Transcript for Find the perfect wedding dress in our ‘new normal’
The global pandemic has left many brides and grooms to be whose festivities have been sidelined by the virus feeling devastated. Prospective brides everywhere are finding ways to move forward. Here to provide tips on finding that perfect dress under this new normal is bridal expert and designer of tlc's "Say yes to dress," Randy fenoli. Randy, thanks for being with us. Millions of weddings have been cancelled because of this pandemic. Many women have reached out to you. What are some of the stories that you've been hearing? Oh, my gosh, Amy, thanks for having me, first of all. I have to tell you, it's been quite tragic, so many of these women had been planning these weddings their entire lives, and they planned the venue, they get the invitations, the cake, everything's in order and suddenly we're shut down with the coronavirus and it's devastating for so many of them and my heart goes out to them. Yeah, mine, too. I know "Say yes to the dress" returning with a two-hour premiere on July 11th, but the first episode was shot during this pandemic, tell us about that. You know, it was really incredible. I worked with some brides that -- the bride that I worked with was Melissa and her bridal gown was stuck in a bridal salon that closed down. She wasn't able to get it. I had some dresses in stock and I sent her four samples to try on. I knew which one she probably would end up. We did an online video chat with her trying on the dresses. Eventually she said yes to the of course it was the one that I picked out for her. Even through the computer screen you can say yes to the dress covid-style. You have a few tips for brides to be out there. Who are looking for that perfect dress during these times. Your first trip is, do your research. I think you need to think about who you are as a couple. But with that being said you also need to keep an open mind when you're going into shopping, because sometimes I have brides that come in and say I don't want beading, I don't want strapless and I don't like lace. Go with a vision, but keep an open mind. That's very good advice. The next tip you have is, to choose your entourage carefully. Amy, let me tell you, here's the thing, if you feel that you're mature enough to get married and start a family, then I think that you're mature enough to handle a bridal appointment. When I say that, I think that you need to choose your entourage carefully and then you need to set up some guidelines and rules for them. Number one, you need to set a budget. Tell them, look, I only want to spend a $1,000. Unless your willing to put up the other $9,000 don't pull a $10,000 dress. I don't want to try it on and get my heart broken because I fell in love with it. Number two, tell them, look, I don't want to be Cinderella on my wedding day, so don't pull a big ball gown. I want to look more like a woman. Something more fitted. Let them know your style of dress. And number three, let them know how to behave in the wedding -- I'm sorry, appointment, to say, maybe you're sensitive as a bride about your hips, so when you're on that pedestal in the middle of a salon, don't shout out, damn that dress makes your hips look wide, because you're going to end up in the dressing room crying. So I think if you set up these rules before you go to that appointment you're going to have a much better appointment. However, with that being said, if all the brides did this, we wouldn't have a show. You need some of that drama in that show. You've seen it all. Randy, thank you so much. We certainly appreciate your time today. Want to let everyone know, tlc's "Say yes to the dress" returns with new episodes Saturday, July 11th, at 8:00 P.M.
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