“For years, I have worked within various Gypsy communities as a designer, creating custom dresses and outfits to celebrate many of life’s momentous occasions,” says Sondra Celli, the show’s go-to dressmaker, of her loyal clientele. “I have dressed children from birth to adulthood, replacing baptismal gowns for bridal gowns. Over time, many became friends and allowed me the opportunity to experience their culture firsthand. I have attended their parties and been invited into their homes. I know them to be extremely hospitable, fiercely loyal, possess strong family ties and an amazing zest for life. Viewers can’t get enough of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding because, as outsiders, the Gypsy culture is relatively unknown to them. The show provides viewers with glimpses of the culture from family life and faith to relationships and celebrations.”
Best Culture “Crash Course” On TV — Winner: My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Sister Wives/TLC 23%
Amish: Out of Order/NGC 22%
American Colony: Meet the Hutterites/NGC 10%
Shahs of Sunset/Bravo 8%
Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.
Channel Guide Magazine, the only monthly print and online publication dedicated to making finding what to watch on TV fast and entertaining, published the ballot for its first-annual Viewer’s Voice Awards in August 2012. Fans across the country cast their votes for the best and worst in cable TV in a variety of unusual categories.
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding photo: Credit: TLC