Wedding Planning and Your First Client Consultation

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Your first consultation as a Wedding Planner can be daunting.  You know your stuff and you have prepared down to the last detail, but you can’t shake the feeling that, ‘this is the first time’.  This is normal and there really is no way of getting past this, other than to bite the bullet and do it. Once you have that first consultation out of the way and the next and then the next, you will be well on your way to developing your style and confidence in conducting your initial meeting with prospective clients.  But we want to help make that first consultation as rewarding an experience as possible and give you all the tools you need to make it a success, so you turn the consultation, into a sale; which leads me to an exciting announcement about a recent enhancement to our courses which include wedding modules.
Updating and enhancing our course material is just one of the things we do regularly to ensure that our students are graduating with relevant and up to date skills.  We also believe that even though you are studying online there are ways to give you all important practical experiences via our course content and that is why our CEO and Course Designer, Kylie Carlson, recently assumed the role of Bride in a ‘mock’ consultation with Luxury Wedding Designer, Isabel Smith.
“Most wedding planners don’t get the chance to see how other professionals conduct their consultations, they simply have to learn as they go along. This video series gives our students a unique insight into how Isabel conducts her consultations in this behind-the-scenes look into the life of a highly successful luxury wedding planner. It helps to bring the courses to life, making the student’s experience that much more enriched.” – Kylie Carlson
The below is a short excerpt from the 3 Part Client Consultation video series.

If you have some tips of your own to share about conducting your first client consultation we would love to hear them. Simply share them via the comments below.  To find out more about our courses, or to get started, select the campus nearest you below.  Our Course Advisors would love to talk you about your future as a Wedding/Event Planner & Designer.


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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.