The Wedding Business Magazine April 2017

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Continued education is so important for the growth of any company, but especially for those in the wedding industry. It is very easy to get stuck in a rut doing what you do, being incredibly busy and not setting aside time to see what’s going on around you. There is always something to learn no matter how experienced you are, as we live in a world that is constantly changing and evolving.
In this issue we are celebrating education and taking you on a round the world tour of what is available to you as a wedding professional. Of course we are only scratching the tip of the iceberg here, but we’ve attended quite a few educational events over the last couple of months and wanted to share with you what we have learned.

So What’s in this Issue?

Well I am hugely excited to have so many special guest interviews in this issue, so let’s get to it and introduce you to our experts for this month. First up are the amazingly talented ladies behind the one and only ‘it’ conference for those in the wedding industry, and that is of course Engage!, and the ladies I am referring to are Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce. They talked to us about the evolution of Engage! and what they’re looking forward to in the future.
Next up, drum roll please, is the fabulous David Tutera, who stopped by to discuss his take on where education is and where it’s headed in the future, as well as his exciting new initiative! We can’t wait to share the excitement of his new Symposium, which we know will be incredibly popular with the global wedding industry.
We were also super excited to have the wonderful Aleisha McCormack from Bridechilla Podcast. On her show Aleisha invites the world’s best wedding bloggers, planners and experts to share all their deepest and darkest wedding planning secrets. This time the boot is on the other foot as we interview Aleisha to discuss her show and how she’s resonating with her millennial audience.
Our next guest is someone who I have known for a while now and have admired for even longer. Michelle Loretta of Sage Wedding Pros is one of the most savvy business women I’ve ever met. Sage Wedding Pros is a consultancy dedicated to educating and advising business owners on how to be completely sustainable, financially and operationally. In this interview she gives us the nuts and bolts on running a profitable business.
Our final guest is Sandy Hammer a force in the corporate event planning industry for more than 20 years before co-founding AllSeated. This issue, Sandy shares why technology is shaping the events industry, how AllSeated is paving the way for professionals, and her mission to digitize the world of events.
Our regular columns with Meghan Ely on WedPR, Kathy DalPra on WedSEO, Shannon DePalma on WedSocial, Heidi Thompson WedPromo, Emma Etheridge on WedBiz, Christina Scalera on WedLegal, Kellie Daab on WedExpert, Heather Waits on WedBiz and Sam Lloyd on WedGuru. are also packed with great advice and tips as per usual.
We also visited wedding events around the world including the Exotic Wedding Planning Conference in Dubai, Quintessentially Wedding Atelier London, A Most Curious Wedding Fair London and Catersource in New Orleans. We also have an interview with the Jessica McLeod of One Fine Day Wedding Fair who operate in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and New York.

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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.