Wedding Planner Masterclass in Dubai

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I am so excited to share with you that both myself, Kylie Carlson, and my Academy colleague, friend and right hand woman, Christine Ligthart, are going to Dubai at the beginning of February to launch our new Emirates Academy Campus. This has been a long time in the making and something we have been planning now for 12 months. We have an exciting time planned whilst we are there as we will be producing a styled shoot in partnership with the UAE’s premier online information resource BrideClub ME and leading wedding planner and stylist Zeina Abou Jamra of Jive Events.

We are there at a really good time as the Bride Show Dubai will be open at the International Exhibition Centre so you will find us happily wandering through and making friends wherever we can which should be a great experience for us.


The other big news though is that we will both be presenting at a wedding planner masterclass hosted by the Engage Academy at Fairmont the Palm in Dubai. There are some great topics on offer along with a light breakfast, lunch and swag bag:

  • Finding Your Niche
  • Your Brand Story
  • Creative Marketing
  • The Business Roadmap
  • How Editors work and getting published.
  • The importance of styled shoots & professional photography
  • Using social media to your advantage
  • The Client Experience
  • Understanding Your Client
  • Conducting Consultations
  • Dealing with Difficult Clients
  • Planning Weddings in 2016

So if any of our readers are in Dubai at that time we would love to see you there. Tickets are available here but don’t wait to long as it is on a first come first served basis. We will of course be bringing you regular updates from Dubai and maybe the odd Periscope or too if we can master the art.


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David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, 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 Make-A-Wish Foundation. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work.

Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.