David Tutera: Tips for a “Fair Wedding” of your very own

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Money doesn’t buy happiness – or the perfect wedding.

"My Fair Wedding" star David Tutera was equally informative and entertaining at a speaking engagement in Somerset, NJ, this week.

That was just one nugget of wisdom event planner, author and “My Fair Wedding” star David Tutera shared with a large crowd of fans, brides and wedding planners at a talk/book signing at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ, this week.

“It’s the heart you put into it and the details you execute,” David said, that make a wedding truly unique and unforgettable.

The author of “The Big White Book of Weddings: A How-To Guide for the Savvy, Stylish Bride” suggested brides keep invited guests in the forefront of their minds when planning their special day.

“They’ve gone to so many weddings,” he pointed out, that it’s important to add elements that distinguish yours from all the rest. Incorporating personal details into the ceremony/reception ensures that guests will have a memorable experience.

“Tell the history of who you are as a bride and groom,” David suggested. “It gives guests the opportunity to go for a ride” with you.

There’s nothing David likes more than sharing that journey with brides and grooms on his show, “My Fair Wedding with David Tutera,” which returns for a fourth season in January. Over the course of each hour-long episode, David helps turn everyday brides’ fantasies into reality while fulfilling his own desire to create one-of-a-kind, personalized weddings.

“Doing the show provides me with the opportunity to do things for the girls that… deserve beautiful gowns and can’t afford them,” he said.

And seeing the brides’ reactions to what he’s accomplished makes it all worthwhile.

“It takes my breath away,” David admitted.

Attendees were surprised to learn that David doesn’t know anything about the bride or groom – or their wedding theme – before filming.

“Viewers meet the bride the exact same time as I do,” he said. “I’m not an actor, I’m a wedding planner.”

David expressed hope for a reunion of “My Fair Wedding” brides in the near future.

“Hopefully they’re all still married,” he joked. “You never know!”

He’s especially interested in catching up with the “Marilyn Monroe bride” (Mandy Ferrer of Mt. Ephraim, NJ) from the first season. Take a look:

When not offering advice to the brides-to-be and wedding planners in attendance, the WeTV star recounted his humble beginnings in Westchester County, NY, where he first put his creativity to use by decorating a storefront window for a balloongram business. A customer, impressed by his artistic flair, hired him to do the same for her son’s bar mitzvah.

“What the hell is a bar mitzvah?” David laughed, recalling his own naiveté 20+ years ago.

While he loves working with brides who can easily afford lavish, over-the-top affairs, David derives equal pleasure from helping out those who aren’t so flush with cash.

“Parties I did for very little money are just as important as weddings I do today,” he explained.

David emphasized repeatedly that brides should do their best to remain calm and not get stressed out.

“Enjoy the process of planning the wedding as much as the day” itself, he advised. “Enjoy life far beyond your wedding day.”

David took a moment out from meeting fans and signing copies of his book, "The Big White Book of Weddings," to take a photo with me.

1 Comment

  1. Travis Fox said,

    January 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Hi David. I have done a lot of work for you when I was at my great uncle’s company, Atlas party rentals. I have since moved on. My family own’s 6 companies in the tri state area. I would love to work with you again. I can guarentee 20% off of any job, and if we are mentioned on you show, the job will be free. I know and do alot of work with people in the industry. Please contact me 973-742-8000 thanks….Travis Fox

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