This reality series has all the elements of magical weddings, but it lacks magic.
Netflix series The Big Day season 2 was released on the streaming platform on April 7, 2021.
It feels like I’ve experienced whiplash. After watching a relatable series on Netflix (The Wedding Coach), this series is the polar opposite. From the average to the privileged — The Big Day brings more extravagant, fairytale Indian weddings while continuing to recognise the loving difference between cultures. It’s evident that the opportunity to embrace traditions and a different “way of life” is the cornerstone of this series. The Big Day brings forward a range of different, sweet & loving couples that are put on a platform to sell their relationship.
The only issue with The Big Day season 2 is that despite the glam and glitter, it’s not particularly special — Netflix’s second commission of the series reveals a mundane, routine and repetitive experience. Unfortunately, reality series thrive on conceptual entertainment — humans fall for it — we need to be energised — we need to feel that when Netflix’s “Next Episode” button comes up, we can confidently let it play automatically without worrying about the time. This reality series has all the elements of magical weddings, but it lacks magic.
And that’s why I’ve experienced a little whiplash — The Wedding Coach stripped away all the bullshit and gave the truth behind weddings — for the average folk, they are stressful. We live in an Instagram world where the wealthier like to pretend that stress does not hinder them, but surely, weddings that are showcased in The Big Day must have some dramas. We need to strip away the facade and be truthful about what weddings are about, no matter how extravagant or dull they are.
I’m sure the hopeless romantics will enjoy this series and ponder whether they’ll meet someone one day where they can feature on a romantic Netflix series and sell this “ideal” reality that doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, it’s just not for me.