It takes a very trusting bride-to-be to put her big day in the hands of her groom. And no matter how good his intentions, things don’t always go to plan.
Don’t Tell The Bride moves to a prime-time slot on BBC One tonight, in preparation for BBC3’s switch to online-only, following in the footsteps of shows like Gavin & Stacey and Little Britain to make the channel leap.
A soon-to-be-hitched couple agree not to see each other for three weeks. Meanwhile, the husband-to-be (with a bit of help or hindrance from his best man) is given £14,000 to organise an entire wedding, including the event and dress for his in-the-dark bride, as well as the hen and stag parties.
To reflect its channel move, the Bafta-nominated series is focusing on a slightly older generation of bridezillas and their hapless grooms for the reboot, meaning many of the couples featured are likely to already have children or even grandchildren.
Over the next few weeks there will be episodes featuring a Guns N’ Roses-themed day, a theatrical cruise ship wedding, a movie premiere-inspired day and a London nightclub event, all featuring brides aged between 30 and 55.
Tonight’s opening edition focuses on bride-to-be Jenni and her doting fiance Andrew from Shillington, Bedfordshire.
Jenni is one of life’s romantics, but her confidence has been knocked by a disability caused by pregnancy. As her dutiful carer, Andrew’s romantic side seems to have fallen by the wayside as everyday demands take their toll.
However, with three weeks’ worth of planning and £14,000 to work with, Andrew is now planning a fun-filled, big top-themed wedding to give them both a break from their troubled lives.
Can he pull it off? And will Jenni’s trust in her man be justified?