Bride-to-be Cassie Rhone of Cogan Station, who is planning a 2009 wedding, doesn’t seem to let an over-embellished show change her plans.
“I am doing a lot of wildflowers with my stuff. A country kind of feel,” she said.
She plans on having her ceremony in a little country church and a reception in her parents’ back yard.
“I watch ‘Bridezilla’ and I think it’s really funny to see people get so stressed out about weddings,” Rhone said. “I can see it happening with myself. So much goes into a wedding and it’s not as simple as everyone thinks.”
“These shows have given brides an awareness of what’s available to them and what can be done for their dream wedding,” said Janet Johns of Janet’s Floral Creations. “Many relate to these shows and think, ‘That’s exactly what I want.’ We’re here to help them accomplish that dream but within their budget.”
“This is the biggest party that brides and grooms will throw for themselves and they want it to be a party that their guests will talk about for years to come,” she added.
Kelli Stiber thinks that the television shows are such an influence because of the unique ideas they can bring.
“[The shows] usually show fancy ornate weddings and I think the brides are seeing that on TV and then they want to do that like in a small town like Williamsport,” Stiber said.
“We know how to handle bridezilla,” she said.
Athena Berkheiser of Tuxes-n-Tunes, however, disagreed.
“Wedding traditions or style tend to be influenced more by the region or area that the couples are from,” Berkheiser said. “The popular wedding shows are based on big-budget weddings in California, New York City or other big cities and have a lot of extravagance that we don’t normally see here in central Pennsylvania.”
Even cakes are influenced by these shows, according to the owner of Grammy Sue’s Cake and Cookies, Suzann Major.
“I do believe they have influence in some choices brides make,” Major said.
“As seen on TV” is what some brides are saying to planners, florists and caterers. With popular bridal shows like “Bridezilla” and “Rich Bride, Poor Bride,” couples can borrow ideas from the shows and make it their own.