Katya and Jazzy plan a Caribbean carnival wedding for their parents. Will the coldest British spring for decades put a stop to their tropical plans?
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This is Marrying Mum And Dad.
-Where you get to organise your parent's...
That means you're in charge.
You can do whatever you want.
Mum and Dad have no idea what you're planning.
You've only got a few weeks to do it all.
Are you ready for it? Woo!
Oh, we got a DeLorean.
Are your parents ready for it?
Will the day be filled with chaos...?
I feel like I'm going to cry now.
On today's show, we've got two wedding planners determined
to give Mum and Dad a big day, which is hot, hot, hot.
Check this out!
But could their surprises be too much for Mum and Dad.
-You think you know your children.
-But actually, maybe we don't.
Maybe we don't.
Will the wedding get a frosty reception?
Or is it set to sizzle?
We're about to find out, cos we're Marrying Mum And Dad.
Welcome to Marrying Mum And Dad, where kids take charge of one
of the most important days of their parents' lives -
That's right. They're responsible for the whole thing.
Mum and Dad won't know a thing about the plans until the big day.
The kids are in charge, but they're not completely alone.
We're here to...help.
Today we're in Bristol to set two wedding planners loose
on Mum and Dad's big day.
Meet sisters Katya and Jazzy.
Hi. My name's Katya, and I like music.
Hi. I'm Jazzy, and I like swimming.
And this is the rest of the family - little sister Eva,
the girl's dad Craig and Becky, Eva and Jazzy's mum.
Mum and Dad - they're really nice and caring.
And if we...if we, em, ever want to do something,
then they would say yes to us.
They sound great. How about the girls?
'Both the girls are good organisers
'and they're both quite creative as well.
But they can be really left field
and think up something that you wouldn't expect.
Craig and Becky have been together since meeting
when Katya was six years old.
Since then the family has grown, first with Jazzy and then Eva.
So what's stopped them getting married?
They've been talking about it for quite a long time,
but it never seems to happen.
-Would you take this brontosaurus to be your wedded husband?
'We've been together for nine years.'
It's something that we always planned to do,
but when you've got a family it doesn't always happen.
Mum and Dad might just wish they'd got around to getting married
sooner, cos now the girls are taking charge,
and they aren't exactly fans of a traditional wedding.
Parents who organise weddings, I think
their weddings are a bit boring,
because all there are are really speeches
and walking down the aisle, things like that,
and it's really boring.
Ours will be...
BOTH: Much more fun.
Mum and Dad are going to be married in a few weeks
and so far nothing is organised.
That means Katya and Jazzy have got to organise the theme,
the venue, the entertainment, the outfits the cake, the list goes on.
Oh, stop it. You're starting to freak me out.
There's not much time until the big day,
so we need Mum and Dad to agree to Katya and Jazzy taking control.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to stir things up a bit.
Do you, Mum, allow your children to completely
and utterly organise a wedding day you will never forget?
And do you, Dad, accept you'll have absolutely no say in what goes on?
Well, then, with the joining of hands, I now pronounce you,
Katya and Jazzy, 100% officially in charge.
Feeling good about this?
With Katya and Jazzy now in charge, and Mum and Dad out of the way in
another room, it's time to find out the girls' big idea for the wedding.
First things first, you need to tell us
what theme have you decided for Mum and Dad's wedding?
Cos our Dad's from Jamaica,
we wanted to do a Caribbean carnival idea.
So basically loads of dancing, excitement, everybody's happy.
-Just a big party.
-Oh, that sounds wicked!
That's like the ultimate celebration.
Yeah, that's just what we need,
cos look at the brizzle and the drizzle today.
Yeah, it's a bit grim, isn't it?
-Yeah, bring on the sunshine.
-Where did you get those from?
I always have these.
That's our theme sorted.
Mum and Dad's big day is set to sizzle with a Caribbean carnival.
Caribbean carnivals can last for days.
They first came about over 100 years ago
as a celebration for freed slaves.
But no carnival simply means party time!
With costumes, dance routines and music,
it can take a year to plan one of these parties,
but Katya and Jazzy have just a few weeks
to get their carnival wedding together.
To help kick-start the girls' plans,
we've come to a Caribbean market stall,
and I've arranged a little surprise that should inspire their ideas.
We have got someone here who can first-hand tell you
-all about the Caribbean.
I know you are massive fans of The Dumping Ground,
so we've got Kay Purcell here.
Kay Purcell plays Jamaican care worker
Gina Conway in CBBC's The Dumping Ground.
Thursday, I know.
'Just like her character Gina, Kay knows about all things Caribbean.
'The girls already have some ideas for the wedding
'and want to know if they're on the right lines for
'Mum and Dad's totally tropical big day.
What's in your book?
-Well, for the layout, we were thinking of tropical flowers.
And making sure like everything's really colourful.
What about where we're going to have it? Cos it's a bit cold.
-It's not very tropical, is it?
-That's a good idea.
-Make indoors seem as much like...
Yeah, like outdoors, yeah. And for the entertainment, calypso music.
-A carnival procession.
Oh, yes. Oh, that's good.
-They're usually on big floats, aren't they?
-How are we going to do that?
-Is that how you want them to come in?
-Yeah, on a float.
-You want them to get to the wedding...
-On a float.
KAY LAUGHS Right.
Arriving on a carnival float. Sound good, Mum?
I think I'd like to arrive in a vintage car or something like that.
That'd be nice. Yeah, something quite normal.
'Something normal?! No chance.
'Inspired by Kay's Caribbean carnival knowledge,
'a normal wedding is the last thing on Katya and Jazzy's mind.'
It's going to be like we're on holiday, this wedding.
Enjoy and party.
'No Caribbean carnival would be complete without dancing.
'And with the girls needing wedding entertainment,
'that's exactly what we've come to check out at a dance studio.'
'Kenickie is an acrobat who specialises
'in traditional Caribbean dancing.'
'He can even do a mean limbo.
'One of the Caribbean's best known dances.'
I think it goes without saying - don't try this at home.
'With limbo, the idea is to get under the lowest bar you can
'without touching either the stick above or the floor below.
'If we can organise this for the big day, we might just have the
'perfect entertainment for our Caribbean carnival.'
-What did you think of that?
-It was amazing.
So is that the sort of thing you'd like to see at the wedding?
Who would you like to see doing this?
-How do you think he'll be at it? Is he a flexible guy?
No, good. OK, well, that's good. We can all have a laugh at his expense.
'Dad might be our star dancer at the wedding,
'but there's no way the girls are going to miss out on the fun.'
OK, go like this.
Your legs are flexed, and then you go under the bar, like this.
Under the bar.
You've got it! You've totally got it. You've totally got it.
Watch and learn, girls, watch and learn.
It looks like some of us might need a bit more practice before the big day.
'But as Katya and Jazzy are limbo naturals, the girls seem sold.'
-So are we happy with this entertainment?
Brilliant. It's limbo a-go-go.
With the wedding entertainment planned,
the girls are off to a great start.
Time to move on.
So, girls, you have come up with this fantastic carnival theme.
I would love to be able to take you to Trinidad or to Jamaica,
but never fear, we have gone one better.
We have brought the carnival here to this Bristol community centre
just for you.
Come and check it out.
Look at me.
I'm the human peacock.
'A Caribbean carnival is all about the costumes. The bigger, the better.
'So we've brought Katya and Jazzy to find something
'that Mum and Dad can wear to lead their very own Carnival parade.'
Watch out. SHE SCREAMS
-What do you think of that, Jazzy?
-I think it's quite nice.
'The girls love the carnival costumes.
'But when it comes to wedding outfits
'what would Mum and Dad most like to avoid?'
I think, for me, maybe dressing up in some sort of a ridiculous outfit.
'Guess what, Dad... You won't have much choice.
'The carnival costumes are the first stage
'of the outfits for the big day.
'And the parade takes care of Mum and Dad's transport.'
How do you feel about that?
'Sounds good, Ed, but we'll have to find a very quiet road for that
'to happen, and hope there's no rain.'
Which one of these would you choose for your mum then?
-Probably this one.
-And what about your dad?
-Will I take this one?
Yeah, I think that one will look nice.
'With outfits like those,
'it'll be hard to miss Mum and Dad on their big day.
'And with the girls designing carnival headdresses to
'top off the look, Katya and Jazzy seem set to really bring
'the colour to our totally tropical wedding.'
What do you think they're going to think when you present them
with their carnival procession?
I think they... They're going to like it.
-They're going to be surprised.
-Yeah, but they're going to be shocked.
Back at home, the girls switch their attention to finding the right
clothes for Mum and Dad to wear under their carnival outfits.
For Mum Becky's dress, they're keeping things traditional.
Her carnival costume should provide all the colour needed.
Do you like this one?
I really like it because it's not, like, really tight,
but it's not, like, really big.
But for Dad, they want to go pure carnival and keep things bright.
-We're looking for different coloured suits.
Definitely not black. I reckon this kind of thing would be nice.
Nice. We'll make sure the guests bring their sunglasses
for that orange suit.
That's outfits done.
And with Mum and Dad travelling to the wedding by carnival parade,
that's also transport taken care of.
'Katya and Jazzy are halfway through their plans
'for Mum and Dad's big day.
'So far they've decided on holding a Caribbean carnival themed wedding.'
'They've found some amazing outfits for the happy couple to wear,
'and they've even booked an acrobatic dancer
'to entertain the guests.'
But with all this secret activity going on,
Dad is starting to get a little bit twitchy.
My dad has been acting very weird,
because whenever he gets a bit nervous,
he goes outside and he sweeps the back garden.
-Are you getting nervous about anything?
-Why should I be?
Get the dustpan and broom out and start sweeping up. That's normal.
Well, at least the family will have a nice clean home.
For Mum and Dad's carnival cake,
Katya and Jazzy want to capture the taste of the Caribbean.
So the girls have come to meet chef Hasan,
an expert in Caribbean cooking,
who has a selection of tropical classics that they can test.
-So you can see the colours in there.
With this one, you can play around with it.
-It's down to exactly what you would like.
The next one here,
-this is our mango sponge.
You can see the sunshine, you smell, you know,
that tropical flavour of the mango.
Sunshine on a plate, isn't it?
It's really nice.
This is our Caribbean fruitcake.
-Is this your favourite?
'The girls already have a cake design in mind
'and with taste test done, they share their own ideas with
'Chef Hasan for a unique three-tiered wedding cake,
'with a Caribbean twist.'
For the middle, we though maybe some blue icing for sea.
And then the top one would be like a sunset.
So like maybe this one.
-So you want all of these three cakes, ideally, would you?
-Especially the mango one, it looks like sand.
-That sounds really nice.
It brings together the Caribbean - the sand, the sea, and the sun.
-I'm seeing it, I'm visioning it.
-It looks amazing.
-I am too. It's going to look good.
'The girls have served up a great idea for Mum and Dad's cake,
'but now Chef Hasan wants to give Katya and Jazzy the chance to
'customise their recipe by visiting a Caribbean store.'
-Almond, vanilla, lemon, orange.
-I think coconut would be good.
You can use them in the marble cake,
so we have each of the different colours with one of those flavours.
-That'd be good.
'A special cake requires special ingredients,
'so the girls have picked out some flavours for Chef Hasan to
'make their sun, sea and sand recipe a one-off.'
I will have a play around and I'm going to make sure I'll get
that right for you guys.
'With the girls' cake well on the way to being sorted,
'it's another part of their plans ticked off.
'Over to you, Ed.'
Perhaps the hardest challenge for this wedding
is locating the perfect venue to host it.
A Caribbean carnival is sunny, big and noisy.
It's not easy finding a place to accommodate all that
here in the wet and windy UK.
Things are looking up though, because we found this place.
First of all, it's got the nice big private drive
'Mum and Dad need to lead our carnival procession along,
'and secondly, when the happy couple step inside, they'll find
'that not only does it feel tropical, it also looks amazing.'
It's like a jungle.
-Yeah. It is like a jungle, isn't it?
That's cos it is.
-This is the largest single span greenhouse in the world.
-They've got actual palm trees and things.
-Do you want to have a look around?
Short of hopping on a plane to the Caribbean itself,
it doesn't get much more tropical than this place.
Do you feel like you're in Britain right now?
-You don't, do you?
This vast greenhouse is climate controlled to make
sure its plants can grow as though every day
under its 785 panels of glass is a sunny one.
It seems like the outside has been brought inside.
-Yeah, it does, doesn't it?
'It's ideal for giving Mum and Dad's wedding the Caribbean treatment,
'so much so we've already started
'talking about it like it could be our venue.'
So where shall we have the ceremony then?
-I'm thinking here.
-Yeah, I was thinking this could be a good spot.
What should we do with it then?
-We can have Mum and Dad getting married there.
But Mum walking up here and meeting Dad there.
OK, I can see all this coming together.
-Is this our venue?
High-five. Come on! Yes. We've done it.
'Katya and Jazzy are finally ready for Mum and Dad's wedding.'
From awesome outfits to Caribbean cuisine.
Acrobatic dancing to gigantic greenhouses.
The girls have worked flat-out to turn their plans into reality.
But Mum and Dad are wondering if Katya
and Jazzy might have some wedding day mischief in mind.
-You think you know your children.
-But, actually, maybe we don't.
Maybe you don't.
That's right, Mum and Dad, prepare to be shocked.
It's the night before the wedding,
but weather conditions outside the hotel the family are staying in
could mean problems for the girls' Caribbean theme.
The weather's been, um... There's been rain and snow.
Yeah, it's not been very good.
If the rain and snow don't stop, the carnival parade might not happen.
but luckily the girls have something to take their minds off the weather.
We've been winding up our dad by telling him he's going
to be dressed as a clown or a pineapple.
Don't worry, Dad, you won't be a pineapple.
But in a bright orange suit, you'll definitely look a bit tropical.
So here we are, Mum and Dad's big day.
And I have to say it's the first time I've ever worn a straw hat,
sunglasses and gloves at the same time.
It's a little bit nippy this morning,
so I'm hoping that things will warm up.
Ed might be a bit nippy, but the girls have got bigger problems.
The parade performers have been delayed by snow that has
engulfed pretty much everywhere else in the UK.
'It's now fingers crossed that they can make it in time,
'as I kick things off over at the hotel.'
Do you have anyone here who's getting married today?
-How are you all feeling? Are you all all right?
-And I bet you're looking forward to it, eh?
Yeah, can't wait.
Well, I have arrived with your outfits.
-Now I'm going to leave them here and I will leave you to it.
Nothing to worry about.
Back at the venue,
Ed is doing his best to make sure that we're ready on time.
We've got to set all this up.
And we've got very little time. The guests are here in about 15 minutes.
Come on, Ed. You can do it.
Meanwhile, at the hotel, we've got
two carnival bridesmaids itching to turn up the heat on this wedding.
You look lovely. Give us a twirl. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Tell me, how happy are you feeling in your outfits?
-Really happy. Good.
-Let's hope Mum and Dad are just as happy in theirs, eh?
As Mum and Dad are led in, is this carnival wedding set to
sizzle or will the girls plans get a frosty reception?
Mum and Dad, it's finally time for you to see the outfits that
Katya and Jazzy have chosen for you to wear on your wedding day.
After three, you're going to take off your blindfolds,
and we'll reveal the outfits.
One, two, three.
-Oh, my goodness!
Craig looks quite funny., But he looks quite nice actually.
-Yeah, I can deal with that.
-So any guesses what the theme might be?
-It's very colourful.
Tropical, some sort of tropical type...?
'Something tropical, Dad? With a suit THAT bright, you might be right.
'The bride and groom may think they've guessed the girls' theme,
'but they still have no idea
'that they'll be travelling to their wedding at the head of their very own
'Caribbean carnival procession.'
Over at the venue there's good news.
The parade performers have made it time to reveal the second
part of the happy couple's big surprise.
We just keep walking.
With everybody in place, it's time for Mum
and Dad to find out that they're king and queen of the carnival.
After three, take off your blindfolds. One, two, three.
Check this out!
'I imagined that there was just a few people there.
'And when I took the blindfold off, there was just loads of people'
and colour and everything.
It was just amazing.
Let's get this party started.
Mum and Dad might have wanted a vintage car ride to their wedding,
but this beats it any day of the week, even if
it's not quite Caribbean weather.
Absolutely amazing. Superb.
I feel like I'm pulling a horse.
Mum and Dad were really happy when they saw the carnival,
but I think they were quite shocked as well, because they only
thought that it would be Caribbean, but it was Caribbean carnival.
And I think they had a tear in their eye, I think.
Katya and Jazzy have pulled off something really special
for Mum and Dad's big day.
Despite some typical British weather, they've brought
the Caribbean here to the UK, and the bride and groom are loving it.
This is just something else. It's fantastic.
It's time for Mum and Dad to see where the girls have chosen
for them to get married.
-Katya and Jazzy thought you might like this.
-Oh, my gosh.
Your very own tropical paradise.
-Did you ever imagine you would get married
-in one of these?
I didn't think you could get married somewhere like this, so, yeah.
Well, you can. Are you ready to?
-Yes, I think so
Right, follow us.
As the band strike up "Here Comes The Bride" Caribbean style, we're
ready for the most important part of our carnival -
Mum and Dad's wedding ceremony.
Becky, I give you this ring...
MARRIAGE OFFICIANT: As a sign of our marriage...
-..as a sign of our marriage...
-..And of all that we share.
..and of all that we share.
-Craig, I give you this ring...
-As a sign of our marriage...
-..as a sign of our marriage...
-..and of all that we share.
And of all that we share.
NAOMI: Katya and Jazzy have their own big moment too.
-Even if this isn't exactly like your normal wedding,
the whole reason for it hasn't changed.
So sing dance and have some fun, because this is especially for you.
So take this like a thank you for everything you do.
I now have very much pleasure indeed to announce that you are now
husband and wife.
And you may kiss the bride.
With our carnival king and queen now happily married,
it's time for chef Hasan to serve up traditional Caribbean
food like curried goat and jerk chicken.
How is the food going down?
-Out of ten?
-Nine and a half.
Nine and a half!
It's absolutely beautiful.
Really nice. Really spicy, but really nice.
I really, really, really like the food.
I'm going to give it ten out of ten.
'Now our party goers have been fed, it's over to Katya
'and Jazzy to introduce their next big treat for Mum and Dad.'
-Is everybody enjoying themselves?
Are you ready for another surprise?
Well, now it's time for some explosive entertainment.
Band, please take it away.
Kenickie's acrobatic dancing is going down a storm,
but will Mum and Dad like his limbo party piece?
So that's how it's done. Now it's the turn of our carnival king and queen.
Mum's safely under. Just about. Can Dad pull it off?
Ten out of ten for effort, Dad.
But maybe you should leave it to our limbo experts.
The girl's Caribbean entertainment has been a real success,
but they still have one final surprise up their sleeves.
Chef Hasan, could you bring out the sand, sea and sunset wedding cake?
Wow. Look at that!
All that's left is for you to cut the cake.
-Cut the cake.
-Cut the cake.
-Cut the cake.
'With the help of Chef Hasan, Katya and Jazzy's sun,
'sea and sand cake has turned out just as they'd hoped.
'Each tier is a different Caribbean classic
'and is proving a big hit with Dad.'
Mum and Dad's Caribbean wedding is almost over,
but not before a few final words from Katya and Jazzy.
Thank you for coming to Mum and Dad's wedding.
We hope that you've enjoyed yourself
and that you two are most happy with what we've done for you today.
MUSIC: "Feeling Hot Hot Hot" by The Merrymen
And with that done, it's time to party Caribbean style.
-If I had to score the day it would be 100 out of 100.
-Today's been exhilarating.
-Surprising, it's been full of surprises.
It feels quite nice that Mum and Dad are married.
Like you can tell everybody that they've been married in this
kind of way and not like a usual kind of way.
And I think that's quite special.
I keep thinking about how I'm going to tell them
how proud I am of them and how amazing they've been.
I can't believe that our kids could do that, do you know what I mean?
-This wedding was definitely a hit.
Oh, didn't the girls do well,
bringing a slice of the Caribbean right here to South Wales?
-Mum and Dad loved it!
-I know, I know.
I don't want to go back outside,
I'm having too much fun with this carnival crazy, limbo loving lot.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Children organise the best wedding ever for their parents and step-parents. Katya and Jazzy's plans are 'hot hot hot' for a Caribbean carnival wedding for their parents. Will the coldest British spring for decades put a stop to their tropical plans?