With one-third of engagements happening between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day and 10 percent of all proposals happening on Valentine’s Day, many newly engaged couples may be thinking, “Now what?!” Host of My Fair Wedding and Celebrity Event Planner David Tutera offers couples five tips to help make planning their dream day a piece of cake.
“The first mistake people often make is that they think small – meaning, as soon as the ring goes on, they slip away and start buying all the little things they think they want or need and that could really ruin a budget,” says David Tutera. “Don’t focus so much on the little trinkets of your theme – take care of the big details first and then leave the small stuff for later.”
David Tutera is available to discuss his five must do’s for couples preparing to say, “I do”:
1. Mind Your P’s – Poise, Posture, Polish and Politeness
A bride’s posture reflects her mood. Stand tall. Sit up straight. A bride should always be polished and polite! Practice good wedding etiquette – starting with the receiving line; stop by each table at the reception, be prompt with thank you cards.
2. You, But Better
Don’t forget to budget for beauty. You’ve been planning this day all your life, so you want to make sure you look like the best version of “you.” Book hair and makeup trials and make style choices that enhance your dress and flatter your face. Think about your everyday look, the one your groom fell in love with, and take it to the next level for your big day.
3. All Smiles!
Most brides wish to enhance or improve their teeth so they look their best. If you’ve been thinking about making the most of your smile, now is the time to do it. “Invisalign® is my favorite way to straighten teeth because it can be done without most people even knowing you’re in treatment, so you can keep on beaming right through the process!” says Tutera. “And it works, I can attest to that first hand. They even have an “express” product for simple fixes that works in three months or less and it’s affordable for a wide array of budgets and needs.”
4. Get the Perfect Shots
Not that one! Make a shot list for your photographer to be sure he/she captures those once-in-a-lifetime moments on your wedding day… getting ready with your bridesmaid; your groom’s face as you walk down the aisle; parents and grandparents and assign someone to point out family and friends.
5. Head to Toe Fashion
The right shoes, the right jewelry and the right headpieces can elevate the style of a simple dress and really work together to tell your wedding story. With accessories, you can add a pop of color, some texture and bling or some drama! Draw inspiration from your gown. Remember that jewels, shoes and other embellishments are an easy way to change up your look between ceremony and reception.
About the Author:
David Tutera, celebrity wedding planner, bridal fashion, accessories and jewelry designer, author of seven books, speaker and host of WE TV’s show, My Fair Wedding.
Honored by Modern Bride Magazine as one of the Top 25 Trendsetters of The Year, David was also awarded “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner” by Life & Style Magazine. David’s impressive client list includes Star Jones’ wedding, NY Giants’ Antonio Pierce’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Vice President Al Gore at the White House, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, the John F. Kennedy Center–as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.
Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and The Nature Conservancy. In addition, David is a professional speaker hired to lecture on the topics of weddings, lifestyle, design and more.