Randy Fenoli has seen countless wedding dress trends throughout his career in the bridal industry as a designer, consultant, and fashion director at Kleinfeld Bridal on “Say Yes to the Dress.”
Insider spoke to Fenoli ahead of the premiere of the 20th season of “Say Yes to the Dress,” which will include a special episode starring Fenoli reflecting on the show’s 15 years on TLC.
As Fenoli discussed the ever-changing nature of wedding gowns, he told Insider there’s one popular trend that he doesn’t like: wearing two or more dresses on your wedding day.
In recent years, many brides have been wearing one dress for their ceremony and another for their reception. Some take it even further; Paris Hilton wore seven dresses throughout her wedding weekend.
Although it can be fun to have multiple looks, Fenoli said he thinks doing a wardrobe change on your wedding day is impractical and can actually detract from the festivities.
“If you get two dresses, how long is it going to take you to get into that next dress?” he said. “You’re going to have to get all your bridesmaids together or your maid of honor. You’re going to have to get on the elevator, go to your room, get your room key. You’re going to go in, get out of that first dress. You’re going to take forever.”
“By the time you get down, you’ve lost an hour of your reception, which is only six hours,” he went on to say. “You’ve missed out on so much of the night.”
Fenoli thinks a better solution is to wear a dress that can transform in some way, whether that be through a train that can bustle, a removable skirt, or removable sleeves.
“You can undo a few snaps in the back and boom, you’ve got a totally different look,” he said.
Fenoli put his love of transformational dresses on display in his latest line of wedding dresses for Randy Fenoli Bridal.
The collection includes gowns with removable skirts and transforming necklines, and the sleeves can be removed from every gown in the line.
“It really gives the bride several different looks,” Fenoli said of the collection.
“Say Yes to the Dress” premieres on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on TLC.
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