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Tips For Planning Your Wedding, According To David Tutera

Tips For Planning Your Wedding, According To David Tutera

Celebrity wedding and entertainment expert David Tutera, who comes to South Florida on May 22 to present “Your Wedding Experience,” gives us the dos and don'ts of wedding planning.

The three biggest mistakes a couple makes when planning their wedding are ...

1. Not creating a budget (or sticking to it)

2. Working backward and getting too wrapped up in all of the small insignificant details (thanks in part to Pinterest)

3. Not enjoying the planning process!

The best way to stay within the budget is ...

by creating a budget breakdown list of all wedding costs by percentage, research vendors within your budget and decide which elements are really important to keep or splurge on, and which can be nixed or scaled back on.

The biggest detail on the wedding day that brides and grooms often overlook is ...

lighting. Whether it's uplighting or an abundance of candlelight, it transforms a room and really sets the tone of the event.

The wedding trend that I'm most excited for in 2016 is ...

Soft colors. In 2015, brides were swooning over bright and bold palettes, but I'm ready for softer palettes and a more organic and romantic look.

My best advice for brides and grooms on their wedding day is ...

Don't sweat the small stuff! It's OK for everything else to fall to the wayside, (that's what all those months of planning and prep were for anyway). Enjoy the day, enjoy the moments and enjoy each other, because that's what it's all about.

My passion for weddings started when ...

I was working for my grandfather's floral shop growing up and began putting my creative side to use designing window displays, which got me my first gig. Before I knew it, one event led to the next, and once I began designing weddings I knew I had found my passion.

My favorite part of the wedding experience is ... Getting to know my couples, gathering inspiration and learning about their unique styles and then bringing it to life!

The most memorable wedding I attended was ...

My Aunt Maria's. Not only was I a guest, but I was also the planner. It was held at my estate in Connecticut with an intimate outdoor ceremony with the bride and groom saying their “I Dos” on a dock that floated across the pond, surrounded by guests who watched while they all held candles that lit up the ceremony.