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[11/20/09 - 09:18 AM]
We TV's Popular Series Platinum Weddings Returns with New Episodes Sunday, January 3rd at 9pm ET/PT
10 new half-hour episodes will roll out early next year.

[via press release from WE: Women's Entertainment]

LUXURY, STYLE AND D�COR ARE MUST HAVES FOR THESE BRIDES AND GROOMS AS THEY CREATE THEIR DREAM WEDDINGS

WE tv's Popular Series PLATINUM WEDDINGS Returns with New Episodes Sunday, January 3rd at 9pm ET/PT

Black Eyed Peas Guitarist Treats Guests, including Fergie, to Lavish Mexican Getaway Complete with Underwater Adventure and Rocking Welcome Party

Season 4 Brings All-New Weddings Including, a 4-Million Dollar Wedding Village Retreat, a Cuban Infused Extravaganza and the Baseball Inspired Wedding of Hall-Of-Famer, Tony Gwynn's Daughter

New York, November 18, 2009 � The economic downturn hasn't hurt the budgets of these "want-it-all" brides and grooms. Sunday, January 3rd at 9pm ET/PT, season four of PLATINUM WEDDINGS returns with all-new half hour episodes featuring one-of-a-kind weddings that come with price tags no less than six figures. Witness the weddings of baseball royalty � with a nod to the baseball diamond � a bride who adorns herself in over a million dollars worth of diamonds, a Black-Eyed-Peas guitarist who treats his guests to a leisurely swim with sharks, and a very fortunate daughter whose father spares no expense for her wedding � including building a $4-million dollar wedding village complete with a high-tech reception ballroom, luxury suites for the bridal party, a courtyard for cocktail hour and much more. No matter the cost, the extravagance for these couples is at an all time high.

Below is an overview of this season's episodes that promise more extraordinary, lush and decadent weddings.

SEASON PREMIERE

EPISODE 1: NAOMI & GEORGE

PREMIERES SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 AT 9:00 � 9:30PM ET/PT

The guests of a Black Eyed Peas guitarist and a Hollywood hairstylist are in for an adventure of a lifetime when the couple whisks them away to Mexico. Naomi and George have several events planned at the lush Xcaret eco park, from a rocking welcome party and swimming with sharks, to the wedding itself. The $350,000 ceremony will have a very Spanish feel in its ancient open-air chapel, complete with bridesmaids in purple charmeuse gowns and red roses in their hair, flanking the gorgeous bride with a custom peineta (Spanish comb) holding her veil in place. It will be followed by an incredible reception in a cave that's vibrantly decked out in reds and purples. Join Fergie as she congratulates the happy couple in this adventure filled episode.

SEASON PREMIERE

EPISODE 2: NATASHA & RAFFIE

PREMIERES SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 AT 9:30 � 10:00PM ET/PT

The jewels, the food, the Ricardo Luna designs, the couple themselves; they're all stunners at this Southern California extravaganza. Natasha and Raffie start their journey to wedded bliss with a $115,000 diamond engagement ring and $30,000 invitations followed by a wedding modeled after Donald Trump. Taking place at the Four Seasons hotel in California, no expense is spared including an enormous floral budget, a six person band and DJ, and a four-course meal complete with lobster bisque soup, rock shrimp pan-seared striped bass and more. Topping it all off with a 7'tall ice sculpture, this couple proves there's no limit to their happiness.

EPISODE 3: LIANA & TAL

PREMIERES SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 AT 9:00 � 9:30PM ET/PT

Nothing is too extravagant for these Los Angeles movers and shakers, not even the groom's gift to the bride of a luxury, pearlescent SUV with matching pearl necklace and earrings. To date, Liana and Tal have the deepest guest list we've seen. Guests include Governor Gray Davis, who will marry the couple, the Mayor of Burbank, several council members, a slew of international CEO's and many more. With a $500,000 dollar budget, the political elite are sure to be impressed with this wedding.

EPIOSDE 4: CANDES & MILAN

PREMIERES SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 9:00 � 9:30PM ET/PT

An idyllic Hawaiian island provides the perfect setting for a romantic tropical wedding between former Miss Hawaii, Candes and European chef, Milan. Guests will be treated to a main course created by the groom along with a 4-tiered pineapple sponge cake, while the bride will amaze in a gorgeous mermaid silhouette wedding gown. With a $60,000 floral budget and a 4.5 carat diamond ring for the bride, this celebrated Hawaiian couple will ease into wedded bliss in this tropical paradise.

EPISODE 5: MARIA & CHRIS

PREMIERES SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 AT 9:00 � 9:30PM ET/PT

Maria and Chris celebrate their nuptials with multiple events at the highly secluded and private South Seas Island Resort off the coast of Florida. Pre-ceremony events will include a golf tournament for their guests, afternoon spa treatments and an exotic Caribbean themed welcome party. With a half-million dollar budget, the wedding itself is Chic Island Elegance, with green and white d�cor and amber lighting. Orchid chandeliers, glittering carved ice elements, and a Miami club themed after party will captivate their guests.

EPISODE 6: ANISHA & KENNARD

PREMIERES SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 AT 9:00 � 9:30PM ET/PT

When the daughter of baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn marries a young ball player, the celebration is bound to be a home run! The bride proudly ties all aspects of her wedding to the family's love of the game. In a nod to the baseball diamond, she exclusively wears diamond jewelry � $1.35 million dollars worth! Throughout the ceremony and reception will be dozens of dramatic, large, pav� yellow rose balls, evoking the image of baseballs. The cocktail hour ball game food is given a touch of glam � like Kobe beef sliders and petite French fries made with truffle oil. The groom's cake fits the theme to a T, looking so much like an actual baseball glove that it's almost a shame to eat it. Batter-up for this one-of-a-kind event.

EPISODE 7: CHRISTINE & JONATHAN

PREMIERES SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 9:00 � 9:30PM ET/PT

Jonathan has big shoes to fill for his bride-to-be Christine. When she can't find the perfect chapel for her wedding, her father builds her one! And he doesn't stop there - he creates an entire $4 million dollar wedding village, including a high-tech reception ballroom, a perfect courtyard for cocktail hour, luxe suites for the bridal party, a jewelry store and a spa for pre-wedding pampering. For Christine's special day, she and her designer will fill the ballroom and chapel with a romantic secret garden look, highlighted by manzanita wood centerpieces dripping with hydrangeas and orchids. The evening will round out with gourmet dinner stations and a whimsical "Mad hatter" style wedding cake. The perfect wedding day for Daddy's little girl.

EPISODE 8: MARIA & TOM

PREMIERES SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 AT 9:00 � 9:30PM ET/PT

Maria and Tom's unique Celtic themed wedding, complete with thrones for the newlyweds is just the beginning for these lavish nuptials on the Annapolis waterfront. With a $240,000 dollar budget, no expense is too much for our bride and groom as their guests enjoy musical performances, a custom hand painted dance floor and flowers totaling $20,000 dollars. It's the luck of the Irish at this wedding to remember.

EPISODE 9: NATALIE & BOB

PREMIERES SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 AT 9:00 � 9:30PM ET/PT

A library will never look as breathtaking as Sacramento's Tsakopoulos Library will look decked out in Natalie and Bob's wedding d�cor. The soaring space will be draped in 48-yard-long panels of red fabric, and underneath will be exquisite tablescapes of silver-edged place settings and centerpieces created from 20 types of red flowers. This fun-loving couple will spare no expense for their $1.25 million dollar wedding. With an architectural lighting director on hand to make sure the sparkle from the brides' $1 million dollars worth of wedding day jewelry hits the light just right, the couple will treat their guests to a gourmet meal, and their very own photo shoot.

EPISODE 10: CRISTINA & JORGE

PREMIERES SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 AT 9:00 � 9:30PM ET/PT

Two elements characterize the wedding of Cristina and Jorge - their Cuban heritage and perfectly executed pops of color. It's important to the couple that the food is incredible, and since they're in South Beach, Florida, their chef will incorporate Cuban spices and fruits into a steak and lobster dinner to create a modern "Floribbean" feast. The d�cor will include crystal-filled vases topped with a stunning cube-shaped design of 600 bright pink flowers per centerpiece. The one-of-a-kind wedding cake will be complete with layers of cake draped in black fondant fronted with fuchsia and white rectangles, with alternating layers of acrylic boxes filled with crystals! Two wedding gowns for the bride, a 100 ft. hand painted monogrammed runner and a surprise 10-minute fireworks display, will help Cristina and Jorge set South Beach ablaze with unmatched opulence.

PLATINUM WEDDINGS is produced for WE tv by Film Garden. For WE tv, the series Executive Producer is Danielle Ostroske.

THROW A PLATINUM WEDDING ON A BUDGET AT www.WETV.COM

Visit wetv.com/platinumweddings to learn how to throw a Platinum Wedding on a budget. View video from the experts who will provide tips and tricks for the budget-conscious couple to bring out their very own platinum style. Viewers can also find exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of our platinum brides and grooms and their wedding day. Enjoy first-hand accounts of the planning of their big day by reading blogs from the brides and grooms and enjoy exclusive photo galleries of the extravagance that is Platinum Weddings.

About WE tv

WE tv (http://www.wetv.com), a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, is the premier source for women looking to satisfy their curiosity with fascinating, original stories and entertaining, fresh content that is relevant to key stages of their lives. Available in more than 74 million homes, WE tv's programming offers viewers compelling perspectives on women's lives ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, presented in a non-judgmental voice. The network's originals such as the provocative signature series Bridezillas; and critically acclaimed, viewer favorites The Locator � the network's most watched series ever, Secret Lives of Women, Amazing Wedding Cakes and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, allow viewers to observe and become emotionally involved in the real-life stories of everyday women. WE tv is available in HD and WE tv On Demand is available in more than 30 million homes.

WE tv's public affairs initiative, WE Empowers Women, is dedicated to creating programs that foster and celebrate women's strength, confidence and diversity. The network's newest initiative, WE Volunteer (http://www.wevolunteer.tv), motivates women to become more involved in their communities by connecting them with local causes that they are passionate about and encouraging them to volunteer. One day of community service can make a difference in someone else's life.





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