Confetti
Either they’re really small or the guests will be eating cake for a long, long time.

Theatrical Release Date: 05/05/2006 (UK), 9/22/2006 (USA)
Director: Debbie Isitt
Cast: Martin Freeman, Jessica Stevenson, Olivia Colman, Robert Webb, Stephen Mangan, Meredith MacNeill

How far will people go, how much of their dignity will they risk, for a free wedding?

Weddings aren’t cheap these days unless you’re hammered and hit up a Las Vegas drive thru. That’s about the only way to keep your costs under a grand and most weddings cost ten or twenty times that.

There’s the dress, the make-up, the photos, the reception, the booze, the church, on and on and on, you’re hemorrhaging money.

In “Confetti”, a bridal magazine (oddly enough named Confetti) is holding a contest wherein three lucky couples will have their weddings paid for and the winner will be on the cover and win a house. Of course, to win each couple must come up with a unique wedding that will wow the judges and guests.

This film is made in a documentary style, as the audience is allowed to follow each couple’s progress to the altar and on the DVD, there’s even the option of seeing each different couple win the contest.

This sense of reality filmmaking is gimmicky and I think probably could have been ditched but oh well, that’s life.

The couples are vastly different from each other; one couple having a tennis themed wedding, another based on musicals and the third going with the nudist version of a matrimony ceremony.

Each have their own funny quirks and experience many of the same pitfalls I’m sure real weddings encounter. All of the actors do a wonderful job, from the couples themselves to their families to the Confetti magazine staff and I suppose the best way to describe this film is “British”.

The humor is decidedly from across the pond and if you find yourself unamused by most British films, then “Confetti” isn’t for you. However, if you like British humor and/or have ever been involved in planning a wedding, there’s a lot to like here.

I’m giving “Confetti” a 3 out of 5. I’m still not sure which couple I would really want to win the competition and one can either view it as a strength or weakness that the filmmakers don’t seem to pick a favorite either.

All I know is that the most important thing to me about weddings is whether it’s an open bar. If not, you can just shred my invitation now.