Randy Fenoli is the best person to know the wedding industry.
He is the face of TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress", which will premiere its 20th season on Saturday, July 9.
Fenoli, a dress designer and also a wedding planner, could not predict the year of the wedding. In 2021, The Knot published a report that stated that there were 2.6 million weddings this year. This has led to "matrimania," according to The New York Times.
Kleinfeld Bridal is where the action takes place. Fenoli stated that he knew they would have more brides as so many weddings had been postponed or they [brides] did smaller intimate weddings. Now they want to have their big day."
In a Zoom interview, he stated that he had "kind of anticipated" it. "But I don’t know if I anticipated it to this extent, because it’s been really wild.
Fenol stated that this year will have the most weddings since 1984. This is due to the fact that couples are unable to attend their matrimonial celebrations due to the pandemic.
Fenoli stated that he hasn’t witnessed a shift in the industry as a whole.
He said, "I don’t know if the weddings actually are larger but I believe there’s more to them."
The pandemic did help people to "put a lot in perspective."
He said, "I believe it allowed them to recognize who was really important in our lives."
However, wedding costs have risen due to an increase in weddings. Zola's January First Look Report found that about one third of married couples now have a budget of at least $20,000 for their wedding. Two-thirds also stated that their budgets have increased since they began planning.
Fenoli's top tip when creating a budget? Prioritize what is most important to you.
He said, "First of all I believe it's really important that you set a budget for your wedding." You need to know how much you are willing to spend. Then, what are you going it to be spent on? What is most important to you?
Fenoli believes that the dress is the most important thing to plan around. Kleinfeld has been his favorite place to help brides find the perfect dress for their wedding.
He said that he believes they [brides] want the dress of the dreams because they have been kept inside so long and weren't able to dress up and enjoy the glamorous moment." This was in reference to post-pandemic trends within the industry. It has a lot to with it, I believe.
Some brides were seen getting their dresses late in the planning stage, which caused stress for the stylists helping them (all the while the show was being filmed). Fenoli stated that it is important to plan ahead in light of the current supply chain problems.
He said that "a lot of things are backed-up in the supply chain." It is taking longer to obtain wedding dresses now that everybody's getting married and everyone's trying to get them, as the factories are overloaded with orders and there are many things on the shutdown. You will need to wait for your wedding dress.
It is easy to get caught up in the stress of budgeting or wedding planning. Fenoli stated that weddings are a chance to celebrate love.