David Tutera has truly made a name for himself in the wedding industry. He is among the top celebrity wedding planners in the country. He is also a bridal fashion designer, author, TV host and professional speaker. David’s celebrity client list includes Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Barbara Walters, Jewel, and many more.
TW: How do you stay on top of wedding trends for your clients?
DT: Wedding trends typically tend to follow fashion and pop culture trends, but about a year behind. By paying close attention to other industries and how they’re changing or what the newest thing is, and by learning to always innovate and evolve, I’m able to continue to create unique and never-before-seen designs for each of my clients.
TW: What are the hottest wedding trends for 2015?
DT: I think 2015 will see a big shift back to more traditional, princess inspired weddings! Things have been a little more natural and DIY-centric for the past few years, and brides will be looking to stand out in a big way. The twist here will be bringing the look into modern day by mixing a slew of different regal textures and prints and adding in gilded elements to incorporate more personality.
TW: Any big floral trends you see coming up?
DT: Brides are seeking out new and interesting blooms rather than the tried and true roses and hydrangeas we’ve
been seeing. Arrangements are staying low and lush to give off a fuller and more romantic effect and hues more closely match the wedding colors, rather than sticking with neutrals, for a more modern and monotone look. Crystal and metal candelabras with tall tapers, draped with blooms, are the lighting element of choice for both indoor and
TW: Are there any new wedding dress trends we should be aware of for 2015?
DT: To go along with the princess inspired wedding trend, we’ll also be seeing more full ball gowns and lots of beautiful, detailed beading. The Great Gatsby has been a big bridal fashion influencer recently, but brides will take smaller details from this trend, such as an abundance of pearls and unique embellishments, and translate them into a more traditional bridal feeling. Shorter, more vintage feeling veils will stick around as opposed to longer styles, pairing in a new way with these princess style gowns.
TW: Any tips for budget brides with extravagant taste?
DT: Your very first step should be to create a detailed budget, right down to the garter belt and vendor tips, and stick to it! If you have your eye on an expensive pair of heels to wear on your big day, budget for them, but make sure to keep another category, such as your cake, lower to make up for it. And remember: DIY is your friend! Elements such as printed materials, favors, and even floral arrangements can be done yourself for way less than hiring someone to do it for you. This also gives you the opportunity to add an extra element of personalization to your wedding!
TW: Why have you branched out into other markets such as gowns, shoes, and jewelry? We are very interested to watch your career blossom.
DT: It’s been very important to me to continue to expand my brand into as many categories as I can reach. Not every fan of mine, brides and non-brides, can have the opportunity to work with me on their event. But if I’m able to offer them a touch of my design eye, through things like my wedding gown line, David Tutera for Mon Cheri, craft products in my Down the Aisle in Style collection available at Joann’s, My Embellish jewelry collection, or custom printed materials from Invitations by Dawn, at least they can have me be a part of their big day in a small way. I’m also continuing to expand my brand into more home products for at home entertaining and everyday use to really get that David Tutera touch 365 days a year.
– Madison Spears