Can nine women selecting from 15 gowns make one unanimous decision?
Find out tonight when bride-to-be Lanae Patterson of Dalton, Ga., is featured on "Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids" on the TLC Network.
According to Katie Wilkins of TLC Communications, two episodes of "Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids" will air at 9 and 9:30 p.m. with Patterson's segment featured in the second half-hour.
"I'm excited and terrified all at the same time," said Patterson of her television debut, "but it will be fun."
The bride-to-be is engaged to Chris Baker of Fort Oglethorpe. She is a patient coordinator at Soni Orthodontics in Dalton; he is a finishing manager at Shaw Industries. She said they met when he coached her cousin's Little League baseball team.
"The premise of 'Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids' focuses on brides-to-be searching for the perfect bridesmaid dress in Atlanta's famous Bridals by Lori salon, and the experience they share with her bridesmaids and family in this special moment," said Wilkins.
It is a Southern spinoff of TLC's hit "Say Yes to the Dress," which is taped at the prestigious Kleinfeld bridal boutique in New York City.
Patterson said she, her mother and seven bridesmaids visited the Atlanta bridal shop in spring 2011, after receiving an invitation from the show's producers.
"I went on the TLC website and sent in an application to be on 'Say Yes to the Dress,' and never thought in a million years I'd hear back from them," Patterson said.
But the network's reply asked if she would be interested in taping a segment on TLC's new show that would be a bridesmaids' twist on the "Say Yes" premise.
"We thought it would be a fun experience for me and all my bridesmaids to spend the day together and soak in the experience together. It was fun to find the perfect dress with my best friends," said the bride-to-be.
Patterson said the girls tried on about 15 styles. "We had a variety of heights to deal with, but their sizes are all pretty close," she said. "In fact, we found a bridesmaid's dress we are going to use."
Viewers will have to tune in tonight to see the winning look.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...
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