Breegan Jane Opens Up About Season 1 of 'The House My Wedding Bought'
It all comes down to compromise.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition star Breegan Jane is getting her own show! This time, however, the beloved interior designer is taking her skills from HGTV to discovery+, and rather than focusing solely on interior design, she’ll be using her expert budgeting skills from working within the industry to tackle two major life events: buying a first home and hosting a dream wedding.
The show in question is The House My Wedding Bought and it’s set to debut on Wed., June 16.
In anticipation of when streaming becomes available on the app, we sat down with Breegan to discuss what to look forward to in the millennial-heavy show. The biggest takeaway? It’s one of the most relatable shows of the year.
“More than ever, when people are entering a marriage, they’re doing more than that, they’re starting their new lives,” she tells HGTV. Of course, without ample savings, throwing a huge wedding and moving into a dream house can feel pretty far-fetched. That’s where Breegan comes in—to prove that with a little bit of give and take, it’s entirely possible.
“There are big wish lists in these big moments,” Breegan admits. “I think what’s fun is that there’s a little bit of reality setting wherein the end they get the wedding and the house. They’re both happy, nobody has ended up disappointed, but it starts out like a Christmas wish list.” At the beginning of the show, her clients want every little thing to be just so with their wedding and their new home.
“I’m able to tell them what that means or what the sacrifice is on the other end,” she says, noting that it helps make the entire process more seamless.
“Everybody has a different set of priorities,” she says. “As long as the couple is able to recognize the other’s priorities and give and take on their own, it’s actually a very cohesive process in which being the third party is very helpful to them because I think in stepping them through it as an expert, they’re more willing to hear each other out.”
From her third-party stance, Breegan is able to help the couple sort through the priorities, which helps minimize arguing and makes way for a more stress-free wedding planning and home-buying experience.
“I think it’s just nice to come in with that bird’s-eye view that listens to both what they want and being able to give it to them, without the other one feeling like they’ve lost something in that moment,” she adds. “It’s really just riding them through their own process.”
While you might be wondering how relying on a give-and-take approach can make both parties feel fulfilled, Breegan reminds us all to remember that we’re no longer living in a time of either/or.
“We’re living in a time of altogether,” she says. “Whether we’re all spending time together or your house is also your office, this is a real moment and this is a real thing that I see happening with my own friends and family. They want the wedding and they want the moment—that is a special and important day—but they are seeing ways in which their savings can set them up for the future [beyond] the big day.”
With that in mind, Breegan helps each couple host a wedding that they’re sure to look back on fondly, without taking away from the prospect of their forever home.
“They come to me with their savings,” she shares. “Some have scraped every dollar for the last 10 years themselves; some couples, one person is more financially secure than the other but it’s still a two-person choice or moment in life; and there are others where you see there’s been family involvement in the number they’re able to contribute—and all of those are really realistic options for real couples. And whatever that number is, we’re making it work.”
By showing how different budgets can still allow for a dream wedding and home, she hopes to inspire viewers to approach their own big moments with just as much strategy, hope and love.
“It comes down to the love of that moment,” she says. “The wedding and the high stress around it have to do with the fact that it’s so special and important to them that often couples get caught into the minutiae of what color our nails should be on that day—I use that just as an example of how silly that is—I see that applied to their moments of decision making among much bigger things like a house. So, what I try to help them do—which I think any couple can help themselves do—is not get caught up in the tiny details that take you from the future that you really want."
“You know, you may want a large picture window in your master bedroom but if you find the house that feels like you for the rest of your life and it doesn’t have a picture window, try to step back and really think about what you’re trying to achieve. It’s like they suffocate it because they love it so much. They want this house to be perfect; they want this wedding to be perfect, but no one, in the end, is ever disappointed by the quote-unquote sacrifices that they’ve made. They’re happy as can be." Breegan says she hopes the message translates to viewers: "I hope ... the perfectionism of these moments is somewhat unveiled in how wonderful they can be regardless of the fact that not every single thing that you want or think you want, you will be able to get, but what you get in the end is so much better and everybody’s happy.”
And with that, mark your calendars for Wed., June 16, for The House My Wedding Bought is one series you surely won’t want to miss.