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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Q and A with David Tutera

Hello MFW-watchers and WE tv bloggers!

After meeting TWELVE fantastic, better-than-ever brides for a summer of weddings-gone-awry and dreams come true, I am so excited about the ALL NEW season of “My Fair Wedding!” This season, we took it to the next level– It’s jam-packed with over-the-top wedding overhauls, shocking make-overs, some drama-inflicting change-ups, laughter and tears and non-stop fun.

These brides and their stories, surprises and final soirees have been hard to keep a secret…But now that all the hard wedding work is done, it’s the best part–letting you see for yourselves!

Send me your feedback, comment on the posts, and write in your questions. Also, keep checking in for our weekly “Q and A” sessions where YOU (yes you!) can share your own wedding-planning experiences, and I’ll be here to dole out some “My Fair Wedding”-style advice to get you off to destination: happily ever after.

Here is the official first round of “MFW, Season 2″ Q & A, and remember to tune in every Sunday night at 10 pm for “My Fair Wedding with David Tutera” on WE tv’s Wedding Sunday.

- David


I am getting married Nov. 2010 and am looking for inexpensive ideas to really make sure everyone has a good time. I already have an open bar, buffet, DJ, and am thinking about buying a Polaroid camera for guests to use for the guestbook. What are some other fun things to do without it being cheesy? No YMCA, chicken dance, electric slide! Maybe something to do with fall, though? – dianethelibrarian

DAVID TUTERA: Diane, Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to plan a wedding. As you plan, think of all the reasons why people love this season: the natural colors, the cool crisp weather, and the harvest (which inspires great colors, foods, and décor!) I bet you’ll be inspired by your surroundings alone. Spray paint mini pumpkins and gourds metallic colors like gold and bronze for unique centerpieces or décor for your buffet. Create a specialty drink for your open bar that infuses fall spices. Have fun with fall treats, like s’more kits for favors. (And you are correct… the “Chicken Dance” is always “out of season!”) But embracing the season your wedding takes place in is always a road to success. Enjoy!

 


I am getting married on February 20, 2010. This will be both myself and my fiances second marriages. He doesn’t help me in the planning, all he says is what ever I want. We have the colors scheme, ceremony and venue location and flowers, however we still have not been able to meet together and make any definite decisions. Any advice on how to get him to come and meet with me for the final decision making. – nehe2x

DAVID TUTERA: Dear Nehe2x, Well, some brides would see being able to take the reins for their entire wedding as a gift! But, I do believe that weddings turn out best when it’s a two-person effort. After all, it is celebrating your “union.”

I do sometimes find that husbands-to-be just aren’t in the wedding groove–as J.Lo would say in “The Wedding Planner” movie, “most grooms are N-I-D: not into details!” So advice to couples: Make the “tasks” of wedding planning less obligatory and more fun. If you need to meet to make final decisions, do it over a fabulous dinner out on the town, or open a great bottle of wine. The key is balancing your wedding check-list with quality time that allows you to just enjoy each other rather than constantly working on the wedding. Make plans to accomplish something together and then reward yourselves by doing something fun.

Also, make sure your groom feels as if he has a say and your wedding decisions aren’t just about what you like/want and what you both “need.” While some aspects of the wedding may not particular light his fire (likely this pertains to flowers), include him by asking, “If you could have anything you want at the wedding, what would it be?” Support his answer and together, work to incorporate it, whether it’s a certain type of music or his favorite cake flavor. Try to tie in his heritage or culture. The more personal the wedding is to the both of you, the more fun the journey will be.

 


Should the bridesmaids have real or fake flowers for their bouquets? – kkacn78744

DAVID TUTERA: Kkacn78744, Yes, yes, yes! Bridemaids should always have real flowers. By no means do they need to be elaborate bouquets–but having fresh flowers makes all the difference. If budget is a concern, don’t give up: the amazing thing about flowers is that some are so beautiful in and of themselves that having masses of them isn’t even necessary. Beautiful bouquets can be made with just a few stems of statement flowers like sunflowers, tulips or calla lillies. Wrap the handles of the bouquets in extra fabric from the alterations of your bridesmaids’ dresses or your gown for a couture custom look that doesn’t break the bank.

 


My name is Kortney. I’m 22 years old ,and my wedding is in Florida. The theme is a more of a royal traditional African theme. My colors are apple green, chocolate, and gold accent. My problem is that I cant figure out how to finish up my vision of royalty without clashing my colors, and would the backdrop affect with drapes and color behind it be a good affect for royalty? I am really confused on how to cut down my clash of African prints to add clean crisp elegant look, but still pull off my theme. – Kortney22

DAVID TUTERA: Kortney,  Your wedding theme actually reminds me of one of my upcoming episodes in Season Two… but I won’t give any more away!! I think these three colors are beautiful together: they’re very natural, organic hues. To keep them from “clashing,” tie them together with natural elements. Try using rattan or raffia as ties around your napkins. Intersperse green leaves, zebra grass and wooden branches in your floral arrangements. Include gold as an accent color, maybe with votive candles on your tables, or use a deep shade of it in the printing of your programs.

 

Regarding busy prints, use them sparingly but deliberately–for example, show off a printed fabric on the inside of shawls for your bridesmaids, as linen on your cocktail tables, or ribbon on your favors. You’re on the right track!

 


I’m on a tight budget but want an elegant and beautiful outdoor wedding with an indoor reception with an outdoor theme. What do you suggest? – amber b

DAVID TUTERA: Amber, I do love the magic that comes with making guests feel like they are indoors when they are really under the sky; and outdoors when in reality they are in a ballroom. Something about the collision of indoors/outdoors fascinates guests–and is always fun for the planner! For your “outdoor-themed” reception that is taking place indoors, use branches in your centerpieces as they are both cost-efficient and good for creating a distinct feeling of an outdoor atmosphere. From the branches, hang tea lights or small lanterns with fishing wire–also cost-effective! Start your reception with a fully-lit room, and throughout the night, dim the lights as if the sun is setting. As it gets darker, the tea lights will glow like an outdoor reception under the stars. Alternatively, use elements from the great outdoors to mentally transport your guests: try a runner of grass town the center of your table and embed votive candles inside. Use fun fruits in your flower arrangements. Find items outdoors (now this is the ultimate money-saver!) that fit your theme, like pressed leaves or lavender sprigs that you can place at each setting. The easiest way to bring the outdoors in is to go outside, look around, and do just that!

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