I have to confess that Channel 4’s fly on the wall documentary, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings has been my guilty pleasure since the day I discovered it, please don’t judge me, I’ve heard that Brad Pitt is obsessed with the programme as well so if you’re judging me which means you’re judging Mr Pitt, how dare you to judge Mr Pitt? To be honest, I don’t even know why I’m watching it. The series are filled with young gypsy women wear outrageous custom-made wedding dresses (in previous series, I even saw a bride wore a wedding dress decorated with fair lights, she lit up like a Christmas tree), fake tans, fake nails, sparkling crystals. I thought I was a true magpie before ( I’ve got a crystal encrusted iPhone cover) but dear, wait until you see these gypsy girls, I seriously think that they are single-handedly supporting the crystal production business in the whole wide world. This is trashy TV at its best, I’m none of these things like gypsy girls, I hope but yet, my eyes can’t move away from the TV, someone stops me please, or maybe don’t.
The new series starts with an Irish traveller, Dolores ordered a pineapple and a palm tree dress for her and her sister to wear for the hen party. She then ordered a cat wedding dress, yes, you heard it right the first time, it’s a cat wedding dress that it’s custom-made, the dress is encrusted with crystals and it has Baby Phat logo cat all over the dress. They never revealed the cost of the wedding dresses for the brides, in fact, they guard it as a secret but bear this in mind, the gypsy girls always go to this famous wedding dress-maker in Manchester for their wedding dresses. I noticed at previous series, the owner of the shop was driving an average car, delivering the wedding dress o her clients then from this new series, she’s driving a BMW X5 now. My estimate for each wedding dress is minimum £5000. Maybe I should open a wedding dress shop for gypsy girls as well. Let’s go back to the bride Dolores who was travelling through Europe with her family for business before the wedding ( never said what sort of business though). The family has three Porsche and Dolores wears crystal encrusted Bvlgari sunglasses. Dolores’s wedding was hosted in her home town in Rathkeale in Ireland, apparently Rathkeale is second richest town in Ireland with its 50% of population are gypsies. But the impressions weren’t over as she had ordered a cake that was just as outrageous as her dress. Being made in North Wales, the sugary treat was made to fit in with the feline theme and featured ten tiers as well as 14 smaller versions of the main cake that would surround it at the wedding reception.
The new series also featured a beauty contest especially for gypsy girls. Sammy Jo, 16 was one of the contestants. In preparation for the contest, Sammy went to a tanning salon for some sun bed. When asked if she’s concerned about getting skin cancer from using too much sun bed. Her answer was quite controversial, ‘If i knew someone that got it I would cut it down a bit more, but at the end of the day if I get cancer, I get cancer – at least I’ll look good.’ Yes, dear, that’s the spirit! The beauty contest was judged by two local hairdressers, the organiser’s wife and someone from a talent agency. Sammy didn’t win in her super sexy outfit, they settled on crowning Romany gypsy, Montana, the winner but this caused a bit of outrage among the other contestants, complaining that her outfit was boring and her make-up too simple. Well, just another normal day in a gypsy girl’s life!
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