Featured Student: Grace Banks

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A self-described caffeine-fuelled, horse-riding, art-appreciating newly-wed, Grace has a decade in high-end events planning for prestigious organisations – think private members’ clubs and world-renowned venues. After meticulously planning her own fine arts style wedding, Grace put her talents to good use and By Grace Weddings was born. By Grace Weddings aims to bring their stylish couples a collaborative wedding planning process that is as streamlined as it is delightful. Grace curates thoughtful, luxury weddings for aesthetically-minded couples in London, the South-East of England and beyond.

What course and year did you study at The Wedding Academy? Advanced Certificate in Wedding Planning, Styling & Business, enrolled in 2022.

What was your highlights studying with The Wedding Academy? My highlight of studying at The Wedding Academy was completing my business plan – it was such a labour of love! It was fantastic being able to take a pause when needed to think more deeply about the direction I wanted my business to take, as opposed to just rushing through to meet a strict deadline. I loved knowing that the support of the student community and my local tutor was just a click away should I have needed any help.

What is your role now in weddings? Founder & Chief Planner at By Grace Weddings

How did you find your course assisted you in your career? Seeing a clear framework laid ahead of me allowed by to tick of tasks one-by-one, day-by-day, knowing that I would be able to make a success of launching my own business by following (and trusting in!) the process.

Any advice for aspiring wedding planners or stylists? Keep going! Reaching your goal of becoming a wedding planner or stylist is so within your power – just trust in yourself and do the work. Day-by-day, step-by-step.

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Image Credits  Desiree A. North


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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.