Randy Fenoli says he knew the perfect dress for a bride at first sight

  • Insider spoke with Randy Fenoli, who stars in the 20th season of “Say Yes to the Dress.”
  • Fenoli told Insider he once picked out a dress for a bride the moment he saw her.
  • After trying it on, she pulled a picture of the exact dress from her purse.

It’s no secret that Randy Fenoli has a knack for knowing what type of wedding dress will suit a bride thanks to his decades of experience as a designer, consultant and fashion director at Kleinfeld Bridal.

But the ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ star told Insider he once took his skills to the next level by knowing the perfect dress for a bride the moment he laid eyes on her.

“In St. Louis one time, years and years ago, I was running into that bridal salon,” Fenoli said, while in town for a trunk show.

“I walked past the reception, and there was this bride standing there. I looked at her and said, ‘Oh my God. Are you a bride?'” he said to Insider.

After telling her she was, Fenoli replied, “I have your dress.”

Randy Fenoli watches a bride in Kleinfeld.

Insider spoke with Randy Fenoli ahead of the 20th season of “Say Yes to the Dress.”


Fenoli then brought the bride one of her own designs to try on, although the sample dress was not in perfect condition as it had been used for photo shoots and runway shows.

“I said, ‘Try it and I’ll be waiting outside the room. And I waited and I waited and I waited and nothing,” he said. “Finally I knocked on the door, and they opened the door and she’s crying.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t ask her for her budget. I didn’t ask her what she was looking for. I don’t know what’s going on.’ I panicked right away,” he said. “She was just screaming.”

But it turned out that the bride was crying because Fenoli had brought her the wedding dress she had been dreaming of – literally.

“She reached into her purse and pulled out and unfolded the picture of the dress I put her in,” he said. “That was the dress she came for.”

Randy Fenoli stands in a blue seat in front of a press backdrop.

Randy Fenoli chose the dress after seeing the bride for a moment.

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Fenoli believes his decades of experience in the wedding industry have helped him adapt to the needs of brides.

“After doing it for so long, you just see a woman’s body, her hair color, her eyes and her personality and you go for a certain dress,” he said.

Fenoli is currently starring in the 20th season of “Say Yes to the Dress,” which airs on Saturdays and includes a special episode in which Fenoli reflects on the show.

You can watch new episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

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