A Very ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Wedding

A Very ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Wedding

Some people never learn … how else to explain why Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo would possibly sign on to do another reality show after she came off looking like a giant bubb (as in “bubbies”) in an episode of VH1’s 2007 Bridezillas-ish reality series Fabulous Life Presents: My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding?

The episode, which airs this weekend on WE (Sunday, July 5, 3:30PM ET), finds Dina planning her wedding to Tommy Manzo (whose brother is his business partner and the husband of Dina’s sister and Housewives co-star Caroline Manzo).

During the over-the-top (and we’re talkin’ over-the-top Joisey-girl style) episode, Dina’s 400-person guest list and $500,000 budget begins to spiral out of control as she orders up a “huge-ass cake,” considers a $10,000 gown to be a bargain and wants to give each of her guests a $500 crystal butterfly (which should have been our first hint – if we’ve learned nothing else from Mariah Carey, we know that adult women who are that into butterflies, well, they tend to be … high strung, shall we say?).

Among other moments that make the show worth watching, TiVoing and watching again and again as we wait for Real Housewives of New Jersey season two:

– Caroline, gown shopping with Dina, turning down one perfectly elegant gown by telling the sales associate that Dina needs more “spah-kle, she needs sat-in.” That’s “sparkle” and “satin” for those translating at home

– Dina, while trying on dresses, nixes one option because of her “bubbies”

– Dina shares that Tommy cheated on her a couple of times, and has to be punished. Is his punishment the exorbitant cost of the wedding, or the marriage itself? Only Tommy can really answer that

– Tommy begins whining about the amount of money Dina’s spending – rightfully so, as the floral budget alone was blowing past $250,000 – but then keeps randomly adding people to their 400-person guest list. And he was doing it by photocopying their formal invitation and passing it out. Now that’s clah-ssy

Really, it’s appointment viewing this weekend. Sunday is my birthday, and I’m considering this a nice little present from WE.

In other RHONJ news:
– The women, sans Danielle Staub, appeared on Live with Regis & Kelly today, where Jacqueline Laurita confirmed again that she is no longer friends with Teresa Giudice‘s favorite “prostitution whore” Danielle

– Danielle’s ex-husband tells Star mag that he fears for her life, because she was allegedly involved with helping to send a couple of big-time drug baddies to the slammer

– SoapNet has a clip of Danielle’s short 2001 stint on All My Children, in which she shared a scene with hunky future Fergie hubby Josh Duhamel

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