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Is ‘Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta’ Canceled or Coming Back For Another Season?

We’ve all found ourselves curled up on the couch and channel surfing then stopping to watch Say Yes to the Dress or its spinoff Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, and before we know it we’re several episodes in.

Seeing brides shop for wedding dresses with an entourage at Kleinfeld Bridal or Bridals by Lori is certainly entertaining and keeps viewers tuning in for more episodes. The shows go on hiatus after every season but a lengthy layoff of SYTTD: Atlanta has fans questioning if the series with Monte and Lori is coming back for another season or if it was canceled. Here’s the answer to whether or not Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta is returning to TLC.

Monte Durham and Lori Allen of ‘Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta’ | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Discovery

Will there be a Season 11 of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta?

There is good news for fans of SYTTD: Atlanta because the show will be returning for an 11th season.

In 2018 TLC brought back the series, based in Sandy Springs just outside of Atlanta, for a 10th season after being off the air for two years. Fans have been a little worried about if there was going to be another long hiatus or if the show was canceled altogether.

In June 2019, Lori Allen confirmed that production for the new season was wrapping up.

“We are quickly approaching the final days of filming,” she wrote via Instagram. “Formal announcements will be made for the premiere date!”

TLC has yet to announce that exact date but Allen took to social media again and assured fans that Season 11 is “coming soon.”

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With Season 11 of Say Yes to the Dress coming soon, Monte and I have been reminiscing on all the fun we had in Season 10! What is your favorite Say Yes moment? #toomuchfun #syttd

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Lori suffered a serious injury during filming

While filming the upcoming season Allen had a bad fall which left her with broken bones.

“Lori was injured today during filming for a scene of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta. She tripped on the train of a gown and took a serious fall,” a statement from her family read. “Monte, the film crew, and her son, Cory, acted quickly to get help.

“Her right arm may be broken and left wrist may be broken as well. Thankfully, her neck is not broken, just very sore. She will more than likely need surgery on her right wrist … but she is strong and will heal.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that Allen did break both her wrists as well as her nose and had two cracked ribs. She also suffered a concussion and ended up with two black eyes. The bridal shop owner had to have surgery on her right wrist and nose.

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Sending Lori our love and wishing her a speedy recovery! ❤️

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The nasty fall occurred in April and since then Allen has recovered without any long-term damage.

Another Say Yes to the Dress airs later this summer

Before we all tune in to see Lori, Monte, and all the shenanigans with the brides and their entourages in Atlanta, TLC will air all-new episodes of Say Yes to the Dress at the Kleinfeld store in New York City.

The new season of SYTTD premieres on July 20, and will feature Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars preparing for their big day.

Johnson worked with designer and bridal extraordinaire Randy Fenoli in her quest to find the perfect dress. She and Chmerkovskiy wed last April.

Read more: ‘Say Yes to the Dress’: Why Do Some Brides Sue After the Show?

I went shopping at Kleinfeld, the high-end bridal salon where TLC’s ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ is filmed — here’s what it was like

  • Kleinfeld Bridal — the famous New York City wedding dress boutique best known as the setting of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” — services more than 17,000 brides a year.
  • Kleinfeld has remained an iconic mainstay of the bridal market, which has swelled into a $72 billion industry.
  • I joined my cousin on a recent trip to Kleinfeld to see what the experience is really like. This is what I learned.
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By the time I arrive at Kleinfeld Bridal for my cousin’s 9:30 a.m. appointment — admittedly several minutes late, harried, and bleary-eyed on a recent Saturday — the store is eerily quiet, bracing itself for the mob of brides-to-be in search of the perfect wedding dress.

Before going any further, I must confess that despite the Manhattan bridal salon’s status as heralded host of the beloved TLC show “Say Yes to the Dress,” I have watched a grand total of 15 combined minutes since it debuted in 2007. Yet when my cousin asked me to join her for a dress consultation a few months ago, I decided I had to see for myself what all the fuss is about.

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From the sharply dressed employees rushing around in Louboutins, to the palpable excitement radiating from fawning friends and family members, I was immediately transfixed. The store itself is immaculate, awash in ornate gowns made with delicate lace, chiffon, tulle, and silk in hues of cream and ivory. Everything appears to be endlessly shimmering, thanks to the sheen emanating from the elaborate bridal jewelry displays and embroidered specialty dresses.

My “Say Yes to the Dress” ignorance aside, Kleinfeld has had enduring appeal in an uncertain bridal market. As the $72 billion wedding industry continues to evolve and experiment with new models, Kleinfeld has found a way to stay afloat while peers like David’s Bridal have faltered. While TLC has certainly played a role in Kleinfeld’s success, so too has the store’s commitment to customer service and willingness to adapt to a modern era. In recent years, Kleinfeld has debuted private labels with buzzy designers like Christian Siriano and partnerships with e-commerce companies like Zola.

Here’s an inside look at what it’s like to shop at one of the most celebrated bridal stores in the US:

There have been a handful of weekends where we’ve grabbed ourselves a snack, curled up on the couch, and tuned in for an episode or five of Say Yes to the Dress. Between the brides (demanding, lax, or otherwise), the guests (wait — who’s getting married here?!), and all those gorgeous gowns (so many requests for pockets), the reality show is strangely addicting. But have you ever wondered how it’s cast?

Rather than simply asking shoppers and brides to partipate, there’s an application you fill out beforehand, ensuring only the most entertaining ladies are cast. And in the midst of the usual Qs — name, age, and occupation — there are quite a few difficult ones. So what should you be able to answer before clicking submit? Read on to find out.

You Must . . .

  • Have Money to Spend
  • An italicized paragraph clearly states that the bride won’t be compensated for any travels, lodging, or gown(s). So if you’re looking for a show that’ll foot the bill, you’ll want to skip out on this one.

  • Submit a Photo
  • You won’t be considered otherwise. It should be “less than 400k in size and .jpg format.”

  • Have at Least Some of Your Wedding Already Planned
  • You must have your date (which should fall between now and 2019), the ceremony location, and the reception location on hand. And while there’s zero requirement to purchase a gown, you should be serious about your search. It’s totally not the time to try on dresses “just ‘cuz.”

  • Reveal Whether or Not You’re Plus Size
  • Everyone will have to list their dress size, but there’s a special section clarifying whether your body type is considered “plus size.” You’ll also have to answer a follow-up stating how you feel about “the plus size selection.”

  • Know Who Will Be Paying For Your Gown
  • The options are yourself, parent(s), a relative, your fiancé, or a friend. Sorry, “kind stranger.”

  • Be Able to Summarize Your Signature Style
  • You’ll have to limit the description to three words, and something tells us that “cute, fashionable, and stylish” won’t cut it. Time to get creative!

  • Limit Your Guests to 3 People
  • We know we’ve seen larger groups on the show, but apparently, you’re only allowed to bring three — and you’ll have to add a bit about their personalities. The application also asks if your fiancé will be in attendance.

  • Have an Interesting and Compelling Fact About Yourself
  • Whether it’s that you’re a competitive eater or can do a headstand, the goal here is to surprise or make “viewers say ‘cool.'”

  • Have Some Idea of What You’re Looking For
  • Do you have a specific style you love? How about a designer? What’s your budget? The more details the better!

  • Be OK With Having a Background Check
  • While the OG version of this show doesn’t mention one, SYTTD: Atlanta does. And if you’ve committed a crime, you’ll have to explain it!

  • Really Be Able to Sell Yourself
  • One of the hardest questions on the application? “Why do you think you would be fun to watch on TV?” Umm . . . can we get back to you?

For over 12 years, Say Yes to the Dress has been a staple on TLC thanks to the gorgeous bridal gown selection at Kleinfeld and, of course, the fabulous and always-entertaining advice from Randy Fenoli.

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Needless to say, keeping the reality series running this long has required constant hard work and long hours behind the scenes. What goes into making the wildly successful program? It’s the question GoodHousekeeping.com asked a few key figures from the TLC show as they reflected on their experiences filming both Say Yes to the Dress and the new special Say Yes to the Dress America (currently airing on Saturday nights).

In short, there’s a lot going on behind cameras that we don’t ever really see. Here are some of the most interesting facts that you might not know, even if you’re a die-hard SYTTD fan:

It’s very hard to get selected to appear on Say Yes to the Dress.

It’s not a matter of simply walking into Kleinfeld with your crew. Trying to get on the TLC program is like applying for your top-college pick — you have to be extremely lucky and sell yourself well. The first step is to apply online and answer 15 or so questions like “how did your partner propose to you?” and “why do you think you would be fun to watch on TV?” Still, even if you do complete this rather-intense questionnaire, SYTTD receives over a thousand applicants per season, making your chances of being selected quite slim. Typically, you’ll find out if you made the cut within two to four weeks.

“The production company very carefully vets the bride because everybody wants to be on the show,” Randy tells GoodHousekeeping.com. “We have to make sure this is really a bride who is really getting married with a real story and not just somebody who wants to be on TV.”

Say Yes to the Dress is filmed primarily during the week.

If you’re still hoping to catch a glimpse of the filming process during your own appointment, you’ll have the best luck on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. According to Wendy Douglas, who oversees production of the show, that’s when her team will typically shoot SYTTD episodes. Weekdays at Kleinfeld are typically less crowded, plus there’s more availability with the consultants. Both of those factors make it much easier for the filming crew to work efficiently.

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Filming an appointment can take up to 10 hours.

While a typical Kleinfeld appointment runs for an hour and a half, a bride who is filming for the show may be at the store much longer than that. When first arriving at Kleinfeld, the bride and their entourage will sit down for pre-interviews with the producers, where they’ll discuss all sorts of family dynamics, dress preferences, and more.

“When they do the interviews, it’s an actual set,” Lindsey Stegemoller, a bride on Say Yes to the Dress America, recalls. “I always thought that was a green screen, but it’s real.”

The actual appointment itself will then last about three hours, since extra time is needed for the camera crew to capture all the shots. After the appointment concludes, the bridal crew will do another round of interviews. All in all, this is “a full eight- to 10-hour day,” according to Randy.

There’s a giant backroom with a conveyor belt full of dresses.

Emphasis on the word “giant.” In it, hundreds of plastic-covered dresses, which are arranged alphabetically and by silhouette and designer, go back for miles. Looking up, there’s a massive ceiling conveyor belt full of gowns, as well.

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A bride spends on average over $4,000 on a dress at Kleinfeld.

While The Knot reports that the national average wedding dress cost is about $1,631, it’s estimated that brides at Kleinfeld shell out over $2,800 more than that. Back in 2017, the average dress sale at Kleinfeld was about $4,500, according to Buzzfeed.

Randy doesn’t talk unless the cameras are rolling.

You read that right — he’s super adamant about it, too. In fact, he tells producers and the camera crew that he doesn’t want to know any information about the bride ahead of the appointment (except for their name). Why, you ask? Randy passionately believes that everything the camera catches should be authentic and he doesn’t like the idea of recreating moments.

“I truly believe the audience can tell when it’s being faked, and I think that’s one of the successes of our show … it’s real. You’re seeing my reaction or the consultant’s reaction.”

Filming Say Yes to the Dress America was intense …

In case you missed the first episode last Saturday night, Say Yes to the America showcases one bride from each state (plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.) getting the Kleinfeld treatment before gathering with all 52 for one giant wedding ceremony in New York City.

Turns out, it was anything but easy to shoot. Randy joked that he should’ve had a “life vest” nearby while filming. Some of the brides only got to choose dresses from a curated collection. The other remaining brides, meanwhile, only had one appointment to pick the gown of their dreams. All of this made it especially difficult for the consultants.

“I was in complete panic mode. I didn’t show it, but honestly, I don’t know, there’s been very few times I’ve been that stressed,” Randy explains. “I didn’t want the girls to just say yes to a dress, I wanted them to find the dress of their dreams. So the pressure was not only on them but it was on us.”

… and (hilarious) mistakes were made.

To let each state’s bride know that they had been selected to be on Say Yes to the Dress America, Randy himself went to go knock on their doors. For two states — Colorado and Georgia — the production team and Randy accidentally wound up at the wrong address.

The Colorado bride, under the impression that she was receiving a casting follow-up, put balloons outside her house to help producers locate her home. But while trying to find her house, Randy and company saw a different house with balloons out front (they had a birthday party the day before, apparently) and pursued that one. Then, in Georgia, because all of the houses on the block looked similar, Randy and the camera crew accidentally walked up to the wrong door again.

Whoops! Oh well, that’s showbiz.

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(New York, NY) — It’s a whirlwind season of epic changes, bold personalities and astonishing moments when TLC’s long-running franchise SAY YES TO THE DRESS returns with brand-new episodes on Saturday, July 20 at 9PM ET/PT. Just as Kleinfeld Bridal pulls back the curtain on a massive, modern redesign of its salon, Randy Fenoli, iconic bridal expert, encounters several daring brides-to-be who are searching for unique, modern wedding attire that bucks tradition. From black dresses to jumpsuits, Randy and the consultants are nearly pushed to their limit as they juggle tighter-than-usual deadlines and demanding entourages in order to make every bride’s dream come true.

In the season premiere, Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy, the beloved duo from “Dancing with the Stars,” put Kleinfeld to the test when they arrive just two months before their big day seeking the dress of highest importance to Jenna: her reception dress. Viewers will meet brides in various stages of their dress search: one bride has yet to find a dress after shopping at close to 100 stores in the US and overseas; another bride was devastated when she lost her home, including her wedding dress, in the recent California wildfires; and a different bride’s dress went missing when the salon from where she purchased it went bankrupt.

Also this season, fans will get a first-hand look at breathtaking weddings around the world — from the cliffs of Ireland, to the hills of Tuscany. Plus, Randy is whisked away to Barcelona on his quest to debut his second bridal collection, and while there, he hopes to impress the bridal community at the ultimate Bridal Fashion Week. And in a special episode, Randy is deeply moved by an impromptu speech made during his niece’s wedding, which also doubles as a Fenoli family reunion.

Catch up on full episodes by downloading the TLC GO app or clicking here. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #SYTTD, and stay up to date with the latest show news on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

SAY YES TO THE DRESS is produced by Half Yard Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, for TLC.

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It you love TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, you will definitely want to tune into the epic version: Say Yes to the Dress: America, which will feature one bride from every state across the U.S. taking part in the ultimate group wedding ceremony officiated by TLC bridal expert Randy Fenoli.

“You are going to be absolutely blown away by this show,” Fenoli tells Parade.com in this exclusive interview. “It is on steroids. I think it’s going to change the trajectory of everything. I think it’s going to be one of the most incredible shows ever on TLC, I really do.”

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Even though the show features a bride from every state, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, for a total of 52 taking part in a mass ceremony, Fenoli feels that they managed to keep it personal for each of the couples.

“I will be really honest with you that that was one of my biggest concerns from the very beginning,” he says. “I wanted to make sure that every single couple felt like they were the only ones getting married and it was all about them. I think we did a really, really, really great job at that. Every single one of them walked away just feeling like they had the most magnificent time of their life.”

First Look: 52 Couples Say ‘I Do’ in TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: America Wedding Spectacular

It helped that each bride received an all-expenses paid trip to NYC; a private shopping session at the world-renowned wedding salon, Kleinfeld Bridal, where they were gifted with a wedding gown, carefully selected with the help of a Kleinfeld consultant; and with 52 brides, the challenge was all the different body types, shapes, and sizes.

“I always want every single bride not just to say yes to a dress, but to absolutely find the dress of her dreams,” Fenoli adds. “And we succeeded. I never in a million years would’ve thought that we could’ve made that many brides happy and to have them find the dress of their dreams. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep if they hadn’t, because for me, it is essential that they feel beautiful and confident on their wedding day, so it was quite a feat.”

Then once the brides had selected their gowns, the couples took part in a TLC-hosted pre-wedding reception; and finally the actual wedding.

“When you bring people together for a common purpose, which is love and marrying your partner, I think it’s universal,” Fenoli says of writing the wedding ceremony vows. “I spent time with every single couple. And, as every single bride walked down the steps at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, I announced her name and state as she met her groom, so they did have that individual moment.”

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The 52 couples are diverse with multiple nationalities and same-sex couples included. From the 52, ten brides were selected to be featured, and Fenoli traveled to their hometowns to spend time with them, as well as their family and friends.

“Everybody’s just so different and unique,” Fenoli says. “When you get to see their real lives, it’s so much more informative and personal than just them coming in and talking about it. I’ve bonded so closely with these brides that we still keep in touch and we’re still on a group chat together.”

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One example is LoAles Cruz from the Bronx, who represented New York state. Cruz is an immigrant, who went through the foster care system until she was eventually being raised by her grandmother. She worked hard and put herself through nursing school and now is a nurse at a hospital right around the corner from where she was raised.

“She describes herself as a flower that has grown up through the gray cracks of the sidewalks of New York and has blossomed,” Fenoli says. “It’s such a beautiful story. You realize that she’s the perfect person to represent New York. Every state I went to, they just had such state pride and it was just amazing.”

Say Yes to the Dress: America premieres Saturday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.

You know those super low-key people who get married at city hall and say that they’d rather have a marriage than a wedding? I…am not one of those people. I want a wedding, a marriage, and a streaming queue filled with juicy bridal reality shows at all times.

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Wedding reality shows are the most scandalous genre of television, and you cannot convince me otherwise. They take the most emotionally chaotic day of someone’s life and then supercharge it with a camera crew. (And maybe even a competition, if we’re lucky). But not all wedding shows are created equal, and it’s important to know what you’re getting into. That’s why I’ve ranked them all from worst to best.

10. ‘Bridalplasty’

Remember Bridalplasty? It only ran for one season in 2010, but it was packed with more drama than most reality shows that run for years. Brides literally competed for plastic surgery procedures, and the grand prize was a fantasy wedding. Also, the surgeon is Dr. Terry Dubrow from Botched. I know. There’s a lot going on here.

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9. ‘Bridezillas’

Say what you want about Bridezillas, but this show has staying power. It’s currently in its 12th season. If you haven’t seen it yet, the premise is pretty self-explanatory. It’s just a bunch of bridezillas being followed around with a camera. What more could you want?

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8. ‘Wedding Cake Championship’

Definitely the least salacious option on this list, Wedding Cake Championship is mostly just a friendly little baking competition. And yes, that is Johnny Weir.

7. ’90 Day Fiancé’

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Everyone’s obsessed with this show about couples who apply for a K-1 visa and have to decide whether they’ll get married in 90 days. I get it, it’s good! But before you @ me for giving 90 Day Fiancé a lame ranking, please remember that engagements just do not have the same entertainment value as weddings.

6. ‘Married at First Sight’

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If you think 90 Day Fiancé is intense, wait until you watch Married at First Sight. These couples don’t get a three-month trial period. They basically just suit up and get hitched right away.

5. ‘My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding’

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If anyone tries to tell you that you’re being too extra while planning your wedding, simply tell them to binge a few episodes of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. There’s absolutely no way you’re outdoing any of these brides. This would actually be higher up on the list if it wasn’t a slightly less-interesting version of the original. Which brings us to…

4. ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’

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…The ORIGINAL My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Reality television is just so much crazier in the UK, so it’s no surprise that the American version wasn’t as epic. These spray tans put the cast of Jersey Shore to shame.

3. ‘Cheapest Weddings’

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Looking for something to calm your wedding budget anxieties? This is not that show. Cheapest Weddings is much less look what you can do with a small budget! and much more oh no, look at this mess. It’s extremely entertaining, but I would recommend only watching one or two episodes at a time for the sake of your blood pressure.

2. ‘Say Yes to the Dress’

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Say Yes to the Dress is iconic. Always has been, always will be. This show can make even the most cold-hearted people cry. Also, Randy Fenoli is a pop culture legend and Kleinfeld should be a national monument! Yeah, I said it!

1. ‘Four Weddings’

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Four Weddings is the best bridal reality show of all time because its cattiness is unparalleled. Most people are hesitant to invite their judgmental college roomie to their weddings, and these women are out here having TOTAL STRANGERS sit in to keep score! Imagine having a table of three strangers at your wedding, talking shit about your cocktail hour appetizers? It’s unreal.

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Back in August, we gave you a first look at the 50 couples from every state in the United States, plus couples from Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico saying their “I Dos” near the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park in New York City for TLC’s upcoming Say Yes to the Dress: America 10-part series, in a cermony officiated by bridal fashion designer Randy Fenoli.

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Now we can reveal that the series will premiere on January 4, and introduce you to the 10 brides who be highlighted throughout the series in a behind-the-scenes video, entitled “Meet the Brides.

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Each bride received an all-expenses paid trip to NYC; a private shopping event at the world-renowned wedding salon, Kleinfeld Bridal, where they were gifted a wedding gown from a curated selection, carefully selected with the help of a Kleinfeld consultant; a TLC-hosted pre-wedding reception; and an extraordinary, group wedding.

Say Yes to the Dress: America premieres Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.