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Brides of Beverly Hills was a reality TV series that aired on TLC from October 28, 2011, to January 20, 2012, that showcased the high-end world of wedding dress shopping in Beverly Hills, California. The show followed the lives of bridal consultant Renée Strauss and her team at the Renée Strauss for the Bride salon as they worked with affluent brides-to-be to find their dream dresses.
The show premiered with an opening montage of the glamorous Beverly Hills lifestyle, showcasing extravagant mansions, high-end shops, and expensive cars. The camera then zooms in on the Renée Strauss for the Bride salon located on Rodeo Drive, one of the most upscale shopping districts in the world. The salon is a bridal heaven, offering a vast selection of luxurious wedding gowns with extravagant price tags ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.
Each episode of the show featured a different bride-to-be, each with their own unique style, personality, and budget. Some brides-to-be came into the salon with celebrity status, including Las Vegas headliners, NFL cheerleaders, and the daughter of a famous politician. The show's focus was on the fitting experience each bride was having, showcasing the opinions of the bride, her mother, sisters, bridesmaids, and friends with the bridal consultants. The fittings were filled with emotions, tears, laughter, and moments of decision making.
The show's central theme revolved around the bride's desire to find that special gown that would make her feel beautiful, glamorous, and unique on her big day. The sales consultants were shown as having expert knowledge of the dresses, the cuts, and the fabrics. They demonstrated keen listening skills as they worked to understand each bride's vision for their dream dress. Renee in particular was known for picking out dresses that the brides wouldn't have originally considered but that were not too far out of their boundaries.
The show also focused on the challenges of working with brides who had larger budgets and those who had made appointments without a budgetary upper limit. In one episode, the team at Renée Strauss for the Bride worked with a bride-to-be whose father had given her no budget limit to find her perfect dress. This task proved challenging as they navigated around her non-negotiable expectations of a top-quality dress with no financial limit. In contrast, the show also showcased a non-profit organisation that provided low-income brides with a wedding dress and played a small role in getting brides from all financial circumstances a fitting wedding dress.
Overall, the series brought viewers into the world of high-end bridal shopping, which is not an experience many people can relate to. The show did an excellent job of showcasing the emotional ties that a bride has to her wedding dress, capturing the joy, confusion, happiness, and tears that came with the fitting. The series offered a glimpse into how bridal consultants work and the special relationships they build with their clients.
Brides of Beverly Hills aired for only one season, running for 15 episodes. Despite the short run, the show received favourable ratings and was praised for its entertainment value. The show was a spin-off of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. It was not renewed for a second season, but its legacy remains as a piece of TV history that showcased the opulent world of Beverly Hills weddings.
Brides of Beverly Hills is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (28 episodes). The series first aired on October 28, 2011.