November 30, 2023


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Randy Fenoli ‘Can’t Wrap His Head Around’ See-Through Wedding Dresses

  • Randy Fenoli of “Say Yes to the Dress” told Insider he doesn’t understand sheer wedding dresses.
  • “If I had a daughter walking down the aisle, she would not be wearing a see-through dress,” he said.
  • The 19th season of “Say Yes to the Dress” premieres on Saturday.
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Like any other type of fashion, wedding-dress styles are always evolving. 

High-low dresses, backless gowns, and colorful fabrics have all become popular in recent years, as many brides move away from more traditional wedding looks.

Brides have also embraced sheer wedding dresses in recent years, walking down the aisle in peek-a-boo or totally see-through gowns.

But Randy Fenoli, wedding-dress designer and Kleinfeld Bridal consultant of “Say Yes to the Dress” fame, told Insider he still hasn’t fallen in love with transparent wedding gowns.

Models in wedding dresses stand on a runway with a bride in a pink gown and a man in a blue sit in the center.

Fenoli has his own bridal line.

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“I can’t wrap my head around it,” Fenoli said of sheer wedding dresses. “I’m 57, and I’m just a traditionalist.” 

“I know if I had a daughter walking down the aisle, she would not be wearing a see-through dress,” he added.

Fenoli said he thinks brides who choose sheer gowns just approach wedding dresses with a different thought process than he does.

The bridal consultant told Insider that brides who are drawn to sheer or sexier dresses like showing off their figures at their weddings. “It’s just a different mentality,” he said.

Fenoli, who appears on season 19 of “Say Yes to the Dress” remotely from his home in Florida because of the pandemic, went on to say that he thinks the lean toward transparent wedding dresses makes sense in the global fashion world. 

“It’s almost taken on kind of a European kind of feel,” Fenoli said of modern wedding-dress couture, pointing out that Europe has often been ahead of America when it comes to accepting more daring looks. 

A person holds a tablet with Randy Fenoli on it in front of a rack of wedding dresses.

Fenoli consulted brides virtually for season 19 of the show.


“Our earth is becoming smaller and more global and everybody’s connecting on a larger scale,” he said. He thinks wedding fashion reflects that global mentality.

Although sheer dresses aren’t his favorite bridal style, Fenoli told Insider that he just wants brides to find dresses that make them feel confident. 

“My goal is always to help the bride choose a dress that they feel the most beautiful in, because when they feel beautiful, they wear that dress like there is no other dress on the planet,” he said.

“They know they look good, and everybody feels it,” he added. “It’s about the confidence that you have while wearing the dress.”

You can watch the season 19 premiere of “Say Yes To The Dress” Saturday on TLC at 8 p.m. ET.