The Wedding Trendsetter Challenge Winner is…

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Each January we release our annual International Wedding Trend Report; a comprehensive wedding trend bible with contributions from wedding experts around the world, collated, designed and published by the Academy.
In conjunction with this years report, we thought it would be fun to set you all a trendsetting design challenge. So this November we ran our very first #WeddingTrendsetterChallenge over on the Wedding Academy Live Instagram.
Nearly 150 of you submitted your take on two of our top 2019 wedding trend predictions – Shimmer and Shine, and Eco-Conscious. We were overwhelmed with the beautiful design boards you created and it was a tough job for Academy CEO to whittle it down to just 10 finalists.
When it came to selecting the overall competition winner it only seemed right that we ask a top wedding trendsetter and industry leader to be our star judge. We were over the moon when the one and only David Tutera accepted our invite.
David is a huge creative force in the wedding and event industry, his imagination and innovation pushing the envelope of event design, creating and inspiring new trends.  Not only does he plan phenomenal events and celebrity weddings, but David is also the host of TV show My Fair Wedding, he designs a host of gorgeous products including Bridalwear and accessories and he is a renowned professional speaker.
It’s a big deal to get your work in front of David and a huge achievement for all our finalists, but who did he select as his overall winner? Here’s the announcement you’ve been waiting for…
David loves the Shimmer and Shine trend and the design by @katarina_white_event_styling was his absolute favourite. He had this to say about the winning board:
“This board is a modern take on the traditional shimmer and shine. Incorporating the trend forward marble with gold foil and crystals, mixed in with beautiful cool tones, was simply lovely.”

Photo Credits:
1. Shimmer –  via
2. Tablescape – Juli Etta Photography / Olivia Pellerin Styling via
3. Cocktail – by Hunter Ryan Photo via
4. Cake – Photography by @edandaileenphotography | Cake: @sugarfixe via Instagram
5. Gold Leaf embellished cookies – by Brittni Mehlhoff via
6. Stationery – Gingerale Photography / Charlotte Smith for The Design Lot via

It was a tough decision to pick between two very different trends and David was impressed with what our finalists produced for the Eco trend too, commenting that “The Eco-Conscious Boards were a great use of architecture and natural elements. Utilizing the beauty of the natural surroundings, mixed in with fine details, was a nice way to complete the look.”
But there can only be one winner. David and his team send their big congratulations to Katarina!
If you’d like to find out more about the 2019 wedding trends that the pros are predicting then you can get your hands on a free copy of the wedding trend report by pre-registering here. The report will arrive in your inbox on the 4th January 2019!


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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.