Anyone who watches Say Yes to the Dress can count on a bride trying on three different dresses before she decides on her dream wedding gown. But while viewers only see a trio of dresses that’s not how many the brides-to-be actually try on.
Here’s the answer to how many dresses the ladies really slip into during their appointments, plus which gown every bride must try on and why they need to leave modesty at the door.
Brides have to change in front of a couple people
Brides who are having their wedding dress shopping experience filmed have to undress in front of a couple of people. It’s not just the bridal consultant who will be in the dressing room with them when they strip down to their underwear but also a camera operator.
Diply noted that the show does try to hire female operators as much as possible to avoid some of the awkwardness for the brides.
Number of dresses brides-to-be try on
We only see three on TV but Buzzfeed reported that the brides-to-be actually try on six to 15 different dresses during their appointment.
Of course, Say Yes to the Dress is only a half hour show so not every dress a bride puts on can be shown. Gowns that don’t get a big reaction are edited out and the three that garner the strongest reactions from the bride and her entourage are shown.
Among the dresses the ladies try on, there will be a few styles that they are not interested in. Amanda Lauren spoke about this to Ravishly after she shopped for her gown at Kleinfeld.
“For the most part, I felt like they didn’t listen to my requests,” Lauren said of her experience at the bridal shop. “For example, I said to Trina [the consultant], ‘no pearls on the bodice.’ Trina then brought me a dress featuring pearls on the entire bodice.”
All brides are shown a Pnina Tornai dress
You probably noticed that on every episode of SYTTD the brides are shown dresses by Israeli designer Pnina Torani. Whether or not they’re looking for a Tornai dress doesn’t matter because every bride who walks into Kleinfeld will be trying on a gown by the shop’s premier designer.
Lauren revealed that she too was asked to put on a Torani design even though she specifically stated that she did not care to see anything from th collection.
“I had one request: No Pnina Tornai. So, naturally the first dress she showed me was Pnina Tornai,” Lauren told Ravishly.
According to The List, Tornai is one of Kleinfeld’s main vendors and has her own in-store boutique so consultants promote and often encourage brides to purchase one of her gowns.
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