am right now, eleven days away from our wedding, and this is who I am going to be and how I'm going to look when I walk down the aisle.

But Bridalplasty is making me feel like that's not good enough, that I have imperfections I shouldn't embrace. It's ridiculous. A bride should feel her prettiest on her wedding day and this show is magnifying the fact that people aren't perfect.

It's horrible.

On the second episode, one of the contestants, Jessica, was voted off before getting any surgeries. She said, "I may not look perfect but if you get to marry the person that you're meant to spend the rest of your life with, it's gonna be perfect."

And that's what's important. Your wedding is going to be perfect because you will be walking down the aisle and meeting your perfect person at the end. Perfection has nothing to do with the color of the napkins you pick, the first song you dance to, the number of guests you have, or what you choose as a cake topper. A perfect wedding has nothing to do with a number on the scale. Because you know what? The next morning, when you wake up, that number on the scale will be the same, but you won't be. You will be someone's spouse, your soul will be fused with another's, and you will, for all of eternity, be one half of a whole. You will have your best friend by your side for the rest of your life. You will have a playmate who will always hang out with you, will forever be your plus one, and you will know that there will always be someone to sit beside you (both literally and figuratively). You will be blessed with someone who will love you unconditionally, no matter what. You will have someone to snuggle with, someone to grow old with, and someone to raise a family with (either just you and him or with children or furbabies). And that's what's perfect, and that's what's more important than a little jiggle under your arms.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What part of marriage is more important to you than a number on a scale?


  1. Hahhaha! I think I watched it once and decided it's too much foolery for me to take in. But then again, this is the world we live in, too materialistic and dare i say "physical-listic". Lol!

  2. This was a real tv show?! I had no idea it existed until just now. I wish brides didn't do plastic surgery because of society's ideology of "perfection". Marriage is not about looks or plastic surgery.

  3. OMG this is terrible and disgusting. Your future husband should think you are the most beautiful person anyway :) If not, maybe he's not the one you should marry ;)

  4. I vaguely remember this show....sometimes we need to remind brides albeit you want to have a nice wedding and be nice looking in it, after that day is gone you have the marriage. Marriage and the components, growth, and fruits of it are what matters, that's what should be most important when compared to the wedding.