Trista Sutter, Andi Dorfman

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Trista Sutter knows what it takes to find the man of your dreams on The Bachelorette.

In fact, the mother of one is still married to Ryan Sutter, her hunky firefighter hubby who she presented with her final rose during the show's first season finale over 10 years ago on the hit ABC series.

So who better to give advice to current Bachelorette Andi Dorfman as the brunette beauty embarks on her quest for love?!

We chatted with Sutter, who dished plenty of words of wisdom for the 26-year-old assistant district attorney who hails from Atlanta.

Trista Sutter

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"I think that, you know, Chris [Harrison] kind of joked about it [during the After the Rose Ceremony], and I sensed that he was being sarcastic, but she sensed it as he was just being upfront. He said something, 'You know you're going to have to be open to the emotion, you know' and I sensed it as sarcastic," she explained.

So why the sarcasm?

"Yes, she was crying and stuff, but I don't know that's necessarily..." she said before trailing off and recollecting her thoughts. "I want her to be open to the different types of personalities and open to the full experience and giving herself fully, you know, committing fully to the process."

"And I can't even imagine as an assistant district attorney stepping into that role," she continued. "I mean just as a pediatric physical therapist, I was like 'What is my work going to think seeing me on television?' but just from that perspective I truly hope that she's able to put any professional or career concerns out of her mind and fully invest in the process. Because you have to in order to really get everything that you can out of the process and end up with the person that you are supposed to be with."

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And Sutter would know, as the blond beauty recently renewed her vows with her hubby after 10 years of wedded bliss. And despite all the time that's passed, it's apparent she's still incredibly thankful for her time on reality TV.

"I think she should let her guard down, have fun, be adventurous," Sutter said. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity. And be grateful. Bottom line is be grateful for the opportunity and have fun with it!"

We have no doubt Dofman will (as evidenced by our exclusive sneak peek at her California beach date), although we can't help but note how different Sutter's words were for controversial Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis.

Trista Sutter, Juan Pablo Galavis

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"You shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you," Sutter said when asked about Juan Pablo wanting to distance himself from the show. "And you should always be grateful, and he seems a little ungrateful." 

"When you sign up, you can't fight [the process]," she continued. "You need to fully give in to the process in order to fully reap the benefits or else don't sign up."

Perhaps Juan Pablo should have spoken to Sutter before signing up for the series?

Good luck, Andi!

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