As the budding entrepreneur of a wedding and event planning service, there is no better person I would rather learn the business from than David Tutera. David Tutera is a wedding and event guru, a known tv personality and an incredible entrepreneur. I was elated to be accepted as an intern for David Tutera’s “Your Wedding Experience” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2016. It was the day after my 4 year blogiversary and I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate. This wedding show is the perfect expo to experience if you are a new bride, a vendor who wants to showcase your services or an event planner who wants to network with your peers. This wedding expo has something valuable for everyone. I loved my experience so I’m sharing some of my favorite moments.
Your Wedding Experience began with a “Tips and Trends” talk with event designer, Preston Bailey. Preston is known for his immaculate transformations. Visit his site, prestonbailey.com to see how he transforms an empty dull space to an entirely new experience. Preston taught us how important it is to learn from previous design mistakes and to leave your mark on each event. He taught us that we should incorporate our own special touch. He incorporates a floral sculpture at each of his events. Now I’m thinking about what my special touch will be, thank you Preston.
(Photo via bashconference.com)
David Tutera graced the “Tips and Trends” stage with his boisterous personality and shared some important facts about the industry while relating to the audience of event industry members. We all nodded our head in agreement to his advice including “become a trend setter.” In this industry everyone is looking at what every one else is doing and he taught us the importance of setting your own trend. That is something I will always keep in my mind while creating and building my business. Thank you David.
Of course Preston and David were the highlights of Your Wedding Experience but what I also appreciated was the beauty of the exhibits and the information I learned at each one. These were some of my favorite exhibits.
The “Visit Barbados” exhibit designed by Chic Occasions Events, draping by Conceptual Event Designs, florals are Events by Nikki Diaz, photography by 2 One Nine Productions and Paper Design by Nicola. Congratulations to the team on winning “Most Creative Booth.” I can see why you won, the creativity and collaboration is fantastic!
A wedding isn’t complete without a grandeur wedding cake. Dana, creator of Desserts by Dana and winner of Season 1’s Cake Boss impressed us all with his amazing cake designs. I wasn’t able to join his cake tasting but from what I heard, they are as good as they look.
So you have the cake, you even planned your honeymoon to Barbados so now what about the event decor? Pretty Posh Events had it covered. Their table and centerpieces were gorgeous.
Okay, the honeymoon is booked, event decor is designed, you ordered the cake but now what is the bride going to wear? L&H Bridal showcased their wedding gown pieces, what do you think?
After taking a look around at all the exhibits, I stopped at the Girlfriends Lounge by Munaluchi Bridal and met Co-Founder and Editor In Chief Jacqueline Nwobu. She was so sweet and gave me inspirational advice about starting my business and joining the Munaluchi Coterie. I’m inspired by her and the business owners and entrepreneurs of Munaluchi.
My experience as an intern of David Tutera’s Your Wedding Experience was simply amazing. I enjoyed meeting my fellow interns, we all share such love and passion of event planning and are inspired by David. Thank you to David Tutera, the staff of Your Wedding Experience, Lovegevity and my fellow interns for an amazing experience.
If you’d like to attend a show visit yourweddingexperience.com for tickets to Your Wedding Experience in Houston, Fort Lauderdale or Atlanta.