Wedding-dress shopping tips from TLC’s Randy Fenoli

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15:  Randy Fenoli attends The Knot Industry Galaat New York Public Library on October 15, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 15: Randy Fenoli attends The Knot Industry Galaat New York Public Library on October 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

In anticipation of Season 2 of “Randy to the Rescue” (premiering Friday at 9 p.m. on TLC), we asked wedding whisperer Randy Fenoli for some advice on buying The Dress.

Know your budget
“You’ve got to have some kind of budget, and more importantly, a wedding budget. If you’ve allotted $1,000 for the dress and $1,000 for the flowers and you find a dress that’s $1,200, you’re like OK, what do I do? Maybe you take $200 from your flowers and put in on your dress or move the money around to what makes you most happy.”

Go to a reputable salon
“You’re gonna be working with this person to get your dress and to deliver it and alter it and take care of it. You want to be able to have that peace of mind.”

Consider your options
“Prepare for your appointment but keep an open mind. Go in with a wedding date and a venue. Getting married in December in Alaska is different from getting married in August in Mexico. you’ve got to have that. You have to kind of know what look you’re going for, how do you want to look? I usually try to get brides to give me three words to describe their look or what they want and then I interpret those words. But also keep an open mind because so many times brides come in say I don’t want strapless, I don’t want lace and I don’t want beaded and they buy a beaded, lace, strapless dress. I see it every day.”

And on the big day…
“Hold the flowers down and low. Don’t run down the aisle — just pause for a moment and take it all in. I hear brides say after the wedding, “It all went so fast, I don’t even remember it.” Be in the moment and realize that you’ve waited such a long time and spent so much time planning the event, so that once it’s over you have these great memories.”


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