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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is a show currently airing on TLC. The show is a reality based program that follows gypsies as they prepare for weddings in their tradition. A typical show begins with a couple as they begin the planning for the wedding and traditionally end with the wedding itself. The show was originally developed in the United Kingdom, where the customs are prevalent.

The show aims to educate individuals about the gypsies and their culture. The gypsies have specific terms and customs that most viewers will be unfamiliar with. Through the show, viewers will learn how the gypsies, or Romani (pronounced like rummy) as they call themselves, live alongside modern culture but traditionally consider themselves separate. They have a number of traditions pertaining to their weddings including dress selection, family approval of a wedding ceremony and who can make decisions for family members. For example, it is considered acceptable in Romani culture to become engaged as early as fourteen years old. Through the show, viewers are given a glimpse into the differences between mainstream and Romney and will learn about the unique challenges they face in trying to maintain their culture in a constantly evolving world.

The show challenges most of the urban myths that surround modern gypsy culture providing the viewer with a more realistic view of a culture they might not be exposed to otherwise. The show aims to entertain as well as educate. Many of the situations the bride and groom encounter can be considered comical, but there are also serious and heart touching moments in the show where the Romani will encounter bias against their culture and roadblocks when they do not understand society's laws. In the end, couples will fight to ensure love conquers all.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (19 episodes). The series first aired on February 18, 2010.

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Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on TLC
3 Seasons, 19 Episodes
February 18, 2010
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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Full Episode Guide

  • Christmas is an important time of year for the gyspy community, as they set aside their worries and celebrate. The show features some travelers enjoying the sun in Tenerife, a festive 18th birthday, and a spectacular winter wedding.

  • Thelma Madine takes a look back at some of the wedding dresses she has created for different Gypsy weddings.

  • As grand as the Royal event itself, a very unique wedding took place in Peterborough between Irish Travellers Mary and Paddy. 23 year old Mary courted her groom Paddy for three years before marrying him and she's the star of the one-off special, "My Bigger Fatter Gypsy Wedding." Mary had grandiose ideas about what she wanted for her special day and, like most brides, she confessed that she'd been dreaming of her wedding day for years. Making the day extraordinary for the couple was the job of dressmaker Thelma Madine and her team. They were tasked to pull off a Bigger Fatter Gypsy Wedding that would rival the Royal wedding of William and Kate in the glitz and glamour stakes...in just three weeks.

  • Nearly two years after being "grabbed - by John," an Irish Traveller ritual in which a boy indicates his romantic interest in a girl - Cheyenne is preparing to walk down the aisle with the seventeen-year-old.

  • Irish traveller Freda has grown up alongside non-travellers, but now that she is about to be married, she feels strongly about returning to her traveller roots.

  • Reputation is everything and Irish traveller Rosanne is forced to get married to save her reputation after she has been caught spending time alone with her husband to be.

  • Fifteen-year-old Santana is expected to follow strict rules for girls within the gypsy community. She no longer goes to school and spends a lot of her time cleaning the family chalet. Alice is twelve and left school at the end of primary and now works at her dad's horse fair. Her friend Angel has decided to stay on at school and plans to take her GCSEs.

  • Danielle is determined to live her life in a traditional way and at just 15 is planning to get married to 20-year-old Brendan. Ambrose breaks the law when he takes his horse and trap out to practice.

  • The series takes a look at the now infamous 'gypsy look' and the effort and money it takes to get it correct. The show discovers what inspired the pineapple and palm tree-themed dresses at Thelma's most flamboyant wedding so far. Sammy Jo takes part in a traveller-only beauty pageant.

  • This special episode follows the celebrations and traditions of members of the Irish traveller community at Christmas.

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