Guest Post Submitted by: Anne Chertoff
Finding the dress is on the top of every bride’s to-do list and while every bride can’t make it to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, they can get expert style advice from the iconic salon’s Fashion Director, Randy Fenoli and star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress.
His new book, It’s All About the Dress: Savvy Secrets, Priceless Advice, and Inspiring Stories to Help you Find “The One” is the wedding dress shopping guide every bride should have. It is guaranteed to help you find the right dress for your body, your budget and your personal style.
Randy shares the 411 on the details that go into creating a wedding dress – fabric, necklines, bustles — how you can save money on your gown and the various bridal accessories you’ll need – undergarments, veils, jewelry, etc.
One lucky bride-to-be can win a signed copy of It’s All About the Dress by commenting below – tell us what you want your wedding dress to look like, something about your wedding gown search or why you love Randy and watch say Yes to the Dress – and we’ll pick a winner on Friday December 2, 2011.
It’s All About the Dress is available in bookstores or on amazon.com now.
After years of watching hundreds of brides pass through its fabled doors on TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress,” I finally had my very own bridal appointment at Kleinfeld.
The store has a strictly enforced no-photography policy, so I’m sorry to report I couldn’t get any pictures of the interior. But believe me when I tell you, it’s like wedding dress heaven! And at the same time, it was my wedding dress hell.
The idea of buying a wedding gown…. to paraphrase Say YES to the Dress, “It’s not a gown you wear for one day, you wear it for all the time that it is captured in photographs.” But this practical Bride did not worry about that. Not at first. In fact, as I think a lot of Budget Brides are prone to do, I snapped up an amazing deal at Nordstrom the week after we were engaged. $114 with tax and alterations… it was a steal not to be surpassed. So I bought this beauty, which was probably returned to the store since it isn’t sold in any brick-and-mortar stores but online only. Kismet I thought!
But almost a month after buying this dress, which has now been christened my “Rehearsal Dress”, I had buyer’s remorse. So I set off to Alfred Angelo to try on a couple of real wedding gowns. You know the fluffy princess gowns that everyone thinks of. Unaware of what I wanted or was even looking for, I headed in with the thoughts that the gown would find me. Oh how little we recently engaged women know.
I was watching Say Yes to the Dress on TLC and they showcased a bride who used all of her wedding funds to help her family during Hurricane Ike. I bet the situation could be repeated a thousand times in with this economy. “Our budget was this, I/he/we/dad/mom/ect lost their job and now it’s this.”
Not to wallow in a sad place, but in discussing the weddings my family has been to, we’ve come up with a list of things that are optional. Please note that these are lovely things and I wouldn’t want anyone to feel like I was raining on a parade. Just a few suggestions to help those (like me) who are facing Wedding Budget cuts due to the recent economy.
#1. Favors. My mom has been to two weddings recently and threw out the last one, and didn’t bother taking the other. My dad has been to two where neither had them. I went to one where they served petit fours, before dinner. Nice but not necessary. Savings of $100-$500