The Unruly Guest
A Baby Bump in the Road
A Royal Pain
Festival of Fights
The Bridemaid’s Tale
The Wedding Coach can be summed up with two painfully obvious rules. Number 1 – communicate. Number 2 – use your common sense. These basically form the solution to every issue raised in Netflix’s bottom-of-the-barrel wedding show.
At the helm, leading this horse off the proverbial cliff of common sense, is former comedian and bride, Jamie Lee. Along with her friends, they give moral guidance (see: pats on the back and thumbs up) to help these couples see the error of their ways and press on with their weddings.
Each episode begins in similar fashion, with an introduction to our different couples and their painfully obvious issues before the big day. Sitting them both down, Jamie encourages the pair to unwind and talk about their concerns.
Episode 1, for example, sees a stressed bride encouraged to get drunk and loosen up, deciding eventually to ditch the outdoor games and just enjoy the day themselves.
Another sees a bilingual couple worried about their upcoming wedding and unsure how to proceed. But then they hire a bilingual officiant and break the news about their pregnancy to the family – all is well with the world. And then there’s another episode where a same-sex couple decide to put on a wedding festival across the weekend. With poor communication and an eye-opening, overly long dance, they eventually have second thoughts and decide to call off the wedding.
These ideas are so obvious in theory that oftentimes you’ll find yourself shaking your head. Then again, there’s a reason for those warning labels about not drinking bleach or eating Hed Kandi CDs, so I guess there’s something to be said for humanity in general.
The Wedding Coach is one of those trashy shows that amount to small screen junk food. Despite its simplicity and annoying tropes, people will undoubtedly watch this. I mean to be fair, I watched the whole thing.
At the end of the day, everyone loves a good wedding but there’s been so many of these shows over the years that this one has absolutely no redeeming features to help it stand out. There’s no gimmicky hook like Don’t Tell The Bride and no intriguing cultural clashes or reality TV drama like the endless “Housewives Of” series.
Instead, there’s just Jamie Lee and her pals throwing catchphrases and nonchalant advice toward problems that could so easily be resolved if these couples communicated and used their common sense.
At the end of the day, a wedding is the bringing together of two people who love each other. If you communicate properly, your big day will reflect a beautiful coming together of two people. Do you need to have thousands of games or a wedding festival to prove this? No, of course you don’t. You just need to be sensible and use your common sense. Unfortunately this show is built on a profound lack of that.