Four Weddings

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To not be confused with Four Weddings and a Funeral, Four Weddings (Australia).
Four Weddings
Also known as Party Wars (2010)
Genre Lifestyle, Reality
Format Game show
Created by Elliot Johnson
Amanda Wilson
Danny Carvalho
Peter Faherty
Voices of Steve 'Sparky' Parker
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4 (Four Weddings)
1 (Party Wars)
No. of episodes 54 (Four Weddings)
9 (Party Wars)
Production
Running time 60mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) ITV Studios (2009-11)
Potato (2013-)
Distributor ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel Sky Living
Picture format 16:9 576i
Original run 6 July 2009 (2009-07-06) – present

Four Weddings is a lifestyle reality game show that has aired on Sky Living since 6 July 2009.

Format[edit]

It follows a similar style to Come Dine with Me and involves four brides/grooms attending each other's weddings and rating them on:

  • Dress (out of 30)
  • Venue (out of 30)
  • Food (out of 30)
  • Overall Experience (out of 30)

At the end of the show they discover which of the couples has won a luxury honeymoon. Viewers can also play online in the "Online wedding rater" and rate the weddings as they are shown for comparison with the rest of the public.

Other versions[edit]

  • An American version of the show, which debuted in early 2010, is broadcast on TLC. There are usually two seasons a year; the current season, season three, debuted on 7 January 2011. The format is similar to the British version, except that it involves brides only (with the groom of the winning bride presenting the prize), an experience score, and the maximum number of points are 120. An "originality" tie-breaker score of 1 to 100 was added after Season 3 Episode 7, "Four Weddings and a Shark Tank" which ended in a tie, both brides ultimately won a vacation. Only one perfect score of 10 (for experience) has been given to a bride by rival bride in Season 4, Ep. 3 "Four Weddings and a Bouncy House".
  • An Australian version of the show began airing on the Seven Network on 8 September 2010, hosted by Fifi Box. The first season used the American format and ran for only five episodes. The second season, featured eight episodes, using a new scoring system for brides, rating their opponents with only one overall score out of ten.
  • A Canadian version of the show started airing in January 2012 on the Slice Network. The format is similar to the other shows in that it pins 4 brides up against one another for the chance to win a dream honeymoon. The same format applies and the brides are judged based on venue, food, dress and the overall experience. It differs slightly from its American counterpart however, in that it tends to follow more of the U.K vibe, with lots of snarky and sarcastic undertones.
  • A Finnish version known as Neljät häät (Four Weddings) debuted in early spring 2011. It airs on Nelonen and follows the same format as the British version.
  • A German version known as 4 Hochzeiten und eine Traumreise (4 Weddings and one trip of a lifetime) premiered on 3 December 2012. The format is similar to the other version but the German adaption is a daily hour-long format; airing Monday to Friday as part of the Daytime of television network VOX. The four brides have their weddings each in one episode. The fifth show of the week is the finale. As of October 2013, more than 100 episodes have aired.
  • A French version under the name 4 Mariages pour 1 Lune de Miel (4 Weddings for 1 Honeymoon) is broadcast on TF1. It is currently in its second series.
  • A Romanian version titled 4 nunţi şi o provocare (Four Weddings and a Challenge) is announced to start on ProTV in fall 2013.

Transmissions[edit]

Four Weddings[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
6 July 2009
7 September 2009
10
2
29 March 2010
28 June 2010
13
3
9 November 2010
7 June 2011
18
4
27 June 2013
19 September 2013
13

Party Wars[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes Notes
Pilot 17 May 2010 1 as Four 21st Birthday Parties
1 18 October 2010 6 December 2010 8

Ratings[edit]

Episode Viewing figures from BARB.[1]

Series 1[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers Living Weekly Ranking
1
6 July 2009
412,000
1
2
13 July 2009
342,000
3
3
20 July 2009
4
27 July 2009
373,000
2
5
3 August 2009
443,000
1
6
10 August 2009
374,000
2
7
17 August 2009
372,000
2
8
24 August 2009
431,000
2
9
31 August 2009
395,000
2
10
7 September 2009
523,000
1

Series 2[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers Living Weekly Ranking
1
29 March 2010
357,000
6
2
5 April 2010
391,000
4
3
12 April 2010
458,000
4
4
19 April 2010
412,000
5
5
26 April 2010
366,000
6
6
3 May 2010
478,000
1
7
10 May 2010
378,000
3
8
24 May 2010
273,000
5
9
31 May 2010
329,000
6
10
7 June 2010
345,000
5
11
14 June 2010
391,000
1
12
21 June 2010
399,000
2
13
28 June 2010
525,000
1

Party Wars[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers Living Weekly Ranking
Pilot
17 May 2010
189,000
6
1
18 October 2010
203,000
9
2
25 October 2010
Under 162,000
Outside Top 10
3
1 November 2010
Under 135,000
Outside Top 10
4
8 November 2010
Under 169,000
Outside Top 10
5
15 November 2010
201,000
7
6
22 November 2010
Under 133,000
Outside Top 10
7
29 November 2010
Under 114,000
Outside Top 10
8
6 December 2010
137,000
7

Series 3[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers (Sky) Living Weekly Ranking
1
9 November 2010
185,000
8
2
16 November 2010
163,000
10
3
23 November 2010
155,000
7
4
30 November 2010
120,000
8
5
7 December 2010
177,000
5
6
14 December 2010
245,000
4
7
21 December 2010
163,000
4
8
28 March 2011
Under 188,000
Outside Top 10
9
4 April 2011
300,000
6
10
11 April 2011
246,000
6
11
18 April 2011
187,000
10
12
25 April 2011
204,000
7
13
2 May 2011
269,000
6
14
9 May 2011
161,000
10
15
16 May 2011
Under 180,000
Outside Top 10
16
23 May 2011
174,000
9
17
30 May 2011
Under 161,000
Outside Top 10
18
7 June 2011
Under 181,000
Outside Top 10

Series 4[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers Sky Living Weekly
1
27 June 2013
144,000
5
2
4 July 2013
Under 112,000
Outside Top 10
3
11 July 2013
123,000
7
4
18 July 2013
118,000
8
5
25 July 2013
196,000
5
6
1 August 2013
170,000
6
7
8 August 2013
179,000
5
8
15 August 2013
154,000
6
9
22 August 2013
118,000
10
10
29 August 2013
147,000
7
11
5 September 2013
122,000
8
12
12 September 2013
136,000
8
13
19 September 2013
153,000
5

Criticism[edit]

Some commentators have suggested that this show perpetuates class privilege, in that the highest scores are typically awarded for those weddings that cost the most. An informal study demonstrated that the highest scores correlated with the most expensive weddings. As a consequence, the rich were getting richer.[2] Four Weddings has not commented on the issue. In addition, some have criticized the show for an episode where the bride was a Pakistani American (thus having a wedding that had strong Pakistani themes, for example, Pakistani-style food, traditional Pakistani clothing for the bride and her party, etc), but was constantly referred to as being "Indian". The obvious differences between the two cultures and the fact that they were being confused took some viewers aback.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.barb.co.uk/
  2. ^ Jameson, Deirdre. "Four Weddings". USA Today Life Section. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 

External links[edit]