8 Things You Didn’t Know About TLC’s ‘Say Yes To The Dress’
TLC’s popular reality show Say Yes to the Dress first aired back in 2007. The show features brides and their small entourage of family and friends who travel from all over to find the perfect wedding dress at the famous Manhattan Kleinfeld bridal shop. The series is fun and upbeat with a little bit of drama as it follows the stressful jobs of sales associates, managers and fitters while they do their best to find the ideal match for each bride. Say Yes to the Dress has been extremely successful with 14 seasons to date, multiple spinoffs and even a few celebrity guest appearances! Here’s a look at 10 things you didn’t know about TLC’s show, Say Yes to the Dress!
8. You Must Spend a Certain Amount
The hopeful bride must fill out a detailed appointment form which includes an italicized paragraph to remind the bride that “gowns start at $2,500.” Kleinfeld’s sells dresses that cost about $1,300 to $40,000. There’s also a section that indicated TLC will not be footing the bill! The show will not cover any costs like travel, lodging or the gown. Basically, if the bride isn’t planning on dishing out any money, it’s best they shop elsewhere! In order to get on the show, the wedding must be somewhat planned with a date, ceremony and reception location and the applicant must be able to summarize their signature style in three short words. The store also needs to know specific details like the theme of the wedding, price point, who is footing the bill for the dress and even a link to her Pinterest board! The form states also that she is only allowed to bring three guests, but often when watching it’s pretty clear not many people follow this rule.
7. Kleinfeld Used Was Originally a Fur Salon
Kleinfeld first opened back in 1941 as a Bay Ridge-based fur salon. Now in 2016, the store is celebrating its 75th anniversary! In 2005 the shop moved to Manhattan and became a bridal salon that now serves around 17,000 brides each year. Mara Urshel is one of the co-owners of Kleinfeld’s — she bought the bridal store back in 1999 with fellow investors Ronald Rothstein and Wayne Rogers. Soon after the store relocated. In 2007 Urshel and Rothstein struck up a deal with TLC to create the show Say Yes to the Dress. The show has become insanely popular with 15 seasons under its belt and approximately 1.3 million viewers per episode.