Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Series 1 - 1. Born to Be Wed

Born to Be Wed
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Traveller girl Delores is preparing for her wedding in the small Irish town of Rathkeale, where “wedding season” can see up to ten gypsy weddings a week. Her prenuptial party dress is based around a palm-trees-and-pineapple theme so Delores and her best friend, as they totter into a waiting limo, look like two flamenco dancers who have crashed into a greenhouse.

As this award-winning/ratings hit/cultural phenomenon returns, the dresses are just as outrageous as ever; huge sequinned puffball clouds crossed with diamante prisons that swamp the wearer as she strives to have the biggest and best. Delores has cat shapes picked out in rhinestones on her gargantuan wedding gown and all the girl guests are primped and spray-tanned in their teeny-weeny outfits.

They start young; nine-year-old Nangirl is getting dolled up for her first holy communion. What’s the most important part of the day, she is asked: “My dress... and receiving Jesus Christ.”

About this programme

1/5. First episode of the documentary series that explores the often extravagant and surprising world of gypsies and travellers in Britain, focusing on rite-of-passage celebrations to reveal the community's attitudes toward gender roles, education and outsiders. It begins with a look at the milestones in a gypsy girl's life, highlighting an eight-year-old's First Holy Communion and the spectacular wedding of a couple who met four months previously.

Cast and crew


Executive Producer
Jes Wilkins
Series Producer
Vicky Hamburger