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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Anyone?


Has anyone ever watched this show? It's been airing on TLC for the last while, and I have to say that before watching this show, I actually never heard of an Irish Traveller/ Gypsy!

This was so fascinating to me, because I found out that the average age for an Irish Traveller girl to get married is 16, and before marriage, a girl is not allowed to walk around unattended nor is she allowed to date! 

This one lucky bride is 22 years old, and according to her, this is a very late age to get married!
Weddings are extravagant, with dresses weighing approximately 70 pounds, and banquet halls are superbly well decorated. 

That dress looks heavier than the bride!
I was in awe at the Irish Traveller culture. What do you think of this TV Show?
Aug 31, 2011 @ 09:19 am

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I have

but only ounce when I was flipping through the channels. The show I
watched they all live in tailor's, or mobile-homes that these young
girl's keep unbelievable clean. My tailor never looked as clean as the
one I saw on the show, but we used our for camping, not for living in.
Any how the part of the show I saw they were talking about how they go
to these dances. If a guy likes a girl, he cases after her, grabs her
and tries to kiss her so she knows he's interested in her. It looked to
me more like he was about to rape her and the poor girl was scared out
of her mind. My Grandma was from Ireland and I've never heard of this
before. Then again maybe that's why my Grandma ran away to live in
Canada when she was nineteen!! Any time I see it on the guide I think
its the movie and haven't watched it since the first time, but now that
you reminded me what the show is, I just might give it another look.

Aug 31, 2011 @ 09:36 am

Yes! I was confused by the title too.

Grabbing sounds like a scary thing to do. Similar to how guys will go after girls in a club!
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is such an addicting show, I couldn't stop watching it! They showed four back to back episodes last weekend, and my eyes were glued to the tv set!

Hahaha, I did think of Big Fat Greek Wedding first time around too. Have you watched it? I'm wondering whether or not it's worth watching...
Aug 31, 2011 @ 03:12 pm


I watched this show for the first time a few nights a go with a friend and I was so in awe of their life styles. I couldn't believe how heavy and how ridiculous their dresses were!!!
The confirmations for the travellers are like mini weddings too with crazy dresses and dancing into the night.
I tried not to judge these young child brides but it was hard not to! 16 years old and getting married? They hardly know how they are themselves.
@takoda- I was also struck by how crazy this whole 'grabbing' ritual is- doesn't seem fair to me.

I also found the fact that the young girls dress soooo provocatively yet they cannot drink, go out alone, dance or have premarital sex a bit confusing too.
Aug 31, 2011 @ 03:13 pm

Wowzers! An unescapable train wreck!

My husband can't even stop watching when we start! He says that the travellers are very like Jersey Shore people. We don't even watch Jersey Shore, but Snooki and company being everywhere gave him that idea. Their ideals are confusing to me, but interesting. I think the most interesting thing is how something so garish and tacky to us is glamorous and fabulous to them! I am bothered a bit about how some of the little girls reveal a little too much in what they wear sometimes and they way they dance.
Aug 31, 2011 @ 03:37 pm


I am addicted to this show!! They are really fascinating... and it is so contradictory that they dress so revealing but have such high morals. I have so many questions .. but little answers since they are so tight lipped about money and their lifestyle in general.Those dresses look like the cost a fortune so my question is where do they get all that money from
It is also sad to see that girls are brought up to be housewives. I wish they would let the girls dream bigger and have a career and not place emphasis solely on their duties as wives.
Aug 31, 2011 @ 04:58 pm

I've watched this a couple of times

I don't know. Their way of life sure is different than ours but I guess it's hard for me to understand why they do the things they do. For example, girls are married when they're 16 and it is usually to their cousins, which is incest. They're not allowed to have sex until they get married and have a lot of strict rules regarding that but at the same time, the girls dress in skimpy clothing and whenever they have a chance to meet other boys, they're grinding away with them.

I don't know how they afford such extravagant weddings since, correct me if I'm wrong, they don't really work. They live in trailers and they don't pay taxes. I heard a lot of things about how other people just hate them because they don't pay taxes. Anyways, if they don't have a sufficient income how do they afford things like that? If anyone know, please let me know to clear up some confusion.

The show is really interesting though! I'm glad TLC would air this. It really opens up my eyes to the world!
Aug 31, 2011 @ 05:25 pm

I watched the whole season ...

and loved it!

I think it's a little crazy to be judging them on their traditions - I could never live like that but it's what they know.

I also wondered about money and they did briefly talk about it in one episode - stating they fought each other for money but where do they get the money to bid. I would assume the men make their living by being labourers picking up whatever odd jobs they can here and there which is sufficient for their life style. I would assume to some of the women make items that are sold at local fairs and shops to again make odds and ends. I bet it's a lot easier to come across money than we know. As for not paying anything to the government something has to be paid. They couldn't park their trailers just anywhere - the "parks" they are in would require monthly rent that would go towards land taxes. I'm sure they do work under the table and that money is not claimed. But lets be honest they are not the only people do that. And not all of them are doing that so I don't think you can judge the whole group of travellers based on what a few people do. They showed some of the girls working in shops which would take regular taxes. Also some of the brides talked about their grooms and what they do and some were tradesman. This could bring work in under the table but in order to get their certificate they would have at one time had to work for an established company to get their credentials. At least in Canada that's required.

As for incest the couples that I watched on the show not once did they every mention being related. But I'm sure that's something they wouldn't. But I'm sure they are not the only social group doing this.
Aug 31, 2011 @ 06:31 pm

I love this show!

Ive seen them all.My friend that lives in England had told me about this show when it aired in England I was so happy to discover it made it to Canada tv :)
Aug 31, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

It's a very fascinating culture!

I wouldn't judge them on their culture, I just find it very fascinating that what our social convention finds "wrong", another culture might think otherwise. It's basically saying that evil is a spectrum, rather than white and black!
Sep 01, 2011 @ 05:12 pm


I'm addicted to this show also! How could you not watch in awe? I honestly think the dresses and parties and lifestyle is a bit tacky but I love how into the dresses and weddings they all get. It seems like one big party after another. I'm sure they are so harshly judged and it is not right for them to have to hide themselves. It must be pretty difficult though as they are so over-the-top.
Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

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