(Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures but this was the best VH1.com had to offer.)
Here is the link to the video if you would like to watch it before reading the recap: http://www.vh1.com/video/my-big-fat-fabulous-wedding/full-episodes/my-big-fat-fabulous-wedding-dina-and-tommy/1562895/playlist.jhtml?xrs=share_twitter
It’s two minutes into the show and Dina is already admitting that Tommy is too busy to have a conversation with her. Busy with what? He runs a catering hall, not the country. Even the President finds time to have a family. Tommy isn’t busy, he just doesn’t like her.
I wonder if it was seeing herself on this show that inspired her to hire a beauty team before being filmed for The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Dina decides to stalk Tommy down at the Brownstone and try to get him to talk about the wedding. After about 5 minutes of following him around he finally realizes she is in the room. She asks him if he has time for wedding stuff and without missing a beat he says “No, absolutely not.”
Dina tries to tell him he’s lucky that she loves him but she doesn’t even have a chance to finish her sentence before he is pulling out his cell phone (which didn’t even ring btw) and looking for any excuse to end this conversation.
Dina tells Tommy that no other woman would put up with his crap the way she does. It’s true that Dina is a special brand of door mat, but Tommy knows he didn’t win any prize. He laughs and reminds her that he can get any girl he wants “Just bring out the check book. A lot of girls would put up with it.” He has a big smile on his face as he says it. Dina can’t say anything because she knows it’s true.
Dina says that since she is a designer by trade she is very picky. “Picky” is probably the exact opposite of the word I would use to describe Dina. She certainly isn’t picky when it comes to men, and as far as decorating goes; I dont think she has ever met a decorative nick-nack or shiny sparkly object she didn’t like.
Back at home, Dina somehow (I imagine with the help of Caroline and Albert) managed to get Tommy to sit on the couch with her for three and a half minutes. She shows him her Jay Strongwater $500 sparkly butterflies which are her inspiration for the wedding. She tells Tommy she needs a thousand of them. Tommy loves anything sparkly and fabulous so he agrees.
Tommy sarcastically says “I was not a good boy”. He knows this relationship is a joke and isn’t even pretending otherwise for the camera.
Dina -believer in karma- explains that you have to pay for what you do in life. And in Tommy’s case, he had to pay with his credit cards.
Tommy calls Dina his best friend which is just laughable since we all know that they don’t spend any time together and she can’t even get him to talk about -not even plan- just talk about the wedding with her. He says that after he realized that a shopping spree could buy him forgiveness for anything he did, “it was time to just marry her”. Dina says “love him” in the same exact same way she says “love it” when she talks about bedazzled pumpkins and lady bugs.
Check out that body language.
Dina and her sisters go wedding dress shopping. Caroline says that Dina believes she was royalty in another life. That sounds more accurate that the “Mother Theresa” act Dina tried to portray on RHONJ. In this show it is very easy to see why Dina and Teresa are such good friends. Speaking of Teresa…. where is Dina’s long time best friend who is like family to her? For as close as they claim to be, you’d think she would have been a bridesmaid.
Dina, who has clearly never seen an episode of Say Yes To The Dress spends the entire time in the bridal salon saying how cheap everything is and ends up paying over $10,000 for a dress that she could have probably gotten for $8,500.
Looks like Dina missed a few spots on the back of her head with the flat iron that morning.
There is a big difference between the way Dina dresses on this show and how she dresses on RHONJ. I suspect that maybe Tommy cheated a few more times after the wedding and that’s how she ended up with her designer wardrobe and limited edition Loui Vuitton.
Dina goes to pick out her wedding cake -alone- and is wearing the exact same outfit that she wore to the bridal salon, except in different colors. Once again couldn’t even be bothered to brush her hair. I wish the picture wasn’t so blurry so you could fully appreciate the true Kelly-ness of her hair in this show.
Dina goes to the florist with her sisters to pick out the flowers. But she doesn’t “pick out” flowers as much as she just orders everything available. Dina’s tank top is extra fancy today with some embroidering around the neck, so maybe she thought no one would notice that this is the second time in a row she is wearing the same skirt.
Dina wants to spend 200 thousand dollars on flowers. Tommy thinks it’s crazy to spend that much money on something that is going to die the next day. I couldn’t agree more. I wonder if Dina considered how much good that money could do for her charity when she was planning this wedding? That sad face is over something to do with flowers, not for all the children who died from cancer that year because they couldn’t afford to pay for treatment.
The next day Dina heads over to the Brownstone in a pathetic bid to get her husband to pay attention to her for 30 seconds. Sidenote: Dina will be making fashion advice videos on youtube soon. I can’t wait!
As far as Tommy is concerned this is his party and Dina is just the wedding planner. The wedding is only a week away and he is still inviting people. They ran out of invitations so he is now making photocopies of the last invitation to hand out to people he meets on the street. Dina has given up on Tommy and is now sitting all the way across the room planning the wedding with Albert and Caroline.
Now it’s the next day and once again Dina is back in the Brownstone office. She abandoned her traditional uniform in exchange for a shabby chic homeless person look complete with what appears to be paint splatter on the front of her shirt.
$100k for tents and chairs, $77k for entertainment, almost half a million on flowers, and they haven’t even figured out the cost of food or alcohol yet. Now I’m not bashing Dina’s house, I’m sure there are a lot of people who would feel lucky to live in a house that size… but it’s hardly a mansion. I just can’t understand spending that kind of money on a party when there are clearly more important things the money could be going towards like a bigger house, or a full time professional organizer, or a therapist specialising in hoarding, or um…. I don’t know… maybe… uh…. Saint Dina’s charity….
Albert agrees with me that they are not rich enough to be blowing this kind of money on a party that will only last a few hours. He reminds Tommy that he could have bought a beach house for the same price. Or 5 Ferrari’s and a Maserati.
It is now the day before the wedding. 80% of this show took place at the Brownstone and the only way you can tell it’s a different day is because everyone is wearing different clothes. Dina’s outfits just keep getting worse and worse. She wants to play the song that she plans to walk down the aisle to. Tommy could care less about anything involving Dina and doesn’t understand why she is in his office again for the 5th time this week bothering him when he is trying to
avoid her work.
Off camera Caroline was probably telling her “Just think about the money. Just focus on the money. Come on, we need to get you something better to wear than those cheap tank tops and dirty sweat shirts. Ya ain’t no spring chicken and you might be pretty but you’ll never be able to keep a decent guy with that personality of yours. I know he is a creep but you’ll never do any better so just quit your belly aching, dry those tears, and walk down the aisle tomorrow.”
Finally the big day arrives. I guess after all the over spending there was no money left for a bouquet so Dina just grabbed an armful of weeds and vines from the backyard and stuck a sparkly butterfly on them.
Dina says that Tommy is mean and insensitive and drives her crazy – but she loves him. Personally, I find “mean” and “insensitive” to be absolutely irresistible qualities in a man. She actually admits that she is afraid he won’t show up. But I’m sure Caroline was in close contact with Albert throughout the morning making sure that Tommy would be at the church on time.
Tommy got his friends from the sheriff’s department to give him (not Dina) a police escort to the wedding. Dina didn’t even know he was going to do this, she found out on the way to the church when her limo was cut off by his procession.
Over at the Brownstone Dina can’t even get Tommy to pose for pictures with her. She wants to wait to be introduced before walking into the party, but Tommy wants to get inside and check out his party and greet his guests. He kept his end of the deal and said “I do” and now he doesn’t want to be bothered anymore. Dina tries to convince him but he just walks away from her.
Dina is left on her own to wander around the room full of people she barely knows telling everyone how much her jewelry costs. The women seem impressed. Dina leaves out the part about not actually owning the jewelry. Dina’s bff Teresa is nowhere to be found. I wonder if she was even invited to the wedding. I’m sure if she had been there she would have managed to get her big head in as many shots as possible, but I didn’t see her.
After watching this show, I have a better understanding of why Teresa and Dina get along so well. Oh, and if you enjoyed the recap, you can thank Dina for it. I wasn’t even going to do it until she didn’t start freaking out when I was discussing her wedding on twitter.
Dina’s tweet attack was already discussed on Lynn’s blog, but in case anyone missed it, this is what happened: Dina is a bitch on twitter. Not only is she a bitch, she is a coward. Dina and I do not like each other. But she started it. I didn’t do or say anything to her, and she blocked me one day for no reason. I assume it was because I was following Lynn, there can’t be any other reason because I actually liked Dina up until the day she blocked me and refused to give me a reason for why she did it. Apparently Dina is still going out of her way to read my tweets. Here are some of my tweets from the other day that I guess she wasn’t too happy about:
@Damnert LOL. Yeah probably. Personally I would need a mansion, a Bentley, & a yacht b4 I could justify spending 1/2 mill for ONE night.
After I made these tweets, Dina began sending private messages to some of my twitter friends telling them to tell me to stop being mean. She sent messages to three people (that I know of) asking them to deliver the messages for her. AMerems gave me permission to posts the messages:
She wrote this in response to me saying her wedding cost a half a million dollars. Well, according to the VH1 screen cap above, we were both wrong. What is with all these Housewives bragging on tv about how much things cost and then claiming in blogs and twitter that everything is fake/borrowed/donated/free??
Now Dina is picking on AMerems. Dina asked her to relay the message, she did, then Dina got mad. After seeing the way she reacted I don’t blame my other two friends for not wanting their names mentioned. Dina is a nutjob. You can’t send someone a message on twitter and tell them to send the message to someone else, and then get mad when it is discussed publicly. That is kinda the point of twitter – short messages for everyone to see. Twitter is not for people who enjoy their privacy.
I don’t know if this was in response to something I said or something AMerems said. I don’t even know what the point of this message was. I never assumed for a minute that she has anything even close to BH (Beverly Hills) money. I’m sure Tommy does work hard, but what exactly does Dina do besides sit in her kitchen and twitter all day?
Yeah right!! She’s jealous as hell over those women. They are already getting tons of attention and Dina isn’t even a part of the franchise anymore. She made it pretty clear on twitter that she wants to return to the show now that Danielle is gone, but I don’t think she was invited back.
These were my tweets after AMerems passed Dina’s messages along to me:
@DinaManzo I’m not mean. I just point out the obvious and you can’t deal with it.
@DinaManzo Come out come out wherever you are! Why are u always hiding behind other people? Unblock me and u can yell at me in dm’s all day.
Mayb I shld write a recap of @DinaManzo‘s wedding. I dont think enough people have seen it. & I think its a more accurate portrayal than RH.
Lots of tweets asking me 2 do a Dina wedding recap. DC first, then Dina. See @DinaManzo- I’m giving u the attention u crave. Ain’t I nice??
There is a new imposter on twitter: @TommyManzo_ if you want to follow him. I know there was some specualtion that I was the one behind the account, but I’m not. Although I wouldn’t mind taking creadit because he is pretty funny. Here are some of his tweets:
Dina’s making bracelets out of pipe cleaners and bread ties. Time to sneak out to my apartment over by the Bstone.
Dina is Googling Danielle for the 45th time tonight.
Good Mother of God…Dina just took her hair pieces off. Caroline’s twin!
@WhiteTrashGal Why did u steal Dina’s nick name?
I’m so jealous of Joe. He’s a lucky man.
Talked to Joe G. today. The only thing he misses about Teresa is her forehead.
@itsjenwbitches She’s my million dollar mistake.
My big fat expensive mistake…Dina
Dina’s tweeting to the world that she does kegal exercises. Such a classy dame. Shoot me now….
Teresa just called- she wants to borrow a few bucks for an electrologist b4 joe gets out, I told her she can borrow the weed wacker.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey really are the gift that keeps on giving, aren’t they?
I found some videos while playing around on youtube and though I would share incase you didn’t see them:
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