Series: Say Yes to the Dress
An American reality television show on TLC about Kleinfeld Bridal, a salon in the Big Applesauce
, and more specifically, the women shopping there for their wedding dresses, and the employees trying to balance the brides' egos, budgets and families. A Guilty Pleasure
if ever there was one.
Tropes featured include:
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: Many of the dresses tried on by the older brides are more appropriate for 20-year-olds.
- Beautiful All Along: How many women feel while trying on the dresses.
- Big Applesauce
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Many of the brides, despite most being in their 20s or older.
- Bridezilla: Not as common as you might think, given the show's focus, but it does happen. There are also a few Maidzillas.
- Camp Gay: Randy, the style consultant.
- Catch Phrase:
- "[name], are you saying yes to this dress?" (Interestingly, this was not used in many of the earlier episodes of the original series.)
- "Jack you up" from Atlanta, referring to finishing out the bridal look, including the veil, for the audience to see.
- Censor Decoy: One bride who wanted to dress 'sexy' persuaded Randy to bring her out in an extremely provocative dress first so that the dresses she actually wanted would seem tamer by comparison.
- Conspicuous Consumption: One gets this vibe from the $20,000+ dresses.
- Cool Old Lady: Vera in Alterations.
- Daddy's Girl: Many of the brides are this.
- Dysfunctional Family: Money doesn't buy happiness or stability, kids.
- Extreme Doormat: Some have shown up:
- A woman purchasing a gown for her vow renewal ceremony ended up buying a dress she hated instead of the one she loved because she couldn't stand to disappoint her 8-year-old sons.
- One young (late teens/early 20s) bride, who was sad because her grandmother kept complaining about her dress choices.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress: Why the brides are at a fancy boutique.
- Friendly Rivalry: Between Randy and Audrey.
- Gem-Encrusted: Some of the dresses will leave the viewer wondering how the brides can stand under the weight of the adornments.
- Happily Ever After: The show usually ends with pictures from the featured brides' weddings.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Notably averted on this show, which treats lesbian brides no differently from straight brides and candidly discusses the possible challenges of styling two brides in two dresses for the same wedding without ever once falling into Unfortunate Implications. It probably helps that TLC is a cable channel — and that fashion director Randy is flamboyantly gay.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: In the early episodes of Atlanta, Lori comments a few times on needing to drink a cosmopolitan due to stress from the job/customers.
- Insistent Terminology: They're consultants, not saleswomen.
- It's All About ME!: Many of the brides. Even worse, some of the bride's families.
- One distressing example was when when a young woman brought in her mother and stepmother (both of whom were very important to her). The mother took every time the woman liked anything the stepmother said as a snub while the stepmother backed off quickly and tried to be nice no matter what the dress was (aka which mother picked it).
- My Beloved Smother: Some of the mothers of the bride.
- Never My Fault: Claudia, from the early seasons.
- No Accounting for Taste
- Once an Episode: Usually some variant of "[name], are you saying yes to this dress?". Also, in the Atlanta spinoff, it closes with Monty and Lori squabbling good-naturedly.
- Pimped-Out Dress: For the brides and bridesmaids.
- Pretty in Mink: In one episode, a bride wanted a winter wedding, and her bridesmaids to wear white faux fur muffs, so the dresses, that she was looking for her bridesmaids to wear, were to at least look good with the muffs.
- Put on a Bus: Most of the saleswomen are featured for several episodes and never heard from again. There are a few long-runners though, notably Dianne, Sarah, Keasha, and Audrey.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job
- Serious Business
- Spin-Off: Several:
- There's a whole second show (or was it just a special set of 20 or episodes?) about bigger brides—usually size 12 and up. Those episodes had even more about "the right fit" and showing how to mitigate/play up parts of your body.
- They have another spin-off called Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Further, Say Yes to the Dress Bridesmaids, where the brides need to be reminded that it's their wedding and they can pick any bridesmaids dresses they want, or that you can get nice dresses in weird colors, or that it's the bride's day not yours, etc. Or that automatically making your sister the maid of honor doesn't mean she'll be nice to you.
- There's another Spin-Off called Randy Knows Best.
- Finally, there's Randy to the Rescue, with Randy taking his talent on the road to help women find dresses.
- Spoiled Brat: About half the brides.
- And half the families sometimes.
- Spoiled Sweet: The other half of the brides.
- Stripperific: Most of the gowns by designer Pnina Tornai are low-cut, transparent, and covered in rhinestones.