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Say Yes to the Dress – Season 2

Posted on July 16th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Say Yes to the Dress No Comments

Did you catch the season premiere of Say Yes to the Dress on TLC on Tuesday night? The show that we all know and love, along with all the wonderful bridal gowns, is back! I taped it and haven’t had a chance to watch yet. So in upcoming days will get into more details.

And there’s another fun thing about Season 2. Say Yes to the Dress has a new blog that’s updated daily with all the dish from the show and everything it entails!

Check out Say Yes to the Dress – Unveiled at for all the scoop! The blog will feature all sorts of fun tips, teasers and info.

Here’s the promo video for season 2:

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Say Yes to the Dress – Fitting the More Mature Bride

Posted on January 9th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Say Yes to the Dress, Wedding Attire, Wedding Planning 5 Comments

Amalia Carrara GownI was watching another one of the taped episodes of Say Yes to the Dress last night. It was the one where Claudia returns from vacation. Have you seen it?

If not, it was a great one! You should try to catch the re-runs on TLC. I’m sure they will repeat it.

Again, Maura, Joan and Elise are frustrated with Claudia’s lack of sales … and of course, Claudia doesn’t seem to care much. However, they moved her room (each bridal consultant has an assigned room where they see clients and do fittings) to be right across from the management office. Now they can keep a close eye on her and watch her fail up close and personal. :)

The bride that was the most interesting to me on this episode was Amy, who was an older bride. I don’t know how old she was because she was a very lovely looking woman – but I’d guess she was upwards of 45. It was great to see a more mature bride getting so into her wedding planning.

Amy was Claudia’s client, and she tried on three or four gowns, two of which she liked a lot but couldn’t make a decision. Her budget was $5,000 or less. One of the dresses that she really liked was $8,100! I know that they really want to sell. But when you say your price range is $5K, they really shouldn’t pressure you into trying on a $8K dress. Anyway … that wasn’t my main point.

As the show went along, Claudia and the management encouraged Amy to go have lunch and then come back to try on the dresses again. They, of course, were hoping that she’d decide and buy that same day. When Amy returned, it was pretty chaotic as another bride was trying on one of her dresses (yes, this same thing happened in another episode … shouldn’t they get more than one dress in each style?).

Well Amy didn’t “Say Yes to the Dress.” She thought Claudia and the staff were being far too pushy. She didn’t give in to the pressure and put off her decision for another day. For this, I commend her. If you are ever out shopping for your bridal gown, don’t let the staff push you around. Amy had a point … $8,000 is a lot of money and it’s her money. If she needed more time, then that’s her prerogative.

The gowns in this show were beautiful again. Kleinfeld Bridal is obviously one of the best bridal shops in the business. The gowns they sell are absolutely fabulous. As in the last show, some of my favorites were from Pnina Tornai and Amalia Carrara.

One interesting part of this episode was that they showed downstairs at the bridal salon where all the alterations are done to make the gowns absolutely perfect for each bride. Each bead, rhinestone and pleat has to be just exactly right. Though it was brief, it was a nice new aspect of the show.

This show centered around brides that were getting married this past summer on 07-07-07. It was funny that some of them had chosen the date because of superstition or luck, while others were completely oblivious to it beeing 7-7-7 when they set their date.

Another bride that interested me on this episode of Say Yes to the Dress was Tina. She and her fiance had both been married twice before. So they were planning lucky number 3. The first gown that the consultant showed her featured a lot of color in the skirt.

I was happy when Tina nixed it and went for a more traditional white gown. Just because it’s your third time doesn’t mean you can’t wear white!

All in all, it was a good show. Claudia didn’t make any sales again and the rest of the storylines are interesting!

I’ll watch a couple more taped episodes later this week and let you know what I think!

What do you think about this show? Leave your comments and let us know.

Photo: Amalia Carrara Drop Waist A-Line Gown – Kleinfeld Bridal

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Say Yes to the Dress – Pnina Tornai Gown

Posted on January 3rd, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Say Yes to the Dress, Wedding Attire 5 Comments

Pnina Tornai GownThis past weekend, three or four back-to-back episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” were being aired. I taped them all, and I’m just now catching up!

The TLC reality show is based at one of the world’s top bridal salons – Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. Kleinfeld boasts the largest selection of wedding dresses in the world. The show provides a behind the scenes look from the team of salespeople and managers as they deal with a variety of brides and their families.

The first time I watched the show, I really wanted to see more dresses and less talk among the people at the bridal shop. But now, I’m starting to like all of it. It’s like a mini-soap opera in the middle of a bunch of beautiful designer wedding gowns.

On the latest episode that I watched, a lot of drama was going on – particularly from Claudia, one of the bridal consultants. She never seems to sells anything. No matter how patient Mara (co-owner of Kleinfeld), Elise and Joan are with her, she doesn’t seem to get it.

This time, the management had a sit down meeting with her again. Claudia got very defensive and tried to blow it off – saying everyone has bad months from time to time. By the end of the meeting, I still don’t think Claudia understood how bad of a sales person she is. She always talks too much and never can close the deal.

Onto the brides …

The funniest moment to me in the show was when the thin bride (who was there with her twin) was going crazy about her dress one week before the wedding because she thought her butt looked big. :)

The most interesting part of the show is how many brides fly in from other parts of the country and the world just to purchase their dresses in New York City. Jade came all the way from Hong Kong, while another bride-to-be Stacey Kaaz from Kentucky provided the most interesting storyline.

Stacey was trying on a couple dresses with the help of her consultant Keasha when she spotted a beautiful Pnina Tornai gown that another customer was trying on in the shop. Stacey REALLY wanted the dress, but it was the only one in the store.

Keasha was afraid that Stacey wouldn’t wait, as the other customer had been wearing the dress for over an hour. The other bridal consultant wasn’t willing to tell her client – “Hey, get out of that dress. Someone else wants to try it on.”

So the waiting game continued, eventually Stacey was able to try on the beautiful, sparkly beaded gown. She instantly fell in love with it and “Said Yes to the Dress.” Stacey even met Pnina Tornai, the designer of the gown. The dress was gorgeous, and the most expensive one featured on this episode at $6,600.

The staff at Kleinfeld seems very hardcore about selling, but also extremely caring. They understood completely about the fashion needs of a young bride who was having a Jewish Orthodox ceremony. Her definition of “risque” was having her elbows showing! However, the most heart-warming part of the show came when Alexandra, a bride on a budget, found the perfect dress but couldn’t afford it.

Alexandra had a hardline budget of just $1,500. But when she tried on a $2,000 gown that made her cry, you knew that she just had to find a way to buy the dress. This was Claudia’s client – so I thought she’d lose the sale. But Claudia actually went directly to Mara to ask if something could be done. When Mara came out and met Alexandra, she saw how badly she wanted the dress and arranged to sell the dress to her at a discounted price.

There’s another side storyline on the show as Ronnie (co-owner of Kleinfeld) has hired a new assistant. I’m not sure what direction they are going with this … but I guess we’ll see next time.

Photo: Pnina Tornai Sheath Gown – Kleinfeld Bridal

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Say Yes to the Dress

Posted on November 18th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Say Yes to the Dress, Wedding Attire 1 Comment

Say Yes to the DressIn watching the latest episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” on Friday, it was interesting to get the behind-the-scenes look of the inner workings of the bridal shop.

In case you haven’t watched it, the TLC reality show is based at one of the world’s top bridal salons – Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. Kleinfeld boasts the largest selection of wedding dresses in the world.

On the show, you get the perspective from the team of salespeople and managers, moreso than from the brides. Though the brides and their families are definitely involved!

In Friday’s episode, the most interesting thing to me was the difference in how quickly (or not so quickly) the brides selected their gowns and would “Say Yes to the Dress.” One young bride-to-be in particular basically chose the first dress she tried on. Sure, she tried on a few others to fool her fiance (who was with her) because she didn’t want him to know exactly which dress she was getting. But the young woman knew from the first time seeing that gown, it was for her.

Other brides were much more wishy-washy and didn’t pick anything after trying on dozens of styles. Maybe they just didn’t see the dress that was “it” for them.

The gowns, for the most part, were gorgeous. I was somewhat surprised at the number of brides interested in ball gowns and other poofy A-line dresses. I thought more sheaths and mermaid gowns were popular these days, but that wasn’t really the case on this show.

Another thing I discovered it that I really love Lazaro gowns!

If you missed Friday night’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” they repeat each episode several times throughout the week on TLC.

The only thing that I don’t like about the show is that I wished they concentrate more on the gowns and less on the whiny salesperson, Claudia, who can’t seem to sell anything and is about to get fired.

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Say Yes to the Dress!

Posted on October 16th, 2007 by Melissa in Say Yes to the Dress, Wedding Attire 14 Comments

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Today I saw a television preview for an upcoming show called “Say Yes to the Dress”. I’m a sucker for reality TV so it really caught my eye. It focuses on a major dress shop in New York and the women working there. I thought about what it would really be like to work with some of the brides I’ve seen on TV. I don’t think I’d enjoy working in a bridal boutique myself (The term “Bridezilla” comes to mind), but it sure would be fun to watch!

It seems that many Brides are obsessed with “THE DRESS” and believe it has to be perfect on their special day. They use any and all means possible to reach that tier of perfection (i.e. over-spending). When I bought my dress, it didn’t take me long to pick out. I think it was the 3rd or 4th dress I tried on. I guess I may have been one of the lucky few, but I really just think that I was more focused on getting married to my future husband than anything else. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved my dress and I’ve had it hanging up in my bedroom window for a year and a half. It still makes me smile every day. The point I’m trying to make is that there shouldn’t be so much emphasis on having the perfect dress, but on building the perfect marriage.

Some Brides agonize over their wedding day and ignore important details about the marriage they are about to commit too. The average cost of a wedding today is about $25,000 and if you didn’t know that fact, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now. There is certainly nothing wrong with spending that kind of money (or more, if you have it), but trust me when I say it doesn’t have to cost that much to throw an amazing wedding. Our wedding cost us about $10,000, including our honeymoon (a beautiful Alaskan Cruise, I highly recommend it!). We got great deals because we went hunting for them, determined to save money, but that’s another story!

Anyway, back to the point. This reality show is going to be fun to watch. I can’t wait to see all the drama around buying a wedding dress! For those of you out there still in the planning stages, just remember it doesn’t have to be all about the dress or any other one aspect of your wedding. Remember the guy who gave you that beautiful engagement ring and asked you spend the rest of your life with him. He is the reason you’re buying that dress and he’s going to love it whether it costs $100, $1,000, or $10,000.

Here is a quick preview of the show on TLC

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