LuAnn and Tom proved everyone wrong after Bravo cameras captured their wedding for an episode of The Real Housewives of New York City
called "A Countess No More." But after watching LuAnn defend her relationship to her costars, her family and all the viewers at home for a season and a half -- did the wedding live up to the hype?
Ever since LuAnn announced she was dating Tom (and we found out Ramona and Sonja dated him too), almost every episode of RHONY
has been about Tom. The women have laughed about Tom, cried over Tom, exposed Tom's cheating, stalked Tom and made it their mission in life to stop LuAnn from marrying Tom. So how come seeing LuAnn walk down the aisle and become Mrs. D'Agostino was so uneventful?
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The most disappointing part of LuAnn and Tom's wedding was we didn't get to see very much of it. The wedding was a short segment during the episode -- just a little over 4 minutes -- and Bravo viewers are used to getting an all-access pass. In the past, Real Housewives have had specials dedicated to their trips to the altar. Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta
had a five-part special called Kandi's Wedding
when she married Todd. Tamra Judge from The Real Housewives of OC
had a similar miniseries called Tamra's OC Wedding
a few years ago.
Other housewives like Kim Zolciak-Biermann and LuAnn's costar Bethenny Frankel had spinoffs, Don't Be Tardy
and Bethenny Ever After
, respectively, that lasted multiple seasons when they announced their engagements. And even if there isn't a special or spinoff, there is usually at least a two-part episode during the season (Katie and Tom on Vanderpump Rules
is a recent example) to appropriately feature the Bravolebrities' nuptials.
To be fair, the glimpse into LuAnn's wedding we did see was very entertaining. From Dorinda showing up late and tipsy without her bridesmaid's dress, to cameos from Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon, to a Marilyn Monroe lookalike randomly popping out of a cake -- it had the potential to be a Real Housewives
wedding at its finest. However, all it really did was leave the fans wanting more.
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Instead of seeing more of LuAnn and Tom's actual wedding, the majority of the episode was dedicated to a "second wedding reception" back in New York with all of the guests who were not invited to the real wedding in Palm Springs. The idea of a second reception had promise, but instead, it was in an empty room with no decorations, no pictures and no open bar. Tinsley's 23-year-old date was forced to drink wine, and viewers were forced to watch Dorinda try to explain what took place at the real reception.
Furthermore, while I understand why LuAnn left the majority of her costars off of the wedding guest list (they weren't exactly supportive), a part of me thinks that Bravo should have made her invite the ladies. After all of the drama with LuAnn and Tom's relationship, I would have given anything for the camera to pan to Bethenny's face when Tom vowed to remain faithful, or watch Sonja get drunk and whisper dirty details of her relationship with Tom to Ramona during the cocktail party. Plus, imagine seeing everyone reunite with Jill and Kelly! This episode had the potential to be "Scary Island" part two, but instead, the only thing scary about it was watching Ramona get validation from Avery's 21-year-old friends.
What did you think of Tom and LuAnn's wedding? Do you wish you saw more of the Countess' big day after all of the hype? Tell us what you think in the comments!
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