We’ve been spoiled with The Sims 4 expansions lately.
We weren’t sure that last year’s Cottage Living and Dream Home Decorator could be beaten, but here we are. The Sims 4‘s latest Game Pack, My Wedding Stories, is all about planning the perfect Big Day. Every little girl’s dream, they say. And with a brand new environment, specially-designed venues, new types of parties and more, it has just about everything to create that wedding of your dreams.
Set in the brand new area of The Sims 4, a Mediterranean-inspired paradise called Tartosa, My Wedding Stories is simply idyllic. Honestly, even without the additional wedding content – which I’ll discuss in more detail shortly – Tartosa may be my new favourite Sims 4 location.
The Sims 4 My Wedding Stories: The Most Beautiful New Location
Designed like a small Mediterranean island, Tartosa is picture perfect and evokes memories of summer holidays; something much-longed for at the moment, as I look out of my office window and see a cold, wet and windy storm brewing outside. From its sandy shores giving way to crystal-blue waters, and its small but perfectly-formed town square, it’s a place I could lose hours just wandering around. Sadly, there’s not too many interactive elements out in the world. Other than a town hall where you can have a cheap-and-cheerful wedding, and a small van selling flowers by the shoreline, the rest of Tartosa’s town square remains barren to your click. It’s a shame there isn’t more to poke around in here, but we can’t have everything.
There are other places you can visit and properly nose around in, however. There’s the opulent La Coppia Serena wedding venue; there, you can indulge in a fancy tea service, gaze upon its perfectly-coiffured gardens or lounge in one of its several posh sitting areas. Or there’s the more laid-back Celebrazioni D’Amore lounge, where you could chill out with a cocktail in its open lounge, or enjoy a pianist tickling the ivories out on the terrace. Elsewhere, small beaches house sun loungers where you can while away the hours, and picnic tables are carefully sprinkled through wooded areas.
Designing The Perfect Sims Wedding
These venues are designed to host your weddings in, of course, but you can visit them just like any other venue in The Sims 4. Go to meet new people, if you want, or arrange a date or day out with a friend. But this is My Wedding Stories after all, so it’s the ceremonies we’re interested in. This latest game pack gives you a lot of new options in creating the perfect event. You can choose to elope if you wish, quickly getting married at the town hall or some other far-flung destination. Or you can meticulously plan the details of your big day, making use of La Coppia Serena or another venue for your own personal party. You can go as far as asking friends to be bridesmaids, best men and more, or you can keep it a small, intimate affair. Either way, you’ll have a fair bit of planning to do if you want to do things right.
You’ll need to have all the details sorted before heading into a menu and choosing to hold your wedding. You’ll need to have picked out flowers and a cake already by visiting their respective shops. And you’ll need to have personally asked anyone who you want to be part of your wedding party, too. Oh, and let’s not forget dresses, suits and a colour scheme.
The Sims 4: My Wedding Stories doesn’t just deal with the actual wedding day, either. You can throw an engagement party, a rehearsal dinner, a stag party or a family gathering if you want – or multiple of them. Heck, it’s your special day. Make it last as long as you like – as long as you’ve got the simoleons to cover it, of course. You get to choose the events you’d like to happen at your party; whether it’s making a toast, serving drinks or having a dance, you’ll be given a checklist to make your way through.
The Sims 4 My Wedding Stories: Not quite without a hitch
All that is providing your sims actually do what you tell them to do, however. This is The Sims 4, after all, and we all know that getting your sims to follow simple commands doesn’t always go without a hitch. My engagement party mostly went to plan, except when trying to gather my guests for a toast and every single one of them ignored me. I did successfully manage to serve them all tea, though, so that’s something.
As for the wedding day itself – well, my bride and groom both quickly decided to ignore any command I gave them, including going to the altar and actually getting married, so I had to abandon my first attempt and try again. I’m pretty certain this was an unfortunate glitch down to playing a pre-release version of the game, however, hopefully your own big days should smoother. You should still prepare for a few mishaps, though. After all, what even is a wedding if the bridesmaids don’t quite do what they’re told, or if you don’t have a wayward family member refusing to listen to instruction?
Another Excellent Sims 4 Game Pack
Even if you’re not into the idea of planning a huge wedding for your Sims – after all, marriage isn’t for everyone – My Wedding Stories is still worth picking up. The new location of Tartosa is enough of a selling point alone. With a few spare residential spots, it’s going to be my go-to location for moving in new sim families, and I look forward to having a dance in the lounge of Celebrazioni D’Amore. Oh, and walking across those Mediterranean-inspired golden sands, of course. If only it was real…
The inclusion of various cultures here is something worth celebrating, too. Wedding attire doesn’t just come in the form of white dresses and formal suits. There are beautifully-designed Hindu gowns, robes for the men, and henna designs to decorate your skin with. Outside of the traditional garbs, other cultural acts have been considered too, like the Chinese tradition of a family tea ceremony.
So, for wedding-obsessed Sims fans, My Wedding Stories is a no-brainer. Even if you’re on the fence about nuptials, the new content and locations here makes this a worthwhile Game Pack. Another worthy addition to an absolutely bursting Sims 4 expansion catalogue.