The Wedding Business Magazine January 2018

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We are very excited to share the first 2018 issue of the Wedding Business Magazine, which has undergone a facelift with a fresh, new design. It is also a bumper issue with some amazing experts featured, including none other than Arianna Huffington. Yes we’ve started off the year as we mean to carry on, with a bang.
The beginning of any new year is exciting as it brings that wonderful air of possibility with it. Suddenly, what didn’t seem possible the previous year now seems like something worth taking a risk on.
Taking risks in business is scary, but ultimately it is what will keep you moving forward. The key is knowing which risks to take and then making sure that if they don’t work then the fallout isn’t disastrous.
For this first issue of our magazine for 2018 we thought it would be fun to explore this a little further by asking our contributors and experts to share their insight and knowledge on taking risks within their careers.

So What’s in this Issue?

As I already mentioned above our feature interview for this issue is with Arianna Huffington. It is a fascinating interview as she tells us about her new venture, Thrive Global, the risk she took leaving a company like Huffington Post that had her name on the door, and how she is now prioritizing her own well-being to allow her to be more creative, more productive and more connected to herself and others.
Kat Schmoyer is a planner and designer at her company, Dear Sweetheart Events, and most recently, the brains behind the popular Creative at Heart Conference. She chats to us about taking the risk of going from employed to fully self-employed, the fear that the conference wouldn’t be well received and how she has embraced her entrepreneurial spirit.
Executive Director of David Beahm Destinations, Christina Matteucci, is our In Their Shoes feature. She tells the story of how she went from a 13 year old flicking through wedding magazines to becoming the Executive Director of David Beahm’s Destinations Brand. She considers herself a ‘gut listener’ which she believes gives her the courage to be a good risk taker.
We talk to Tonya Dalton of InkWell Press about walking away from a successful business to start a new business, one she was passionate about in an industry she didn’t’ know. This business was of course InkWell Press, which had 500 orders on her initial launch and has continued to flourish and grow into a 7 figure business.
Lynn Easton of Easton Events took the ultimate risk putting her house on the line to finance a new venue. Lynn believes in business you have to be bold and willing to go out on a limb. “You knock on ten doors, and one’s going to open. But you have to be willing to knock on the other nine to be sure that one is going to open.”
Mimi So a New York City based jewelry designer comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has developed a highly successful brand with a large celebrity clientele. She admits finding risk difficult and believes the impact of risk feels the same today, if not more intense, than it did when MIMI SO was a young brand. However, she talks about how change and evolution are essential in business and it is how you weigh up the risks that is important.
We also hear from Jake Kloberdanz the Founder and CEO of ONEHOPE, a California-based company that sells wine and other products with giving back in mind. He tells us that after 10 years of risk taking, he’s learned that risk taking and innovation is what distinguishes organizations between being leaders or followers.
Chris-Tia Donaldson, the lawyer-turned-businesswoman is inspiring women everywhere to embrace healthier beauty practices through Thank God It’s Natural, her line of natural products for hair and skin. We were excited to chat with her about her entrepreurial journey, taking a leap of faith and surviving breast cancer. We particularly loved this quote from her. “Perfect is the enemy of good enough. Sometimes, it is better for things to be done and work on improving them, rather than shooting for perfect out the gate.
Bill Tzizik of Classic Photographers talks to us about how he turned a slowly declining tuxedo rental company into a hugely successful online photography company.
Destination planner Emily Sullivan chats about growing a successful long term business and how she made the decision to stop taking on so many clients going from high volume to fewer weddings at a higher price point.
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, Lindsasy Lucas on WedVenue, Heather Waits on WedBiz and Sam Lloyd on WedGuru. are also packed with great advice and tips as per usual.

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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.