My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

I am totally looking forward to watching this tonight. It is on Channel 4 at 9pm. The Cutting Edge series will be following four Gypsy and Traveller brides as they plan their wedding day. 

As a short bio to the programme tonight, Channel 4 states:

Gaining rare access to this fascinating and often misunderstood community, Cutting Edge uses the prism of the weddings to reveal a culture where brides compete to have the biggest dress but having children out-of-wedlock is still taboo and divorce is unheard of.

The weddings are visual spectacles: girls parade into church in enormous dresses that sometimes weigh more than the bride herself. Although the women look sexually provocative there is a tradition of premarital chastity that is increasingly unusual in Britain today.

This is a community that lives alongside but detached from mainstream society. It is a community of contrasts, living by centuries-old religious and cultural traditions but at the same time embracing the gaudier extremes of the celebrity- and fashion-obsessed times in which we live.”

There’s not really too much else to say about this as the images speak for themselves so tune in if you can and be prepared to gawk at the TV in shock (unless of course you like that sort of thing)!

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