I got married almost two years ago. You’d think that now that I’m not longer looking for a wedding gown, I’d stop watching things like Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings, and Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids. But I haven’t. Nope, not only is Say Yes to the Dress my go-to guilty pleasure show (it’s even on my Netflix queue), but despite my irritation at the ridiculousness of certain series, I have made a habit of making sure I watch my wedding shows every Friday night. Heck, for a while there, I was even tuning into multiple episodes of David Tutera on Sunday afternoons. But I digress.
A new show that recently premiered on TLC, coming in just after my weekly visit to Kleinfeld’s, is Randy to the Rescue, a new show where Randy takes a trunk show of bridal gowns to various cities all over the country, finding the perfect dress for as many women as possible, and even providing a wedding makeover for a few select ladies in the process. There’s only one problem: It’s boring.
I’m not saying I don’t enjoy Randy. Randy’s great. But Randy’s at his best when he’s not the main attraction. What Say Yes to the Dress has that Randy to the Rescue doesn’t is a handful of recurring characters. Week to week, we’re seeing consultants work with a revolving door of ladies, who are both picky and indecisive, trying to find them their dream dress. The consultant’s paycheck is on the line, and so is her patience. In other words, what’s missing is the drama.
Randy’s great, but he’s also someone who’s always nice and always happy. You don’t see Randy getting frustrated with rejected dress after rejected dress on his new show. You barely even get to see a bride get frustrated! The show features a few select brides that we see Randy handhold through the process, with bits and pieces of other ladies saying “yes” to the dress along the way. But David Tutera he is not, and ultimately, it lacks the flavor and drama of the many consultants at Kleinfeld’s.
What the show does offer is full makeovers of the brides-to-be after they find their dream gown. It’s like you’re watching What Not to Wear in its final 15 minutes. The bride gets to come out on a runway (which, by the way , is cheesy as all getout) and then gets to see herself in the mirror for the first time as the bride. It’s nice and all, but it doesn’t make the show.
Two weeks in, I’m just bored. I like Randy, and I like Say Yes, but Randy to the Rescue just isn’t doing it for me. Who knew that every Friday it wasn’t the pretty dresses I was tuning in to. That, Randy has. Instead, it’s the actual people, the actual plot, and the actual entertainment.