All about Pam's The Office wedding dress

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It's been a long wait (six seasons, one broken engagement and one romantic proposal in the rain) but The Office's Jim and Pam are finally tying the knot! Earlier this month, I got a chance to talk with the show's costume designer Alysia Raycraft, who told me all about creating the bridal style for the special hour long wedding episode.

Budget conscious brides will be pleased to learn that Jim and Pam's wedding proves you don't have to spend a lot to look great on the wedding day. Raycraft stayed true to The Office's realistic feeling by choosing wedding styles that she thought the characters would actually go out and buy. "I thought that Pam would indeed possibly go to David's Bridal because it's along her economic strata," she said. She also loved that the Empire waist on Pam's crinkle chiffon A-line gown could allow the character's pregnancy to show while still looking stylish (click here to get Pam's wedding dress for $399 at David's Bridal and here to see the silver bridesmaid dresses for $145).

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Jenna Fischer shows up in a similar style at her wedding: the engaged actress saw her television nuptials as research for her real-life wedding. "When we first put her in the dress, it was as if we were dressing her for her real wedding, and she was really touched by that," Raycraft said. "She had been all the while referencing her own wedding through different things that we were trying out. She said that she was going to take this idea and that idea and incorporate them with her own wedding."

For Jim's wedding-day style, Raycraft stuck with a classic look, dressing the groom in a black Hugo Boss suit. If you look closely at the wedding photos, you'll probably also notice that Jim's tie is cut in half. Raycraft couldn't reveal the plot twist behind his abbreviated neckwear (all she'll say is "there is something strange with his tie"), although she did hint that Jim's new dapper look isn't just for his wedding day. She told me, "There's a plot that you'll see that comes up where he starts wearing suits." —Kathryn Papanek

Watch Pam and Jim say "I do" on the special The Office wedding episode on October 8 on NBC.

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