Transcending Trends with Kristin Banta

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The Academy hosted its third Wedding Trendsetter Interview this week with the fabulous Kristin Banta and we had a great chat about thoughtful event design, transcending trends and styled shoots. It is one not to miss and you can watch the replay on our YouTube Channel or any of our Facebook pages. For those of you who missed it, here is a quick summary.

When it comes to designing a wedding, or any event, Kristin’s advice is to think beyond a colour palette and a theme, no matter what the objective is. It doesn’t matter whether it is a corporate event or a wedding, there is always a brand story that is at the root of it. For a couple the brand story is the story of all the things they love.

To produce an event that reflects a couple’s brand story you need to ask certain questions. What should the guests experience? What should they feel and how do you communicate that? Once you know the answers to these questions the story can be told visually, by what the guests are tasting, touching, feeling and seeing. For Kristin a successful event is measured by guests leaving with a memory, an experience and having felt something.

I asked Kristin how you take a trend and give it a unique interpretation and for her the biggest challenge is trying to transcend a trend with each individual client and go beyond it. Again she asks questions. Where does your client exist within that trend? What in that trend represents them? Once you know the answers, that trend can be morphed and pushed and pulled, to have a unique spin. The trend then becomes indicative of the client’s brand story.

As for what we are going to see trend wise in 2017 we talked about the continued evolution of mixing things up, from metallics to seating, but in particular the use of bold colour with couples taking bigger risks with colour in a more interesting, luxurious, elevated implementation.

We also heard from Kristin that we are leaving behind the Bohemian look to a more sophisticated look with a residential feel. We are moving away from the traditional approach and florals are being replaced by residential decor, which is exciting.

Kristin advised us to think of event design like a house. First we build a house, then we decide what colours are going on the walls, what furniture to put into it and finally we decide what to put on the coffee table. The house and the decor will lend itself to that final touch, that is indicative of the story and the landscape that has been created. its no different when designing events. Essentially we are working towards a less formulaic approach and towards a more residential feel.

To hear more from Kristin you need to watch our full interview below, and Kristin is one of the contributors of the Trend Report so you’ll be able to read her full predictions there. Don’t forget to subscribe to get your free copy of the report once it publishes on the 4th of January, 2017.

You can also see our last Wedding Trendsetter Interview with Brit Bertino by clicking this link here…


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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.