Four Weddings

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Voiceover: Steve 'Sparky' Parker


ITV Studios for Living, 6 July 2009 -

as Four 21st Birthday Parties, 17 May 2010

as Party Wars, 18 October 2010 - present


Doing for weddings what Come Dine with Me does for dinner parties, four brides attend and critique every aspect of each others weddings, with the bride who scores the highest winning an all expenses paid honeymoon.

We are first introduced to the four brides, who each give an overview of their upcoming wedding, and in particular details such as the venue and the dress that will later be marked by the other three brides. Oh, and the groom is briefly mentioned too. The other brides won't mark him later (although that could be an interesting twist for a future series). Following this, we see the four brides meet each other for the first time a few weeks before the weddings take place. Here each of them can tell their fellow brides a little about their wedding, and we get the first impressions from the others on their fellow brides plans. We then find out the budget of each wedding (nearly always a lot of money, occasionally enough to feed a small country for a few weeks).

We then move on to the first wedding. Over the course of ten minutes or so, we see highlights from both parts of the wedding day - the service and the reception - interspersed with comments and observations from the three guest brides. At the end of the night, the three guest brides score the wedding on the venue, the food, and the dress, each scored out of 10, and the overall presentation, scored out of 20, for a maximum possible score from the three brides of 150. The second series changed the scoring, with each bride giving each of the four aspects of the wedding a score out of 25. For each aspect of the wedding, the scores from each bride were then combined, and then averaged to give a total out of 25, resulting in an overall maximum possible score of 100. At this point however the viewers are only shown one or two of the scores, meaning they are unaware who has scored what, and what is the score to beat.

Repeat the above for the other three weddings, and we arrive at the finale. Here, the four brides meet once more at the airport, where they wait to see who has won the all expenses paid honeymoon. As they are seen exchanging pleasantries, we see pre-recorded videos of them each talking up their own wedding. After this, a limousine with blacked out windows draws up outside. The groom of the winning bride is inside the car, and as the groom enters the building, the winner is revealed. Following this, the score each bride received for each aspect of their wedding is revealed, before, to the happiness, and occasionally jealously of the other brides, the winner sets off with their new husband for their honeymoon.

Party Wars

In May 2010, Living piloted a variation on the format, swapping weddings for 21st birthday parties, under the entirely descriptive, but not remotely catchy title of, Four 21st Birthday Parties. A full series was commissioned in August 2010, taking in landmark birthdays of all ages, under the more succinct, but no more catchy title of Party Wars.


Graham and Ivy, whose naturist wedding was voted the best in the first episode of the second series, previously appeared on series 3 of Coach Trip, and would go on to make the final shortlist of 81 potential housemates for the 11th series of Big Brother.

Localised versions of the format have been produced in Belgium, Italy, Germany, and the United States, while the original UK version and the American version have been sold to broadcasters in at least 75 territories.


Devised by Amanda Wilson, Elliot Johnson, Danny Carvalho, and Peter Faherty.


Original music by James Banbury. The show's main theme is loosely based on "The Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's opera "Lohengrin".

See also

Weaver's Week review


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