Randy Fenoli is TLC’s wedding dress whisperer

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“Randy to the Rescue” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on TLC.
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Randy Fenoli of “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Randy to the Rescue” (which just began its second season) estimates that he’s helped about 1 million brides get ready for their big day. But being a bride’s advocate never wears on the marriage maestro: “I never get tired of it,” he tells us. His dedication means that since not everyone can make it to NYC’s Kleinfeld, where Fenoli consults, he takes his show on the road — literally. On “Randy to the Rescue,” Fenoli travels around the U.S., creating popup bridal salons for the betrothed and then giving them makeovers. Legions of brides turn to Fenoli for his advice, and after speaking with him, we’ve come up with some reasons as to why we think that is:

He’ll fight for his bride:
“I absolutely will not compromise. We were in one city working with a bridal salon and this girl came in. She showed me a picture of this dress that she had tried on, like, six states away, and she fell in love with the dress, but she was like, ‘Well, I can’t get this today.’ You could tell this girl was in love with this dress. And the cameras are on her and the family’s there, and finally she said yes to a dress. But when I walked off the set, I was like, ‘I’m sorry, that is not her dress. She is not happy.’ So I woke up the next morning and called every single bridal salon in, like, a three-hour radius and found the dress.”

He doesn’t believe in bridezillas:
“Brides want everything to be perfect, and it should be! … I would want it to be perfect, too. You’re spending how much money? You’ve waited how many years? You’ve invited how many people, we’re taking how many pictures, and how many people are watching? It should be right.”

He goes beyond the dress:
“Brides come in and show their consultant a photograph. Most consultants take it literally and are like, ‘OK, that’s the dress you want.’ I don’t just look at the dress. I look at the girl in the dress and I look at the feeling [the picture evokes].”

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