Say I Do

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Interior designer Jeremiah Brent, chef Gabriele Bertaccini and fashion designer Thai Nguyen in 'Say I Do.'
Interior designer Jeremiah Brent, chef Gabriele Bertaccini and fashion designer Thai Nguyen in 'Say I Do.'
Netflix

OUR RATING

5/5 Stars

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: 

Say I Do features deserving couples who always intended to marry but, for one reason or another, were never able to make their big day a reality. Interior designer Jeremiah Brent, fashion designer Thai Nguyen and chef Gabriele Bertaccini make the couples' dream weddings come to life. Say I Do dives into the love stories of these couples and finds out what matters most to them when they tie the knot. The three experts help grooms with plans to surprise their spouses-to-be with personalised proposals, followed by their dream weddings... that very weekend! 

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

I'm a sucker for a good love story. I love weddings, as long as I don't have to plan it. This is why I love Say I Do, which is, simply put, Queer Eye for weddings. Which makes a lot of sense when you discover that this show is from the creators of Queer Eye. Our Fab Three, in this case, are Thai (fashion), Gabriele (food and drinks) and Jeremiah (reception décor).

All the couples on this show have something that has been holding them back from tying the knot, and the boys help them with that. The premise is simple; one half of a couple thinks that they're on a show about their love story. In the meantime, their partner is scheming with Jeremiah, Gabriele and Thai to propose and pull off a wedding - in a week. This all gets sprung on the unsuspecting partner with an "Oh, and we're getting married this weekend!" But don't fret, the couple's three gay angels have got this all sorted and are there to oversee everything.

Now please indulge me for a paragraph while I gush about Jeremiah Brent. Jeremiah is an interior designer by trade and has another show called Nate and Jeremiah by Design where he and his husband fix up people's houses. He has such a great eye for design and for bringing a reception together the way  couples want. He's also the glue that holds this trio together. He's warm, empathetic and hilarious, and honestly, you just want to hug him all the time. He's also very handsome. Do with that what you will.

But back to the show. During the first episode, I was worried that it would be a bit cheesy and would try too hard to emulate Queer Eye. But they find their own voice pretty quickly and soon you are crying along with the contestants because life is hard and sometimes you just need a break.

Thai creates beautiful dresses for the brides and classy suits for the grooms by interpreting the themes and their personalities so well. I think my favourite was what he created for Nikko and Amber in Episode 3. The three experts work so beautifully together. Jeremiah pulled off the entrance for that wedding so that the effects of the outfits were really shown off.

This show is not only about style, food, and decor. More importantly, it's about connections and building a good life. Important issues such as mental health, self-discovery, self-esteem and acceptance are addressed and help the couples in positive ways.

The same way in which Queer Eye is not just a makeover show, Say I Do is not just a show about weddings. It truly is a feel-good show that makes the dumpster fire that is 2020 a little more bearable.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

WATCH IT NOW ON NETFLIX

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