Books for new Wedding Planners

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When you’re first starting out in a new industry it’s hard to know where to start. At the Wedding Academy we offer in-depth courses to help you get started and they give you a fantastic grounding.

But sometimes we want to be inspired by others who have gone before us. Those that have really made a name for themselves and those we aspire to be like one day.

Today I wanted to share the details of three such experts who have all written the most beautiful books about their experiences. Personally, I think they’d make amazing Xmas presents.

These are people I look up to and have had the pleasure of meeting during my career. But ultimately, they’re people I think you can learn from too.

Book No 1 – Dear Preston: Doing Business with our Hearts.

Preston Bailey is one of the biggest names in the wedding industry. He knows how to create stunning designs with flowers and I was lucky enough to hear him give a keynote presentation at an industry conference in Las Vegas a few years ago. And trust me he has a lot of wisdom to give. This book is a great business insight into how Preston does business and manages to be an artist and a business person all at the same time.


Books for new Wedding Planners with Preston Bailey

Book No 2 – My Fair Wedding: Finding Your Vision . . . Through His Revisions!

You may recognise David Tutera from his reality hit show in the US, My Fair Wedding, amongst others! In addition, he’s also on our Advisory Board. Talk about celebrity status! He’s best known for the extravagant, lavish weddings he plans for the celebrity set. I’m lucky enough to have his number stored in my phone as we’ve got to work together a few times now over the years, which has been amazing. He’s actually a very humble person and loves to share his knowledge.

This book sits happily on my bookshelf and is one of my favourites to flick through when I need some inspiration.


David Tutera My Fair Wedding

Book No 3 – Wedding Flowers: Karen Tran

If you love flowers then Karen is someone you absolutely want to learn from. Her designs are over the top luxury and that’s what she’s known for. I was lucky enough to meet her last year as she invited me to be a speaker at her floral experience workshop at the Savoy in London and it was fantastic getting to watch her work hands-on with the attendees and see what she created.

Karen is in her own stratosphere when it comes to floral design and she’s known all over the world for her work and teaches from a different country almost every week in her Floral Experience Workshops.


Wedding Flowers with Karen Tran

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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.