April 2012

Cheap Dress, Please!

04/23/2012

Bridesmaids-204-natalie-3-blogGo behind the scenes at Bridals by Lori with these videos! And flip through photos of dresses featured on the show.

When a bridesmaid has an agenda, it can ruin the appointment for everyone. That's what brides Ramona and Summer were up against Friday night.

Planning her Diamonds and Pearls-themed wedding, Ramona was really leaning on her bridesmaids. With her fiance in Iraq, it wasn't exactly easy doing it on her own. Her sister and maid of honor, Tawana, knew that elegant but nontraditional dresses in shades of purple were the perfect fit for Ramona's vision. But bridesmaid Addie was more concerned about, well, her boobs. "I know my problem area," she confessed. "I'm busty. I would not like for my boobs to hang out."

OK, so modesty was a big concern. And we respect that. But Addie was letting her girls get in the way of decision-making. Each dress she saw, she was quick to dismiss as too revealing. When Brandon took her style in the opposite direction, putting her in a more conservative dress, she complained that her look was too churchy. Finally, Lori put Addie in her place. "Every dress can be altered for a better fit. Addie just needs to suck it up." And Ramona said yes to a sassy but classy one-shoulder dress.

Summer was a bride with a plan. For her wedding ceremony in a cathedral, she knew a long, formal dress was the way to go. But her bridesmaids were firm that they would pay no more than $200 for a dress. With most long dresses at a price point of $250 and up, Lori could quickly see this appointment would be a problem.

The first round of dresses fell flat. Some bridesmaids liked that the gowns were "cheap," but the bride thought they were all too plain. So, consultant Stacey took a chance and pulled some chiffon gowns slightly over budget. Summer fell for an elegant, Grecian-inspired gown with a price tag of $206. Shockingly, that was a deal-breaker. Stacey was dumbfounded. A $6 dealbreaker? Really? "I'm starting to think that maybe we should downgrade to something cheaper," Summer said.

Her friends rallied and realized that they were making their best friend feel guilty. It was her wedding, after all. And since they'd said yes to being in her bridal party, it was -- in Lori's immortal words -- time to pay up or shut up.

Down in fittings, Kodi had just four days until altar-time to make sure her girls were ready. Could Bridals by Lori work that quickly to ensure every girl a perfect fit? It wasn't easy -- and it wasn't until the wedding day in some cases -- but every bridesmaid got the fit she needed. Go, bridesmaids!

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The Grecian dress Summer fell for is the one in the middle! (Credit: DCL)

No Blood on the Sample Dresses

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If there's one thing Lori is sure of, it's that siblings get into fights when it's time to pick a bridesmaid dress. She tasked her consultants with keeping the peace in the bridesmaid department. "I don't want any blood on the samples," she said.

Krystle met bride Sydni and her entourage in the lobby. Her bridal party included a mini maid of honor, 7-year-old Lily. "I'm not being a flower girl again," Lily explained. Since she and big sis Sydni, 14 years apart, became best friends before Sydni went to college, it was a natural choice to appoint Lily to this honorary position.

The hitch? Older sister Amber wasn't exactly thrilled to be the third-most-important voice at the appointment. Dead set on a strapless dress, she was outnumbered from the start. It just wouldn't be appropriate for Lily to wear strapless. So, one-shoulder it was!

Lori advised starting with a junior bridesmaid dress and choosing a coordinating bridesmaid dress. There was no way Lily could wear a regular bridesmaid dress -- way too big and mature! Krystle watched the drama unfold as Amber pushed and pushed for a strapless gown. Even Lily was upset by Amber's insistence on the off-limits style. "I'm way less of a baby than my older sister," she said.

Sydni finally spoke up and put her foot down. She loved the one-shoulder chiffon gown that looked great on every bridesmaid in question, and she was resolute that this was the most appropriate choice for all concerned. "I feel defeated," Amber said. "You don't get to say anything else about it!" Sydni responded.

Speaking of sister drama, consultant Brandon's sis, Autumn, was at Bridals by Lori looking for her bridesmaid dresses. What happens when a fashionista faces off against the bride? Nothing pretty. It was sibling rivalry at its best. "I will definitely never hear the end of it if Brandon picks the dress," Autumn said. Krystle reminded Brandon to treat Autumn just like any other client -- even if the temptation to bicker like brother and sister was hard to resist!

In the end, Brandon couldn't get on board with Autumn's taste, and Autumn wouldn't give the thumbs up to any of Brandon's picks. So who picked the perfect dress? KRYSTLE! As long as everyone's happy, right?

Rae was watching her girls try on their bridesmaid dresses for the first time down in fittings. She hadn't seen the dresses before -- she only told them to pick between two red styles. "I chose red because I wanted them to be the Jessica Rabbits of the wedding," Rae explained. While her primary motive was for her girls to be comfortable, she was a little worried about the shades matching. Her fears were quickly assuaged when the girls stepped out of their dressing rooms. "You guys look hot!" Happy bride, happy bridesmaids! Can all appointments be this easy?!

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Rae's bridesmaids are red hot! (Credit: DCL)

It's Up to The Bride's Sister's Girlfriend

04/18/2012

Bridesmaids-202-dejuan-1-heather-1Who's the big decision maker when it comes to choosing the bridesmaid attire? In this episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids, it was nearly the bride's sister's girlfriend.

Identical twins Dianna and Dejuan couldn't have had less identical taste. "If it was up to me, it would be a nice women's pantsuit," Dejuan said when asked what the party was looking for. Obviously, that wasn't going to cut it. But at least Lori had a good laugh.

While Dejuan good-naturedly tried on dresses for the first time since 1996, her girlfriend, Traci, was giving Dianna an earful. "I WILL say something if I need to," Traci told the camera. And she felt the need to. Dianna was feeling awfully guilty. "All I'm asking is that Dejuan wear the attire I feel is appropriate," she said. But was she asking her sister to change her identity by picking out a dress?

Dejuan thought that was crazy! Of course she'd wear a dress for Dianna! It was her day. And at the end of the appointment, she walked away with a modest, romantic gown she genuinely liked. Applause for good sisters!

Amber wanted a very specific shade of green for her bridesmaid dresses: the green leaf from the azalea plant in her grandmother's yard. Sure. 

Pulling 20 green dresses in various shades wasn't working -- Amber didn't like any of them. So, Ashley adopted a new strategy. She helped the bride narrow down the right style. After the bride chose a timeless Grecian gown, Ashley was more than a little nervous. It came in only one shade of green. Would Amber approve? Yes.

In fitting, Brooke with the bratty sister from Season 1 was back! Remember Heather, the 16-year-old maid of honor? Yeah, Brooke fired her. Then she rehired her. So, could she play nice? The sisters were at an impasse, but they agreed to disagree about who was at fault for the big blow-up. Heather said she'd try to put her sister's needs first on the wedding day.

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Dejuan models a mother of the bride dress (with a popped-collar bolero!), while bridesmaid Heather gets down to business. (Credit: DCL)

Maid of Honor Meltdown

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What a way to kick of the new season of Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids! Full-on maid of honor meltdown at Bridals by Lori, courtesy of Meghan's childhood friend Jessica.

While Meghan's color was gray, Jessica insisted on wearing fuchsia so she could stand out. Not wanting her other MOH, Roxy, to be undermined, Meghan agreed to let her wear yellow. When Krystle got wind of this, she asked, "Does she know that these colors are definitely not going to look good at all?"

Fashion trumped emotion as Jessica pleaded for her dress. Meghan declared that she would have the final say, and she wanted all of her girls in a single color. It was black taffeta for all -- with contrasting fuchsia sashes for the two ladies of honor.

LaToya was planning a Sex & the City-themed wedding and had her sights set on one-shoulder dresses for her girls. But her maid of honor, Rakia, wasn't feeling the support for her, um, girls. She was simply too busty for a one-shoulder dress. "Things can pop out," Lori explained.

Every day girls walk into Bridals by Lori and realize the dress they've been envisioning simply won't work. But an inspired solution to LaToya's issue was a sleek, strapless cocktail dress with a blinged-out belt. The bride was happy, Rakia was happy, and everyone's boobs were happy.

Down in fittings, Rabbiyah enlightened us about wedding planning. "You can't take money with you when you die, so while you're living, you might as well spend it." Confused? That translates into: If you're going to be my bridesmaid, you've got to pay for the designer shoes and dress. At $1,200 for just the attire and accessories, Rabbiyah watched her bridal party dwindle down to just the girls who could fit the bill. But that was OK. The mantra of the day was "Here's to elegance!"

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Rakia rocks the one-shoulder look...but does not say yes to the dress. (Credit: DCL)

When Fate Steps In

04/09/2012

Say-yes-atlanta-318-maranda-w-9-blogMissed Friday's finale? You can meet unforgettable bride Maranda here! And go behind the scenes of the show with these videos, while toasting the season with all our fabulous Season 3 brides. Get dress inspiration from our wedding dress slideshows, too!

This was a first for Robin. She greeted a bride who informed her she was getting married in just eight days to a guy she'd never laid eyes on. Only an untraditional gown would do for Maranda. Obviously!

Monte was a little shocked by the scenario. "You've never touched? Never kissed?" he asked. What kind of bride meets her dress before she meets the groom? Robin, Lori and Monte tackled this interesting case together, starting with a unique beaded ivory fit and flare. "I like it, but we ain't done," Maranda said. She didn't like the train or the color. At this moment, she informed the team that she wanted a silver dress. "I want to feel like a bride, but in my own way," she exlained.

So, it was down to the bridesmaids department, where Robin pulled some silver selections. They looked great on the bride, but her mom and sister thought they weren't quite special enough. She'd blend in with the rest of the guests in that color, they said. Lori had a flash of inspiration. She had a one-of-a-kind designer sample that no one had ever tried on. And she thought it might be just perfect for Maranda.

As soon as Maranda laid eyes on the shocking red dress, she knew that was it. "Wow. This is gorgeous," she said. "That's exactly what I was going for." It impressed her entourage, too. "This is you, 100 percent," her sister said. In a twist as fateful as her marriage, the dress fit perfectly, too -- no alterations needed. Congratulations to a very unique and special bride!

Miah, another pageant queen, was on the search for the perfect, non-pageanty gown. And like some of the other pageant brides we've seen this season, she had a very opinionated mother. From the start, her mother was critical of the selections hanging on the racks. She pulled some dresses for Miah, and Miah chose a handful of her own.

Dress No. 1 was a full-length beaded ivory gown that Cindy zipped her into. "This tops everything that I've tried on so far," Miah told Cindy. But her mom immediately declared it too pageant. Monte went in the opposite direction for Dress No. 2 -- simple silk, with no pageant glam or glitz in sight. In this dress, Miah felt bridal and very emotional. "I'm getting married in six months, and it just hit me like a freight train," Miah said. Her mother deemed it too simple, though.

One more try! The last gown is always the best, isn't it? And Miah was shocked to learn that her mother had chosen this one. Everyone was really happy with the bride's choice, but mostly they seemed relieved that she'd found a dress that pleased the whole group -- even the toughest judge.

Don't stray too far from the TV! Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta may be over for the season, but an all-new season of Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids begins Friday!

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