One of the many reasons we love our job as publishers of the International Wedding Trend Report is that we get to find out what is inspiring wedding professionals (and their clients) around the world. It is great to see the creative variety and different cultural influences affecting trends across the wedding industry. What is trending in Australia can often be totally different to what is predicted to be big in weddings in the UK or over in the U.S. for example. Each region brings new ideas and influences to the table and we, in turn, inspire each other throughout this global industry.
For me personally, I just love how the Australian’s do weddings! I share an affinity with their modern, stylish and very creative approach. And they have truly mastered the beautiful yet understated, relaxed and intimate outdoor wedding! For this year’s report, we featured the most stunning boho coastal wedding shoot produced by Whitsunday’s based wedding venue Earlando, in collaboration with a great team of local suppliers. So we thought we’d catch up with Hannah Mooney of Earlando to find out more about their local industry and what they see trending for their clients.
Can you tell us more about Earlando and why the Whitsundays is great wedding location?
“Earlando is a completely private property, encompassing private beaches, mountain lookouts, and sprawling lawns with the essence of the Australian outback. You really do get paradise all to yourself for the day!
The Whitsundays is such a magical destination for weddings. We have visitors from all over the world who come to see the azure waters and world famous beaches. Add to that an amazing community of world class wedding suppliers and you have the right ingredients for a perfect wedding location like no place on earth!”
Why are trends important in the wedding industry?
“I think everyone likes to think they are keeping with the times and being ‘on trend’. It is really important to know that you are able to offer what your clients are going to be looking for a few months in advance. It allows us as suppliers to keep our product fresh, modern and appealing to the ever changing market.”
Where do you find your trend inspiration?
“Working as a team on these styled shoots means we find our trend inspirations for different sources, may that be Pinterest, international fashion weeks, bridal magazines or even home decor trends. We all put our heads together and bounce ideas backwards and forwards until we are happy with the trend focus for our shoots.”
What trends do you see coming through for 2018 that will appeal to Earlando couples?
“One of the main trends we are seeing is the influx of natural beauty, outside and within. We are seeing couples stepping away from ‘the wedding show’ where their main focus is to wow guests and impress everyone, into the more natural, relaxed and even more intimate weddings. Weddings are a time to share with the people you love and we feel that the privacy and intimacy our guests seek in our venue is a reflexion of this.”
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.